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New to reloading, just got a used kit, where from here?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by addedpulp, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. addedpulp

    addedpulp member

    I got this stuff today in a kit from someone used:

    - RCBS Partner Press
    - Lee Scale
    - Tools (chamfer/debur/case neck brushes, primer pocket cleaners, funnel)
    - Midway Tumblerfor
    - Carbide Dies for .38sp/.357 (the only thing I intend to reload for at the moment)
    - Bullets

    So, I know I need powder, primer, brass, and case holders...

    Here's some pics of what I got today.

  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    You need a book.
    Any of several loading manuals will give you the procedures and load data.
    Lyman is good.
  3. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    +1 on the Lyman manual. Your definitely gonna need a manual or two. A caliper as well.
  4. MarshallDodge

    MarshallDodge Well-Known Member

    ABC's of Reloading is a good book to read for beginners.
  5. addedpulp

    addedpulp member

    Is the book mainly for charts and numeric information?
  6. MickKennedy29

    MickKennedy29 Active Member

    Not only for charts and load data, but also good explanations of the steps and the reasons behind doing certain things. It is a good idea to have a basic understanding of why you are doing what you do during reloading, ie expanding, setting up the dies, powder charge, how much to crimp. The most important part though is the load data, it is a good idea to check a couple reputable sources to find a starting point when working up a load.

    I second the ABC's book. I found it to be invaluable.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011
  7. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    The abc of reloading is a must have. Easily explains to you things you should and need to know. It gives you information on everything your gonna be doing.

    The Lymans manual will help with load data an charts as well. No reloading bench is without these books. The most invaluable equipment you will have on yours is these books just like anyone else.
  8. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Manuals preferrably 2 or 3, read them, learn from them, pay heed to them.

    Then ask questions.
  9. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    Plus innumerable bunches on the manuals.

    You absolutely HAVE TO HAVE more than 1.
    My favorites are Lyman's 49th Reloading Handbook and there's a series by Loadbooks USA.

    Each Loadbook manual is cheap - about $6 or so and covers a specific caliber.
    I have one for each of the calibers I reload.

    If you can't afford 'em right now, go to the Public Library.
    When I started reloading the local library had the 47th edition.
    When I upgraded to the 49th I bought a 2nd one & donated it.
    Hopefully it'll help some youngster just starting out

    Please stay safe.
  10. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    Well as you can see....

    Everyone has recommended than one manual. When you buy 1, You will know why your gonna need 2 :D Its extremely helpful.

    After you get the manuals, Then I would be concerned with getting more equipment. My first piece of equipment was the Lymans 49th after reading The ABC of reloading.
  11. addedpulp

    addedpulp member

    What more equipment could I need?
  12. MarshallDodge

    MarshallDodge Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011
  13. Josh45

    Josh45 Well-Known Member

    I don't think I worded that right. Sorry.

    If you need any more equipment, The books will tell you. It looks like your good to go with the exception powder, primer, brass and the shell holders.

    You should get a shell holder if you bought the dies new but if not, You can always contact Lee or buy them. If your going to prime on a hand held unit, Your gonna need a different shell holder for that one with the same number.

    If im wrong, someone correct me please. Don't wanna lead anyone the wrong way. :)
  14. Funshooter45

    Funshooter45 Well-Known Member

    You'll need a tool to insert new primers. Such as a hand priming tool made by Lee or RCBS.

    A set of calipers.

    Some way of getting the powder onto the scale. The cheapest simple way to start is the little dipper spoons made by Lee. They will scoop a certain volume of powder that might be fairly close to the amount you need. Then you weigh it and see. Or you can buy a powder dispenser like the Lee Perfect powder measure that you can adjust to the desired amount.
  15. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Or by Sinclare International, K & M Products, Hornady, to name a few more.

    Myself, I prefer the K & M hand priming tool, both for value and quality.
  16. glenns

    glenns Well-Known Member

    I started reloading metallic a few months ago and I found a good set of calipers to be invaluable to get the right overall length, check width of bullet, etc.
  17. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the obsession.:D
    First +1000 on reading a couple of reloading books from cover to cover BEFORE you attempt to reload or buy anything else. I wish I had spent the cash on manuals first off it would have helped me back in the dark ages-- BC (before computers).
    My grand-father and uncles taught me to reload and just told me to do it exactly like they did cause the guy that taught them said to do it this way. They loaded from a hand written sheet using surplus propellants and home cast bullets right from the mold. Never had a manual or calipers.:banghead: Never tried to change a load for accuracy either cause the guy said not to. Might just blow off an arm if you do I was told. There are a lot of YouTube videos of how to--________--in the reloading realm they are somewhat helpful but watcher beware.:scrutiny: If you don't have the money to spend on a second book the local library might have one to loan you and also there is a lot of info on the net from FACTORY bullet or propellant websites. Call their 800 number and ask for a free printed sheet/book most propellant manufacturers will gladly send you something with some data in it for the popular loadings. Old books are a help but the latest data is the word unless using old propellants that match that book. These members here and on other sites personal loads should be used as starting points to establish where to look for safe data. When you are seasoned then the judgment calls about using random data will be somewhat safer.:scrutiny: 45 years later I still follow the current MANUFACTURER data for my reloading.;) This is a safe hobby and can be fun if you follow the directions at least until you are a seasoned reloader.
    BTW I started with a Lee whack it reloader in 38/357. You have a good starter setup with what you need but for the above mentioned items for revolver reloading.
  18. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    Besides several manuals that others have mentioned, you will need a caliper, shell holder, bullet puller, powder measure, and several loading blocks. I can't tell from the photo but you will need a priming tool unless the press has a built in primer seater.
  19. Lost Sheep

    Lost Sheep Well-Known Member

    Thanks for asking our advice.

    You have everything you NEED. Press, Dies with shell holder and Scale.

    Everything else just makes things faster, more convenient, or allows you to do things like undo mistakes or measure stuff more precisely.

    For example. I loaded for 7 years before getting a bullet puller (for disassembling rounds you loaded that, for one reason or another, have decided need to be unloaded safely without firing them). It was another two decades before I needed to use it.

    A powder trickler (along with the Lee Dippers as Funshooter45 suggested) makes it easy to bring a slightly low charge up to a desired target weight. You could use a chemists' spatula or a butterknife, though.

    I do recommend two loading blocks. You can get by with none or one, but two is so convenient. Put 50 cases in a block to the left of your scale and an empty block on the right. After you process each case taken from the left, put the processed case in the block on the right. It's a matter of personal style.

    Always wear safety glasses (your shooting glasses will do, but I keep a dedicated pair with my press), especially when working with primers.

    ABC's of reloading is a good read. Excellent coverage of the loading process, but no recipes. Almost all loading manuals have their early chapters devoted to describing the loading process, but none covers it as well as ABC's.

    Lost Sheep
  20. 191145acp

    191145acp member

    +1 on the books i have the lee reloading manuel, it gives you cast bullet data too. the lee auto prime is a good tool to have also

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