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Getting started. Help me complete my kit I bought.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by deanw186, Feb 23, 2012.

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  1. deanw186

    deanw186 Member

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    So I am wanting to start reloading for my .45 and a .223 I will have in the future. I ran across this on ebay and bought it.


    •Rock Chucker Press w/Universal Primer Arm & Optional Primer Feed Tubes for Large & Small Primers
    •RCBS 5-0-5 Scale
    •Powder Funnel
    •Powder Trickler
    •Primer Tray
    •Burring Tool
    •Case Lube Kit
    •2 # 6 Shell Holders
    •#3 Shell Holder
    •45 ACP 3 Die Set
    •38/357 Sizer Die
    •38/357 3 Die Set with Spacer for 357 Shells
    •308 Winchester 2 Die Set
    •Lyman #55 Powder Measure
    •Lyman Universal Case Trimmer (.30 Cal)
    •Lee Auto Prime, Hand Primer for large & small primers
    •Loading Block (homemade)
    •Speer Manual for Reloading Ammo #8
    •RCBS Reloading Guide

    Whta else would I need to complete this. I know a tumbler and a caliper but what else might I need. Was 400 a decent deal on all this equipment
     
  2. NeuseRvrRat

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    there will probably be some other odds and ends you figure out you need/want as you go along, but i think what you listed will get you started. i can't think of anything else that is absolutely necessary to start. $400 doesn't strike me as a screaming deal, but if everything was in good shape you probably did alright.
     
  3. BYJO4

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    You need a caliper, case cleaner and bullet puller. I also suggest a second loading manual like Lymans that will show more lead loads along with jacketed.
     
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    I'd say another reloading manual is mandatory. That Speer manual has got to have some years on it, they're up to #14 now.
     
  5. deanw186

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    yea I was definately gonna get a new loading manual. What would yall suggest to get?
     
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    Calipers will be needed as already mentioned. You can go with the specific Load Books vs a complete load manuals. The load books consolidate all of the other books into 1.
     
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    I have a Lyman 49th, Lyman cast, Lee 2nd Ed., Hodgdon 2011 magazine, Accurate 3.5 publication for loading reference. In all honesty, the sources I use most often for 45ACP and 9mm are the One Book/One Caliber bound pages available from Midway and other places. Less than $10 ea, and summarize data from just about every source.

    Hodgdon data is on-line as noted above and constantly updated, that may be a good place for you to start if you happen to shoot the weight and type of bullets listed.
     
  9. deanw186

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    Thanks for the replys guys.
     
  10. mdi

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    I'd say get The ABCs of Reloading and read it. It will show you what you'll need to do to get safe reloads and what tools to use...
     
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