Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tattooed1, May 1, 2011.
After that a lot of companies sell good single stage starter kits that have everything you need minus dies and projectiles/powder/primers. I went with the RCBS Rock Chucker kit and only had to add a few things (powder trickler, dies, tumbler) and have been happy with it.
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You indicate interest in several calibers. As a suggestion from a fellow reloader that is only 4 months into it, I'd suggest a Lee Deluxe Turret kit available here: http://www.fmreloading.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=FMR&Product_Code=90928&Category_Code=Semi-Progressive+Press+Kits
Supplement this with some good manuals, Lee die sets for the calibers you're interested in, the safety prime system, some additional 4 hole turrets for your other calibers, and some calipers or micrometer, and you're all set. You can always start the search for a better scale after you've got the basics down. For way less than $200 you're ready to crank out ammo that you've loaded in a single caliber. For less than $50 more for dies and turret plate, you can do any other caliber you want.
If you're going to get into rifle reloading, consider moving up to the Lee Classic Turret kit from here: https://kempfgunshop.com//index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=630&category_id=26&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=41
Most folks will tell you that the classic is the way to go over the deluxe, it's up to you to decide.
But start with a good manual so you can make an informed decision about which set up meets your expectations and needs.
Lyman's #49 and it's less than $17 from Natchez (If you got older reloading manuals you don't use, do the "High Road" thing and donate them to the local library ).
And definitely ask for forum sentiment before spending money on particular equipment/products. We all started as newbies and many of us learned the hard way buying "through" equipment/products that did not work out for us.
Most here will guide you properly to avoid pitfalls on what will work and what won't.
Tattooed one--You said
The suggestions above are good. May I add one: Buy AND READ a book entitled The ABC's of Reloading put out by Krause Publishing, www.krause.com
This is "the standard text" on the subject. It explains all the basics, and goes 'way beyond that. Belongs on every reloader's bookshelf, well thumbed, IMHO. Having read The ABC's, you will have a clear idea if where to start, and what you need to get started, as opposed to what you want, and what can wait until later.
I wish something like this had been available back when I began reloading. It would have saved me a lot of trial-and-error buying of equipment.
You'll also need a reloading manual, or more than one, but START with The ABC's. Reloading manuals are kind of like recipe books. The ABC's is more a how-to and more importantly why-and-why-not-to kind of book.
I agree, it's a good book to read and have around.
I also think that a single stage press is a good place to start. A Lee Classic Turret without the indexing rod would serve roughly the same purpose. What's more important is giving yourself enough time to learn safe practices.
Aside from that, you'd want to answer Buck's questions and make a decision based on how you will use the equipment.
+1 on the Lee turret. I have one and I think it's the best deal out there. You can use it like a single stage to learn on, and still load rounds quickly once you get good at it.
Also, if you have different caliber dies preset in the turret, caliber change is literally a "snap".
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