Is this reloading starting kit too much?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Whalen7840, Mar 25, 2010.

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  1. Whalen7840

    Whalen7840 Member

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    I've been looking at the kits, as now is the time to get into reloading for me, I was wondering however if this is too much for a beginner. I'm going to start reloading rifle rounds first (223, 7mm-08, and .300 Win mag) and will be expanding to handgun when my permit is complete. I'm a sucker for gadgets, so the electronic powder system is especially appealing. I've been contemplating a progressive, but I am not as inclined for the powder measure system. I also plan on purchasing a case tumbler, bench mounted priming press, and already started purchasing the books and manuals needed. Also been contemplating the LNL bushing kit, along with, of course, the dies, along with the RCBS X die.

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?id=0065713216927a&navCount=2&podId=0065713&parentId=cat20847&masterpathid=&navAction=jump&cmCat=MainCatcat602007-cat20728-cat20847&catalogCode=IA&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat20847&hasJS=true

    Looking for thoughts and advice
     
  2. leadaddict

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    I just started reloading this year and I bought the Hornady LNL kit, but if I had money to spare I would have gotten this very kit. I will have to upgrade one piece at a time I guess. Go for it!
     
  3. JimKirk

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    If money is not a problem, that kit has just about everything needed to start reloading.
    The only additional purchases to get started are dies, shell holders and cartridge components.

    Jimmy K
     
  4. ForneyRider

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    The RCBS ChargeMaster is about $300 on its own. The trim station is about $100, and the rest of the kit can be found for about $300 or less. Not much to be saved by buying altogether at $700.

    I have the RCBS ChargeMaster, some RCBS dies and the RCBS chamfer/deburr tool. They work very well. The Chargemaster works pretty good with rifle. It is slower than a powder dropper, but more accurate, and it doesn't work well with small pistol at all.

    I'd get the deluxe RCBS kit, then upgrade with trim center and Chargemaster. Uniflow powder dropper works pretty well. Using Lee trimmer works pretty well and is very cheap. Many like the Lee hand prime as well.

    RCBS dies are nice for hunting, but I prefer the Redding for precision.
     
  5. Walkalong

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    I am an RCBS fan, but I would buy the minimum to get started. No fancy $300 measure etc. If you have plenty of dough and want to, that's a whole nother matter. Heck, get the Pro-2000 to go with it.
     
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    I'm with the others. If you don't mind spending that much that would be a great kit. You should still need a caliper and bullet puller.
     
  7. Whalen7840

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    Yea I forgot about the bullet puller and the caliper (I've got a bunch actually from automotive work)

    I'm looking at getting the RCBS bench mounted primer, but I will probably start off using the hand primer to see if there's any reason as to why I shouldn't use that.

    I'm going to be loading predominately rifle rounds, that's why I wasn't worried about the little bit of extra time the loadmaster would take (pretty negligible from the videos I've seen) That's also the reason why the progressive presses didn't appeal to me that much, because I would feel more assured by measuring the charge thrown every time (the .300 win mag would be for a friends new Blaser rifle, don't want to risk a 4k dollar rifle on something I don't triple check.)
     
  8. emercer4

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    Just thought I would add my 2 cents worth here, I sprung for a chargemaster and it is great if you are only going to load a few rounds at a sitting, but if you are going to load bulk, you will find yourself sitting and waiting for it to weigh a charge. I reload some 22-250 rounds and I only load about 25-50 at a time, so I don't get to frustrated with it, but I tried loading about 100 .223 rounds and got very impatient while waiting for it. Don't get me wrong I love it and it is by far the most accurate way that I have found, but for bulk reloading it gets very frustrating. I have since bought a Dillon 650 and I have been very surprised by how accurately it throws charges. In the end it is all about what you want and get used to.
     
  9. bender

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    I also use a Chargemaster, and I love it. It isn't super-fast, as emercer4 said above, but I only load 50 rounds or less at a time, so it works great for me.

    kit seems kind of expensive to me too. I mean, what's the big diff from buying the stuff separately.... like Forney said.
     
  10. Whalen7840

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    yea I'm not planning on reloading thousands of rounds just yet. I will probably do 50-100 at a time if that
     
  11. Whalen7840

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    Well I'm at the buying point right now. Wondering if anyone has any reasoning as to choose another brand other than RCBS. I'm going to make a price list and try to find all of the best prices between the online retailers (cabela's has a pretty good sale on them right now)
     
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