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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Ljimenez, Mar 19, 2013.

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  1. Ljimenez

    Ljimenez Member

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    Good afternoon all;

    I'm getting ready to start reliading ammo. All this latest craze has finally lit a fire under me, to start reloading like i've always wanted. That being said, I have a very general question. What equipment do I need to get started??

    I know I need a press, dies, casings, primers, powder, and the actual rounds. What else? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
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    get a reloading manual or two. the lyman 49th reloading handbook is a good place to start. read the first four sections to familiarize yourself with the correct reloading process.

    good luck and don't be afraid to ask us questions.

    murf
     
  4. poor man

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    one thing il say is to get a manual BEFORE you buy any reloading components, i wish i had done this,, but i had a mentor that was teaching me how to do it hands on (for rifles) he passed away and now im scrambling to find manuals and read as much as i can,,,,,, good luck and be careful.....
     
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    Poorly speaks the truth. The loads in the manual will refer to powder, primers and bullets. If you get what is in the manual you will be starting with good, safe data.

    Reloading can get tricky and a lot of powder names seem similar but have different properties. Different enough to be dangerous.


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  6. Certaindeaf

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    A brain. lolz. welcome to the club and good luck
     
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    Actual rounds??? I think you mean bullets. In addition you'll need manuals, scales, powder measure, calipers, bullet puller, safety glasses, sturdy work bench and maybe a tumbler, case trimmer, chamfer tool, shell plate or shell holder.
     
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    He really needs to read the sticky threads linked to above before we answer anything. Once he reads them we can fill in what's not clear.
     
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    This is a mistake many new reloaders make, in that, they purchase components and tools of the trade before they have read, and then discovered, they bought the wrong, or didn't buy the correct items. Read cover to cover multiple times or until you have a completely starting knowledge of this hobby, then start asking questions as necessary.

    GS
     
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    Youtube can be your friend also,

    There are LOTS of people out there that feel the need to film themselves reloading,
    I found it very helpfull, but like most things, ya gotta weed-thru the BS to find what
    is gonna work for you the best, (Like single-stage versus multi)

    I even learned that people load dimes,washers and even spark-plugs into shotgun shells
    just for the fun of shooting them !!
     
  11. James2

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    Yep, read the stickies.

    I am going to suggest the first thing you do is buy a reloading manual and read it.

    My choice is the Hornady 7th.

    It covers all the questions about what do I need, how to do it etc. Once you have this basic information, you will be able to better choose the equipment you want to start with.

    The Lyman 49th is also a great manual, but is oriented towards cast bullets.
     
  12. iiranger

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    Best start...

    Hit a gun show or three and buy used manuals of different brands, 6 or more. Study them carefully. One will "read easier" for you. Buy a new one of that brand for current data/ powder and primers and to a lessor degree bullets and cases. The bullet makers books, as a rule will list more powders and house bullets while the powder companies may list more different bullets. And now the inet has data in abundance. (CHECK IT against manuals, please.)

    It is an addiction. You will always want to try something new. RCBS has been around since WW II. Good stuff. LEE gets the job done on the cheap. [RCBS stood for Rock Chucker Bullet Swages. Mr. H got his start selling dies to make bullets from fired rim fire cases. If you don't need that kind of leverage, the LEE products get the job done fine. And now LEE has a cast press to rival the Rockchucker!] ]

    Great hobby. What you buy will go up in value. The $75.00 / M .223 cases, used military, used to be $10-$15 per thousand. Powder? First can I bought was $2.00. Bullets. I bought a couple boxes for $2.00 or $3.00 at a close out. Wish I had bought more.

    Risk is not a lot greater than say "cooking" or working on your car. You want to get hurt, you can. Study the manuals. Don't get adventuresome. And you might find some one hole groups on your paper too. LUCK. Happy trails.
     
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    Ohhhh, YouTube can be so good (and bad, and sad, and funny) sometimes. 30.06 is my favorite caliber to load and for some reason I love this guy. I found his process very easy to follow as a newbie, and now I just like to listen/watch while I'm at the bench for the hell of it.

    http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UklfoxVyS9o

    He's currently my online reloading crush.
     
  14. Ljimenez

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    Thanks a lot everyone. Looks like I'm headed to Amazon and Evay to look for some manuals before I buy any equipment. Thanks for the advice!!
     
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    Hi, ,Also some Cabelas and your LGS are now starting to offer reloading classes for a modest fee, or if you are lucky Free! Find a mentor at your local range, lots of the folks that reload love to talk and help the new loaders out, Oh, and study and practice before actually producing live rounds, your guns will be happy! Good luck!
     
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