Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by JoelHightower, Apr 10, 2021.
Ask anything & you'll get good answers.
The only dumb question is the one NOT asked that you get injured or worse.
Welcome to THR
I started with RCBS single stage and still use it. But recently I've been using the Lee Classic 4 hole for 9mm and .223/5.56.
You most likely won't need that case trimmer right away unless you are using brass that's been fired several times.
You do need to get a chamfer or swaging die for removing the primer crimp on .233/5.56 cases and even some 9mm if you prefer not to throw those out.
I recommend starting with your single stage before getting a progressive. The single stage press forces you to focus on one I task at a time and thought repartition, master that task.
Have fun! you will never look at ammo the same
Just buy all the components you find. it’s like fishing, you will eventually use it!
32” Snook from the beach
Hell, I want to cast bullets and will be a new by at that some point in the near future.
I second using the single stage for a while before you move to a progressive.
I bought my Rockchucker in about 1989. All I ever needed until last year I decided to do pistol in volume.
For rifle, hunting rounds, you bought the best press available, IMHO.
I’ll put money on you adding more “interests” once you get going. Good luck!
Welcome Aboard !
1. Your membership here entitles you to discounts with Missouri Bullet and Rocky Mntn Reloading, so you can stop looking for bullets !
2. It also allows you to look at the forum for used reloading equipment. RIGHT HERE. Since most reloading equipment is built to serve a lifetime, used equipment can be a bargain.
I normally tell new reloaders a few things to help them get started smoothly;
K.I.S.S. Reloading ain't rocket surgery, just go slow and read instructions.
Get a good basic reloading "how to" text and study it. The ABCs of Reloading is an excellent start.
Get a "generic" manual. Lyman 49th and 50th are very good with lots of load data and a good "front half". If you are shooting jacketed bullets get a manual published by the bullet manufacturer.
Can't go wrong starting simple, with a single stage press. Single stage presses with the need to change and adjust dies often, teach an essential, important aspect of reloading; die adjustment. Without knowing how to properly adjust your dies (not just the mechanics but understanding what adjustment and how much to adjust are essential for troubleshooting your handloads, which you will have to do during your reloading "career"). After a few decades of reloading and using turret and Co-Ax presses, I still have many uses for a single stage press.
Also my Rule #1; pay very little (no) attention to any load data you see on any forum, any pet loads website, hear from any range rat, gun counter clerk, good intended friend, or gun shop guru. Get your data from published reloading manuals (but powder manufacturers have OK web sited with load data).
K.I.S.S.! Try not to overthink the process. Just go slow and follow instructions. Don't guess at anything.
If you are having trouble finding a powder measure, try powder scoops (Lee offers an excellent "Powder Measure Kit" consisting of 15 dippers and a powder chart). Along with this kit get a balance beam reloading scale. For a few years I successfully/easily used a dipper/scale combination for all my reloading. Treated right a balance beam scale will last a lifetime of reloading.
https://www.titanreloading.com/Powder-Scales/lee-safety-powder-scale- nuttin' wrong with a Lee Safety Scale if you know how to read a Vernier scale.
https://www.amazon.com/RCBS-Mechanical-Scale-Green-Right/dp/B00T9YJOWI very good scale...
Go slow. Double check everything. Most important, have fun...
mdi has some great advice.
Use the stickies and the search function or just post away. Members need something to do when they aren't reloading, searching for components and/or making noise.
Good luck and welcome.
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