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  1. JoelHightower

    JoelHightower Member

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    Hello all...I am new to reloading, all I lack to get started is powder measuring equipment , case trimmer and experience. My interest are 30 30...30 06...9mm and 556. Looking forward to reading all the post here and meeting everyone.
     
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  2. frogfurr

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    Welcome. What kind of press and die set up do you have?
     
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    Welcome from Montana.
     
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  4. JoelHightower

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    Rcbs rock crusher press and rcbs dies...shell holders rcbs and lee. Frankford arsenal tumbler. Looking to get the frankford powder system. Case trimmer most likely rcbs pro 2, or forster. Any suggestions?
     
  5. JoelHightower

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    Thanks guys for the welcome...I live in Alabama.
     
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    No dumb questions here!
    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 :eek:
     
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  7. JoelHightower

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    Looking to get a lee progressive press for 9mm and 556.
     
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    Welcome aboard from a neighbor slightly North of you!
    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.
     
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  9. koni

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    Welcome!
     
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  10. Mark_Mark

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    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
     
  11. frogfurr

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    I have tried many powder systems. Redding and Harrell's the best I have ever used. Pricey they are but the heart of reloading.
     
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  12. JoelHightower

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    Thanks guys...I need all the info/advise I can get. Reloading is not inexpensive but fun. After reloading I want to look into headspacing. I am not a percison range shooter just a hunter. this hobby was showed to me by a fellow fisherman. I have enjoyed looking for components and supply's . Looking forward to being able to make my own ammunition. thanks for all the information and advice.
     
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  13. frogfurr

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    Just buy all the components you find. it’s like fishing, you will eventually use it!

    32” Snook from the beach
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  15. Highland Lofts

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    Welcome to the forum.take your time and look around for decent priced equipment.
     
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    Welcome!!!! We were all new at some point.

    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.
     
  17. .38 Special

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    I am another one who recommends sticking with the single-stage for a while. I loaded about 30,000 rounds on a single-stage before "graduating" to a progressive - and now that my high-volume days are behind me, I have returned to my old single-stage and am enjoying it more than ever.
     
  18. lordpaxman

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    Welcome to THR!
    I’ll put money on you adding more “interests” once you get going. Good luck!
     
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  19. rfwobbly

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    Welcome Aboard !

    1. Your membership here entitles you to discounts with Missouri Bullet and Rocky Mntn Reloading, so you can stop looking for bullets ! :p

    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.

    Be safe.
     
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  20. AgPilot

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    Howdy from Mississippi!!!!
     
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  21. BCR#1

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    If the noob is in need of free 9mm brass, all he has to do is ask.They are my culls that have been de-primed and FART tumbled. Pay the shipping and they're yours. Nice brownie BTW.

    Bill
     
  22. mdi

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    Welcome to the wonderful, often confusing and frustrating world of reloading!

    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.amazon.com/LEE-PRECISION-Powder-Measure-Yellow/dp/B081TDY9FR
    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...
     
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  23. Mike44

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    Welcome from Georgia!
     
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  24. MFInc

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    Welcome. You are in the right place. Much knowledge here. I have the FA Powder measure and DS-750 scale. I've had bad luck with the scale, can't speak on their other ones. Their powder measure is OK Throws fairly consistent.. They had to send me a new one because the first wasn't good. Their inertia hammer broke on me too lol. I'm still noob so....

    mdi has some great advice.
     
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  25. eyeshot

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    Master the 9mm and then move on to the rifle calibers. I did it the other way but wish I hadn't. A lot of gray area when your working from books and forums. Or I just need things dumbed down to grasp it all. This site was great at explaining the details. If you are unclear about a procedure or process, ask again in a different way until someone gets where you are coming from and shines a light on things.

    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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