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Some advice on a newly purchased setup for a newbie

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Jakkar, Sep 16, 2007.

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  1. Jakkar

    Jakkar Member

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    Would you experienced guys mind looking over the gear I have ordered and purchased locally to set up a reloading bench for to begin with .357/38 Special and .45 ACP. I know I need to pick up some primers, a load of .45 cases and some more Powder for .357 Magnum loads but I want to make sure I am not missing any Dillon parts of accessories that I am going to need. Should I get another power measure or is that overkill?

    Thanks

    Dillon 1" Bench Wrench

    Dillon Carbide Pistol Dies (Three-Die Sets)
    Die Type: .45 ACP/GAP - $0.00

    Dillon Carbide Pistol Dies (Three-Die Sets)
    Die Type: .38/.357 - $0.00

    Dillon Spare Tool Head

    Dillon Primer Flipper Tray

    Dillon's 'Eliminator' Scale

    RL 550B
    Caliber Type: .38 LC/.38 Sp./.357/Mag./Max.

    RL 550B Caliber Conversion Kits
    Caliber Type: .45 ACP/.45 GAP

    RL550/Square Deal Machine Cover

    Rainier LeadSafe Per 500 T Copper Jacketed Bullets .38 158GR FP TCJ

    Berry's Preferred Plated Bullets 38/357 148 GR DEWC 500 ct

    Hornady 230 Gr. HP/XTP 45 ACP (X2)

    Hornady 158 Gr. HP/XTP .357 (X2)

    Hornady 125 Gr. HP/XTP .357 (X2)

    AA #2 Powder 1 lb.

    Hodgson HS-6 Powder 1 lb.

    Bullseye 1 lb.

    Cabela's 100 Rnd Ammo Boxes 4-Pack 38/357 GREEN 4 PACK

    Thumler's Tumbler Ultra Vibe 10 Tumbler w/#3 Media

    CABELA'S 6" DIAL CALIPERS 6" DIAL CALIPERS

    Magtech Unprimed Reloading Brass .357 MAG

    Cabela's Bullet Puller w/4 Collets

    Lyman Reloading manual

    One Book/One Caliber books for .357 and .45
     
  2. Walkalong

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    AA #5 & AA #9. (.45 & .357) AA #2 works well in the .38 & the .45, but AA #5 will make the .45 thump if you want some potent loads. HS6 may do the same though. I have tried both and really prefer the AA #5 for full power .45 loads.

    Many will recommend H110 or W296 for the .357 and I can't argue there.
     
  3. Starter52

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    I might have missed it, but did you get shellholders with those die sets? You'll need them.
     
  4. Jakkar

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    A shell plate comes with the caliber conversion kits. Is that what you are referring to. I definitely want to get some different powders as I intend to buy additional tool heads/dies/caliber conversions for .223, .300 WinMag and 10mm in the near future.

    I just don't know if I should get extra powder measures so that I can keep them attached to the tool heads for efficient caliber changes.
     
  5. target1911

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    I may have overlooked it, (i double checked your post) but you will need a scale of some sort. I would suggest a Digital one if you can afford it. I like the presition it offers as does a digital caliper.
     
  6. Jakkar

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    Yeah I got the Dillon Eliminator scale. It is the balance beam scale. It might not be as efficient as a nice digital but I kind of prefer the balance scale to start out with. I might get impatient later and get a digital.

    I think when I get another couple dies in the near future I will end up getting separate powder measures for each one so I can keep everything intact when I change out calibers. I think all I am missing now is some practice that I hope to be getting in the near future when the gear all arrives.
     
  7. Dirtypacman

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    Looks like you got yourself covered.... maybe a bullet puller
     
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    You don't have to HAVE it--but max case gauges are awfully nice to have on hand, particularly when you are learning to set up semi-auto pistol loads.

    Sorting out the crimp / neck diameter for pistols can be problematic. You can check the size for your given pistol by simply removing the barrel and seeing how the cartridge drops in--but that really is just checking to see if the round drops into that particular chamber.

    The max cart gauge will give you a better feel for that cartridge handily--just have it sitting next to the press when you start setting up the ammo.

    Jim H.
     
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