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what do i need to get started reloading

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by joe2004, Jun 15, 2007.

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  1. joe2004

    joe2004 Member

    May 30, 2007
    I want to know what items I need to get started reloading my 38 special and 357 Magnum

    1 I have the Brass Remington that I shot once at the range i kept them

    2 I need powder

    3 bullets

    4 primers

    What equipment do I need to get started something decent and fast please list all necessary items that I would need to buy and also the place that i can get if you know of a good place online

  2. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Member

    May 1, 2006
    Between TN & KY
    I started with the Lee Anniversary Kit. Press, dies, primer loader, shell holders, powder measure, brass, bullets, primers, powder measure and a couple of reloading manuals.
    The Lee kit came with everything but dies and brass, bullets, primers, powder and reloading manuals.
    I use Hodgdon powder for most reloads and Hornady bullets with Federal primers. I also have a small free Hodgdon reloading manual I picked up at a shop and the ABC's of Reloading and a Lee reloading manual.
    I have found 38 spl, 357 mag and 32 H&R mag to be easy to reload for.
    Start out easy and double check everything, even exprienced reloaders make mistakes when they don't keep their mind on what they are doing.
    I also use Rainier and Berry brand plated lead bullets for some lite practice loads.
    A tumbler also helps for brass cleaning.
    I have found I don't save much money but I do shoot a whole lot more for just a little more money and have a new hobby.
    I am sure some more folks will be a long to add equiment and advice.
  3. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    What you need to start reloading...

    Joe2004--There's a Jim-Dandy list of that @ the top of this forum. Start there.
    But even more important in starting reloading than equipment, is KNOWLEDGE. In starting any new activity, it's a good practice to begin by reading "The Standard Textbook" on the subject.

    For reloading, that would be The ABC's of Reloading put out by Krause Publishing, www.krause.com They must be doing something right; the book is in its 7th edition.

    The ABC's covers all aspects of reloading, and has complete instructions for the beginner, as well as advanced techniques. Something there for everybody. Belongs on all reloaders' bookshelves, well thumbed, IMHO.

    Get it @ yr local sptg gds sto, gun sho, the I'net, or you can order from the publisher. But get it. And read it.

    When you've finished that, you'll have a pretty clear idea of what you must have now, what you want in addition to that, and what you can wait until later to obtain, as well as how to use all that stuff.

    Oh, and welcome to The Magnificent Obsession--Reloading! :)
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  4. Quintin Likely

    Quintin Likely Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Relay 3, Target 17
    Books. Lots of books. The books will tell you specifically what you need, why you need it, and what it'll do. You can never have enough books when reloading.
  5. cheygriz

    cheygriz Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    High up in the Rockies
    FIRST, you need a good reloading manual. I like the Lyman manual best for beginners, but most are pretty good.

    If possible, get someone who reloads to let you watch, and explain the process to you. "Hands on" is always preferable to learning from the book.

    Ask local dealers if anyone in your area sponsors NRA certified reloading classes, and take one if it is available.

    Get the highest quality tools you can afford. Redding and Forster are top notch, but Lyman, RCBS, and Hornady are also excellent. If all you can afford is Lee, they will work too.
  6. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

    Jul 5, 2006
    West Virginia
    cheygriz had a great suggestion about books and trying to find a class. It would also help to know the calibers you want to load and how much you will need to load per week or month.
  7. jhansman

    jhansman Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    Another vote here for the Lee Anniversary Kit. Everything you need (except dies) to get started, and it won't cost you an arm or leg. It will also let you know if you want to eventually move up to a turret press. Best $80 I ever spent. BTW, if you get this kit, order it with the Lee manual.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2007
  8. gandog56

    gandog56 Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Mobile, AL.
    If he doesn't get a kit, he'll need a scale.
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