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What do you need to start reloading

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rickyford2, Dec 17, 2007.

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  1. rickyford2

    rickyford2 Member

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    What all do you need to start reloading

    A press and what els

    And how much will it all cost to get started I will be shooting no more then 300 rounds a month. I found a hand press from cables for $25. for pistels and rifles I want to start reloading 270win were do I get the powder brass and bullets how do I know how much powder to use and how do I measer it?

    How much will I save and how many rounds do I have to shoot to start saveing?:confused:

    Ricky
     
  2. TRP1

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    Start out with some good reloading books. DO alot of reading before starting out.
     
  3. JonB

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    I have a very basic set up:
    Lee Hand press
    Dies (9mm, 10mm, .223)
    Small digital Scale
    Digital calipers
    Powder trickler (I fill my cases one at a time weighing each charge)

    Other stuff you Need
    Powder
    Bullets
    Primers
    Reloading manual such as Lee 2nd edition, ABC's of reloading, etc, etc

    Other nice to haves
    - Brass tumbler and polishing media
    - reloading blocks (plastic blocks with hole for holding the cartridges while working on them)

    You buy the powder, primers and bullets either locally at places that sell guns/reloading equipment or from mail order like Cabelas, Wideners, Midway USA, etc. But FYI - buying primers and powder online will cost you an extra hazardous material charge to ship (like 20 bucks I think)

    How much powder you use and how you do it will be in the manual you need to buy. You measure the powder with the scale.

    Start with the manual/book and read a bunch on it first......
     
  4. offroaddiver

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    First I'd suggest reading the sticky at the top of the reloading/handloading section.

    And to answer your last question first... it depends on what you're reloading... 9mm plinking rounds probably would take ya a while but customized 50 cal or rifle rounds will take you less time.

    Main thing i would suggest... figure out a place that you will be reloading before anything else. since only 300 rounds a month you can probably get away with a small place.

    with the amount you'll be shooting, measuring the powder i'd just use a quality scale and funnel set. And the amount you'd need... you can find some info online or buy a couple of manuals on reloading. I believe there's a spiral bound book www.midwayusa.com carries that is for the 270 win.

    where you get your supplies (since you were curious about start saving money buy bulk) unless you have a local place (support locals) look online. I have another thread about favorite sites online.

    Since you mentioned the 270 win as one round you'd be reloading as well as you wanna reload for pistols and rifles (i guess in general) you do need a good set of dies to make that press work.

    Like everyone has said.... read everything you can read.
     
  5. RustyFN

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    Read the stickie at the top for new reloaders and buy a manual and read it.
    That depends on the press you want to start with. You can go from a Lee hand press for $25 to a Dillon progressive for $2,000. I would recomend to not start with a hand press. I would start with at least a single stage. I started with a Lee Classic Turret press and that was the right press for me. I shoot some competition and needed something faster. I can load around 200 rounds per hour on the turret press. A single stage would have been to slow. The reloading manual will answer your questions about bullets and powder.
    I bought my press to just load 9mm and payed the press off in a couple of months from the savings. My setup cost $200 to get started. I can load 9mm for half of what the cheap stuff cost. I now load 38/357 and 223 also. I load 223 for $95 per 1,000 rounds so I am saving $250 to $300 on every 1,000 rounds I load. The type of ammo you want to load ( plinking or match grade ) will determin how much you save. It is a great hobby and has a lot of benefits besides saving money.
    Rusty
     
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    That's the hand press I have. Works great for low volume stuff. A Lee single stage press would work just as well, but the hand press takes up no room, doesn't need a sturdy counter to mount it to, etc.

    Case prep takes the longest amount of time, then measuring the powder. Although with .270 I bet you would be neck-sizing only (vs full length resizing). I did 200 rounds of 9mm in about 4 hours today (with several interruptions from my 9 wk old son). So 300 in a month is easy on the hand press.
     
  8. castize

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    I only load 9mm and 45 acp. I made a crude little stand from some scrap in the basement so I could move it around and the tools came from Cabelas for about $130 including the dies. Since I don't reload in volume it's all I need although not as nice or sophistocated as the stuff the avid shooters use. A few photos are attached.
     

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    I would start out with a single stage or a turret. Both are easy to setup and operate. Both would suit your needs. I am personally a fan of the Lee Classic Cast presses and have both. I do all of my rifle loading on the single stage, and pistol on the turret.
     
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    Us SW Ohio guys think alike. Spend a little extra for the Lee Classic Cast, it's top notch.
     
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    Having the right equipment is essential but knowing how to use it is more important. As others have said you will need to read books on how to reload or have a tutor, base on your spellin you may need the latter as well. Please don't take offense but reloading must be fully comprehended to be done safely.
     
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    Don't Do It. It Will Take Over Your Life. Your Wife Will Think You Love The Press More Than Her. You Will Stop Reading Novels And Start Reading Data Manuals All Of The Time.
     
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    I am now handloading ~60 cartridges 7 years after I started.
    I have bought allot of stuff.
    Here is the stuff I still use:

    1) Forster Co-ax press
    2) Forster full length factory honed dies
    3) RCBS uniflow powder measure
    4) RCBS 505 powder scale
    5) Redding Imperial die wax
    6) Wilson case mouth chamfer
    7) Forster priming tool
    8) Lyman pocket uniformer [for cleaning]
    9) Lyman moly vibrator kit
    10) Berry's Bullets vibrator cleaner
    11) Luxo magnifier lamp
    12) Berry's Bullets ammo boxes
    13) 3M post-its
    14) Lee depriming die
    15) Any $20 Chinese 6" dial caliper
    16) Any Chinese pin gauge sets .060 to .500"
    17) Sinclair concentricity gauge
    18) Sharpie ultra fine point permanent marker
    19) Sinclair bullet comparator
    20) A radio to listen to when reloading
    21) Quickload program on my computer
     
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