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4 years 47 weeks ago, 4:19 PM

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http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?id...

I am about to enter the world of reloading and am concidering this kit as an economical start. I don't want to spend $600 plus right now for top of the line shit and I am not real interested in mass production, If I can load 100 rounds in an afternoon I will be happy.

I have read about some of the downsides, priming system leaves a lot to be desired, scale is a bit funky etc but for around 4 bills I will be set to start loading .223. That price will include the kit, 500 pieces of brass, 1000 primers, 500 bullets, .223 die set and 2lbs of powder. Why so much powder you ask? Because of the $20 hazmat fee from UPS I think that I will buy way more than I will use in the near future, I may even double or triple up on the primers as well for the same reason.

Anyway Gunslot members, your thoughts on this are appreciated.

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4 years 47 weeks ago, 4:43 PM

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I say go for it!
Unless you go for quantity, this setup will be fine.
All single stage presses have questionable priming systems.
I own a Lee Autoprime and just leave the priming arm off of my press.
The autoprime is relatively inexpensive and can double your production no matter what single stage you have. All scales are funky, weigh some 55 gr or 40 gr bullets to get a comfort level before you charge the cases.
If it comes with a powder dump, fine, they are all pretty much the same.
When I load for my .243 I weigh every charge anyway, the dump just gets me close.
for low power plinkin stuff for the wheelguns, I dump 5 charges and weigh them all and consider the average. A decent dump will only vary by 0.2 grains.
mho.

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4 years 47 weeks ago, 5:25 PM

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I added a link to show the kit.

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4 years 47 weeks ago, 5:35 PM

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The last "note" mentions calipers.
Gotta have them for hi power rifles and handguns, for trimming cases to factory.
And you may want to get real technical with a bolt action sometime.
Get a good pair through your job.
You peddle parts, right?
thousandths, make a difference.
same ones good mechanics use, .

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4 years 47 weeks ago, 5:57 PM

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Vaq, I got two sets,

vernier and digital for my engine work (I like digital better, I'm lazy..lol), thanks for the heads up though.

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4 years 47 weeks ago, 6:04 PM

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Buy it before it is too late.
Most of my stuff came in a "kit" in 1980.
The press is about all you can wear out and I wore out a RCBS rockchucker.
It took me 25 years, but I wore it out.
Good investment, load up on primers!

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4 years 47 weeks ago, 2:16 PM

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The press is great, I've loaded literally thousands of rounds of .40 and 9mm on mine, and it's still going strong. If you live in a dry area, get away from the Lee powder measure. They use plastic drums and the static electricity causes grains to cling to the drum and results in inconsistent charges. Invest in a powder measure from RCBS. I weigh ten charges and divide them to find the average charge when I begin each loading session, then weigh every 20th charge or so.

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4 years 47 weeks ago, 2:42 PM

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Thanks for

the input runs, I ordered it today from cabelas. I plan on upgrading some of the stuff but the press was the important part for me, for $100 I can afford to upgrade.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 4:10 PM

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Did you get the reload set yet?

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 6:27 PM

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Vaq, it just

shipped a few days ago, should be seeing it soon. Got my casings and bullets coming as well but I will buy my powder and primers locally to avoid the healthy hazmat charge, midway usa wanted an extra $50....ouch!

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 6:29 PM

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Good luck bud. If you have any questions, post them. We might all learn something.

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