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3 years 1 week ago, 4:32 PM

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Re-loading

Hey all, once again i apologize if this is a repeated question, but like I've said before... busy busy busy, rarely find time to search around. I trust you all for the questions I ask, otherwise I wouldnt ask them.

I've never reloaded before. Curious as to what kind of press and/or other tools I may need to reload my own bullets. Name brands appreciated as far as recommendations go.

thanks all in advance, and I apologize if this is in the wrong topic lol. thanks.

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3 years 1 week ago, 4:46 PM

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Check Midway USA. They have all the name brands and decent pricing. They also don't carry any brand I've had any issues with. Any packaged reloading set will have what you need to get started. Some will have a choice of dies included, some will be without dies. Lee equipment is as good as others and bargain priced. You didn't say wether you want to load rifle or pistol, or both. If they are available, always go with carbide dies regardless of manufacturer. Aside from .50BMG all dies have the same thread pattern so any make of die will fit any make of press. Shot shell re-loading is a whole 'nuther subject. The reloading manual is the most important piece of equipment at the loading bench. Read, re-read and keep reading.
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3 years 1 week ago, 5:16 PM

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yeah sorry

for pistols, so far 9mm and 40S&W. will check out midway, thanks vaq

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3 years 6 days ago, 4:43 PM

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I currently have a Lee single stage press and have done thousands of 9mm and .40, with some .38 SPL and .357 mag. For a new reloader, i think a single stage is best just to fully understand the process and develop a personal routine that emphasizes safety. Once you've become fed up with the slow process, graduate to a turret press or progressive setup.

I have all the components and equipment for .223, but I've yet to find my balls and reload for it. Something about a bottleneck casing intimidates me I guess.

Initial setup can be costly, so how long before you begin t see any savings on ammo costs depends on what setup and components you buy and how much you shoot. Once you get established, the savings can be significant.

I will say for pistol bullets, check out Montana Gold. I use their 124 gr JHP bullets for my 9mm and bullet weights have always been very consistent, resulting in very accurate rounds. prices are pretty good too, at (I think) 112 bucks for 1000 JHP bullets delivered. If you don't mind shooting cast bullets, you can get them even cheaper elsewhere.

I recommend against using a Lee Perfect Powder Measure, as the drum that fills with each charge is plastic and static electricity can cause some of the grains to stick, resulting in inconsistent charges. This probably isn't much of an issue in most states, but I did see it in the dry climate of southern AZ. I bought an RCBS powder measure and have had zero problems since. I also really like Dillon Precision products, and I use their electronic powder scale. Eventually, I'll get a Dillon RL 550 progressive reloader, but that'll be later down the road.

The very first time I fired one of my own rounds (.40 out of a G22), I really wished I had a gun vise with string to pull the trigger, but when I touched it off and it acted like a normal round, I was hooked. Making your own ammo is a lot of fun and you have a real sense of pride when you go out to a local club match or just practice session knowing you have tweaked your loads to create the most accurate ammo available for your specific gun

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3 years 5 days ago, 2:29 PM

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yea, ammo savings was the beginning motivator for me... then i read about it increasing accuracy if done properly and what not... now I'm even more hooked on getting all the equipment. been lookin at RCBS and Lee. bout to check on ebay though i don't like buying used stuff because it could be off calibration or somethin... just like an OCD thing with me. I'm suprised i bought a used HK but figured since its an HK... what the hell could go wrong? lmao

I'll probably end up making my own bullets as well down the line when i find more out about that. this week I'm gonna order a book or two.

I got a few friends that shoot often at work, I'll probably reload their brass as well at the cost of supplies and a little for labor. not to mention my whole family is full of hunters and lots of people who like to shoot competition. so who knows I could be rolling in brass soon. wether they want the ammo back or not its experience and knowledge... and extra ammo for myself if they don't want it :)

will probably order a cheap single stage lee or rcbs single stage press this week as well along with a tumbler and some media... depends on how big my paycheck is. I'd like to buy another box or two of .40 and 9mm as well... shall see what time brings me.

thanks run

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2 years 50 weeks ago, 6:37 AM

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ebay presses..

I really wouldn't worry about ordering a press off of ebay. I have the RCBS single stage (rock chucker) I believe... I don't really see how you could mess it up. It is SOLID! Scales and die sets on the other hand, go through a reputable company.

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