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4 years 46 weeks ago, 6:55 AM

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Reloading

How many here reload? What is the average start up cost? Someone offered to show me how to do it,and sell me the "machine" for $350.00. I am considering so any info is appreciated.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 7:14 AM

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If it's a Dillon progressive, then 350 isn't bad, but if it's a Lee single stage then you're getting screwed. How many different calibers are you planning on loading? You can get a decent single stage press, powder dispenser, scale, dies, and components for about 350-400 bucks. A pound of powder will let you load about 800-1000 rounds of handgun ammo, depending on the caliber.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 9:56 AM

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reloader kits

the RCBS or Lee kits start at 100 bucka and go up.a good rcbs kit with powder scale,powder measure,press and a few other goodies run about 275-300.i use rcbs for my equipment but i use all kinds of dies.dies are generally universal between presses.if you are just gonna load a little bit then a single stage will be fine ut if you are loading handgun ammo for competition then step up to the dillon or something along those lines.i can load 80-100 rounds of .270 winchester an hour on my rock chucker press.i hand case trim,deburr and clean primer pockets by hand too.

4 years 46 weeks ago, 10:09 AM

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Look at what they offer and compare prices. You need a good reloading manuel :<) first, that is before you set up the equipment you buy.
Used equipment can be a very good deal but compare with what you can get new before you buy.
Read the manual very throughly before you begin loading. I can't stress that enough.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 3:14 PM

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I can't really help with the cost of the press, but I can tell you it saves a ton of money! I use my Father In-Laws press and buy all my components. The stupid thing is I still catch myself buying manufactured ammo all the time!

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 3:41 PM

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Dollpartz.....Reloading
I'm new to reloading too. I just got a dillon square deal progressive for about 350.00 They are really easy to use. Only thing about the sqaure deal, is they are set up for one caliber. You can get a caliber conversion to another caliber for 80 dollars or so, or so their website says. Then you will need a scale, that was about 160.00, but you can get fancier ones up to 300 dollars. Save your brass and that becomes free. Powder is cheap, bullets can be cheap if you just shooting lead. I think I bought 4000 copper plated bullets for around 300 dollars, but just straight lead is alot cheaper. Then there are primers, those are cheap, however very very hard to find in most places right now. So, starting out, your going to have to spend some money, but in the long run it will save you. Also, if you don't shoot much, it may not pay you to get one. I shoot about 1000 rounds a month, so it will pay me to reload. I should mention that with the particular model I'm talking about, you can't load rifle, just pistol. Hope this helps.

4 years 46 weeks ago, 5:37 PM

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you don't want to use reloaded ammo as your defensive round if you carry concealed,if you have to shoot someone a prosecuting attorney will have a field day by stating you were "designing a killer bullet".But for range time reloading is great but i'd bet there is really not much cost savings,because the more you reload the more you shoot,at least that's my experience,i was shooting close to 800 rounds a week when i was shooting competitively,but if i wasn't reloading i wouldn't of shot near that many and if you go to a shooting school (gunsite,front sight,)check first if you can use reloaded ammo there,all in all if it's a Dillon i'd get it,you won't loose money if you decide to sell it off later.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 5:42 PM

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As long as you are legally justified in shooting someone, and nobody else gets hurt as a result of shoot throughs or misses, the prosecution won't have much of a case. Just like everything else in this litigious society though, the civil suit which is sure to follow is where the asshole's lawyer will try to make you out to be a card-carrying rambo crazy. As for Dillon, I agree. if I could afford it, I'd have an RL550 and Square Deal and Dillon everything. They are absolute top of the line and have great customer service. I have to say also, that Lee has some shitty stuff, but their single stage press, dies, and customer service are great.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 6:30 PM

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well they could

say that not only did you go and get a concealed carry permit,but you also were walking on that particular street at that particular time and had reloaded to that particular bullet and powder configuration so that you put youself in a situation where joe crook had no choice but to demand money from you at gunpoint,and your mindset was such that you had mentally aligned all the stars in the galaxy to force this event and reloading was one of those stars,oh the mindset was for you and me runy cause i think we are the only ones that believe in it,lol

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 6:43 PM

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damn

I better get rid of those 110 grain 357 mag I loaded about 15 yrs ago for my rossi lever action. If I put one in a pistol I may never see daylight again.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 9:21 PM

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My pistol will handle them. How many ya got ?

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 9:23 PM

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Are you fond of the Ruger Vaquero ?
wondering about the name

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 6:51 PM

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face the the facts lawyers just plain SUCK. Especially the ones who want to defend punks and try to drag honest, law abiding victims thru the ringer.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 7:06 PM

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at the bottom of the ocean?

a good start

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 7:31 PM

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What do lawyers use

for birth control?
Their personalities.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 8:34 PM

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Roll Your Own

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If I can roll my own she can too.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 8:44 PM

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CW, I just told my wife that one, the look was Priceless!

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 8:54 PM

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Did you get a picture ?

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 8:55 PM

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Shoulda! Friggen funny! Gave her a temporary facial tick!!!lol

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 1:07 PM

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Lawyers...

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 1:10 PM

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Reloading

Reloading is fun, keeps me off the computer and out of the Wifes hair. But I am getting VERY irritated that reloading has become so hard and stressful on account of the shortage of the
parts I need.

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4 years 43 weeks ago, 9:41 AM

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Thanks everyone

and yes the shortage is what prompted me to look into reloading, duhh never considered the shortage for items needed there as well. Is a subject I need to invest some reading time in. Thank you all for your input.

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 1:25 PM

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Weve had a couple of odd balls in the last week.. and considering were all not that normal to strart with believe me were talking odd.. so when i read your post on being so diffrent i thought ok.. fasten you seat belt.
Your opinons don't seem to diffrent from most of ours, and frankly no deal if they were..

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4 years 45 weeks ago, 6:50 AM

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Thanks Greg

Thank you Greg, I try to make a good first impression :)

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4 years 43 weeks ago, 1:21 PM

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Reloading

Right now I load 12 rifle and 11 pistol cart.. Maybe I'm getting old but I find myself using my single stage presses a lot more than my progressives . If you aren't going to be sending massive amounts of lead down range, a (much) cheaper single stage might be the way to go. Once I got my base stock of built up my progressives don't get used all that much. We all know someone who shoots a couple of boxes of pistol once a month ,and has a grands worth of blue( or red, or green) iron on his bench. When I go to the range I like a couple of rifles and a pistol or two. When I get home I may have four different cart. to reload. It's a lot easier to prep and load the different stuff with my old Co-Ax than it is to reset a progressive four times.

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