help with first loading press and parts choices.
with the high cost and short supply of ammo, i need to start rolling my own.
i have no mentors' to learn from in physical form. the next best thing is my internet forums brethren, so any tid bits of guidence will go a long way. all i can do is read, read and more reading, followed by thousands of noobie questions.
my wife and i have applied for our cpl's, and of course bought new pistols. i have been an avid hunter my whole life and have several guns. i'm by no means a pro shooter, more of an advancing amatuer.
although my wife has limited shooting experience, her skills are coming along nicely.
needless to say these shooting sessions are eatting up some funds quickly.
the two main guns i plan to load for are a ruger sr9c and a S&W m&p..357sig also a compact. later on a .44mag 45lc, .243, .270, 30 06 and some others.
my budget being what it is, miniscule. a low budget starter set up is in order.
i've been looking around and decided that a lee turrent press would suit my needs. having several turrent plates set up to drop in would be nice.
i'd like to break my cherry on the 9X19 case followed by the .357sig
i have ordered a sand lake 9mm conversion barrel for the m&p to cut down on shooting costs.
the lee classic turrent in kit form is my choice.
although i don't know what to look for in a good die set. i've looked at the many dies available from different makers. i think i can swing for the carbide dies to start. i'm leaning toward the lee deluxe set for the 9mm.
the problem is the .357sig. no carbide from lee. i looked at the dillon choices ($$$$). i like the fact that without upsetting the dies you can just pull a pin to clean the shavings and gunk.
is there a reason lee only makes a steel set?
can i load for both 9mm barrels on the same dies without adjustments?
what about using these "factory crimp" dies. is it necessary?
any suggestions on dies for these two cartridges??
the press kit comes with a primer solution. i've read others prefer a hand priming unit. any recommendations on which hand unit?
what do i need for primer and case cleaning tools?
i have an rcbs 505 powder scale i use for my blackpowder rifles, and a crummy digital scale that i use for my grinding snowmobile clutch weights. it's adjustable scale will also do small grain weights also. i think i'm fine there.
i have also a good dial caliper scaled in SAE. will this be fine?
any ideas on a cheap vib cleaner to hold say, 500 cases. way to many choices.......
loading boards and case storange is handled.
what other supporting hardware do i need to add? cleaners, lubes tools other necessary things i'm not aware of?
what should i get for the first loading manual with recipes for these 3 1/2 inch barrels?
my main concern is the die sets i'll need. the 9mm should be an easy one. but i know from some of the reading i've done the .357sig can be tricky.
as you can tell i very green at this so, thanks for any info. offered, and sorry for the long read. :bier: