Where to start?
This is a discussion on Where to start? within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; I'm interested in reloading and have looked around this sight and others. Also, talked with people a bit. So far I have just been told ...
July 11th, 2010 05:55 PM
Where to start?
I'm interested in reloading and have looked around this sight and others. Also, talked with people a bit. So far I have just been told to buy a Dillon 550. At this rate I have no idea where to start with this new endeavor. I did see people recommending to read threw some books and watch some videos to get a better understanding of the process.
Can anyone recommend some books and videos to start off understanding reloading?
Also, can anyone recommend a decent kit to start out on?
July 11th, 2010 05:55 PM
July 11th, 2010 06:33 PM
You'll get a lot of opinions on brands, etc., but most will suggest a single-stage setup to start. Basics first before mass production.
I learned a lot from a Speer reloading manual and various gun magazine articles on the subject. If you know anyone that reloads, they can show you the works.
The cheapest setup is most likely Lee. It has good and bad points, like any of them. I don't like the lock rings on Lee dies and replaced them with setscrew lock rings.
How much equipment you need depends on what you reload and how much. A good drop measure for the powder loads will be more consistant and faster than dip measurers.
My preference is RCBS equipment. Good stuff, lots of selection. Some of my stuff is old Herters equipment (vintage '75) that still works fine.
Most important thing is to go slow and careful. One double-load can ruin your day (and many others that follow).
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July 11th, 2010 09:13 PM
I think we are in the same general area and I have been reloading for years and may be able to help you. Private message me.
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July 12th, 2010 01:52 AM
Dillon is nice, but get some reloading books. Fine some that can help you.Just take it easy.Good luck.
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July 12th, 2010 02:28 AM
The book “Modern Reloading” by Richard Lee is a good start as he explains all aspects of reloading ammunition. As far as equipment I second the recommendation of starting with a single stage press, it gives you a chance to check every step of the process and unless you plan on high volume production it will serve you well. YouTube has a multitude of videos just search using a search string such as “ammunition reloading”. Also check websites such as Winchester, Sierra Bullets or Hornanday or any other manufacturers as you can find a wealth of info on their sites. Here is a link to YouTube to get you started: YouTube - ammunition reloading
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July 12th, 2010 11:51 AM
The Dillon 550B is supposed to be the best progressive going. I however use a RCBS Rockchucker with a piggy back 3, which to me seems awesome. I used the rockchucker for a long time to single stage my rounds... great investment of time. The big thing to remember is to take your time slowly, that will build speed, which sounds counter intuitive. I like the Speer, Lyman, and Lee reloading manuals, seems that I have started to collect reloading manuals. Read a good reloading manual through from cover to cover, perhaps skipping calibers that you will not use, that is the most rewarding time to spend while killing time. I just wish that I had found the internet resources that are available when I started reloading.
Everyone that has a Dillon is like everyone that shoots a block, no other object is as good. I am afraid that a lot of hype goes into the product, but perhaps time and effort has born that out. Lee actually makes some great product for the beginning reloader, I would probably be tempted to get a lee turret deluxe kit if I was just starting out, but then again I have never used one.
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