what do i need to start reloading

what do i need to start reloading

This is a discussion on what do i need to start reloading within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; ok. so its getting near christmas time and I have been thinking of what to get my fiance. I think Im going to get him ...

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    Question what do i need to start reloading

    ok. so its getting near christmas time and I have been thinking of what to get my fiance. I think Im going to get him reloading equipment.
    Heres the thing. I know NOTHING about reloading.
    I dont have a huge budget. under 200 for sure. under 150 if i can.
    i know plenty of people who got a single stage setup for under 100. it would be nice if i could get a progressive loader, but if they cost to much, they cost to much.
    He will be reloading 45ACP mainly. Although Im sure i will be getting stuff for my 9mm luger.
    Can you use all the same equipment for rifle rounds as well?
    if it can be done cheaply, he will probably want to reload 7.62x54R later too.
    So this is the kind of info I need:
    Links to good, but not to pricey reloading stuff.
    I want to know everything we need so that if he wanted to, he can try it out Christmas day.
    Also, links to good free online literature on how to reload would be great.
    thanks a ton!

    and hun if you are reading this, which i dont think you are since you dont go to this site... im not talking about you.. this is some other girl who wants to get her guy reloading stuff. Im getting you a lump of coal.


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    what about this guy?
    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...321&t=11082005
    any good?
    what else would i need?

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    That'll work.

    For starters you'll also need a powder measure. You've GOT to have that.

    You'll also need a Reloading Book, there are several out there. This has the case dimensions, various bullet weights, different type of powder that can be used and most importantly is the charge weight of the powder for each load...and these must be followed exactly as stated.

    You'll need the proper dies. Each caliber has its own set of dies. Lee has dies that'll cost around 20 bucks a set.

    Then, you have to buy the consumables...the bullets, the powder,the primers. You can buy new cases, but its cheaper to use your own fired cases.

    Thats a start.
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    The first thing to get is a reloading manual, or two. They will tell you the powder, primer, and bullet to use. The cheapest way to start is to use a Lee Loader. It has the die and powder measure in it. That's how I started 25+ yrs. ago, and it got me going for a bare minimum of cash. But the best(?) way is to get a good used (rcbs,etc.) single stage press off of ebay. O-frame is stronger than C-frame, and they last forever. A set of dies for the caliber you're reloading. Case lube, like Hornady's "One Shot". A case block to hold the cases while reloading. A scale to measure powder charges. And of course, powder and primers, and bullets. I think you'll find that reloading will NOT save you any money. Because you'll end up shooting A LOT more. And it's a lot of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friesepferd View Post
    what about this guy?
    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...321&t=11082005
    any good?
    what else would i need?
    If he's never reloaded, I would Not recommend a progressive reloader. Too much is happening all at once with a progressive. He should be using a single stage, and do them one at a time so he understands the hows and whys of it all. When he gets bored with a single stage, then move up.

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    can u guys give me a few links to what you suggest i get.
    it would be very helpful for someone to say get:
    this
    this
    this
    with links to the things.
    even if that isnt what i get
    thanks

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    also, how much longer does a single stage take to make say 100 rounds compared to a progressive

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    Try doing a search of this forum on "reloading equipment". Several threads with lots of information.

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    A single stage is about 3 to 4 times slower than a progressive or slower depending on the user.

    BUT If you don't know anything about reloading a single stage or a turret press that does one stage at a time is the way to go. It will allow you to learn the proper reloading techniques without getting either frustrated or building dangerous or unusable rounds.

    After you get good with a single stage or other then you can safely move on to building 500 to 1000 rounds an hour.

    Speed for someone new to reloading is not always the best choice.

    You need

    Books, first and foremost, a couple of good ones.

    Press
    Dies for each caliber
    Powder measure
    Scale
    Caliper
    Solid area to mount press to.
    Bullet puller, for when you mess up, lol.

    This is a minimum for pistol reloading

    If your only going to be doing pistol ammo at first you can get case cutting equipment later.
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    This looks like it would work.
    http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi/cata.../rlpress2.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by friesepferd View Post
    can u guys give me a few links to what you suggest i get.
    it would be very helpful for someone to say get:
    this
    this
    this
    with links to the things.
    even if that isnt what i get
    thanks
    1. Single stage Lee press & manual :http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.co...sku=0000690700
    2. Lee carbide dies http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.co...sku=0000690509
    3. Lee safety powder scale: http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.co...sku=0000690681
    4. Lee powder measure: http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.co...sku=0000690058
    5.. Powder funnel: http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.co...sku=0000690190

    Total so far: $94.77

    6. Bullets: http://www.wideners.com/itemview.cfm?dir=278|281
    7. Brass: http://www.wideners.com/itemview.cfm?dir=278|282


    This is rock-bottom equipment, but it works and it's safe. There are other things you'll need to get (like powder & primers), but because of costly Haz-Mat shipping fees, it's best that you purchase these locally.

    I hope this helps you.
    Last edited by nuparadigm; October 27th, 2007 at 06:16 PM.
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    thanks. very helpful.
    still havnt decided whether or not to get single state or progressive. im going to talk to a few friends here then make that discussion.
    if i were to go with the lee progressive setup from the link i posted before,
    what else would i need (besides brass, powder, primers, etc)?
    it looks like it comes with this stuff: Kit Includes:
    # Carbide 3-die set
    # Pro Auto-Disk Powder Measure with 4 disks
    # Pro 1000 Primer attachment
    # Case Feeder attachment with tubes
    # Shell plate

    what else would i need if all i wanted to do was .45acp.
    and what else would i need if i also wanted to do 9mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by friesepferd View Post
    thanks. very helpful.
    still havnt decided whether or not to get single state or progressive. im going to talk to a few friends here then make that discussion.
    if i were to go with the lee progressive setup from the link i posted before,
    what else would i need (besides brass, powder, primers, etc)?
    it looks like it comes with this stuff: Kit Includes:
    # Carbide 3-die set
    # Pro Auto-Disk Powder Measure with 4 disks
    # Pro 1000 Primer attachment
    # Case Feeder attachment with tubes
    # Shell plate

    what else would i need if all i wanted to do was .45acp.
    and what else would i need if i also wanted to do 9mm
    You don't really the case feeder, it's nice to have and if it comes with the kit, then o.k. If it was me, I'd also get the Lee Safety Powder Scale. The Auto-Disk Powder Measure measures by volume and not by weight .... and most reloaders end up wanting to know what is the weight of the powder charge being thrown. This is because all powder companies write their loading data in terms of powder weight and not powder volume.

    If you want to set up for 9m as well, you would need to buy the 9mm Lee dies and a 9mm Shell Plate.
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    That's a great gift idea. If you forget something, don't worry, it can come later. As stated, a book or books are key. I have ABC's of Reloading (got it from MidwayUSA.com) and recommend it. I'd start out with a single stage or a turret press - cheaper is better. They're all functional and that's all that really matters. In addition you'll need at a minimum:
    Shell plates or shell holders (depends on type of press)
    Powder measure
    Scale
    Dies (carbide is best)
    Calipers

    As for components, you could get those later. Its almost better that way because you see the savings right away. Buy 1000 primers, 1000 bullets, and a pound of powder and you probably spend less than $150 (depends on bullets mainly) and you'll get 1000 rounds out of it.

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    first thing is to get some books on reloading. read all you can. then look at used equipment. ebay has some good deals. a single stage press, scales, and dies along with the other items if found used should be under $150.00. but read reloading books, even the older books have some of the best information found.
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