I started working on the wife about reloading a few months back, and after printing out a shopping cart from F&M reloading and "accidentally" left it on the printer. A Lee Loadmaster progressive press, and everything a body needs to do .40 and .44, she told me last night to go ahead and order it.
Problem being is that is just the press, and since I shop around, the cheapest I could find. There is more equipment and supplies to go, ergo more $$$.
Here is what I have so far;
Lee Load master complete for .40 S&W w/factory crimp, extra turret, Lee 4pc .44 carbide die w/factory crimp, universal decapping die, .44 shell plate, bullet feeder, large pistol primer feeder, Don Dorms shooters program - $350
Frankford Arsenal tumbler, & media separator, FA Micro Reloading Elec. Powder Scale 750 gr capacity. - $115
Powder Valley Zero 180gr FMJ .40 1k- $106
Either Nosler .44 mag 240gr 1k - $156
- or -
Rainer LeadSafe .44 mag 24gr FMJ 1k $135 (unsure if usable in Desert Eagle .44mag - gas ports and polygonal barrel.)
Polish media, powder, primers, range brass to be purchased local. Est $150 on the high side.
TOTAL start up for 1k rounds of each - $870 - OUCH!
Each 1k rounds thereafter -
.40 = $150
.44 = $200
My argument -
1k rounds of .40 reloads (armscor) bought online $250 (when in stock)
1k rounds of .44 at the cheapest I can find that my DE will eat - $520 + tax
I am going to be hard put to explain that it will be an additional $530 plus shipping to do this. Seasonal layoff coming as well.
Did I miss anything that I should get. Bear in mind I have NOTHING for reloading yet.
Comments & suggestions welcome as well. Once I get everything I will be getting with someone local that reloads for some basic reloading education, then off to a private range to experiment with loads and test fire.
The one oddball question I also have, and maybe it should be a separate thread, how important is the recipes for reloading with mixed manufacture brass, and unlisted bullet (other than starting 10% under max)?
P.S. - If you know of a cheaper place to get any of the above items that I have listed, PLEASE let me know.