Questions for a Newbie

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    Questions for a Newbie

    OK I want to get started reloading pretty soon, and I have some questions.

    1 is this set up good for a beginner? And what else would I need with it to reload 40 cal?
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    Personally I would look at Lee's Cast Turret press. It is simpler to use esp. as a newbie, can be run in single stage, or indexed progressive. Kempf's has a good deal on a kit, and I suggest the upgrade to make life easier.

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    If your new don't go with a progressive loader, go with a single stage, that way you learn all the steps and then move up to a progressive,RCBS has a set up called the rockcrusher and it come with almost every thing you need to start reloading, and best of all , you can buy a upgrade and convert it to a progressive
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    I'd also suggest a single stage to start out with. If you just can't bare to do that, the Lee Classic Cast Turret is a great press also. Its a little more complicated, but it can be used as a single stage if you deactivate the auto index.

    At any rate, the Lee progressives (Pro 1000 and Loadmaster) get pretty mixed reviews and have a fair number of reported problems as compared to other manufactures' progressives. I'd skip them.
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    Guys, it's not rocket science. You learn the exact same things on a progressive as you do a single stage. The only reason to not get a progressive from the get go is $. They cost a little more is all.

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    Ok I think I have an idea of what I need to get started. Can someone please make like a check list so I know I have everything?

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    To this list, I would add a dial caliper and a scale to weigh powder. That will get you rolling. As you gain experience, you will likely find other gizmos to make life a little easier, but they aren't absolutely necessary.

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    The Lee kit comes with a scale

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    I thought it did. What do I need a dial caliper for??

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    Lee 4 hole turret kit for $99.99 at Midway. Out now but will be in 3/30/09. All you need to add to get started is the 4 die set and calipers. I have had mine for about 4 months add to it and very happy with it.

    And a tumbler kit

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    To know how long the finish bullet is

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    Also the Lee case trimmer, burr removal, and primer pocket cleaning tools. Personally, I went with a Lee handloader set-up. With the volume I do (a couple hundred a month) it worked out well for me and saved some bucks.

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    That all comes with the kit.

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    You need to use the dial caliper to measure case length too. Semiautos headspace on the front lip of the brass.
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