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Old 10-21-2009, 07:14 PM   #11
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Weigh each charge until the powder dispenser proves reliable. Weigh occasional charges to confirm is is still reliable. Ball propellants tend to meter more easily and consistantly so the trickler is not AS necessary. Stick powders (IMR) tend to bridge and/or cut leading to inconsistancies. The trickler is needed for these powders when you are loading to max accuracy.

I agree the polisher is ALMOST a must have. I cannot imagine not polishing my brass before loading, except in a SHTF situation. $100 well spent.

Loading rifle, get the calipers. You WILL need the ability to trim the brass. FWIW, IMHO don't waste your time and effort with trim dies and files. Get a trimmer (I use a Forster) and chuck up the drill for volume trimming. Then you will need a deburring tool, the RCBS one is very good.

agreed on all points.


The lyman trimmer does good. for starting. I have one now. I would shy away from the power adapter mine is off set causing the bench to shake when I fire it up. I need to try it with corded drill.

YOu want high production and benchrest tollerance get a Girud case trimmer. GTC Trimmer
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I have the Forster screwed down to a small sheet of plywood. I sit on the back portion w/a can of brass between my thighs. The trimmer/cordless drill extends from the front of the chair. Pretty fast to chuck up a case, trim, unchuck and drop case into another can.

I came up with this set up when I was too poor to afford a powered trimmer. It works well enough that I cannot justify buyng a powered trimmer.

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Here is my next purchas in the reloading game. I got most of the other toys.

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I'm gonna do this!

You guys got me hooked and Billybob has been coaching me. I'm starting to get my funding together and will start slow.

Damn, you guys can spend a man's money!

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Weigh each charge until the powder dispenser proves reliable. Weigh occasional charges to confirm is is still reliable. Ball propellants tend to meter more easily and consistantly so the trickler is not AS necessary. Stick powders (IMR) tend to bridge and/or cut leading to inconsistancies. The trickler is needed for these powders when you are loading to max accuracy.

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I'm definitely getting the digital caliper. I'm also gonna pick up the trickler as it's only $13. The kit that I'm gonna get comes with a chamfer/debur tool. And I plan on getting a tumbler at some point, but being as it's not needed and money is kind of tight, I'm gonna pass for the time being and spend that $100 on components. When I've got a good supply of components I'll go ahead and pick up a tumbler.

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I'm gonna do this!

You guys got me hooked and Billybob has been coaching me. I'm starting to get my funding together and will start slow.

Damn, you guys can spend a man's money!
As noted before, Cane. Start the primer search-BUY if found under $30 per K.
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When I started out I ordered the Lee Anniversary kit from Midway. If I remember correctly it cost me about $75.00 plus shipping. The kit came with everything I needed except the dies and the length gauges. Although, I have upgraded the press and the scale, I still use most of the items from that original purchase. I would recommend this purchase to anyone that wants to start reloading and is not quite sure if they want to go with a large investment right from the get-go.

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My first/current cartridge reloader was a Lee Turret press. It may not be as nice as a RCBS or some of the others,but it was less than half of what the others charge and has loaded countless thousands of rounds over the years with out failure,and Lee makes some of the best dies on the market.

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Check Midway if you can get a reasonable Bullet puller and a beam scale to check your poweder charges. The scale is an indispensible equipment that you'll use as long as you're reloading.

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For a scale look on ebay.

I bought a lyman that is exactly the same as the Ohus and RCBS 10-10 for half the price of a used RCBS unit.

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