Originally Posted by hq357
When we go shooting we leave behind Alot of brass at my local gun range. sometimes i feel like all the brass casings on the floor are bieng wasted or money going down the drain ive seen people that are reloaders pick up the brass and leave with a bucket full and they seem happy kinda makes me feel like a chump for not picking some up it looks like a fun hobby to get into and i do love shooting but ammo is expensive can this be a solution? I know very little about reloading equipment how much would it cost to get into reloading? Id like to reload 9mm 40s&w 45acp, 12 guage 556/222, 308 and 762x39 if possible how much would a complete set of equipment cost? Is it time consuming? Does it take up a lot of space? I live in a condo with no garage and a small back patio is it worth it?
I started waaay back when in the 1970s with a 'RCBS Rockchucker' single stage press..worked OK but slow. I still like it for special rifle rounds..like say 7.62x51 for "long range" shooting. You can help yerself alot by holding it down to a few calibers. AK (7.62x39)ammo is cheap and mostly non-reloadable. I don't fool w it. Buy sealed ammo cans of it and be done w it.
Decide on the pistol rounds
you want: a good start is .45 and .38/357mag(same die set). Both these calibers are easy, since they are straight-walled cases. IMHO .38/357 are the best to start
since they have a RIM on which the case "headspaces". I'd stick to calibers the military uses since components are cheaper and available. This IMHO leaves out the .40, but lots of po po use that so I guess it is OK. I've been a 9mm shooter for decades and plan to get back into reloading that caliber soonest to. I just decided not to fool w .40. 45ACP is fun to shoot and easy to reload. I try to limit the choices of powder I use, again to save $$$. I chose Unique for 9mm. 45 and .38/357 as well..it shoots fairly clean, and works well in my powder feed equipment.
You'll need a set of dies for every caliber. A powder measure, a case caliper, a case trimmer, a 'deburring tool' to smooth out the mouths of the cases you trim, a powder scale to WEIGH the powder. Then get a Hornady or RCBS BOOK about the sport and read it. Youtube has boocoo vids about reloading setup and ???..go there.
IF you wanna get fancy get a Dillon progressive machine. I have an older 550 model which I'm setting up after years of not using it...still works fine. Good luck and be careful