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Old 06-28-2013, 04:50 PM   #11
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With the amount of calibers you want to eventually reload for just take the cost of a medium priced 1911 and that's about what it will cost.

You've got $240 in dies on your list-not including 12 gauge.
Primers are 4 different types for your list-$35 per 1000 x 4 so $140.
Atleast 3 different powders to get started $22-25 per lb.
Projectiles-$20/100 rifle and I like to buy lead for pistol so $30/500 and up.
Since you want to do two different rifle calibers-case trimmer between $20-$100
Press will be between $40-???-Depends on what you want to spend
Scale-$25-??? You've got to pay for quality
Lee hand primer-$20
Some way to clean your brass-$5-$100 depending on how much work you want to do.
Other misc.-trays, shellholders, lube- $50
Powder measure-$30-$200

Reloading is an extremely accessory driven hobby. It is very rewarding but you'll always be on the lookout for the next accessory or more consumables to stay ahead of your reloading rate.

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With the amount of calibers you want to eventually reload for just take the cost of a medium priced 1911 and that's about what it will cost.

You've got $240 in dies on your list-not including 12 gauge.
Primers are 4 different types for your list-$35 per 1000 x 4 so $140.
Atleast 3 different powders to get started $22-25 per lb.
Projectiles-$20/100 rifle and I like to buy lead for pistol so $30/500 and up.
Since you want to do two different rifle calibers-case trimmer between $20-$100
Press will be between $40-???-Depends on what you want to spend
Scale-$25-??? You've got to pay for quality
Lee hand primer-$20
Some way to clean your brass-$5-$100 depending on how much work you want to do.
Other misc.-trays, shellholders, lube- $50
Powder measure-$30-$200

Reloading is an extremely accessory driven hobby. It is very rewarding but you'll always be on the lookout for the next accessory or more consumables to stay ahead of your reloading rate.
I'd say that's a very good answer.

Hence why I recommended starting with one caliber and a small, either hand or turret, press.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:01 PM   #13
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Here is a reloading starter set, all you need to buy extra is, first a reloading book, a die set for your caliber, bullets, powder & primers.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/121744/lee-challenger-breech-lock-single-stage-press-kit
Ooh, by the way we thank you for leaving your brass laying at the range, it saves us reloaders a bunch of money.

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I seen a RCBS master reloading kit at cabelas the other day for like 300 bucks. It has everything you need to hand load qaulity ammunition other than dies and components. If a guy shoots a lot, rolling your own is the only way to go. I got into it because I love to tinker with my guns, and see how small of groups I can make them shoot lol. A huge benefit is tailoring loads to your particular firearm.

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I go out to shoot about 50 times a year 3 or 4 times a month i shoot trap/skeet and i plink with the 22 quite often and i pistol shoot about 1 or two times a month i mainly shoot 22 due to the price and 12guage is it worth it? How often do you reloaders shoot?

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I go out to shoot about 50 times a year 3 or 4 times a month i shoot trap/skeet and i plink with the 22 quite often and i pistol shoot about 1 or two times a month i mainly shoot 22 due to the price and 12guage is it worth it? How often do you reloaders shoot?
it depends on person's situation and other variables. i am pretty sure that just about everybod here on the forum would shoot much more if ammo quantity, time and a place to shoot were not obstacles!

personally, i have a small range i built behind the house, so a place to shoot is not a problem, but i do still have to work and have other things to take care of. so if i do have an opportunity to shoot, i don't have to load up and drive somewhere. granted, when i do get a chance, i do know i shoot more rounds than if i bought factory loaded ammo. my opportunities to shoot vary. sometimes i have shot several times a week and sometimes only about once a week.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #17
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You can get started loading shotgun shells for about $400 with one of these

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Reloading/Shotshell-Reloading|/pc/104792580/c/104761080/sc/104568480/MEC174-600-Jr-Mark-5-Reloader/751581.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fshots hell-reloading%2F_%2FN-1100196%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104568480%3FWTz_l%3DUnknown%253Bcat10 4792580%253Bcat104761080&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat104792 580%3Bcat104761080%3Bcat104568480

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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?
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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
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