Originally Posted by ta1588
so if i buy one of these
Lee Classic Loader
and a set of .380 dies I should have everything?
Not even close !!
I am afraid that after years on Gun Forums and answering dozens of posts like yours , you will be the first person I discourage from reloading . The reason for this is out of concern for your safety .
Unlike most peope who start reloading you have chosen one of the worst calibers to reload and certainly one that NO ONE should start out on !!
The reason for this is the limited case capacity of the small cased .380 round and secondly the small mistakes that every new reloader makes could get you killed with an overpressure load . With Winchester 231 which is one of the best Powders for pistol rounds you have a very small margin of error of only 3 tenths of a grain of powder between a starting load and a maximum one 2.9-3.2 according to the powder chart Cartridge Loads - Hodgdon Reloading Data Center - data.hodgdon.com
Usually people who load for most rounds do so with a higher case capacity and if they make a small error in the charge they are perfectly safe because there is a difference between these two factors of a grain or more .
If you insist on reloading for this round and starting out on it you MUST HAVE a good powder scale , powder measure /dispensor , set of calipers
to measure the overall length of your finished rounds and of course a major brand Reloading Manual to learn and understand what you're doing B4 starting .
It is very important to have Calipers and measure your finished rounds because if you seat the bullet too far in the case it will shoot the pressure sky high and turn even a safe load into an unsafe one very quickly .
If your looking to start reloading on a budget you realy should go and buy a snubby 38 Special for CCW/protection because it is a much safe round to start out reloading on and small mistakes can be gotten away with safely .
I implore you to NOT start out reloading with this caliper and if you do heed all of the warnings I have given you because the last thing the Sport of Shooting needs is to have a Televised National news Story about some guy who killed himself with his reloads driving a pistol slide through his brain blowing his gun up !
One more thing I normally suggest using the Lee dippers for new folks and started that way myself I reloaded for years safely and never even owned a powder scale , however with the smallest dipper they make it measures to the Maximum load or above with the powders that you would use and NOT even an expierence reloader should start out at the maximum listed loads for any combination of bullet , powder you can check this out for free at Lees site in the instruction section and click on the link for the dippers and a measure chart will open .http://www.leeprecision.com/html/instruct/index.html