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Old 05-26-2014, 09:34 PM   #1
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Can someone recommend some low cost options for reloading .223/5.56? Preferably a setup for under 200$ It will only be used to reload around 1500 rounds a year. Single stage presses look like the best option but I also saw a Lee hand press that was pretty inexpensive, didnt look to fun to use though. The setup will most likely be mounted on a work bench in the garage if that matters. While researching I saw that Lee was a good low cost option but people also said they wont last to long however, Hornady, Lyman and the other brands are too expensive. What can you guys recommend as a low cost setup? Also, what are some good books? I saw abc's of reloading, modern reloading and a few others.

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the least expensive .223 set up would be the Lee Loader hand loader at around $35. the only tools you need are a rubber mallet, no press required. however it takes about 2 minutes to load each round.

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Or try buying one of the more expensive ones used. I know around here they come up on Craigslist occasionally.

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the least expensive .223 set up would be the Lee Loader hand loader at around $35. the only tools you need are a rubber mallet, no press required. however it takes about 2 minutes to load each round.

Its that easy? I saw him scoop the powder and put it in, shouldn't he have weighed it to be more precise?
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You've got to be kidding. I have never seen anything like that. I wouldn't shoot that sh!t....yeah, I wouldn't weigh powder with a scoop.

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You've got to be kidding. I have never seen anything like that. I wouldn't shoot that sh!t....yeah, I wouldn't weigh powder with a scoop.
those scoops are designed for a specific weight with specific powders. when used correctly its safe.

best thing is get a reliable single stage. rcbs is what i recommend. good solid single stage that will last forever. i bought my rcbs in the 80's and i still use it for making my target ammo and hunting rounds. i do a lot of loading on my dillon xl650 but i always go back to the rcbs for precision.
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when used correctly its safe.
Really? Those things weigh powder accurately from scoop to scoop? (I'm not being a wiseass, I'm actually curious.)
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first thing anyone who is thinking about reloading is to read some books on the procedures of reloading. one of the best i have seen is, "The ABC's of Reloading" and there are several editions. get the most current one, which i think is the 9th edition.

then read the book and reread it several times before ever buying one piece of equipment for reloading. until you understand the procedures for reloading and the safety aspects that surround the reloading procedures, any attempt at reloading is dangerous.

reloading can be a rewarding hobby to the addition of firearms and shooting, and can be quite safe as long as one adheres to the safety measures that it requires. stepping away from those safety measures is a good way to get yourself or others hurt or killed. this can't be stressed enough. firing a round in gun is a controlled explosion. careless or negligent reloading is good way for gun to blow up in your hands or face. people have lost hands, fingers and eyesight from careless reloading. yes, it's that serious. people have been killed from faulty reloads.

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I paid about 140.00 for a single stage rcbs press a few months ago on a e-bay auction. check around there are some good deals also on used presses.

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Really? Those things weigh powder accurately from scoop to scoop? (I'm not being a wiseass, I'm actually curious.)
yup. they are surprisingly very consistent. they usually come with lee dies. ive got a few of em. i dont use them but ive tried them on a digital scale. surprisingly the +- is better than a manual dispenser.

the drawback is its pretty much a one shot deal no setting for a different charge weight. if the charge you need happens to coincide with the scoop its all good. otherwise they are kinda useless. you can do the same thing by grinding down cartridge cases for a specific charge weight and powder. it was very common 40-50 years ago but has fallen to the wayside today.

if you had only one powder one charge weight combined with a hand press its a damn fine compact loading setup for shtf
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