Originally Posted by shadecorp
I guess this is the post that will get me banned.
I have never seen a copy of "ABC'S of Reloading"
When shooting Trap and Skeet many years ago,
I used my "Ponsness/Warren" to load for Trap and Skeet.
When I started shooting Handguns I went to a "Dillon"press
and the "Lyman" manual.
One thing I "WOULD NOT" do
is use a recipe from an online source.
OK, now you can ban me,
For Not reading The ABCS of Reloading.
Ha Ha Ha,That's a great post Shade.
I don't think that book was even thought of back when I started reloading. My dad bought me a Mec shotgun shell reloader when I was 12-13,because we shot all the time around the farm.
I started reloading metallic cartridges when I was 16,and I'm 49 now. I learned from a friend of my dad's that was a competitive pistol shooter. Steve showed me all the basics,and it grew from there. He gave me my first press,an old wore out Texan press,but it was a great beginning into reloading for me.
New guy's to reloading don't need to buy any of the Reloading Kits. I'd find a good press,either new or used,and then piece together a reloading set-up with other quality equipment. It's hard to tear up reloading gear,and I'd buy most stuff like scales,powder dispensers,and other expensive items used.
You can find some great deals on Ebay for used scales and Uniflow powder dispensers.
As for cost savings reloading ammo.
A lot depends on whether your buying new brass or once shot brass,and also the type / grade of bullets you plan on reloading.
Shooting premium bullets is where you will really save money. I shoot a lot of Berger VLD bullets out of my rifles in many different calibers.
If I went and bought loaded premium ammo with these bullets,I'd pay between $40-$60 per 20 rounds. I pay around $38-$42 for 100 of these bullets,and after loading my own,they cost me under $1 a shell.
So,I'm saving between $100-$200 per 100 cartridges by loading them myself,and they are also tailored to the exact rifle that they are loaded for,giving me more accuracy over the factory stuff.