Originally Posted by CoreyZ28
I recently bought a Lee Value turret press kit, .40 4 die set, and safety primer feed. Can't wait for it all to be in Friday and to get an idea how everything works together. Besides all the consumables, what else do I need to get?
Hi Corey and welcome to the wonderfully rewarding world of hand-loading. I've been shooting and reloading for over 40 years and load many different calibers, 40S&W being one of them. With the advent of the Glock (and maybe some others), we have to deal with case bulge just forward of the rim on fired cases. This bulge is caused by a partially unsupported chamber (which Glocks have) which allows the case to bulge a bit more than a barrel with a fully supported chamber. So if you pick up range brass or buy once-fired brass, there may be some cases that have been "Glocked". A standard sizing doesn't/can't push the case far enough in to the die to remove this very slight bulge. Left unattended, this slight bulge may be just enough to cause a failure to go in to battery (failure to chamber). Lee sells a little kit to remove this bulge. It's called the "Bulge Buster". Do a search for it on youtube and watch a few videos on it. Also, a "go/no go" gauge is helpful for any auto round as it allows you to cull out any loaded rounds that don't fit in the gauge properly. Over time, you will probably acquire quite a bit of reloading paraphernalia. It's just the nature of this endeavor. Youtube has tons of videos on reloading. I've included a few below. And as other have said, buy a good handloading book. I use the Dillon 550B progressive reloading press which is what Hickok45 uses in his videos below. At some point, you may want to upgrade to a progressive press and the Dillon 550B is an excellent choice for around $450. It will reload around 500 rounds per hour. I also have a little Lee single stage press like yours which I use for miscellaneous operations such as the "Bulge Buster". I also cast my own bullets and recover and recycle lead from my shooting range. So my only recurring cost are for powder and primers. I can reload any handgun caliber for around $2.00 a box. I just recently bought 2000 once-fired 40S&W cases for $78.00 including shipping from Top Brass Reloading Supplies. http://www.topbrassreloading.com/
Places like Lee Precision, Dillon Precision, and Midwayusa.com are excellent places to order from, as are tons of other internet sites. Get in the habit of searching for stuff on the internet. It's a really great resource. One more thing. Don't load up a thousand rounds only to find something ain't right. Load just 20 rounds and fire them in your gun. Load 20 more and fire them. If you didn't have any glitches, then your dies are adjusted properly and you can load those thousand rounds. Even when using a "go/no go" gauge, any time you change dies/calibers it's wise to go through this test phase.
Happy hand-loading, and always be safe.
Handloading Basics (Decision to make)
Handloading Part 1
Handloading Part 2
Using the Lee Bulge Buster
Using a case gauge