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Old 12-25-2010, 01:33 PM   #1
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Of all the starter kits for reloading, who makes the best or is there a best? I'm a Dillon fan but I don't think they make a true starter kit. I have a friend that is think about reloading for when the SHTF. By best I mean most complete and without cheap accessories.
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I started with a Dillon Square Deal back in the 80's. I also bought the dillon scales and case cleaner. I don't know why everybody thinks you can't start on a progressive. Seemed very easy to me. Loaded a few rounds one at a time and got the feel for things and I've never looked back. Since then I've added a 550 with a case feeder, a redding 2400 trimmer and an RCBS case mate prep center. and a digital scale from MTM.
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Being a Dillon 550B owner I thought about the Square Deal, but I didn't want to overlook any other brand. I figured there might be some super duper first time starter kits by now(had my 550 for years). I started with a Lee then graduated. I was think a starter kit with the ABC's of reloading would be a must have in a kit and didn't know if there was a kit that had that or not.
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A good starter kit (the best in my eyes) is the RCBS Rockchucker Supreme master kit.

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^^ That's what I have and it's excellent. I have picked up a few more items along the way, but the kit was great. Get a powder trickler, micrometer and a case trimmer and you're set.

I use it for all my rifle reloading. I set the powder measure light by a few grains and trickle every powder charge to exact (within the tolerences of the scale) weight. I have not had to try very hard to get outstanding loads for my .222 and .308. I don't think I would get a progressive unless I was burning through a few hundred pistol rounds per week but that's just me.
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its a good kit. the dillon stuff is higher quality and better support. i started with a similar kit and movede on to the xl650. i stll use the single stage for 458winmag and 458 lott
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I second that. Everything you need except die(s), caliper, and manual(s).
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Thanks everybody. I'll pass this information on to my friend. He lives 2,000 miles away so I can't help but with information and I didn't want to daint things with my preference of a Dillon. More choices the better.
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its a good kit. the dillon stuff is higher quality and better support. i started with a similar kit and movede on to the xl650. i stll use the single stage for 458winmag and 458 lott
Sorry I so disagree with this. Dillon stuff is not higher quality than RCBS. I ranke them as in the same catagory for quality. Better support? your smokin some good stuff. You call RCBS and tell them something is broke I bet your ass it gets fixed ASAP. Call Dillon and say something is broke I bet your ass it gets fixed ASAP.

If you want the best single stage press on the market then your looking at one of two presses A Redding ULTRAMAG and the Forster Co-Ax.
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rcbs vs dillon, no way that dillon is better quality, my rcbs stuff that has been cranking i=out ammo of all calibers for the last 40 years is still going strong, i have powder measures older than that and id still put the stuff up against dillon any day of the week.
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