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Old 02-21-2013, 06:20 AM   #1
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What is a good press and parts to start reloading with? I probably will only reload .45 and 9mm to start. Then work my way up caliber wise. I have only 200.00 right now to spend but I don't want no junky press. But I don't need a top of the line press either. I don't know the prices of OK presses. I usually see some around 400 and up. What will I need also? I want to start soon like a month or so. I just need to keep placing money aside to get all the components. Thanks for all help guys.

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Old 02-21-2013, 06:38 AM   #2
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It will save you a bunch of time to read the abc's of reloading. I just picked up a copy at the local library. Read it first. It has more info than I thought possible. You will probably have 17 other posts saying the same.

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It will save you a bunch of time to read the abc's of reloading. I just picked up a copy at the local library. Read it first. It has more info than I thought possible. You will probably have 17 other posts saying the same.
+1 ABC's of reloading and some time to read it. I keep that book on my reloading table for pointers and good information on how to set up dies. Ive only been reloading for about six months and that book is worth its weight in gold plated lead.
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RCBS Rockchucker. It will run you close to 150 but it will last a lifetime or more. Very well made and easy to use.

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RCBS Rockchucker. It will run you close to 150 but it will last a lifetime or more. Very well made and easy to use.
Your just talking about the press right? Not the whole kit. Just asking because I just Google it and they came up for around 400.00 for the kit. I didn't just look for press only yet. If u are talking about the kit then please send me a link to get one that cheap.
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It is not just a press you are going to need. There are scales, powder measures, dies, calipers, shellholders and components to buy. Those tools will get you started. You're $200 will get you a basic kit and a set of dies. Everything else will be more than what your budget allows for.

I went with a Lee 4 hole Turret press kit and a set of Lee .45ACP dies. Throw in a set of cheap calipers and your budget is gone. You'd have everything to get started for one caliber but no components.

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RCBS Rockchucker Supreme kit or Lee Challenger kit, both come with most of what you need to get started, will need shell holders and a case trimmer if you need to trim, and of course dies.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/937051/rcbs-rock-chucker-supreme-master-single-stage-press-kit

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/423081/lee-challenger-breech-lock-single-stage-press-anniversary-kit

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If you are only going to load handgun loads, take a real hard look at the RCBS "Partner" kit.

If you want to go into rifle loads, the Redding "Boss" or "Big Boss," the Lyman "Crusher" and the RCBS Rockchucker are superb.

I prefer the Redding, but the others are excellent as well.

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Might want to check out the lee load master at natches.com They have kits already done For any caliber it will come with everything you need to start except for primer. bullets. Powder and brass. I've had very little problems with mine. Just fine tune adjustments gotta remember it is a hobby. Go to youtube and search Lee load masters . It is a 1 pole per round Press. I think Natchez has it right now for 230 dollars in stock today

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Check out the local classifieds for a deal on used equipment. I doubt that anyone will be likely to wear out a press and related stuff. Try Craigslist and Backpage.com. I second taking a look at some of the many Youtube videos; I learned some useful things from those.

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