What am I missing?
Looking for an experienced reloading eye to review my purchases so far to help me sort out what is necessary from what is extra and what is crap.
I'll be reloading .30-30; .40S&W; & 9mm (of course more in the future :) )
So far I have aquired:
Modern Reloading 2nd edition
Lyman Reloading 49th edition
5 or 6 powder manufacturer's reloading pamphlets
Lee Classic Turret Press
(2) extra 4 hole turrets
Lee .30-30 Win DLX 3 Die Set
Lee .40S&W/10MM Carbide DLX Carbide 4 Die Set
Lee 9MM Lugar Carbide DLX Carbide 4 Die Set
Lee Safety Prime Combo
Lee Pro Auto Disk
Lee Auto Disk Riser
Lee Swivel Adapter
Lee Charge Bar Adjustable
Scale & Measures --
Hornady 1500 GS Scale
Error correction device-- :eek:
Graf Bullet Puller
(3) Lee Round Die Box
Lee Resizing Lube
Lee Case Conditioning Kit
ABCs of Reloading 9th Edition
Primers (CCI 200 & CCI 500)
Anything else that is Manditory? Nice to have?
Brass tumbler and media
yeah just a tumbler for making en em look purty.. you have way more listed gear than i did to start with. lol.. now get the bench together and your ready to start
Get one of those 6"sand sifters, they are great for removing media from your cases. It's a lot faster and cleaner than doing it by hand.
I believe that you made 1 big mistake, but you can live with it for a while. The Lee press is not heavy enough to hold up to heavy loading. I have been loading my own since 1965 and over the years have had alot of Lee stuff, and it all let me down sooner or later. For low volume loading pick up an RCBS Rock Chucker, Layman Orange crisher or similar. For hogher volume Dillon is the best on the market. You can get all kinds of data form the net, but never use any of it without cross checking it with a good source, ie loading manual, or powder manufacture web. page.
I've been at it for over 30yrs myself,and have always used a Lee Turret press for my reloading needs.I have loaded countless thousands of rounds with my stuff without failure.
Yes,I have replaced a few parts that had a decent amount of wear on them,but no matter what brand of press you have,if you use it a lot there will be parts that begin to wear over time.
I'd put a Lee turret press up against any other brand's Turret press anyday of the week.
Lee does have some things that are completely useless,like their scale and powder dispenser.But,Lee dies and turret presses are as good as any other brand made.
I use my Deluxe Turret press for my pistol ammo,and my Classic Turret for all my rifle ammo,and I load a lot of ammo with both.
To the OP,The only thing that I'd change is the powder dispenser.You can use the Lee on your pistol calibers if you want,but it will probably give you more trouble than it's worth,depending on the powder you use.
Redding,RCBS,and Hornady all make great powder dispensers,I personally use a Redding BR3,and RCBS Uniflow when I'm not using my electronic dispenser.
@beaglesam -- thank you -- shiny clean brass is next to godliness!
@jjfuller1 -- bench will be built tomorrow -- 4x4 legs, 2x4s laminated together for the substrate of the table top with 3/16 cold rolled steel as a working surface -- that press isn't going anywhere!
@steve4102 -- Thank you, on a double check I missed a trimmer guage. Thanks for catching that.
@44ablast -- You and beaglesam are going to cost me with the 'budget officer' ;)
@catfish -- and dare I say I drive a Ford? You are a Chevy man correct? Thank you for the multi-source advice for powder loads.
@Txhillbilly -- Thanks. I knew the powder dispenser was a weak point for rifle loading. I'll have to dip and scale for now, hence the digital rather than the balance scale. I have a very strict 'budget officer' and to get this far I had to pull out the Father's Day, Birthday, and its MY money arguments. That last one will be the cause for 2 weeks of celibacy... Thanks for being a voice of reason.
Oh, THOSE sand sifters! Haha, good idea. Thanks for the clarification, I had something entirely different mind. Doh!
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