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Old 08-10-2008, 07:27 PM   #11
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I hear ya, RL! The remark is largely facetious. Sure, we all save money on the ammunition - That is when we have the time to reload it. Sometimes, I just have to farm my reloads out to trusted suppliers; otherwise I'd be reloading when I could be sleeping, or shooting, or something.

When I walk into our spare bedroom and see the entire room full of reloading equipment, (The custom bench, alone, cost more than $800.00!) I have to wonder what I've really saved over the years?

Somehow, when I finally, 'kick off' I don't see another shooter coming in here and offering my wife anywhere near the $4,500.00 worth of reloading equipment and crated ammunition that's sitting all over the room. My dual drum wet/dry brass tumbler, alone, is worth over $450.00. So, like I said; 'Where's the savings?'
Geez David I guess you'd have to reload for quite some time to make up for that investment...I mounted my press to a homemade plywood table top/storage container so i can move it to my hunting cabin when I spend some time there. I only reload for 5 rifle calibers and 4 handgun calibers. My total investment minus ammunition components is less than $1000, and that's long since paid for itself. I only have 2 single stage presses and 1 turret press. I have a $100 Dillon tumbler and a $100 Redding Bench Rest powder measure. It's getting to the point that I don't have the time to reload, so I am considering a progressive like the 650. I always wondered if I would be sacrificing some accuracy by doing so?
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:08 AM   #12
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On pistol you wont loose any accuracy if you have a good progressive press like the dillon yur talking about most of them put out a charge + or - a tenth or so I also have a redding competion pistol powder measure that is the best but I have a Hornady LNL progressive and I love it and I added the micrometer for pistol on my powder measure that tunes it in nicely

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On pistol you wont loose any accuracy if you have a good progressive press like the dillon yur talking about most of them put out a charge + or - a tenth or so I also have a redding competion pistol powder measure that is the best but I have a Hornady LNL progressive and I love it and I added the micrometer for pistol on my powder measure that tunes it in nicely
Thanks Frank. Problem is I don't have any real target pistols anyway - except for a Ruger .22, acceptable accuracy for me is at combat distances of 7 yards. My main interest is in rifle shooting, and I strive for sub-moa grouping.
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I remember asking those same questions:




Each one gets used-- that RCBS JR is older than me-- still produces great rounds! That little LEE works well too (I use it for crimping).

Once you get going you'll need to buy stock in ammo can companies:

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Old 08-11-2008, 11:18 PM   #15
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seems like the hornady lock and load saves you from hand turning the base

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I have to agree with RL357Mag. As much as I shoot, I save a ton of money. That's why I love Lee equipment. It's the most inexpensive and still gets the job done. I load for 8 different calibers (pistol and rifle) and save anywhere from 35% to 75%. The latter is by reloading 357 magnum rounds. I refuse to pay $28-$35 for a box of 50 rounds when it costs me less than $7 to load my own 50.... and if you're not saving at least 45-50% reloading 9mm, then you're doing something wrong. Trust me, I shoot plenty and have paid for my press and equipment many times over. Perhaps, G21, you don't shoot enough. $4500 worth of equipment?.... Wow!

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Prices have changed a lot. Have you noticed this thread is 4 years old?

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Prices have changed a lot. Have you noticed this thread is 4 years old?
Yeah, just now... LOL... scrolled to the bottom and just noticed many links. I just assumed they were recent. I guess you just live and learn. I know now to check the date befor posting... thanks.
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You will also be amazed at the amount of brass you end up with after a couple of trips to the range too. Save all of the calibers you think you might load later on after you get up and running.

Good luck and be safe!!

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i started on a dillon 550b and never looked back wide range of calibers easy to use and change over. accurate powder drop it just works cant ask for more

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