How much to start reloading?

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by bigplayer2382, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. bigplayer2382

    bigplayer2382 New Member

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    So I just bought (all papers pending as im in Maryland) a m&p .40, and a 5.56 AR15. I also intend I buy a 300 blk out ar15.

    The only way I will be able to afford to shoot is if I'm going to be reloading, how much does a basic start up cost? Nothing too fancy, but I would like it to be fairly productive. And not have to spend 5 minutes per bullet. Thanks!

    Brian
     
  2. Crazycastor

    Crazycastor New Member

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    About $600.00 at least. Those kits that they sell don't come with everything. Dial calipers, pullet pullers, dies, Shell holders etc. A couple of years ago you get into it fairly cheap but prices are still up there. Look around and get a reloading book. Go on youtube and check out some videos. There is alot to reloading and certain things you have to understand. The more you reload the more your going to shoot so think about bullets, brass, primers and powder too. It all adds up but eventually it will pay for its self. Good luck
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    first of all wellcome to the forum and stop over in the Introductions Section and say hello.

    first thing i recommend for anyone thinking about getting into reloading, is the buy the book, "The ABC's Of Reloading" and read it several times before ever buying one item for reloading. once finished reading it several times, you have a more clear understanding of the reloading process and procedures, have a more clear idea if it's what you really want to venture into and what you need to get to start reloading.

    agian my suggestion is buy the book, read it, before buying anything. it will save you a lot of needless expense and headaches when starting out.
     
  4. string1946

    string1946 New Member

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    I agree you should buy a book and look at some youtube videos. I would also suggest getting some kind of good turrent press. I have a Lyman T-mag I like alot and use it way more than I do my Dillon 550B. It has 6 stations in the turrent which allows me to leave either 3 sets of rifle dies or 2 sets of handgun dies set up in each turrent and with an extra or 2 I can keep most of what I reload for pretty much ready to go. And lets not fool ourselves, your not gonna save any money. You will just have more ammo and shoot more. Theres not much that gripes my butt more than an empty piece of brass.
     
  5. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Shhhhhhh! Do Not tell the wives! We are all using this same reasoning to buy the supplies and make our own! :rolleyes: :cool:
     
  6. string1946

    string1946 New Member

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    lol. My wife learned the ugly truth years ago. A guy I worked with wanted to sell his reloading equipment and I told her how much money I would save if I bought it which I did. Buy it not save money. I don't remember what all came in the deal other than a Lee turrent press, some dies, powder funnel, calipers, balance beam scales and some other odds and ends. The only things I still use are the dies and funnel. I wore the press out and patched it up with epoxy putty and then wore it out again and retired it. But I do have plenty of ammo. ;)

    PS. And that doesn't even count the getting into casting bullets part. :D
     
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  7. bigplayer2382

    bigplayer2382 New Member

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    Thanks guys, I do plan on buying a book, I have read alt online and watche tons of videos and have a good understanding on what needs to be done web reloading; however the types of equipment (hornady or Dillon press ect) I don't know whats the best bang for the buck, be te grains of the powder/bullet. But that all comes with the book. I figured it would be around $600+ but hopefully under $800
     
  8. Crazycastor

    Crazycastor New Member

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    I would shop around. I don't think you will go wrong with an RCBS single stage press.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the book, "The ABC's Of Reloading" can be found at Amazon.com for usually under $15. buy the lastest edition. IMO, this book is a must read for anyone not familiar with reloading and thinking about getting to doing it. it will show you the procedures, explain alot about safety, help you make choices in equipment and answer a lot questions. also IMO, it should be the very first book you buy before buying any others. this book will save you many headaches and future problems.