just a kid but love shooting want to start reloading

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by trevor_atkinson, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. trevor_atkinson

    trevor_atkinson New Member

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    i am interested and want to start reloading i was just wondering how much will it cost to start up an whats the best way to go about this? thanks!!
     
  2. filter777

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    That's a loaded question.... no pun intended. The cost would depend on which equipment you choose. As a beginner, a single stage press is recommended. Lee sells the least expensive. Depending on what you are reloading, you'll need to choose a set of dies. Again, the Lee carbide dies are the best deal on the market. You didn't mention what type of firearm, so I am assuming pistol. If you are reloading rifle, you'll need to consider other factors and costs. If I were you, start out with Lee equipment, budget for approximatel $200 (equipment only) and get yourself a couple of good reloading books. Of course there is also the cost of the reloading components such as primers, bullets, cases, and powder (assuming you're reloading your own once fired spent cases). Do some research. Youtube is great for that as a starting point. It also wouldn't hurt to buy a reloading book prior to purchasing anything else.
     
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  3. nitestalker

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    What do you want to reload? How many calibers? What firearms will you be loading for? We will need to know these things first. I am sure there will be a lot help for your reloading project.:)
     
  4. trevor_atkinson

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    thank you!! and fir now 9mm want to look ant .45 and eventually 357 but start with 9mm where is the best place to get this equipment? thank you!
     
  5. trevor_atkinson

    trevor_atkinson New Member

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    i want to stat off with 9mm but eventually .45 357 and 22
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    First and formost, get a good loading book. The Lyman's 49th edition or the ABC's of reloading are excellent choices. They will give you significant insight into the items you will need. Read the book (or books) from cover to cover and most of your questions will be answered. The book will stay with you for a lifetime as they contain load data you will use time and time again.
     
  7. Colby

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    Man!
    That reminds me a little of me - many years ago. Very young - no money. I mixed my own gunpowder out of chemicals - and other stuff ( don't want to say..) Built rockets and what were called zip guns - out of tubing. I was lucky I didn't kill myself. I had one mix blow up in my face - no eyebrows left. Lots of stuff....

    You'll be safer ... right????

    Try...
     
  8. c3shooter

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    Hi Trevor! As the folks have said- start by doing some reading. After that, you will know why you cannot reload .22 rimfire. There are several sources of loading equipment, including used equipment (ebay) but READ first.

    If you are under 18, you will need involvement of your parents to buy powder and primers. As hazardous materials, they are age controlled. How old are you?
     
  9. trevor_atkinson

    trevor_atkinson New Member

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    17 and wow I do need to read I did not know that about 22 thanks I am looking for a book now
     
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Trevor- get a copy of The ABCs of Reloading. You can find it on Amazon or possibly alibris.com Read the whole book, and come back to us with your questions- we'll be glad to help.
     
  11. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    Dont know if this was already asked,
    But,
    Do YOU shoot enough to cover the cost of getting setup to reload ? ?

     
  12. trevor_atkinson

    trevor_atkinson New Member

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    thank you very much sir!! is there any way i can save ur contact on this app so i can contact you in the future
     
  13. trevor_atkinson

    trevor_atkinson New Member

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    not right now for the sole reason of being to expensive for all the ammo i will probably also be going halfs with a friend of mine
     
  14. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Trevor- do not access the forum by app, so can't help you there- but you can get any of us regulars just by posting here.

    I'm on of the Mods that spends time herding cats here, and other than when I have to go somewhere and save civilization for a few days, I am usually around- as are other good folks that have been reloaders and shooters for a long time. Just give us a yell.
     
  15. orangello

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    Maybe shooting black powder revolvers & rifles would satisfy your urge to "roll your own" ammo? There are some really affordable BP revolvers out there; check it out. You have to buy the powder and primers, but you can mold your own projectiles using lead and relatively inexpensive molds. You can also make your own patches and such.

    I do believe you will need someone over 18 to be involved, but you should consider it an option for affordability and load variability.

    :)
     
  16. Shade

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    I agree you have alot of learning to do before you purchase anything.
    You can usually get a copy of the ABC's of Reloading from your local library.

    I will also suggesst a copy of Lee's Reloading Manual.

    Actually you used to be able to get primed .22LR Brass from CCI and
    Armscor, do not know if you still can or not. I never bothered with rimfire
    reloading.

    And definitely get your Parents involved so they know what you are doing.
    But you can handle it, just becareful and take your time.

    I have my 10 & 13 year olds learning in my shop with me.
     
  17. nitestalker

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    Shade I never knew that. I have been loading for a very long time never knew you could buy primed rim fire brass? How did I miss that one?
    Anyway how did it work? Do they make dies reloading books? Do you know what powder?
    Thx:)
     
  18. Vikingdad

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    Trevor,
    Stick around here and you will get plenty of advice from many people who have been doing it for a long time- and some of us not so long. Both of my sons reload (they are actually better at it than I am!) but here are some of my tips anyhow.

    Buy a couple of manuals, ABC's and Lyman are great books to start with. (I say buy them because you will constantly be referring back to them and they will only be the first ones of many you will collect over the years).

    Get your parents involved (or at least one of them).

    Try and find somebody nearby you who can be a sort of mentor. Local gun stores and ranges are a good place to start. You can always tell the reloaders at the range by all of the plastic boxes they have their ammo in, and they always pick up their brass (and anybody else's if they can get away with it ;)). Strike up a conversation and see if it goes anywhere.

    Buy the best equipment you can afford, but there is no need to go crazy. You can get a perfectly fine setup for a couple of hundred dollars.

    Never ever rush when reloading. It will never save you time, and it can kill you.
     
  19. trevor_atkinson

    trevor_atkinson New Member

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    Thank you sir!!!!
     
  20. Shade

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    I only ever saw primed brass once in a shop. Asked about it, it was before
    I was reloading maybe 20 years ago. Have not seen it since.
     
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