Reloading 45 ACP Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by ryevick, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. ryevick

    ryevick Member

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    I realize there is A LOT of material that I am about to start reading to get more informed on equipment I will need to being reloading my own 45 ammo BUT someone could save me a lot of time and money by suggesting possible kits that have everything I will need so I can go ahead and buy now while prices are climbing even though I will be waiting to begin reloading until after reading and learning everything I need to do this safely and precisely. I would be interesting in suggestions for EVERYTHING including press kits, powder, brass... everything.

    Thanks so much for understanding why I want to buy now. Ammo is being dried up I believe not only because lawful gun owners are buying it up but I believe anti-gun and possibly the gov't are drying up the supply... I could be wrong about that but it seems that way. I also assume the price for reloading equipment and supplies are going up fast too but I don't know about that either being new to it. Thanks again folks!
     
  2. Intheshop

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    Well,one thing you can do is get on E-Bay and educate yourself,"realtime".

    I don't buy much on there anymore?But,we still use it for realtime data on what things are going for.So,get on there and see what different "makes" of equip is bringing?And in general learning some of the differences in models.

    Without trying to open a bigazz can of worms....reloading co's aren't immune from the whole "offshoring" issue that other manufacturer's have been faced with.So some of the once VERY PROUD,U.S. co's have gone to China.It's an extremely deep subject,getting one's panty's in a wad over it isn't the *answer.

    I usually recomend used equip.But thats always been in "normal" mkts.As you've mentioned,reloading equip is increasing in priace along with most everything else in the shooting sports.Go check E-bay for pricing,then try hittin up local sources for used equip.Good luck.


    *Noting....as has been posted on Firearmstalk before,making a press yourself has some benny's.And it's a very good way of fighting back against the Chinese.You are infact beating them.Not the only way,but...one way.
     

  3. beaglesam

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    Lee is a good press for beginner or advanced and Lee Precision products are cast, machined and assembled in the USA.
     
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  4. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I would start with a single stage press kit. I started with the RCBS Rock Chucker master kit long ago but Hornady makes some good stuff and a lot of guys on here use Lee. They both make kits as well.
    As far as components for a 45 I have used a number of different cases by different manufacturers mostly Remington and Starline and have not had problem's with any of it. As far as bullets I had been using Hornady XTP's in 44's for years and see no reason to change. They are my bullet of choice for pressure loads but for plinking and target shooting I use copper coated or lead. Which ever I can pick up at a good price. For powders I am using Unigue for pressure loads and Titegroup for plinking. As soon as I can find some Ram Shot Silohette I am going to give that a shot(no pun intended).Primers I use mostly CCI and Federal. Pick up the " ABC's of reloading" And at least a couple of manuals. You can never have to many manuals. Happy handloading!!!
     
  5. ryevick

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    Well I have been looking at the Lee Breech Lock Challenger Kit... as well as the Lee 50th Anniversary Breech Lock Challenger Kit but can't don't know enough to tell the difference between them... seems they both have high reviews but not as many for the 50th Anniversary kit. I've read some people say to buy everything separate and I guess that might be a good idea but I'd need a parts list. I know the press seems to be well received, I suppose the only thing in this kit that they really mean to swap out is the scale to a digital scale but I don't know. I've also read I need a set of calipers and I just happen to have a new set, so that's covered.

    I mentioned wanting to load 45 ammo but I would also like to load 380 ammo... I don't suppose shotgun ammo can be reloaded (I am a newbie remember) but if it could 12 ga reloading would be cool. Thoughts?



    Lee Breech Lock Challenger Kit
    [ame]http://youtu.be/Ut_I1GMm_c4[/ame]

    Lee 50th Anniversary Breech Lock Challenger Kit
    [ame]http://youtu.be/RQNz2ie5H5U[/ame]
     
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  6. locutus

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    You can certainly load ammo with LEE equipment.

    But unless you're strapped for cash, I'd recommend a Redding "Boss" press, Redding dies and powder measure.

    A good balance scale made by Ohaus scale company. RCBS and several others sell Ohaus scales under their own name.

    Get and read "The ABCs of Reloading" and a good manual like the Lyman, speer or Hornady.

    Now, having said all that, if all you want to load is pistol ammo, and you have a few spare bucks, take a hard look at the Dillon Square Deal machine.

    www.dillonprecision.com
     
  7. ryevick

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    I haven't really calculated a budget yet but as long as I can get EVERYTHING for under $400-$500 (preferably under $400) I would probably be OK... that means EVERYTHING though including powder, primers, bullets and brass. I haven't priced out that stuff yet though... still a lot of looking to do online.
     
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What advantage is there to the Redding over LEE?

    Manual? The "The ABCs of Reloading" I assume is a guide and the press will have it's manual obviously... not sure what you are referring to, please explain.
     
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  10. Brue182

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    I went the total opposite and got myself a Dillion 650 xl. That thing is awesome now if I could just get small pistol primers so it isn't just holding my bench down.....got to do just enough reloading to get my feet wet and ran out of primers.
     
  11. mymaro

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    Is a 230gr fmj round nose the same as a 230gr fmj round nose?
     
  12. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The difference is kinda like the difference between a Kia and a Mercedes, Quality.

    The ABCs of reloading is a manual that will explain the process in great detail. It covers far more info than the instruction book with the press covers. Things you really need to know.

    A good reloading manual like the Lyman or Speer is also a very good investment in addition to the ABCs. You can never have too much information.


    Congrats, Bruce. That one is truly super. I used a 650 for over 20 years.
     
  13. ryevick

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    After watching this video I'm wondering why I should not get a turret press.


    [ame]http://youtu.be/gqChUEgrVDc[/ame]
     
  14. GaMatt72

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    I have a Lee turret loader. So far it has worked great for loading 556/223. I am starting 40 cal soon. I wanted a Dillion press but did not have the money and was suggested to start cheaper anyway. The lee is a good press for the money and you can sell it and upgrade later like I plan to.
     
  15. jwjessup

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    Are you asking full factory round to just the projectile? The question is too vague.
     
  16. jwjessup

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    I have a lee 100th anniversary challenge kit and I've reloaded over 3000rds of 40S&W, 2500rds of 45ACP, 50rds of 30-30 WIN, and 150rds of 30-06SPR and its still going I really like the kit. If I had the money though I would get the dillon 650 but that won't be under $400 or $500 unfortunately.
     
  17. mymaro

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    Sorry i should have clarified. I have some 230 gr Winchester fmj round nose and in none of my books do they have load data i tried 10 rounds at minimal loads and they cycled fine. Yesterday i picked up a 250 pack of berry? 230 gr fmj i would assume they will be fine since their same weights but want to here it from the pros
     
  18. jwjessup

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    What manuel do you have? I have loaded the berry 230gr and the function and are very accurate I shot 6 staples in a row at 5yards out of a ruger sr1911 of course w/ the right col and powder measure of course. My favorite powder to use with them is bullseye from alliant.
     
  19. Overkill0084

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    I find the "Lee will do until you get a real press" attitude somewhat condescending. While Lee doesn't have quite the "Cool Factor" of some other brands, many thousands of people have reloaded millions of rounds of perfectly good ammo on Lee equipment.
     
  20. mymaro

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    Its called
    The complete reloading manual for 45 acp
    Im using wsf right now its ball powder i dont really care for it what is a good cylindrical pistol powder?