Reloading for .500 S&W, .45ACP, .44Mag

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by 2ndAmendmentFreedom, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. 2ndAmendmentFreedom

    2ndAmendmentFreedom New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    Having been shooting for a few years and recently getting into the .500 S&W, I'm considering starting reloading. My main calibers are .45ACP, followed by .44 Mag and S&W 500. I'm looking for an equipment checklist, especially what equipment can be re-used for all 3 calibers and what is caliber specific. Let's say my budget for all the equipment (including scale) is $1000. I hope you guys can point me in the right direction.

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  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I would be looking for a single stage press, a balance beam scale and a powder measure. RCBS makes all three and is a great brand. You will need dies for each caliber. You will also need a caliper. Buy a reloading book too. And read it!
     

  3. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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  4. 2ndAmendmentFreedom

    2ndAmendmentFreedom New Member

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    Down the road I'd probably be interested in doing .308 so I wouldn't want to limit myself to handguns only. What do you guys think of the RCBS 2000?
    And yeah I'll definitely get a book, probably even before I get the equipment :)
     
  5. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    If you stay with Dillon Products you will be pleased. Just check out the Dillon 550 Progressive.:)
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Not to talk smack about the RCBS 2000, but the only progressive I would consider is DILLON!
     
  7. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    The Dillon 550 is a great machine. Don't believe the square deal will do 500 s&w. I have the 550 now and had a square deal. I like the 550 manual indexing, didn't think I would but it makes things so much easier when something bad happens. The manual indexing is handier to use the press as a single stage when experimenting with new loads.
     
  8. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Their warranty is fantastic. I have a 450 Dillon I bought in 1980. They continue to this day a 100% no argument supply of replacement parts. How do they do that?:)
     
  9. JW357

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    I have no problem with Dillon.

    But I would advise a single stage press for starters. I started with a progressive and I rather wish I didn't. I like feeling like I'm in absolute control of every single round.

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