Reloading noob

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by GaMatt72, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. GaMatt72

    GaMatt72 New Member

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    Have been wanting to get into reloading for years! I have talked to guys that do it and now after reading a ton on it and watching you tube videos on it I am ready. I just don't know what set up to go with. Should I start cheaper and get a single or turret style or should I go ahead and get a progressive reloader? Been looking at brands and the pros and cons of the different brands and styles. I want to start off right. Any ideas would be great!
     
  2. Catman

    Catman New Member

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    It depends on what you want to load. For pistols I would go with a progressive. For rifles a single. That's just me. Also the stickies have good info.
     

  3. The_Kid

    The_Kid New Member

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    I would suggest you get something in a single stage press to begin with. I got a Lee 50th Anniversary kit for about $100, which was money well spent.

    I shoot every day but not large quantities of ammo; so I don't see me needing anything more than my cute little press. ;)
     
  4. JD1969

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    I am super new to reloading, so take what I say with a block of salt. I went with a single stage, for no other reason than cost. I was not sure if I would like it, although I had a feeling I would because I tend to like things that involve gear, process and ritual. So I went with a Lee Challenger Breech Lock kit. After I purchased brass, lead, powder, primers, dies, a manual etc I was at $375. I load .45, .357 and .38 (right now, I plan on adding 9mm soon). After loading a few weeks, I am sure at some point I will buy a progressive, but I am sure I will keep the single. I can see this turning into as much of hobby as the act of shooting itself. If you have the cash and think you will really like, a progressive would be nice but as a newb there looks like there is more that could go wrong.
     
  5. GaMatt72

    GaMatt72 New Member

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    Yeah I want to reload 380 40 556 and 308.
     
  6. farmrboy

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    It's best to start with a single stage so you can learn the process step by step. Besides, you'll always need a single stage for special projects. Then, after you have some experience, you can step up to a progressive if you want. If you don't have a copy of 'The ABC's of reloading', I would suggest getting it and reading it before starting. It is the best reloading instruction book available. Lyman and Lee also have good instructions in their manuals.
     
  7. GaMatt72

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    I have read ABC's of reloading some and have a copy on the way. I was looking at midway and for the little extra would the Lee 4 Hole Turret Press with Auto Index Deluxe Kit be a better start or a true single stage kit?
     
  8. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco New Member

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    If time is not a factor go with a Lee single stage, put on some relaxing music and have a nice evening reloading. If you need to go faster you can always upgrade in the future. Hell, I still use a little Lee Classic reloader when I just want to relax and waste some time.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my suggestion for a new reloader is the single stage press to start with, because this way you are forced to take one step at a time and learn the procedures and cuts down on making mistakes. get into a routine and follow it. do one thing at a time so as not to make mistakes. the biggest area to make a mistake in, that could cause potential problems is charging the cases with powder. check and double check your powder charges. under and over charges can have very bad results for you and the firearm. remember safety first.

    also if you so desire to add a progressive or turret press in the future, the single stage can still be useful for many operations of reloading. i have one cheap single stage that is used mostly for just crimping bullets and depriming.
     
  10. jhowell5900

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    I agree with a few of these comments. I like the lee single for getting started. I started on a Rcbs single... It was nice to learn the steps. And it wasnt about the speed for me. Now I've used a Dillion 450 that my father in law had from years ago. We recently purchased a 650. It is magical. That being said it is really nice to have a rock chucker that I use for rifle rounds. I think the idea that you could always upgrade in the future makes the single stage the best bet... And I have bought a lot through midway. Good prices and good service.
     
  11. beaglesam

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    Here is what a 30 year reloader talked me into doing. He told me to buy the Lee four hole turret and start reloading first without the turret rod. That forces you to turn the turret by hand making you think about each step. After you get the hang of each step put the turret rod in and speed things up considerably. I can reload about 200 45 acp or 9mm per hour.
     
  12. GaMatt72

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    That is what I was thinking. Using the turret as you did. That way I concentrate on each step and can add the rod later. It is just I have found a turret deluxe kit for 20 more then a single. Both kits seem to include the same things to start. I will have to get dies and a few other things but I like the lee stuff to start.
     
  13. GaMatt72

    GaMatt72 New Member

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    Here is what the kit I was looking at comes with. And is 127 shipped.



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  14. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    That's the same one that I have. It has worked great.
     
  15. GaMatt72

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    Thanks. Now if I can get permission from the boss aka wife. I will try and order this weekend. I may have to wait till next week.
     
  16. beaglesam

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    I have always found it easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission. It has worked out ok, but we've been married 30+ years.:D
     
  17. Catman

    Catman New Member

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    You'll like this game!! I have been playing since 1965.:D
     
  18. GaMatt72

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    Well I ordered it. Then told her it was on the way. She said good. Lol
     
  19. jhowell5900

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    I'll give you credit for your bravery.... Welcome to the reloading world! Enjoy
     
  20. GaMatt72

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    Thanks. I know when I get it all set up and we hash out where I can put it. Our garage is fixing to be closed in and made into a game room. I inherited a 1904 pool table from my grandfather. So I need a place for it.