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#3128013 - 01/17/13 09:07 AM Looking to get into reloading questions
lockandloaded
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Ok I know it might not be the best time to be looking at reloading but... I have been thinking about getting into this for a few years now and seeing the basspro add last night got me thinking. So how should I start this adventure? The bps add was a hornady lock n load kit. I believe it was a single stage press. From what I'm reading should I look for a progressive press. I am wanting to reload pistol and rifle ammo. Are the dies interchangeable with any press. What's a good brand to start that I won't have to rebuy once I get more experience? I would like a kit but will buy the peices individually if I have some guidance. ANY help from you experienced loaders would be much appreciated. I have been paying 45 dollars a box of 270 surely I can reload for cheaper. Once I get past the first purchases. Thanks in advance.
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#3128066 - 01/17/13 09:52 AM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: lockandloaded]
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I personally like rcbs equipment, but lee, or hornady will do you fine. Start with a single stage and go from there, but i doubt you will ever really need a progressive
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#3128092 - 01/17/13 10:17 AM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: Rockhound]
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Ok so you think a single stage is fine. Would I be wise to buy a kit or purchase seperate. Most of the dies I see in the classifieds are rcbs or lee. So if the are not interchangable I suppose I would be smarter to buy rcbs any way.
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#3128107 - 01/17/13 10:28 AM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: lockandloaded]
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I have been reloading on a sigle-stage press since 1984. Started out with a Rockchucker but I now have a Forster Co-Ax press. I've loaded thousands of rounds and unless you do some high volume reloading a single stage should be fine.

All modern brands of dies will interchange with any press.
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#3128130 - 01/17/13 10:42 AM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: rdl65]
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 Originally Posted By: rdl65


All modern brands of dies will interchange with any press.


That's what i was thinking but i wasn't going to say without knowing 100%. I have a rockchucker 5 and use rcbs, forster, and lee dies
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#3128166 - 01/17/13 11:04 AM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: Rockhound]
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That's good to know that's also why I come to the tndeer guys for info. Now what all do I need I buy.
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#3128182 - 01/17/13 11:11 AM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: lockandloaded]
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A kit is a good idea if you are starting from scratch. You can pick up other pieces that you will need as you progress. Do a lot of reading and there are some excellent videos on youtube.
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#3128263 - 01/17/13 11:52 AM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: rdl65]
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http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=150979352613&index=0&nav=SEARCH&nid=82737672013. Found this on eBay. It has good reviews for the most part.
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#3128307 - 01/17/13 12:17 PM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: lockandloaded]
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That's the kit I would get if I was starting from scratch.
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#3128336 - 01/17/13 12:43 PM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: rdl65]
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A Speers manual is an excellent investment as well imo.
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#3128441 - 01/17/13 01:57 PM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: MUP]
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If you are going to load a good amount of ammo in one sitting and dont want to shell out the money for a progressive press you may want to look at a turret press. Kits are a good start, but you will soon find yourself wanting/needing more items.

Best place to start reloading is a reloading manual and a mentor.
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#3128838 - 01/17/13 07:44 PM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: MUP]
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The speer manual is included with the rcbs kit. That is the kit i started with, when i got ready to purchase i watched eBay for two weeks and a sportsman's warehouse in Illinois ran that exact kit "buy it now" for $299.99 with $1 shipping. So after the rcbs rebate i had $251 in it
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#3128904 - 01/17/13 08:31 PM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: Rockhound]
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If I found it for 299 i would order it tonight!!
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#3128960 - 01/17/13 09:13 PM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: lockandloaded]
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 Originally Posted By: lockandloaded
If I found it for 299 i would order it tonight!!


I would probably buy another for that price myself, i got lucky because the 25 they had sold in 6 hours.

On a side note that exact kit has been discontinued if im not mistaken
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#3128990 - 01/17/13 09:35 PM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: MUP]
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Most any of the loading manual will do and there are some good ones. I have about 6 and at one time or other I use them all. I would suggest you find someone you trust and reloads to advise it realy helps. I have a single stage because I like to hansdle each case and make sure it is right.
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#3129019 - 01/17/13 09:59 PM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: KPH]
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I am also buying my first press. I have been told that most dies iterchange. Does that also apply to shell holders? I am buying rcbs, I have saw the Lee shellholder kits and wondered if they would work as well.
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#3129049 - 01/17/13 10:20 PM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: tnblaster]
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My lee shell holders work on my rcbs equipment also. Blaster if you need any help let me know i live in loretto
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#3130551 - 01/19/13 09:29 AM Re: Looking to get into reloading questions [Re: Rockhound]
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ok thanks.
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