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Buying the right equipment the first time? Advise wanted!!!

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:44 PM
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Buying the right equipment the first time? Advise wanted!!!

Now that I have the reloading command center built it's time for me to start acquiring the reloading equipment. I'm firm believer that is cheaper in the long run to buy what you really want the first time so with that in mind I'd like some advise on what will best fit my needs. I'll be starting out just loading for my .300wsm but want to keep my options open for smaller and larger calibers in the future. Long Range and in the future Extreme Long Range is the goal. Redding competition dies are on the list. What advise do you guys have for press, scales (digital and bar), brass prep tools, calipers, reloading manuals, etc...???

Thanks for your help guys,
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:35 PM
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Re: Buying the right equipment the first time? Advise wanted!!!

It is cheaper to buy the right stuff the first time.

off the top of my head...

Forster Coax press with standard shellholder adapter plate
Redding competition dies
RCBS Chargemaster Scale
K&M primer pocket uniformer & flash hole deburrer
K&M expander mandrel
VLD Inside neck chamfer tool
Outside neck chamfer tool
Wilson micrometer trimmer
Neco concentricity gauge
Neck wall thickness mic
Digital caliper
Hornady or Sinclair Ogive OAL adapter + inserts
Hornady or Sinclair headspace adapter + inserts
Redding dry neck lube & imperial sizing wax
usual items e.g. loading blocks, funnel, brushes
steel wool
electric screwdriver
Hornady (or Harbor freight) sonic cleaner and Hornady cleaning solution

I use my Lyman trimmer with a neck turning adapter, but I think Sinclair or K&M would be better.

K&M arbor press and Wilson seater die for the range
beam scale (no real preference)
RCBS hand primer tool for the range (otherwise, the one on the forster press is excellent)

Whatever loading manual you don't have... that's the one you need.

Hope this helps!
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:56 PM
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Re: Buying the right equipment the first time? Advise wanted!!!

Lee collet neck dies and Forster ultra micrometer bullet seater. Buy both sets and sell the Lee full lenght sizer and bullet seater dies. I'm still cleaning with corn cob media and a vibrating tub type but I'm going to the ss pin media and a tumbler. A friend got some and it works great. As for the rest the list above is pretty good.
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Re: Buying the right equipment the first time? Advise wanted!!!

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It is cheaper to buy the right stuff the first time.

off the top of my head...

Forster Coax press with standard shellholder adapter plate
Redding competition dies
RCBS Chargemaster Scale
K&M primer pocket uniformer & flash hole deburrer
K&M expander mandrel
VLD Inside neck chamfer tool
Outside neck chamfer tool
Wilson micrometer trimmer
Neco concentricity gauge
Neck wall thickness mic
Digital caliper
Hornady or Sinclair Ogive OAL adapter + inserts
Hornady or Sinclair headspace adapter + inserts
Redding dry neck lube & imperial sizing wax
usual items e.g. loading blocks, funnel, brushes
steel wool
electric screwdriver
Hornady (or Harbor freight) sonic cleaner and Hornady cleaning solution

I use my Lyman trimmer with a neck turning adapter, but I think Sinclair or K&M would be better.

K&M arbor press and Wilson seater die for the range
beam scale (no real preference)
RCBS hand primer tool for the range (otherwise, the one on the forster press is excellent)

Whatever loading manual you don't have... that's the one you need.

Hope this helps!
-- richard
BAM! that pretty much hit it just right.

The only issue I would have is the RCBS chargemaster. I have one and do not consider it totally reliable. At this point I use it as an initial dispenser as it dispenses more quickly than I can with a trickler, but check the weight on a balance beam scale to be sure of accuracy.
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Re: Buying the right equipment the first time? Advise wanted!!!

Awesome replies! Thanks for the detailed answers! Keep em coming!
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:07 PM
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Re: Buying the right equipment the first time? Advise wanted!!!

As far as the RCBS Chargemaster goes I've been told to make sure there perfectly level and zero them out often and they work pretty well but I have no experience. Any other thoughts on this?
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BAM! that pretty much hit it just right.

The only issue I would have is the RCBS chargemaster. I have one and do not consider it totally reliable. At this point I use it as an initial dispenser as it dispenses more quickly than I can with a trickler, but check the weight on a balance beam scale to be sure of accuracy.
I'm with you on this one. I had to reset min twice yesterday to factory zero and it still was not working right. I dont know what I'm going to do.
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