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First reloader, what is a good choice?

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Unread 12-01-2012, 04:52 PM
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Re: First reloader, what is a good choice?

Originally Posted by baranx4 View Post
Wil all of these kits in a single press work with mags. My longest bullet is probably a 300 win mag or a 338 win mag. Right now I am looking at hornady and rcbs.
Yes, any will work.
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Unread 12-02-2012, 02:57 AM
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Re: First reloader, what is a good choice?

Both Hornady and RCBS make good products. I would definitely go with a press made of cast iron not aluminum (I believe that Lee is the only one that makes an aluminum press). Other that the Forester CO-AX press there isn't really any advantage with any of the Iron O-frame presses.
As far as dies are concerned I would highly recommend Redding or Forester dies.
Also the Redding powder trickler is far superior to any other trickler I have used.
Good luck!
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Unread 12-02-2012, 03:13 AM
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Re: First reloader, what is a good choice?

I think this is like asking which do you prefer, Ford or Chevy. I'm still relatively new to reloading compared to most on this forum and have only been doing it for a couple of years on and off (damn deployments keep ruining my hunting and shooting time lol). What I personally did was buy the RCBS package to start with. I originally just bought some RCBS dies, but I also have some Forester dies with the micrometer seating. I like the micrometer seating dies the more I use them, but it's not needed. This setup has worked well for me just starting out and I can't comment on other brands because I've honestly never used them. I like the setup so much I haven't even looked at other setups with the exception of dies and maybe an electronic powder thrower, but again that's just me. Good luck with your choices and let us know what you decide, I don't think you can really go wrong with all the choices that have been listed so far.

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Unread 12-02-2012, 05:48 AM
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Re: First reloader, what is a good choice?

If your looking to buy new stuff cabelas is running a sale or was running a sale on there RCBS complete package. Good time to buy...Christmas sales...For as the press I woud stick with RCBS, Hornedy, Redding, Dillion, or Foster mainly because of strength and long term use. I use a RCBS in a single stage and reload for 4 different calibers. I like the redding dies a tad bet better than the rcbs dies. I think they may pay a little more attention to percission. I have had 2 sets of RCBS that for some reason the decapping stem would not center no manner how hard I tried to re-align. I took them back and was refunded. I think it was the tension screw was not machined correctly. But not to totally knock RCBS because I have RCBS dies that I use constantlly with no issues. I have not tried the hornady dies but I have heard they work great as well. My only susgestion is to stay away from the alunimum Lee press. My bottom pin in the ram warped after the first year of use. I also was using a balance beam scale to measure every power charge and my loads were just not consistant because you are eyeballing the center line every time. "Human error". If all you can afford is a electronic scale and have to dip power I would prefer the electronic over the balance beam. I use the RCBS charge master/despencer and it weigh's out to 1/10 of a grain. My loads shoot 1/2 inch or better now. I think hornaday electronic powder despincer with the scale is about 50 to 60 dollars less than the RCBS and from reviews and speaking with individuals that have them they work just as good. Ive been reloading now for about 8 to 9 years. My next statement might cause some grief but if you are just hunting than I would not get caught up in all the neck turning and the ton of extra brass work that bech rest shootters do. I full length size and trim the brass about every fourth use provided it has not grown to much. It seem to work for me and keeps my volicities about the same or (ES of 15ft/sec). I like to load more during the winter months becuse in utah it is dry inside my house. We run a swamp cooerl in the summer so I load about 100 to 300 rounds in the winter and shoot them the rest of the year. Also these are developed rounds for my rifles and I am not changing anything. Maybe this more info than you wanted but personal opinion is to stay away of the alunimum press. It had cause me some grief for about a month until I figured it out. I had trashed a box or two of 257 weatherby brass by the time I finally figured out it was my press causing the issue. Which the 2 boxes of brass is about the same price of the press.
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Unread 12-02-2012, 08:32 AM
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Re: First reloader, what is a good choice?

I bought the Lee book and a Lee press kit. I added some dies and a cheap MTM scale.

No problems in 2 years and all my rifles shoot 1/2 MOA with custom loads.

I only neck size fire formed loads.

Save some cash and try it out.

If you have doubts just buy the Lee book and you will learn just how strong the press needs to be. Most high dollar presses are over engineered.
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Unread 12-02-2012, 11:54 AM
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Re: First reloader, what is a good choice?

The best money you will ever spend will be for an RCBS Charge Master. Dead on accurate.
I have 2 RCBS and a Hornady single stage press. Dillon 650.
RCBS dies.
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