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Getting started reloading

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Unread 02-13-2009, 08:01 PM
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Getting started reloading

After hearing NOTHING but good things about dillon,

I think Ive decided on the 650. My friends and I shoot almost weekly either long range in the mountains, to a round of trap, to shooting steel with the pistols. Its getting ridiculous for me NOT to reload.
So I have some newbie questions on initial setup.

Does anybody have a place they recommend to buy from?, there is nobody close to me.
Is the 650 gonna take from newbie to expert reloader?
Im looking at maybe 5 pistol calibers and 4 rifle loads.

Are there doodads that make life easier that I should buy right off the bat or they are luxury items that are not really needed.???

Is a grand enough to get me started? for a few calibers? and some materials?

Any books better than others?

Thanks so much guys,

Chris
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    Unread 02-14-2009, 09:26 AM
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    Re: Getting started reloading

    I am thinking the same hand loading. What is a must need I am not going for speed here going for accuracy
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    Unread 02-14-2009, 10:23 AM
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    Re: Getting started reloading

    I have a 650 for all my high capacity needs. I can easily load 800-1000 rounds/hour with it when I have my wife or kids pre-loading the primer tubes. 357mag, 41mag etc.

    I would however, NEVER use it for my long range rifles (or any big bottle neck cartridges). I use single stage presses for all my 'accuracy' loads (7mmRM, 30-06, 270, 300WSM, 243 Win, 338 Edge etc etc). The need for serious and repeatable leverage for these type's of cartridges, necessitates the need for a high leverage press (at least higher leverage than the 650).

    I have zero complaints about Dillon, or the 650 press. It is a GREAT reloading system, and Dillon sets the standard for customer support.

    I'd recommend a single stage press to get started.

    Here are some links that discuss this in a little more detail.

    My reloading process.

    Priming tool

    Check my list

    uncle b and goodgrouper help please loading equipment


    Hope this helps.

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    Unread 02-14-2009, 01:40 PM
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    Re: Getting started reloading

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    Originally Posted by AJ Peacock View Post
    I have a 650 for all my high capacity needs. I can easily load 800-1000 rounds/hour with it when I have my wife or kids pre-loading the primer tubes. 357mag, 41mag etc.

    I would however, NEVER use it for my long range rifles (or any big bottle neck cartridges). I use single stage presses for all my 'accuracy' loads (7mmRM, 30-06, 270, 300WSM, 243 Win, 338 Edge etc etc). The need for serious and repeatable leverage for these type's of cartridges, necessitates the need for a high leverage press (at least higher leverage than the 650).

    I have zero complaints about Dillon, or the 650 press. It is a GREAT reloading system, and Dillon sets the standard for customer support.

    I'd recommend a single stage press to get started.

    Here are some links that discuss this in a little more detail.

    My reloading process.

    Priming tool

    Check my list

    uncle b and goodgrouper help please loading equipment


    Hope this helps.

    AJ
    Thats great info.. My friend has a couple single stage presses.. Rifles would be my fewest rounds to load anyway. So any special goodies that I should get with the 650?


    Chris
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    Unread 02-14-2009, 02:21 PM
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    Re: Getting started reloading

    For each caliber you are loading, I'd get a powder measure and toolhead. I'd also get the Dillon dies, as they work better than other dies because they have a bit more taper on the bottom so they don't hang up when you are really crankin.

    I have the cartridge case bin and bracket, as well as the bullet tray.

    I have the strong mount, because my workbench is a bit low (around 30"), and the strong mount lifts it up and also lets it sit back a little (away from the edge of the bench).

    I'd get extra primer tubes, as well as the Dillon flip tray and the bench wrench (makes reaching/adjusting the dies really easy).

    The toolhead stands are nice for keeping things organized if you have the room, you can leave everything setup and just set the toolhead/powder measure on the stand.

    I'd definitely get the auto brass feed and a case feed plate for each caliber (unless they need the same one).

    I'd get the RCBS Chargemaster kit (powder measure/scale combo), if you don't have a scale and if $$'s aren't very tight.

    Also, I use the spray on lubricant, which makes the sizing easier. I just dump 300-400 brass into a small rubbermade (10"x15") and just spray a little, stir a little, spray a little, stir a little. Then I dump some into the hopper on the auto brass feeder and start loading.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Getting started reloading

    I was looking at that lee bench lock kit yes it is cheep but it would get me up and going. then I can see what I like and get it. Got a firend of mine going through all his old reloading stuff I seen 2 rock chuckers under the bench on the floor coverd in dust. he runs a pair of dillons now. kinda hoping there
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    Real Guns

    Part of what I love about my Forster Co-ax press is how fast I can change set ups.

    The Lee Beech lock system makes a big inroad into that territory, at rock bottom prices.
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