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How hard is it to learn to reload ?

 
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:50 PM
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Those kits will lose their luster very quick, imho. You start out with whatever they give you, then you learn how you want to do it and/or how to do it better, and you end up spending another 300 likely more on better equipment that suits you. I guess I never really bought into the idea of those kits. I say really do some homework for what you are reloading for, and find out the ins & outs of how each product works and what YOU would think will work best for you.. just as if you were buying a car.. I realize this is time consuming, but for me to say yeah buy this or buy that is not really going to cut it for you .. You have a gun you undoubtedly spent a good chunk of cabbage on, and you are no doubt going to spend a bunch on components anyway, so might as well do it right the first time.

*Disclaimer: I am in no way telling you to do one thing over the others , these are simply opinions based on life experiences, others have good options too. Buy what you desire within your own limits and knowledge base. Having said that, be prepared at this point in time to be subjected to lack of component supplies or extreme wait times if you do find components. Itís a great hobby, but expensive and time consuming, but addictive! Have fun, be safe.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:38 PM
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Re: How hard is it to learn to reload ?

I missed buying a rcbs press for 85$ at pawn shop they also had a large hornady powder measure for 45, powder trickler for 12, and balance beam scale for 45. Which brings me to question of those type scales. Does any one have reservations about buying them used. I winder about there accuracy. The Hirnafy scale I found was in excellent shape clean etc.. but marked me wonder. Thoughts?
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:55 PM
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Re: How hard is it to learn to reload ?

My first hand experience on reloading. My calibers - 7mm-08 .243Win and 9x18 Makarov

I bought the .243 and the 7MM and over 1.00 a pull on the trigger and seeing the lack of consistent accuracy and the fact that its a ton of fun and I am a total nerd... Plus 7mm and 9mak is tough to find I did it.

To get start I bought a Lee kit, its not super fancy but it was a lot cheaper than the RCBS stuff a friend has and it works almost all the same. TItan Reloading.com

I read the pamphlets searched for a few days screwed down my press and started making rounds. It is nerve racking, till you get a system, especially when you screw up a few cases.

I load .243 for $0.41 each whereas the same box from Hornady is over 35 for 20 and from nosler even higher.

So that being said the Lee kit does not have Turret Micrometers the Powder throw is sort of accurate, and the scale is OK. It produces good rounds so far and I was rolling in all 3 calibers for under 225.00 for everything in under a day.

I shot over 150 rounds without a single FTF FTC or anyother malady. Also I only shot shotguns till January this year, and I rarely hunted or target shot more than once a year.

DO IT DO IT DO IT. Start with an affordable Lee see how you like it and slowly upgrade.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:57 PM
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Re: How hard is it to learn to reload ?

I wouldn't buy any used measuring equipment unless I could get it calibrated if I can check it out and verify its accuracy sure thing if not Nope...
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:04 PM
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Re: How hard is it to learn to reload ?

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Those kits will lose their luster very quick, imho. You start out with whatever they give you, then you learn how you want to do it and/or how to do it better, and you end up spending another 300 likely more on better equipment that suits you. I guess I never really bought into the idea of those kits. I say really do some homework for what you are reloading for, and find out the ins & outs of how each product works and what YOU would think will work best for you.. just as if you were buying a car.. I realize this is time consuming, but for me to say yeah buy this or buy that is not really going to cut it for you .. You have a gun you undoubtedly spent a good chunk of cabbage on, and you are no doubt going to spend a bunch on components anyway, so might as well do it right the first time.

*Disclaimer: I am in no way telling you to do one thing over the others , these are simply opinions based on life experiences, others have good options too. Buy what you desire within your own limits and knowledge base. Having said that, be prepared at this point in time to be subjected to lack of component supplies or extreme wait times if you do find components. Itís a great hobby, but expensive and time consuming, but addictive! Have fun, be safe.
I decided first on what kind of shooting I wanted to do and wanted to achieve (accuracy), and learned what tools would best get me there. That meant some high quality equipment to make the best ammo possible. Forster, Redding, Wilson, and Sinclair are amongst the brands of tools used. The kits would never measure up for me, but perhaps for a less demanding shooter, they might be. Still, I think in time, most people will want to improve the tools they have.

Phil
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:42 PM
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Re: How hard is it to learn to reload ?

So used powder measures could be a issue as well unless one could throw a charge and check the charge for accuracy?
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:11 AM
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Re: How hard is it to learn to reload ?

Unless I knew the seller, I would not buy a used scale or powder measure. Phil mentions the brands I would try to find as well, I am sure there are a few we missed - Redding, Forster, Wilson, Sinclair.

Take into account we can't get any powder now I would suggest you do a lot of reading until powder becomes available. I have put off a rifle build until powder becomes available. ABC's of Reloading is a great start reading wise.
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