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Need Suggestions For Picking Reloading Equipment

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Unread 10-01-2013, 09:53 PM
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Need Suggestions For Picking Reloading Equipment

I have always had and interest in long range shooting and have always been interested in reloading but never have got into it other than watching some friends reload on their equipment.

I'd like to buy a good reloading kit, as I currently have nothing other than a set of dies for a Lee press to do my 22-250s with on a friend's press. I'd like to buy some good quality equipment that I shouldn't need to upgrade later on but I don't have to have top of the line, just the best bang for the buck so to speak.

I'm looking to load .308 Win, 22-250, .223 Rem, .280 Rem maybe one day build a .338 Edge or something but no current plans of that any time soon.

Handgun I'd like to load .38 Spl, .357 Mag and 9mm if even cost effective?

Of course I want to load the rifle rounds for precision and not looking for a quick progressive press for those but for the pistol rounds something fairly quick and I'm not loading for precision. I don't foresee shooting a lot of handgun rounds so if a progressive press is a lot more money and more aggravation to set up then I'd be fine with a slower method. Probably something thatís easiest to change from caliber to caliber would suit me best.

User friendly, reliable and precise is mostly what I'm going for here.

Please share your opinions on what you like, what to stay away from and best places to purchase.

Thanks guys.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 10:00 PM
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Re: Need Suggestions For Picking Reloading Equipment

I use the Forster CoAx as my single stage and Dillon 550B's for pistol and some rifle.

There is an older RCBS Rock Chucker that can be pressed into service in a moments notice, if needed....
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Unread 10-02-2013, 04:16 PM
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Re: Need Suggestions For Picking Reloading Equipment

for single stage
forster coax
rcbs rock chucker
hornady locknload
Lee clasic cast
Lyman orange crusher
any one of these will serve you for the rest of your reloading life
As for progressive get a couple of years experience under your belt before you make that jump. After that you will know what you want.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 04:46 PM
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Re: Need Suggestions For Picking Reloading Equipment

You can't go wrong with a Rockchucker, but I've never use the Forster CoAX, so won't compare them. My RC is about 25 yrs. young, and is backed up by a RCBS
Reloader Special that's at least 35+ yrs and still makes perfectly great 257Robert, 243Win, 6.5Swede, 270Win, 280Rem, 308Win, and 30-06, plus 35Rem for the contender.

Progressive - I've gotten spoiled by the Dillon 550B, but my buddies are trying to talk me into the 650 or Super 1050. I think it's because they want me to load their pistol rounds when I load mine.

A lot of folks won't use anything progressive that doesn't say 'LEE' on the side, but I can't keep mine lined out, just too finicky.

good luck
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Unread 10-02-2013, 04:54 PM
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Re: Need Suggestions For Picking Reloading Equipment

All of our presses are good and with reasonable care they will all last most peopl's lifetime. Pick an iron bodied press that costs enough to make you feel good, your ammo will never know the difference between any of them. If I had to replace my 26 year old Rock Chucker 2 it would be with a Lee Classic Cast, it's an equal or better press in every respect regardless of price.

Suggest you consider Forster dies tho.
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Unread 10-03-2013, 10:52 AM
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Re: Need Suggestions For Picking Reloading Equipment

I like the rock chucker as well for a single stage press. it will last me the rest of my life. I only try to buy redding die as I feel they are the most consistence and for regular reloading dies I have had great luck with them. I have some RCBS dies that work great as well but I had one that had a scratch inside up close to the case sholder. I really didn't care to much about the hassel of exchanging it so I tossed it and went and bought a set of readding dies. I think they are both (RCBS and Redding) good I just prefer redding. None of my dies are micrometer dies just you normal full length case resizing dies. I should start trying to neck size some, for better groups. But for now I am getting .5 inch groups with most of my rifles. U will need a tumbler. Those can be bought at midway usa, bass pro, local store that has reloading equipt. A powder scale is needed also. I really like my digital RCBS charge master. It $$$$ but it works great and I think the hornday also has good reviews as well. Either should get the job done. A good tuned drum powder dropper also works well. But they are close to 100 dollars or more so I went with the electronic charge master. I had a soup that used this method and he got sub moa groups out of his 270 right away when he started out. So if you go green on almost everything your good to go. That my 3 cents.
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Unread 10-03-2013, 12:51 PM
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Re: Need Suggestions For Picking Reloading Equipment

for the pistol stuff, I'd hunt up a small turret press off ebay. What you buy is your business and not mine. But I will tell you upfront that I've never seen a die do cast bullets as well as the Lyman M series.

For bottle necked rifle stuff, there's all sorts of heavy duty presses. Some guys like the RCBS, and others like the cast iron Lee. I use a Co-Ax, as there's nothing better. But they are a little more money (got to think about that part as well). I use a few Redding dies, but honestly I don't trust them. Mostly use Forster, and nothing but Forster seaters. I also have a few RCBS and even a couple Hornaday and Lee sets. All size well, but the Forster seater is the Cadillac

Weighing powder or simply throwing charges is a true quagmire. I use two throwers; a Lyman #55, and a Harrell Culver style measurer. Both do ball powers extremely well, but none do long grained stuff well (I've owned or used six or eight different measurers). The Redding BR series is pretty good, but no better than the Lyman. The Harrell is a completely different animal, and I won't recommend it for a novice. Scale wise, I'd start with something like an
RCBS 10-10. But now days I use electronic scales.

You'll want a case trimmer, and the Wilson is the best (same as the Sinclair). Buy the Hornaday Lock & Load measuring outfit. Buy a good digital caliper (forget the Chinese stuff). Plus a good 1" micrometer and learn to use it. The caliper does not measure I.D.'s all that accurately, so down the road you might want a set of small hole gauges (great for gunsmith work as well). I like the NECO gauge.

I have a couple cigar boxes full of priming tools, but now days only use the K&M and the one on the Forster press. The K&M should last a couple life times. The Sinclair is also very good, and also well made.

I use the Sinclair neck turner, but the K&M is better. Nuff said there! I use the K&M primer pocket uniformers with a B&D electric screw driver. Works well for me anyway

I use two different tools to deburr cases. The standard RCBS for the O.D., and a worn out taper pin reamer for the I.D.'s. I have several of the Forster case trimmers that I use for odd jobs like cleaning primer pockets with home brew tools. Harbor Freight has the deal on a sonic cleaner, and is the same as the Lyman and Hornaday for a lot less money. (all are Chinese)
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