My brother and I and a friend are interested in getting into reloading for our rifles. I did quite a bit of reloading as a kid, but since that was so long ago, and I've forgotten most of it AND because there's a lot of new technology out there, I need to start from the beginning. I'm looking to y'all to help us pick some equipment and find the least expensive places to buy it. We're going to share the cost and learn together.
We are wanting to load several different calibers of rifle rounds- .223, .25 WSSM, 30-06 and 300 Win Mag.
I've done some reading and poking around and I'm considering the Hornady Lock-n-Load Progressive Press and the RCBS Pro 2000 Auto-Index Progressive Press. What do y'all think about these choices? Which one would you buy, and why?
To start out, should we rely on one of the all-inclusive kits or should we order a-la-carte? Or should we buy one of the kits but upgrade one or two things like an electric case trimmer, electronic powder measure & dispenser, etc?
Where do y'all suggest we look to find the best prices? MidwayUSA? Ebay? Is there another source that tends to have the lowest prices?
Any help that y'all can give us would SURE be much appreciated!
Starting out reloading This was the one I was looking for. I kinda listed some of the items that I think are appropriate.
I don't use a progressive, but I've been told that the progressive systems are really ment for 06 size cases and smaller. I have also been told that dyllan is the king of the progressive.
Generally speaking progressives will work best with small ball powders or short cut powders which will somewhat limit your choices. I am a firm believer in weighing every load so I would highly suggest getting a single stage press and a didgital scale. You can get someting that will accept a progressive setup on top.
Now, if you are planning on pumping out thousands of rounds of something like 9mm luger, 223, or similar cartidges and don't need the absolute precision than maybe a progressive system is going to work wonders for you.
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try --
For the calibers you have listed I would use the RBCS Rock Ckucker Supreme IV. I would also get the kit as it comes with the charge master 1500 which can't be beat for measuring powders. I have found the kit for around $600 and has enough to get you going. The charge master is $324 along and worth it. The RC Supreme is $140 along. So the kit is a good deal.
As for dies, some would have you believe that it all depends on what you be will hand loading for i.e, hunting, punching paper. I myself feel that doesn't matter! I use the best because let's face it accuracy is accuracy and thats why I hand load. I use RCBS competition dies or Redding comp dies. I even use some custom dies that I have made for a couple of calibers. I just fire form a few cases and send them with my dies out to have them made.
Case prep is probably the most important step in the process so I wouldn't skimp here. I don't use any one manufactures product but a verity. It all depends on what I'm trying to accomplish in a desired step in the process. Some companies products work better than others and because there is a lot to case prep when done correctly that should be asked on a case by case basis.
There are two companies I mostly use when buying new equipment or supplies, Cabela's & MIDWAYUSA. They usually have anything I need and their prices can't be beat or I will try the manufacture.
When I buy powders or primers I use a local gun shop because of the additional $20 - $25 hazardous handling fee you pay for having it shipped. They spread out this cost to all customers so you really don't feel it.
So you may ask, How much does it cost for accuracy? I have nearly $3,500 invested in equipment to hand load for 7 different calibers which are .308, 7mm, 25-06, 44 mag "rifle", 45-70, 338 WM.
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