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Old 01-07-2009, 01:01 AM
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Re: which reloader?

JMss17,
The first thing you gotta have is a desire to "roll ur own". You have that, no matter what the intent. I can't say that one machine is better than the other. Lee, Hornady, Forster, RCBS: they are all in the market to make money. Look at 'em all and make your pick. All of them will make bullets, it's up to you to tailor the load to your rifle.
With that said, I've been using a RCBS RS5 single stage for about 25 yrs now. I've reloaded 10,000 rifle bullets, twice over and 5000 pistol bullets, maybe once, possibly twice over. I don't foresee it ever giving up. If it does, my dad left me his RCBS RockChucker. It's in the closet on standby. I also have a Hornady L-N-L AP close by. I don't use it much but it rock and rolls when called upon. Good luck. JohnnyK.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:22 PM
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Re: which reloader?

Is it a general consenus that a single stage press is more accurate than a turret press.
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:01 PM
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JMss17,
I'm not sure about that. I do all of my reloading on a single stage, but that fits my style. I do alot of load development, find a accurate load and then load up small runs for plinking or hunting. Not really into bulk storage of ammo.
I have used my L-N-L AP to load .270Win for a cousin's husband and he said it was the most accurate ammo he'd ever shot. Not sure if he was blowing smoke or what. The powder measure/dump on my AP is very consistent. Maybe others with pregressives will chime in. JohnnyK.
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I am not into shooting 1,000 rounds a weak, so it would just be pretty much for testing and hunting and the occasional range day. That is why I was thinking single stage.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:46 AM
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Re: which reloader?

Another vote for the Forster Co-Ax.....the only other way I would go is with a Sinclair Arbor Press and Wilson Hand Dies. JMHO.
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There is one problem getting with a friend who has been reloading, you would first need a friend who reloads.
I wouldn't worry too much about that. Search this forum and post your questions. I think you'll find lots of people more than willing to to help. Plus your questions might help someone else later. I don't know what your budget is but there's nothing wrong with starting with less expensive equipment and upgrading later. You'll have a much better feel for what you want/need after you get started. You can pick up a lot of stuff cheap on eBay to start. Get yourself a manual or two from who ever your choose and read them. I would start with a single stage press if your not loading for semi autos. They will lend better for detail in each round you make.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:40 AM
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Re: which reloader?

A single stage press is cheaper than a good turret press. A turret press may come in handy if you intend to load a couple different cal's and you don't like resetting your dies. I use a single stage and it is fine. IMHO, the Redding Big Boss II is one of the best buys for the buck. I purchased a Rockchucker IV last year and kinda wish I would have gotten the redding.. not a big deal. Redding seems a little tighter than the RCBS. I have no experience w/ Forster.

I like a didgital scale since it is easier to weight sort brass and bullets with. A ballance beem is hard to do that with.


Here is a short list of some of the other items I think you would like if you want to purchase it piece meal:

FIRST AND FORMOST Loading manual!! read it until you can recite it!! I have used and like Speer and Nosler, but I think most componant suppliers will make a fair book. I am serious as a heart attack about reading the loading procedures. I taught myself how to load with some help from the local gunsmith at age12 or 13 from reading the Speer #11. (And I am still learning lots 17 years later)

case holder (one for your priming tool and one for your press (around 4 or 5 bucks apiece)

A stainless steel caliper (anything accurate to .001" @$30)

good FL die set (I preferr redding and Forster)

Case trimmer (lee works and are very cheap but hard to do bulk lots, Forster redding rcbs @$80)

Powder thrower (IMHO don't spend much because loads should be weighed =Lee for @$20)

case lube (one shot or similar spray are easy to use)a

Priming tool (Lee $30 does work fine or RCBS hand held unit $50. I hate the press mounted types)

Tumbler (not totally needed but it makes cleaning any dirt or debris out of the cases easy...lyman 1200 is good one)

Didgital scale (I payed big bucks for mine 14 years ago and they are alot cheaper now should be able to get one for around $100) If you can afford it and plan on loading any bulk ammo than the RCBS 1500 auto for $300 is a good buy but not necessary if you just do a box or two at a time). Otherwise a good ballance by Lyman, RCBS, or Hornady will do just fine for about half of a didgital.

Primer pocket cleaning tool and case neck deburring tool (Lee, RCBS...most are ok and about $10 together).

There is a lot of other items that are very good for helping make very good ammo but not necessary to make good ammo. VLD case neck deburring tool, Flash hole deburring tool, Primer pocket uniformer, sinclair COAL guage (the most important thing for makeing lot to lot consistancy!!)... yata yata yata. ya gotta stop somewhere lol.


Well, I think that is a good list and I hope it helps.

ALso, Nosler has a good forum and good guys over there. Just don't try to talk about the Sierra Matchking and hunting big game lol! Nosler Reloading - ammunition, hunting, shooting, and performance reloading expertise from the source.

take care, Mark.
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