Originally Posted by Gunpoor
Years ago when I started hand loading my own ammo I thought I would save money reloading. I'll tell you straight out that is a pipe dream, figuratively speaking of course. What I have done is engage in a hobby that has been anything other than money saving. I have played with a lot of different cartridges/firearms and have not regretted one red cent of it. I have loaded ammo that produced accuracy I have never witnessed in over the counter fodder. I wouldn't try to talk you out of reloading, but I will tell if you are adept at rolling your own it is addicting and you will sometimes see yourself as a reloading/shooting junky that needs a fix. If you need a second opinion on this just ask my S-I-L, as I taught him to load and he will tell you the same thing.
As VarmintH8R said, you can get all set up for about $800. That is if you start with a single stage press, which I highly recommend. I will probably catch some flak for this but the only advise I have concerning brands is to stay away from Lee brand stuff. Some of his designs are great but the quality of his products seems pitifully inferior to me. I have used some Lee and the only piece I still have is the Auto-prime case primer and as long as they (2, one small and one large) still work I won't replace them.
That covers it in a nutshell an d I'd never, never have a progressive (turret) press because of the inherent chance of screwing things uo.
Far as Lee Precision, Lee isn't all that bad if your wallet is thin. I will say that Lee Collet dies are innovative concerning bullet runout (none) and their dedicated crimp dies work well on 223 and 308, both of which are my biggest reloads.
Lee is more about straight wall pistol cases and shotshell reloading than bottleneck case reloading. I use Lee pistol dies exclusively for straight walled cases and their shotshell press for the scattergun.
With the price of components rising faster than ready made ammo, the difference is getting less in price but reloading is additive and it keeps you outta your wife's hair...... just say'in.