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Old 07-02-2012, 10:41 PM
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Re: Reloading "Kits" - need advice

I'm with tricky on the co-ax press and forster dies. You can't beat the lee collet neck die followed dy a forster bullet seater but the co-ax press is 2 1/2 times what the whole lee kit is and the forster set is $92.00 alone. The lee kit will get you about 97% of the accuracy. To get the last little bit is a fortune in tools and time. Get the lee kit and the few other tools and start. You will get addicted and it will be easy to upgrade later.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:16 PM
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I started with LymanŽ T-Mag Expert Deluxe Reloading Kit 3 years ago ...



Paid $299 back then with 6 months to pay option at BassPro.

LymanŽ T-Mag Expert Deluxe Reloading Kit | Bass Pro Shops

It has served me very well thus far.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:47 AM
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I'm with tricky on the co-ax press and forster dies. You can't beat the lee collet neck die followed dy a forster bullet seater but the co-ax press is 2 1/2 times what the whole lee kit is and the forster set is $92.00 alone. The lee kit will get you about 97% of the accuracy. To get the last little bit is a fortune in tools and time. Get the lee kit and the few other tools and start. You will get addicted and it will be easy to upgrade later.
First of all the average guy shooting a .308 will never shoot over four or five different bullets, and many will never do more than three. You really don't just have to have the micrometer head on the seater, and always remember you can add it on later if you so desire. If your turning necks and then sizing off a bushing, I think I'd go with the Redding "S" die or the Lee Collet die. Then just buy the Redding body die to push the shoulder back a couple thousandths on an inch. The nice thing about the forster is that once you have the lock rings set, you cab forget ever needing to move them again. The priming device on the Forster is better than any I've ever seen on a press, and is better than 85% of the hand held devices.

Another option that is probably going to run you about the samekind of money that the big Forster press and dies will cost you is the buy the following:
1. A Lee cast iron press
2. A Redding body die
3. A Forster N.M. .308 sizing die
4. A K&M arbor press
5. A Wilson .308 bushing die and seater
6. A K&M priming tool
7. The Hornaday gauge set
8. a good pair of digital calipers (Mitutoyo, B&S, or Starrett)
9. A Wilson case trimmer
10. As an option, you might add the Forster seater.

later pick up a NECO case gauge without the dial indicator, and look for a B&S Best Test indicator in .0005" readings. Also buy a good pair of 1" micrometers, and learn to use them.

The setup I layed out will make better ammo than any of the presses, and with it you can load at the range. What you choose for a measurer is your call, but I think I'd just buy a new Lyman off Ebay and add the Sinclair bottle adapter and a couple drop tubes. You'll still need a trickler and a scale (I ain't going into that quagmire again). You can buy the Lyman and all the Sinclair stuff for about half the price of a good Harrell (the best). If you decide to neck turn later, then buy the K&M tool (one of the very best)
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I'm with trickymissfit on the quality tools but I know what what a tight budget is. I still think the lee kit with a couple of extra tools is the way to go on a budget. Buy Lapua brass as it will save money in the long run. The classic cast press would be an upgrade if you can go that far.
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I'm with trickymissfit on the quality tools but I know what what a tight budget is. I still think the lee kit with a couple of extra tools is the way to go on a budget. Buy Lapua brass as it will save money in the long run. The classic cast press would be an upgrade if you can go that far.
Want to thank everyone for their help. I really appreciate it.

BTW, Feenix that Lymann kit is now $99 more than when you bought it!

I ordered the Lee Anniversary kit. My budget is pathetic and Like others have suggested - it's a good starter set that will get me up and running and can always upgrade down the road. Wanted to ask and make sure it wasn't a throw away compared to the other. I've become skeptical of low priced items in the gun world.

Also got on order: Lee 3-die .308 Deluxe kit (yellow box), Lymann Chamfer tool (vld), Lymann flash hole uniformer tool and Redding pocket primer uniformer tool (large).

Hopefully that's basic enough to get started. Let me know if I'm missing anything and thanks again everyone!
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Didn't see a comparator and OAL guage with a dial caliper to measure the throat and loaded cartridges from the ogive. You will want at least the calipers and comparator. You can find the lands by coloring a bullet with a marker and puting it in the chamber pushed out to where the lands make a mark but it is not very easy to measure that way.
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BTW, Feenix that Lymann kit is now $99 more than when you bought it!
Yep, I noticed that ... glad I got it when I did. Not sure if the other brands also went up.

Good luck and happy safe reloading, shooting, and hunting.
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