what reloading kit?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by plinker31, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. plinker31

    plinker31 Member

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    i am fixing to buy my first reloading equipment I found a rcbs rock chucker supreme press master kit for $250. is this a good set, brand and deal or should I be looking at something else? what tools will I need that don't come in the kit
     
  2. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    The RCBS is a good kit to start with. As a matter of fact, it's the one that I started with. You will likely want to sell the 'uniflow powder measure' as it is not accurate at all. The case lube kit is also not very useful. Other than that, the rest of the kit is just what you need to get started. From there, you might want to add to your kit with a RCBS Chargemaster Scale (it's automated and has an electronic scale). You might also want to get the RCBS Brass Prep Center.

    Other things to consider: the priming tool comes set up for large rifle primers. If you plan to shoot anything with a small rifle primer, you will need to get a different plunger and shell holder set-up. (inexpensive)
     

  3. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Don't buy a kit....Get up with some folks who reload, and piece your setup together.
     
  4. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    One guy says 'this' and the next guy says 'that'. what's the new guy supposed to learn? that he's 'right' either way? ;-)
     
  5. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Of course....It should just go to show you that since we all use different stuff and all get good results it has alot to do with the reloader's attention to details than it does your equpment. Personally I love my RCBS stuff. But Lee makes good stuff, Lyman makes good stuff, Hornady makes good stuff, etc...
     
  6. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    You are right. And I find that the greatest differentiator is the quality of rifle. A good quality precision rifle can 'cover up' errors in other areas.
     
  7. burhead

    burhead Active Member

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    I would buy the RCBS kit that as the chargemaster scale in it. It's around $700. It would be all you would need to get started.
     
  8. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I didn't even know they offered one with the Chargemaster 1500 in it...

    That's definitely the route i'd go. That Cargemaster is a huge timesaver. I love mine! After owning one, I'll never reload without one again. Especially once I recalibrated it and did the McDonalds straw trick.
     
  9. Md reloader

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    Sounds like a good buy.You will certainly be adding things like a good tumbler.You need to start and learn.It would be great if you had someone that you could work with and gain experience.

    Read all you can and ask questions.
     
  10. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Neither my dad or granddad reloaded, so I pretty much had to teach myself everything I know, with the help of a few seasoned vets and numerous questions, and LOTS of reading, of course...

    Watch alot of ItaqVeteran8888's videos on YouTube. Alot of his videos helped me get started.

    First step is getting you a cleaner and a tumbler to clean all your old brass you've been saving...Which is what I did. Then, from there I moved into the whole reloading process.
     
  11. rmorgan9718

    rmorgan9718 Well-Known Member

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    I know I'm a dinosaur, but I don't like the electronic scales and dispensers. Just set your powder thrower a bit low, trickle the right amount into the pan of each charge, dump it into the case, and get on down the road. Use the extra money for the chargemaster to buy a good set of calipers, and a neck sizing die for the rifle caliber you're going to load for. Yes, it slower, but it will give you the time to learn all the things we had to learn before there was such conveniences.

    Just my $0.02 worth.

    Rick
     
  12. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Good calipers are a must! I use Starrett 799 digital calipers, and they are damn-accurate.
     
  13. Pointblanktx

    Pointblanktx Well-Known Member

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    I personally like the Redding stuff for presses and dies, as far as scales go I would save up till you can get a chargemaster or one similar. All brands are good and will allow you to make better than factory match ammo if you do your part.
     
  14. Shooter00

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    RCBS is good gear. I second getting rid of their powder measure, and if you don't go automated look seriously at the Redding BR-30 measure - http://www.midwayusa.com/product/746135/redding-competition-br-30-powder-measure

    RCBS and Redding are my preference, Redding dies are the best. I had an old man who was a dear friend (who owned a gun shop and was a successful Olympic shooter) tell me to always go with green reloading gear, never buy red (Lee). Lyman is worthy, but the green has never done me wrong.

    ....everybody is going to have an opinion, so find what you like and what fits your budget.