Getting Started Re-Loading

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by James Bailey, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. James Bailey

    James Bailey Active Member

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    I`m new to the site and want to get into re-loading at the tender age of 50. I know I`m old, but I`m just now finding that I have time to do this. I need to know everything that I need to do this right. There are a lot of "starter kits" out there but some have components that others don`t have and I want to make sure I get everything I need. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks ahead of time!
     
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    stx Well-Known Member

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  3. Dosh

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    JB, several threads on this over the years. Check the search top right. Your budget will dictate how complete a collection of tools you get. I've replaced many of my reloading tool over the years, upgrading and adding new. IMO a few parts of most "kits" are fairly useless and the quality of some included tools are not great. As often said, "buy once cry once ". There are as many opinions on which reloading tool to buy as there are brands. Perhaps get all brass prep tools, calipers, scale (the electronic scales are good if you get the very high end) I prefer the beam type, press, case trimmer, tumbler and cleaners. Good luck
     
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  4. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    Dosh is close to me. I would get the smallest kit; if I even bought a kit. I would certainly get the press the best shooters recommend. From there I would go with Forester dies and maybe a Lee collet die. I also prefer a beam scale. I use electronic calipers. The caliper can be used to check headspace with a pistol case longer than the neck of your rifle case by putting the open end over the neck to the shoulder. Put the caliper over the two bottoms and zero the scale on a fired case. Now you should size your cases to about .002" under that. There are tools made for this, but this can certainly get you by.

    Lubes are apparently like women. I like Hornady One shot. You MUST give it a full minute to dry before sizing the cases. Some here like imperial was. Others like the case lube pads. In any case you might get yourself a stuck case remover kit. Eventually you will need it.

    You will need to establish the overall length so you don't get bullets stuck in the bore and dump powder in the action when you open the bolt. None of us here have ever done that, but we have heard about it. Maybe someone can tell you a very good way to check for over all length.
     
  5. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    You are going to get a lot of good info on this site brother and welcome. Here is a short list of what I currently use:

    Forster Co-Ax Press
    A&D Fx 120i scale
    Wilson/Sinclair Micrometer Case Trimmer
    Mitutoyo Calipers
    Redding Type S or Forster BR dies / Used in conjunction with Sinclair expander mandrels
    K&M Neck Turner
    Hornady Comparator set along with Hornady headspace set for measuring Seating depth and shoulder bump.

    As mentioned above there are plenty of options for lube but I currently have had great luck with Imperial. Have also used hornady one shot and it works very well also. And also spend the dime and get you a good reloading manual. And most importantly don't be afraid to ask questions, there are some very knowledgeable members here that are more than glad to help. Best of luck.
     
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  6. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    When I started I went with the advice of the guy who sold it and is an avid shooter. I haven’t upgraded anything yet.
    Hornady locknload press
    Hornady electronic dispenser/ scale measurer
    Rcbs hand priming tool
    A multi size funnel
    Hornady case trimmer(I would look into the Forster? Whichever one bevels the edges while trimming.
    A case beveler
    Sinclair primer pocket leveller(stick it in a drill and level/clean primer pockets
    K&m flash hole reamer
    Those are the tools I use
     
  7. Joshuak12

    Joshuak12 Well-Known Member

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    Hi James, the more you reload and figure out what your goals are (do I want to primarily load hunting rounds or target, what type of hunting, what type of target shooting, etc.) you will identify things you want to acquire and or upgrade that you didn't initially buy no matter what you start out with. But to get started here's what I recently recommended to a friend who wants to load primarily for deer hunting with his .30-06.

    • A press - I would not overspend initially. Keep it simple while you learn your processes.
    • Dies - I like the Lee Ultimate Die Set for my reloading, but your goals may point you a different direction. Nothing wrong with starting with a simple $35 set from Hornady or RCBS. Nothing wrong with higher end sets from Forster, Redding, or others.
    • Case lube - Rich covered it well in his post.
    • A manual or two (or three or four) - they're all interesting, all a little different, and you need to start with very safe numbers for your loads. The Lee manual does a nice job of explaining basic processes.
    • Powder funnel - I'm partial to caliber specific Satern funnels
    • Powder scale - either spend a little extra here or get the Lee Safety Scale and be content with loading slowly. Don't go the cheap digital route. Some will disagree with me but a good scale and a plastic spoon negate the need to spend on an expensive powder charge system.
    • A kinetic bullet puller.
    • Calipers for sure.
    • Something to trim, chamber, and deburr cases.
    • A priming tool. The Lee Ram Prime works fine for me.
    • Shell holders - may come with your die set.
    • Loading tray(s) - trust me, you want a couple.
    There are lots of things that you could add (primer pocket cleaning tool, brass tumbler, etc.) but I think the list above will get you started. If not, other posters will fill in the blanks. One thing I can't endorse strongly enough is The Practical Guide to Reloading by Nathan Foster. You can order it here https://www.ballisticstudies.com/shop/The+Practical+Guide+to+Reloading.html
    and it will tell you how to go from brand new to proficient and give you an understanding of everything you're doing so that you know how to customize what you do to serve your individual goals.
     
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  8. The Oregonian

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    I have much of the same equipment you do...just got the Fx120i and auto trickler V2 this week. Very fast and very precise - wish I had done it sooner.

    OP - it is a lot of fun, very rewarding, and helps your shooting. But open up your wallet, take a look, and realize that that wallet is going to get a workout.:)
     
  9. James Bailey

    James Bailey Active Member

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    This is great advise! One of the things imImost looking forward to is reading and learning how! Thanks for the help!!
     
  10. James Bailey

    James Bailey Active Member

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    Gents! Thanks a million! Wish I had joined this site long ago, I'd already be rolling my own!
     
  11. stx

    stx Well-Known Member

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    I told you there would be lots go great guys willing to help!
     
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  13. James Bailey

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    Guys, one thing I didn`t ask is a for a good place to do this shopping online. Are there better options than just Midway? I will be basically loading for 4 rifles to begin with:
    26 Nosler built on a Model 700 300 RUM Donor action
    28 Nosler MRC X#
    30 Nosler M48 Custom Shop
    280 Remington Browning X-Bolt
    I have a lot of other rifles in diverse calibers but this is where I want to get started. Thanks!
     
  14. James Bailey

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    I have one and love it. I loved it so much that I now have a 26 and 30 to go with it. Nosler has gotten me out of the Weatherby and RUM business. Not that I had any problem with either, this 28 Nosler and my trusty 280 are killers.