Going to get into reloading!

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Wolfwood, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. Wolfwood

    Wolfwood Self Appointed Board Chauvinist TGT Supporter

    May 12, 2009
    i was looking thorugh the antchez catalogue, becasue i am going to start reloading 9mm and 30-06
    i saw these little hand loafdiing kits. anyone used these? i saw for 20 bucks they have ones for individual calibers and for 30 bucksd theyve got ones that you can switch the dies on.
    i was thinking i could get away iwth getting one for each of those two calibers. atelast until i save the money for a real press.

    what do you guys think?

  2. BurkGlocker

    BurkGlocker Active Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Burkburnett, TX
    I've used the Lee Handloaders in the past and they served their purpose, but if youre looking to reload for a long time it could be better to buy a reloading kit. It is an investment just like anything that you enjoy. Most of the big name reloading companies offer kits to get you started, but still have to buy the dies for them. If these are going to be the only calibers that you are going to reload for ever, then they will be fine, but if youre going to reload for other calibers in the future youre probably better off with a whole setup.

    I've had the same Lee Kit for 5 years now, but before that I had an RCBS kit. The RCBS kit is a little more expensive, but you are paying for quality, and I am not knocking Lee, because I load some very accurate and dependable ammo with it, but for the long term, RCBS or Dillion would be the way to go...

  3. c_m_shooter

    c_m_shooter Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    Get a real press. Lee has a good starter kit for about $100. Start loading the 9mm first, you won't have to mess with case lube with carbide dies, and the brass doesn't need trimmed very often. A pound of powder will last 2,000 rounds of 9mm, and if you use cast bullets you will have your setup paid for in no time. When you start messing with the 30/06 you won't find much cost savings because of the cost of jacketed bullets and the large volume of powder you will go through.( 1 pound will last about 150 rounds)
  4. MadMo44Mag

    MadMo44Mag TGT Addict

    Jan 23, 2009
    I've been loading most of my life and dam I'm old now- LOL!!!
    Press's are a preference thing. Some like one brand over another as well as one style over the other.
    Consider this; how many pistol rounds to rifle rounds will you load?
    If you load more pistol than rifle look at a press better suited for pistol ammo.
    If more rifle, look at a press better suited for that.
    Most modern press's do a good job going both ways but some are better than others.
    With that said get on the net and read and research each brand. Don't let price be the deciding factor!!!!!
    Make function the deciding factor!
    You're going to have this press many years so get the right one.
    Once you have you press and accessorizes start reading every re-loading manual you can find. Each one has something different to offer.
    When you set up and start re-loading take your time. Learn the feel, the sounds of the press while it goes through each station because those very simple things could very well help avoid a bad accident!!!
    Trust me you re-load long enough something will bite you sooner or later and it is usually because you ignored the basics.
    Read and research is your best bet.
    I can offer suggestions on brand and types but what I prefer is based on how & what I load.
    My Hornaday Pro-Jector is about 25years old so when I say make the right choice in press's it's because it will probably out last your marriage - LOL!!!
  5. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck 1911 Nut Lifetime Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    New Braunfels, TX
    One other thing...personally, I'd start with hand or single-stage. There's a lot that goes into reloading a cartridge, and KNOWING each step intimately will help keep you out of trouble.
  6. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    You can use a progressive like a single stage, you just put one case on the plate and run it around. Nothing says you have to use it like a progressive.

    I personally think if you are going to reload rifle ammo, I'd stick with a single stage and hand measure your charges. If you are reloading pistol ammo in bulk, then I'd go progressive.
  7. T's C6

    T's C6 Member

    Mar 31, 2009

    I agree, it matters if you plan yo shoot a lot or very little. I have a Dillon 550 and love it, I started with a single stage. The more that I shoot or just want to stock up for when I do shoot makes the progessive my choice, and yes you can reload rifle calibers with the Dillon 550. Rifles do take longer, lube size, clean and check case length.
  8. Ranger60

    Ranger60 Active Member

    Mar 28, 2008
    I started with the RCBS RockChucker kit, reloaded on it for several years, then went to a Dillon 550. However, I still use the single stage for rifle and calibers that I do not shoot a lot. 550 is for bulk pistol.
  9. Texas42

    Texas42 TGT Addict

    Nov 21, 2008
    I like the Lyman reloading manual. A lot more helpful than my Hornady manual.
  10. res1b3uq

    res1b3uq Active Member

    Feb 14, 2009
    I have the Lyman and the Speer--I believe the Speer has more good info--O'course a lot of it involves their own products.


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