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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by TxBigfoot, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. TxBigfoot

    TxBigfoot Active Member

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    I bought my first reloader today, I got a Lee breech lock challenger kit. I also bought a set of .223 dies. The dies did not come with a crimping die or shell holder, I'll have to order those. I'm also going to order a .223 case trimmer, do I need a .223 case length headspace gauge also? I bought this setup to get my feet wet, I'll buy a progressive press later.
     


  2. ArmyZach

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    Have fun reloading.
    The headspace gauge is for checking headspace on a rifle, and isn't really used in reloading.

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  3. Leper

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    Buy a case gauge. That is what you are tlking about in your above post. Buy a deburring tool. Buy some case lube.
     
  4. rsayloriii

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    I personally use a digital caliper. Lot more useful than a single case gauge. I just use the setscrew to lock it open on a certain length then use it as a go/no go gauge when sorting brass after sizing. Can used all the way up to 50bmg if needed. Also, it's useful to take other case dimensions.

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  5. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

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    Your bullet seating die will crimp the round as you seat the bullet. A Factory Crimp Die is for crimping above and beyond that and I don't feel it is necessary personally.

    When you order a shell holder get the Lee shell holder set that has 12 different shell holders in it. Having a shell holder to fit almost all rounds is handy to have around.
     
  6. vmax

    vmax TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    This is the Dillon Rifle Case gauge. It will let you check your headspace and case length.
    I have one of these for each caliber I load
     
  7. TxBigfoot

    TxBigfoot Active Member

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    Thanks for the responses guys.
     
  8. rushthezeppelin

    rushthezeppelin TGT Addict

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    You are brave jumping straight in for rifle reloading. I'm just starting as well and opted to learn the basics on 9mm before I dove into reloading for my AR (although I do have 3-400 once fired cases waiting). Sounds like you have done your research though on what extra it entails. Good luck and be careful about using brass if you don't know how many times it's been fired.

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  9. shortround

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    It is better to learn to reload rifle cases first. The lessons learned will make reloading for handguns much easier.
     
  10. rlw454

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    good luck
     


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