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Suggestion for shop for reloading equiptment

Discussion in 'Austin' started by bowzette, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. bowzette

    bowzette New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    Huntsville, Tx
    I'm thinking of getting into reloading. Did a little a long time ago with a single press that I no longer have. Is there a quality shop in the Austin area where I can get good advice as to presses for my purpose and other equipment especially power measure and scale? I don't know I can get quality advice or attention for that matter at Cabels. I don't mind paying a bit more to support a local shop if I can get good CS.

  2. orbitup

    orbitup Sticker Cop TGT Supporter

    Nov 6, 2010
    South of Dallas
    If you don't mind paying a premium McBrides carries reloading equipment.
  3. Charlie

    Charlie "I can't think of one thing that I don't know." TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    Most shops will try to sell you things you may or may not need. Do the research, check with the hand loaders here on the forum. If you're reloading for accuracy, I suggest buying a single stage press, etc., if you're reloading to dump many rounds down range, a progressive might be what you need. This is just my opinion but I've only been hand loading for 20 years. There are lots of options out there. If you know an experienced hand loader close, his or her advice would be invaluable.
  4. vmax

    vmax TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Apr 15, 2013
    is there a store that stocks Dillon there locally?
  5. grasshopperglock

    grasshopperglock Cruise Control

    Jan 5, 2012
    The basic kits are a good starting point. The press is the main tool. I personally use hornady. I've used RCBS and LEE.

    You can expect to accumulate about $1000 to $1500 in the complete set up. The smaller tools add up. Things like a primer pocket crimp remover. OAL gauges and separate dies.

    Nobody can really tell you what you'll use outside the basic step up. It's a personal choice to the quality of the reload.

    You can use scales calibrated for grams instead of grains. It's that stay gotta stay on top of the weight conversion. A grain scale will cost three times more then a gram scale. My recorded work up loads are all in grams. Not grains.

    On the progressive presses. Understand that you'll only use three stations after the cases are prepped. Prime, powder drop and crimp. The sizing and pocket crimp cut is a separate operation. With a progressive, you run all the cases through the resize first. Trim, clean, and gauged. Once the cases are prepped. Then you can run them through the press for the reload.

    In other words. For the best precision. The only stations used in sequence are primer, powder drop, bullet seat and crimp. Case prep is a whole other set of operations. Some folks use a single stage for the case prep. The progressive for the actual reloaded finished round.

    Case prep can get personal. The small tools will come one by one as your experience grows. Some of the stuff can run $20-$30 bucks per tool. Like a primer crimp/flash hole reamer.

    You can't go wrong buying a basic progressive reloading kit. Don't worry about the extra tools. You'll be buying one every week until you have your personal set up complete.
  6. bowzette

    bowzette New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    Huntsville, Tx
    Thanks for the comments
  7. Army 1911

    Army 1911 Well-Known

    Mar 17, 2008
    Dallas Texas or so
    Check out Not local but are big a Dillon dealer. There is plenty of good info on that site that is applicable to general reloading.
  8. Charlie

    Charlie "I can't think of one thing that I don't know." TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    Also check out the gun shows. Some of the stuff will be overpriced but one can pick up a lot of the smaller tools, etc. at some decent prices.
  9. Moonpie

    Moonpie TGT Addict Lifetime Member

    40year reloader here.
    It just depends on how much volume you're wanting to produce.
    A couple of hundred rifle rounds a year or eleventybazillion pistol rounds will determine which direction you should go.
    You can make usable rounds with a few handtools but its laborious and takes a lot of time.
    A super nice Dillon will let you make a couple of hundred rounds an hour.
    IMO buy new equipment.
    Buying used can be a problem until you gain enough experience to know what the equipment is supposed to do. Worn out dies and tools can be next to useless and cause you chambering issues. This is why you shouldn't buy old reloading stuff from gun shows and garage sales unless you know what you're doing.
    80% of the work in reloading is brass prep. Motorize everywhere you can. In the long run you'll go there anyway so just buy the good stuff up front.
    Any of the major brands are good stuff. Hornady, Lyman, Dillon, RCBS, Redding, etc. are good to go.
    It's a redhead vs. blonde vs. brunette kinda thing. LoL

    Back when I started we only had books. These days there are a gazillion videos out there to watch and learn from. Mucho easier.

    I feel it is my duty to warn you. Reloading will cause you to become a pack rat.
    You will need room to grow.
    A small work area may be good now but you WILL acquire 87 tons of brass, tools, components, and junk. Be warned.
    You will know when you've reached Jedi Master level reloader when you find yourself digging in trash barrels for French 8mmx52R brass. Not because you have a gun for it but because you just might need it "one day".

    Welcome to your DOOM! Bwahahahahahaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
    Treetop and orbitup like this.
  10. country_boy

    country_boy TGT Addict

    Feb 7, 2009
    Round Rock
    Buy a Dillon
    Buy once cry once

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