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  • Pa.Bill
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    I haven't reloaded in years. In fact I have all the equipment back in NY-- Somewhere.

    I became obsessed with Winchester 70 .270 (100gr /3300fps) (130gr /3000fps)
    In the summer my club would have monthly shoots and we would reload a bunch of calibers.

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  • lalakai
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    Catching up on threads, it's good to see many people interested in learning how to reload and getting started. Yes there's a lot to it, but it's easier then it looks. Best advice is to find someone that already reloads, offer to be a crank monkey for the night, and join them to see how it's done. You will learn more in one night then you thought possible and you will see how simple it can be. After 3-4 sessions, you will start seeing the advantages and disadvantages of the setup, and will hear actual experience as they explain what they would change if they had to do it over. The person may even let you buy your own materials and help you load some of your own rounds, so that when you go to the range and burn through 300 rounds of .40, you still have money left for ice cream on the way home. The more you learn on it, the more you realize that you have yet to learn and at some point you will find a happy medium. I'm new here but have been lurking for a bit and have seen some extremely knowledgeable folks that are willing to share their wisdom. Lol now it's your fault if you don't take advantage of what they are offering you.

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  • Morguns1Cam
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    I load too many calibers to list here, I load rifle calibers on a RCBS Rock Chucker single stage press and pistol ammo on a RCBS Pro 2000 5 stage press. I highly recommend RCBS presses, Dillon and Redding are also first rate. I like RCBS and Redding dies for pistols and mostly use Hornady Custom Rifle dies for the rifle calibers and Redding Competition dies when I'm loading match ammo. You can buy cheaper stuff (Lee) but it doesn't hold up very well, the RCBS, Redding, Hornady will truly last a lifetime! My single stage "Rock Chucker" press I bought 30 years ago, never a failure, still works as good as new after many thousands of rounds! Another important element of reloading is a powder scale and powder measures, Your loads aren't worth a hoot if the powder charge isn't accurate and consistent! RCBS and Redding and others make good powder scales and measures, if you just have to have the best powder measure/ dispenser its Harrells Precision, this measure throws powder charges with an accuracy of +/- 0.1 grains, they are a little pricey (~$300) put an absolute joy to use! Happy Loading!
    Morguns1Cam

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  • Defcon09
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    Originally posted by Iron mike View Post
    I don't have the space or time to start reloading right now however I have some storage space I think I am going to start gathering supply's are their any recommendations for equipment name brands to stay away from any recommendations and what books do you recommend
    I am using Lee dies and press for about 6 years. My reloading quanity per year is modest but mostly hand gun in 9mm. Also reload Swede 6.5 and 7.62x39. So far I am pleased with the "budget" Lee stuff. My brother uses RCBS almost exclusively but he's fanatic about reloading. Almost any literature on reloading is fine. Check the Book stores and review the pages and make the choice that best fits what you want to load.

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  • Stitch
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    I like RCBS single stage presses and Lee Dies. I have had issues with breaking the RCBS decapping pins. Hornady makes some oddball caliber dies when nothing else is available. The best book on the subject I am aware of is "ABC's of Reloading".



    http://www.amazon.com/ABCs-Reloading.../dp/0873491904

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  • Iron mike
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    I don't have the space or time to start reloading right now however I have some storage space I think I am going to start gathering supply's are their any recommendations for equipment name brands to stay away from any recommendations and what books do you recommend

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  • Bue
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    Originally posted by countryboy View Post
    i have been reloading about 25 years, i some times buy reloading dies/bullets/ brass ect. for a caliber before i buy a new gun . if i am going to buy that caliber. i went 12 years before i bought a box of 44mag shells , bought some just to try them, they weren't as good as my reloads.. i have never regreted reloading, REMEMBER A FEW YEARS AGO, YOU COULDN'T FIND 22 LR.. THINK ABOUT OTHER GUNS,AMMO WAS HARD FOR PISTOL, RIFLE.. A GUN WITH NO AMMO IS LIKE A CAR WITH NO GAS USELESS, NOT WORTH A DIME, NO SHORTAGE HERE!!
    I load all our hunting ammo. We practice with Russian. But I keep a LOT of components for a rainy day

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  • countryboy
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    i have been reloading about 25 years, i some times buy reloading dies/bullets/ brass ect. for a caliber before i buy a new gun . if i am going to buy that caliber. i went 12 years before i bought a box of 44mag shells , bought some just to try them, they weren't as good as my reloads.. i have never regreted reloading, REMEMBER A FEW YEARS AGO, YOU COULDN'T FIND 22 LR.. THINK ABOUT OTHER GUNS,AMMO WAS HARD FOR PISTOL, RIFLE.. A GUN WITH NO AMMO IS LIKE A CAR WITH NO GAS USELESS, NOT WORTH A DIME, NO SHORTAGE HERE!!

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  • monet861
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    I find the gun shows here are where I find the best deals on dies, probably why I have about 5 different sets for everything I reload. I often pay less than $5, even for carbide. Ebay has good deals sometimes too.

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  • longrangehuntr
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    i have searched craigslist for reloading supplies and found some great deals. gunbroker has some deals on ammo, brass and reloading supplies and you can also find deals on sportsmans guide.com and ammotogo.com. I use the lee, lyman and hornady books since lee has load data for the low grain bullets that the others do not. I don't know who all is near las cruces new mexico but there is a great shot here a guy opened that has about 5 reloading presses set up and you just walk in and he will show you how to reload. he has everything you need and his prices are awesome. I can reload 50 rounds of 40sw for $13, a box of 45 for $16 and he has most rifle cals as well.if you already know how to reload you just walk in and pick out what brass you want and what bullets and then to the press, pick out your powder and go to work. If you are interested it is called the d.a.m ammo co.

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  • Bue
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    Absolutley we are set up to reload all primary calibers. And I hand load all our hunting ammo. But if you shop carefully you can get good deals at gunbroker.com A seller there sportsmansupply user name has auctions on case lots with free shippng to lower 48. Last week I got 5000 rds remington 22 lr hollow points $155.00 delivered they came yesterday

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  • Stitch
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    The book ABCs of reloading is a great book on the subject for those considering reloading.


    http://www.amazon.com/ABCs-Reloading.../dp/0873491904

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  • johnnie l.
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    Originally posted by Arak Zantara View Post
    Maybe one day we will become good enough friends that you could teach me... this is one of those skills I am sorely lacking in :)
    Get new reloading manuals and read them first will give you an Idea how to start I went with R.C.B.S. rock chucker kit years ago all of it is still in use . You will add other tools as you become familiar with reloading but books first Nosler,Hornady,Sierra, all put out good reloading manuals get a couple get started.

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  • Arak Zantara
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    Maybe one day we will become good enough friends that you could teach me... this is one of those skills I am sorely lacking in :)

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  • Echo2
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    Brass can be reloaded many times....the determining factors are how hot are you loading......how tight is your chamber......what was the quality of the brass to begin with.

    Most important thing is to do a visual inspection to look for cracks and fractures....it's not even that they wont work....but the powder may become compromised quicker....and the bullet may not seat well....which may lead to a failure to fire.

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