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Reloading shopping list

Postby pbwalker » Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:20 pm

Instead of hijacking another thread, I figured I would start a new one.

I planned on reloading about 2 years ago, but never got in to it. I even got a single stage Lee press. But, alas, life got in the way...we moved, I changed jobs, etc. So now that I have a big "man cave" garage, and the room to do it, I plan on getting in to it. I'd like to cast bullets as well.

Is there a "shopping list" I can use as a guide, or can someone here tell me what is needed to get a setup going? I'd be reloading .223 for sure, but would like to eventually reload 9mm, .40, .45, .30-30, etc.

From the melting pot to ignots, to dies to presses...what is a good setup? I'd rather spend a few extra dollars on quality if it is economical.


Thanks in advance.

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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby Jumping Frog » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:46 pm

Everything starts with what volume do you want to reload per month or per year. Someone who wants to load 150 rounds a month has much different needs than someone who wants to load 3,000 a month, and there are all variations in between.

Since you already have a single stage press now, why don't you simply start reloading a minimal setup first to see if you enjoy handloading. I know everyone talks about the money you save, but in my experience, very few people continue handloading just to save the money if they dislike it. Other people find they enjoy handloading and it becomes a second hobby.

So try it first. If you like it, then you can start sinking serious money into your hobby.

Of all the calibers you listed, .45 ACP is the easiest one to reload. It is not a bottlenecked case and it is a relatively low pressure cartridge. If it was me, I'd start with that.

To get started, I'd suggest the following tools:


With the above list, plus brass, primers, powder, and bullets, you could start reloading .45 ACP immediately. Total cost of the above is about $225. All of the above purchases can be useful down the road, even if you end up getting much fancier gear as part of really diving into the hobby.
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby Oldgringo » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:58 pm

Cartridge gauges for handgun loads can save you a lot of bullet pulling. Don't ask how I know.....

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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby Jumping Frog » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:29 pm

Oldgringo wrote:Cartridge gauges for handgun loads can save you a lot of bullet pulling.

If someone is loading semiauto pistol, you can always field strip the gun and use the barrel as the case gauge.

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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby Oldgringo » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:38 pm

Jumping Frog wrote:
Oldgringo wrote:Cartridge gauges for handgun loads can save you a lot of bullet pulling.

If someone is loading semiauto pistol, you can always field strip the gun and use the barrel as the case gauge.

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That'll work. Gauges are a lot more convenient and less space consuming; however, I do use the cylinder for .38 Spec.for a gauge.
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby slinco » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:10 pm

I started out with a Dillon 550 with a strong mount and bullet tray and never looked back.
Case gauges, calipers, case lube, good tumbler, brass trimmer ( i use a WFT trimmer), ammo boxes, powder scale and lots of the wifes tupperware!
I am currently loading .223, .40 and .45acp.
The Dillon is fast and flawless, not sure about the economical part!!
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby AndyC » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:56 pm

We should make Frog's post a sticky :)
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby Jumping Frog » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:01 pm

Oldgringo wrote:Gauges are a lot more convenient and less space consuming;

I agree, that is why I have assorted Wilson or Dillon case gauges for various calibers. But not everyone is going to spend that money.
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby Jumping Frog » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:02 pm

AndyC wrote:We should make Frog's post a sticky :)

Naw, because next time it is needed it is your turn to post that same picture again. :biggrinjester:
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby mr surveyor » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:16 am

we don't all suffer problems with the Lee Factory Crimp Die. Mine works perfectly for .38, .357 mag, .44 mag, and .45acp ... all with lead. Maybe I'm one of the lucky few with decent quality barrels and luck choice of projectiles. Perfect crimp, every time, and I would assume since I suffer no leading problems that I'm not distorting my bullets with the FCD.... or, I'm just lucky.
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby ghostrider » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:35 am

agree with everything Jumping Frog said.

Also, I'd say start with reloading commercial bullets, then add casting once you have some reloading experience.


While there are lots of good supplies, I'd suggest one of these 2 places for lead bullets:
http://www.bslbullet.com/
http://www.bayoubullets.net/index.htm
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby daddySEAL » Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:28 am

Numero Uno on your list should be a couple of good reloading manual, friend~!!!!
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby APynckel » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:01 am

if you start enjoying the hobby, I would suggest you get a dillon press very quickly so that you can start paying for the capital with bulk .45 acp loading. It will pay for itself in no time (if you shoot a lot, but you will shoot more once you have production going).

Being able to churn out a couple boxes worth of ammo in a half hour is very nice, not to mention, not having to run all your ammo through a single die, then changing to the next process etc for every cartridge. That's what got old for me with pistol ammo.

Also, keep your single stage press. It is always good to have for precision rifle handloads. Very important to have the hands on methodology of a single stage for every part of loading fine tuned rifle ammo.
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby Richardc » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:55 pm

I started with a Lee turret press. you can use it as a single stage until you are more comfortable, then install an auto index fro faster production yet allow for more control. I also now have a Lee Pro1000, an old CH single stage press(got it and a bunch of other reloading stuff in trade for doing my old Gunny's CHL class), and a Lee Load All. Some really good deals can be found on Crags List. I have wheeled and dealed a lot of stuff for reloading on that site, even if its against there "rules". :tiphat:

And dont start on me about "Lee presses are sloppy" or "that is for ammeters". :nono: I will put any ammo I have loaded with my Lee against any other ammo. :fire
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Re: Reloading shopping list

Postby mr surveyor » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:09 pm

I use Lee tools almost exclusively... should I be concerned ;-)
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