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by Jumping Frog
Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: Reloading Forum
Topic: Reloading shopping list
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Re: Reloading shopping list

mr surveyor wrote:I use Lee tools almost exclusively... should I be concerned ;-)
My Lee equipment has been used to load "only" about 30,000 rounds. Friend of mine has loaded 150,000 on his . . ..
by Jumping Frog
Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Reloading Forum
Topic: Reloading shopping list
Replies: 19
Views: 2213

Re: Reloading shopping list

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:
by Jumping Frog
Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Reloading Forum
Topic: Reloading shopping list
Replies: 19
Views: 2213

Re: Reloading shopping list

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.
by Jumping Frog
Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Reloading Forum
Topic: Reloading shopping list
Replies: 19
Views: 2213

Re: Reloading shopping list

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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by Jumping Frog
Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Reloading Forum
Topic: Reloading shopping list
Replies: 19
Views: 2213

Re: Reloading shopping list

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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