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Reloading: What Do I Need?  
User currently offlineSwatpamike From United States of America, joined May 2004, 581 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Hello All

I want to reload my own ammo and have been looking at different web sites to get an idea of what I need. Now the confusion sets in. The web sites I looked at don't tell you the basics of what you need to start out.

I would like to start out loading these calibers.

.45 auto
.30 Carbine

and then be able to upgrade to rifle calibers like these


Any help would be great.



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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

I guess it depends on how much reloading you're going to do and that's dependent on how much shooting you do. I had an RCBS Rockchucker for a long time-it was one of the older cast iron ones-and it met my needs quite well. I think if I was ever to want to do some more handloading I'd try and get my Rockchucker back from my pal who has it.

You need dies and shell holders as well, and if you use them a lot carbide dies are very nice. You also need a scale and a powder measure, and some brushes to clean out primer pockets. A tumbler to clean and polish your brass is always a nice thing, and these are relatively inexpensive. I used to just clean mine in the dishwasher but that's me.

In addition I had some countersinks that I used to remove the swedge in military primer pockets-I was picking up a lot of military brass out on the desert when I lived in Cali and made a habit of shooting a lot.

There are some nice progressive reloading machines like the ones made by Dillon if you're cranking out a lot of stuff.

Either way a good reloading guide is a great place to start your research into the subject. It's like a lot of stuff-it can be dangerous if you're not careful.

At the store (long since closed) that I got my Ruger Blackhawk at, they had a .41 magnum Blackhawk that had one side of the cylinder blown out and the top strap bulged up about 3/8 of an inch from some improvidently crafted handloads. Likewise one time I was at the range and the guy in the next bay was doing something with a Dan Wesson that was peppering me with lead shavings and I watched him pound the casings out of the cylinder with a dowel and a mallet after every six rounds....not safe at all.


User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

A lot of it depends on how serious you want to get about it and how much you want to spend.

I have a great book about reloading that I loan to people around here that are interested in getting started: http://www.amazon.com/ABCs-Reloading/dp/0873498518 . It will answer the kinds of questions you'll have.

A good little inexpensive kit to get started with is this one, the only other thing you would need is dies for the caliber you want to load because this kit will handle all of the calibers you mentioned:

And, of course, you'll need primers, powder, bullets and cases which can also be found at several places on the internet like www.midwayusa.com and www.cabelas.com .

I started a thread a while back about step-by-step reloading with lots of pics that you might be interested in:
Reloading: How I Do It (Picture Intensive) (by Queso Jan 7 2007 in Non Aviation)

Let me know about any specific questions you might have! Good luck and more important, HAVE FUN!!!

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

I think both RCBS and Lee offer "Starter Kits" Of their most popular presses. These will include scales, press and most of the accoutrement needed to start reloading. You would then have to get dies and shell holders (Shell holders in kit???)

Also you will need to get a couple of reloading manuals to get the proper measures of power to put in the shells.

And most importantly you need to have a good attention to detail.

Quoting Swatpamike (Thread starter):
would like to start out loading these calibers.

.45 auto
.30 Carbine

and then be able to upgrade to rifle calibers like these


I think you will definately bring out power of the .44 and the 7.62x54.

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