Swatpamike From United States of America, joined May 2004, 581 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 925 times:
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.
and then be able to upgrade to rifle calibers like these
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 915 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.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29521 posts, RR: 59 Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 865 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.