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November 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm #9659
getting ready to buy reloading kit was looking for input on best one looking at rcbs or hornady or any other suggestionsNovember 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm #9675
What are you planning to reload? If you are planning to reload rifle cases with stick powder and low volumes of pistol rounds then in my opinion a single stage press is all you will ever need. If you are going to be loading high volumes of pistol rounds however you may want to look at the Dillon progressive presses. As you are a beginner, there is something to be said for a single stage press to get you up to speed before trying the more complicated progressive presses.
My dad had an old Hordady press and I have the RCBS Rockchucker. You cannot go wrong with either. I think you will find that you will save money and have everything you need (except dies, shell holders and good set of calipers) if you by a kit such at the RCBS Rockchucker supreme master reloading kit. That is what I started with and over the years have added other nice to haves such as additional loading manuals, tumblers, (plus can moly coat bullets), loading blocks, powder trickler (in the mean time, you can use a baby spoon with a crimped end to trickle stick powder into the scale pan to get the charge you want), bullet puller, and primer pocket cleaners.
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Still Hoping for Improvement. . .November 27, 2013 at 11:49 pm #9679
Here’s my advice, start with used stuff where you can. It’s much cheaper, and put the money where it’s needed. The press, scale, trickler, loading blocks, all that stuff is fine used. Unless your used stuff comes with just what you want, I’d put the money into new dies. Start small, and take your time. Also, buy new on the reloading manual. They now usually come with DVD’s that can explain a lot, and offer loading programs that help. You also get the most up to date info. I think that for me, personally, the price of a new reloading “Kit” could get me almost everything I need used, plus several calibers of dies. Most important thing to me about reloading, is, take your time, be precise, and record everything as you do it. A short pencil is better than a long memory. Good luck, and have fun!November 28, 2013 at 6:24 am #9681
thanks yes I will be reloading rifle and pistol not in massive quantaties the rock chucker master deluxe was the main one looking at but the hornady classicclassic comes with digital scale and shell holder but cost a little moreDecember 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm #9780
I started the way BillTell suggested. Piece by piece. I have a Rock Chucker. And, a Dillon 550 B. It was actually pretty reasonable that way. I was lucky. I was able to buy everything from the same guy. Even used. The equipment should be in decent workable condition. If you have the finances. The RCBS starter kit would work too. You get pretty much everything you need to get started. It’s a good idea to get to get your self a powder trickler. I use it for my rifle cases. I set my RCBS powder throw 1/4 to 1/2 grain light on the charge in the powder scale pan. Then use the trickler to get the charge where I want it on the scale. Makes the rifle’s more consistent. On the progressive. Like my Dillon. I usually load only pistol on it. The small grained powder measures more easily than the large grain. Or, stick powder does. I have two powder bars for it. I think they have three different ones. I have the one for small grained powder. And the magnum charges. It will also work for non magnum cases. But, I still prefer to use the RCBS single stage for the rifle brass. it’s slower. But, I think it’s worth it. On the Hornady progressive. If you get one of those. You’ve got to be careful. It has a bar, or rod that can be taken out of line that runs off the middle of the case plate. If you forget to take it out of line on the first couple or three cases when you resize and reprime. It will throw powder all over the place. Been there. Got a tee shirt. Plus, it kept getting out of time on me. I got rid of it because of both reasons. That’s why I got the Dillon. The powder throw won’t throw any powder unless there is a case in line that presses against the bottom of the throw to activate it. Although, I have to admit that I do load my 223′s on it occasionally. It is pretty consistent for those. I would suggest to go with the RCBS. Even though the Hornady has the digital stuff. It is better equipment in my opinion. You can always get the other stuff later. I’m still using the balance beam scale. Trick to those is keeping the balance point clean. I use alcohol to clean mine with a cotton swab. I’ll get one of those new fangled digital things some day. If you have any more questions about it later. Do as you did this time. Don’t be afraid to ask. Somebody will answer you. There’s no such thing as a dumb question. The only dumb thing is not asking if you don’t know. That’s the only way your going to learn if you don’t know.
December 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm #9782
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I also started out with used equiptment. In ’56 I bought a used Pacific C-press, along with a used Redding scale. About ’73 I updated to a used CH press, which I use to this day. However, the most important tool to consider before you reload, is to educate your self on the subject. When I started, The Ideal Hand Book and Speer- manual for loading ammunition, were about the only book out there, and both were very helpful. Today, The Lyman Hand Book should be a must read, for every beginning reloader.
AllenDecember 2, 2013 at 9:14 am #9807
Good advice all. I personally like the heavy older presses that were cast steel. They just seem more solid to me. I started just like you and the bug bit me so now I have a basement full of reloading stuff. I just bought a dillon 650 press and if I ever get my steel base plate made I will be ripping shells off like crazy.December 7, 2013 at 9:21 am #10082
Don’t overlook Lyman, I bought my first kit in ’79 and bought another about 10 years ago. My current equipment is a mix of stuff, mostly the Lyman some RCBS (dies and powder measure), some Hornady, and some Lee.
DaleDecember 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm #10104
thanks for the input since Christmas is coming kids are going to help debating hornady classic deluxe or rcbs turret deluxe kit just not sure if turret is to much to start with. like the digital scale and other componets that come with the hornady kit . but probably be reloading more pistol rounds than rifle. again thanks for the input.December 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm #10618
To me. That’s a no brainer. The RCBS. However. Now keep this in mind. I’m a little partial towards Dillon for a couple of reasons. One ,I own one like I mentioned before. It’s produced in the Phoenix area. I’m originally from Tucson. You probably can see where that is leading. They are home boys to me. :D Anyway. I think the Dillon is probably the best progressive press. RCBS is a really good press too. They are more fool proof than the Hornady is in my opinion. I haven’t had a chance to operate the RCBS progressive. I’ve heard good things about it. I don’t like the Hornady progressive because of what I mentioned in my last post. You start to get involved in what your doing. And you can miss one step. That’s what always bit me with the Hornady press.
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