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How to get started in Reloading

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Colorado4Wheel, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    I second that nomination!
     
  2. SCANNER

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    I just watched some demos of both the LCT and the Dillon 550. Decisions...
     


  3. SCANNER

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    I just joined the blue team. Ordering a Dillon 550 from Brian Enos was as easy as it gets.
     
  4. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

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    Here is a very useful thread giving very detailed instructions and pictures on setting up and using the LCT.

    http://www.surplusrifle.com/reviews2006/leeturretpress/index.asp
     
  5. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old SoulSoul

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    Very helpful thread. You just told me more than what I've read elsewhere researching for 2 hours. Thank you.

    BoxerGlocker, That is a very helpful link as well, thanks.
     
  6. DEADLYACCURATE

    DEADLYACCURATE Senior Member

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    I just realized I have never thanked you for this thread. Thanks :wavey:
     
  7. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    wrong thread... :embarassed:
     
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  8. noylj

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    Some people think that any play in a press will ruin the accuracy of the load. I have not found this to be true.
    For the beginner--let's start out inexpensive, slow, and simple.
    Get the Lee Reloader Single Stage Press Kit for $37.99. This is their little SS press and the Lee manual.
    Get the Lee Auto-prime hand primer and the 11 set of special shell holders for it.
    Buy a set of Lee 3 or 4 die set for your caliber. This includes a powder dipper, the shell holder, and reloading data for use with the dipper. The Lee manual covers every load with corresponding dipper data.
    The dipper is pressed into the powder so gravity fills it up. You knock of the excess with a straightedge (a business card works well).
    Given your barrel or cylinder as a case gage, you are ready to reload (provided you have powder, cases, primers, and bullets).
    After you have learned how the dies work, how to get the proper COL, and have fired some loads successfully, you will be ready to determine what fancy press or accessories you want.
    This press will, from my experience, make ammunition as accurately as any other press. Take your time and learn what is going on.
    Read a couple of reloading manuals ("ABCs of Reloading," Lyman 49th edition manual, etc.).
     
  9. Dewberry

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    thank you for the very helpful write up, this is the press kit i am considering getting as my first press, whay do you recomend the Kempf Kit over the standard lee kit sold by everone else? what are the advantages? you mentioned something about the lee scale, what is so bad about it? in reading the description it seems like the kempf kit doesnt even come with a scale.

    thank you again for the great write up
     
  10. IndyGunFreak

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    I'm not C4W, but I'll give you what will likely be his response...

    1. The "Standard Lee Kit" does not include the Lee Classic Turret, it includes the "Lee Turret Press" There is a huge difference in the quality of the two, mostly because of the difference in materials from which they are made. The "Lee Turret" is mostly made of Aluminum I do believe, while the Classic Turret, is made of cast iron. The way the "Classic Turret" handles spent primers, is also FAR superior to how the regular Turret press handles spent primers.

    Lee Turret Press
    http://leeprecision.com/4-hole-turret-press-with-auto-index.html
    Lee Classic Turret
    http://leeprecision.com/4-hole-classic-turret-press.html

    2. The Lee Turret Press kit (that Lee sells), comes w/ the Lee beam scale. This scale is possibly one of the most frustrating pieces of equipment you will ever use. Some folks use it and love it, most folks use it and throw it out the window..

    3. The Powder measure w/ the "Lee Kit"... while not absolutely horrible, the cheap upgrade to the "Auto Disk Pro" w/ the Kempf kit, is well worth it. I'd also just go ahead and get the additional primer size, as very few of us only load one primer size, and it's only another $8 (FWIW, if you don't upgrade the powder measure on the Kempf kit, you get the same powder measure that comes with the Lee kit).

    Edit: 4. I just realized the Lee kit, does not come with dies, where the Kempf kit does.

    If you're really looking to get a Lee Turret press, save yourself a lot of headache and follow C4W's advice to the letter. Get the Kempf kit, then add the Dillon Beam Scale...

    You'll be thankful for the sage advice he provided if you ever have the opportunity to try the "Lee Turret press and Lee Scale" vs what he has suggested.
     
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  11. Dewberry

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    that was extremely helpful thank you
     
  12. Colorado4Wheel

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  13. ARSMITH

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    Great post. I have really enjoyed reading the posts from people. I think we have a great community of people on here that are willing to go out of the way to promote reloading to the inexperienced. Thanks guys.
     
  14. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    I wanted to thank Steve again for his help on my decision. My LCT is coming tomorrow from Kempfs. :banana:
     
  15. kamonjj

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    I just want to chime in here and say this thread has been a huge help to me. I'm going to get the lee kit from kempf. Awesome deal after shopping around and shipping isn't much more. Thanks for this thread, as I'll also be getting my calipers from harbor freight and my scale from dillon. I want a dillon press but I really don't have the green at this point and this press looks like it will fit my needs extremely well anyway. I'm only going to be shooting a couple hundred rounds a month until I can recoup the cost of everything involved with getting started into reloading. ONCE I'm actually reloading at half the cost of the shelf bought ammo I'll see if I even need to upgrade to a different press.
     
  16. Colorado4Wheel

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    Enjoy your new presses. Glad the thread helped you guys.
     
  17. tua05737

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    This was very helpful n I got a Dillion 550 on the way. U mentioned u can use lee dies on the Dillion. Can I also use rcbs dies?