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I've decided to start reloading. I know it will be slow and not cheap getting started but I'm looking forward to all the benefits.

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Welcome to GT Reloading...

There are a few stickies at the top of this forum that will provide some guidance.

What do you want to reload and how much of it?

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Take some advice and start looking for powder. If you see any 1 lb cans of powder that you may want to try for your caliber, grab it. Buy 1 lb'ers unless you are sure what you want or if you only see larger cans. Powder will be your biggest component challenge to find right now IMO. Lots of good advice available on this forum. I started buying supplies maybe 6 weeks ago. Have everything I need so far but a completed bench and a press which I still haven't decided on. Down to a Dillon RL550B(probable), Lee CT, and Hornady LNL.
 

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I've decided to start reloading. I know it will be slow and not cheap getting started but I'm looking forward to all the benefits.

That is all.
Greatest decision ever! The guys here are very helpful, and were instrumental in getting me up and running a couple years ago.

Have fun getting your bench setup!
 

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9mm and .40 for now. I might do some rifle later on. I'm looking at a lee classic turret. I like the single stage with the quick change turret idea.
 

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9mm and .40 for now. I might do some rifle later on. I'm looking at a lee classic turret. I like the single stage with the quick change turret idea.
For an entry level press, the Lee Classic Turret has a lot of nice features. To be specific, the Kempf Kit has all the right stuff and doesn't include the dubious scale. Also, add the extra for the Auto Disk Pro powder measure.

https://kempfgunshop.com//index.php...n=com_virtuemart&Itemid=41&vmcchk=1&Itemid=41

To that kit you'll need to add a decent scale:

http://www.dillonprecision.com/content/p/8/stype/?searchVar=scale

The beam scale is useful but I prefer the digital and, if you go that route, get the plastic case for protection.

You will also need check weights:
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=check+weights

A primer flip tray:
http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/23608/catid/3/Dillon_Primer_Flip_Tray

There are cheaper plastic ones around.
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=flip+tray

And a ballistic hammer:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/685703/rcbs-powr-pull-impact-bullet-puller-kit

And a pair of calipers - digital, dial or vernier

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d123gaw,

First of all welcome to GT & reloading.

I would agree that 9mm is a good caliber to start with, there are a literal ton of load data out there and components are "relatively" cheap.

I am a big fan of starting out on a single stage press. The Lee single stage classic press kit is a good place to start. You can always up-grade as you become more experienced.

Make yourself at home, ask lots of questions, some folks around here are very knowledgeable... take notes. :thumbsup:

Good luck
 

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For an entry level press, the Lee Classic Turret has a lot of nice features. To be specific, the Kempf Kit has all the right stuff and doesn't include the dubious scale. Also, add the extra for the Auto Disk Pro powder measure.

https://kempfgunshop.com//index.php...n=com_virtuemart&Itemid=41&vmcchk=1&Itemid=41

To that kit you'll need to add a decent scale:

http://www.dillonprecision.com/content/p/8/stype/?searchVar=scale

The beam scale is useful but I prefer the digital and, if you go that route, get the plastic case for protection.

You will also need check weights:
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=check+weights

A primer flip tray:
http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/23608/catid/3/Dillon_Primer_Flip_Tray

There are cheaper plastic ones around.
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=flip+tray

And a ballistic hammer:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/685703/rcbs-powr-pull-impact-bullet-puller-kit

And a pair of calipers - digital, dial or vernier

Richard
If he gets a LCT he does not need primer flip tray.
 

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d123gaw,



I am a big fan of starting out on a single stage press. The Lee single stage classic press kit is a good place to start. You can always up-grade as you become more experienced.

:thumbsup:

Good luck
Oh, No! if you don't start with at least a progressive with case and bullet feeder, better yet a 1050, there may be no continuing reason to live.
 

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Oh, No! if you don't start with at least a progressive with case and bullet feeder, better yet a 1050, there may be no continuing reason to live.
You have been Jonsing to buy a slightly used 1050 recently, hmm,
 

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find someone in your area that can show you what you need and how to reload before you buy any thing. read all you can before you buy.
 

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find someone in your area that can show you what you need and how to reload before you buy any thing. read all you can before you buy.
Just because a person reloads, does not mean that,,that person knows how to reload.
 

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Just because a person reloads, does not mean that,,that person knows how to reload.
My thoughts exactly. Finding a mentor may be a good idea or it may be a Bad idea. Best to read your manuals, then come here and ask questions. If someone gives you bad advice here, there are plenty of experts hanging around to correct that advice.
 

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Oh, No! if you don't start with at least a progressive with case and bullet feeder, better yet a 1050, there may be no continuing reason to live.
Now you're talking... :thumbsup:

...unfortunately, there was a bit of sarcasm in there. :crying:

But just as a progessive MAY not be the best choice for a first press, for some people... a single stage or turret is most certainly NOT a good choice for a first press for others. I suppose you have to know your limitations, your budget, and the eventual quantity and type of ammo you will make. I have never liked buying myself into a corner right out of the gate.
 

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d123gaw,

Welcome mate, just new myself to the forum and reloading. Nice work choosing to reload your own bullets. I think its help immensely when you can get a load exactly right for your particular gun.
Listen to as many people as you can before you go and buy anything and if you can, watch them shoot their own loads or shoot some yourself. Ask questions and get the best gear you can afford.

Happy shooting.
 

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Supplies are better now and there nothing like making ammo how you want it.
Cheap, accurate and soft shooting 45acp and 40S&W, YEP!
Full power with premium bullets handgun round at an affordable price, YEP!
Affordable sub MOA and cheap blaster 223 rounds, YEP!

I've found reloading to be a chore that I don't dread at all:wavey:

Congrats and open the wallet up real WIDE:whistling:
 

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Good for you! I don't know how any serious shooter doesn't reload.
 

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Now you're talking... :thumbsup:

...unfortunately, there was a bit of sarcasm in there. :crying:

But just as a progessive MAY not be the best choice for a first press, for some people... a single stage or turret is most certainly NOT a good choice for a first press for others. I suppose you have to know your limitations, your budget, and the eventual quantity and type of ammo you will make. I have never liked buying myself into a corner right out of the gate.
A man with a Model 29 once said
"A man's got to know his limitations. "
 
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