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What Else Do I Need?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Jet Mech, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Jet Mech

    Jet Mech

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    Dec 11, 2008
    I currently only load shotshells on both a single stage and progressive press. I'm considering the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Kit from Cabelas to start reloading metalics. I wants to start with .45 ACP, 38/357, and 3006. I'll expand later.
    The kit is $249.99 from Cabelas and comes with:
    RC Supreme Press
    5-0-5 Powder Scale
    Uniflow™ Powder Measure
    Speer No. 14 Reloading Manual
    Hand Priming Tool
    Hex Key Set
    Case Loading Block
    Case Lube Kit
    Powder Funnel and Deburring Tool.

    So what else MUST I get to get started and what else to buy later will make the process easier?
  2. XDRoX


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    Jan 24, 2009
    San Diego
    Dies, caliper, and a case trimmer for the 3006.

    A tumbler will make life easier, but not needed to start.

  3. Breadman03


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    Mar 13, 2011
    Luzerne County, PA

    The appropriate shellholder for each caliber.

    I prefer dies with carbide because they reduce
    /eliminate he need for lube on straight wall cases.

    Brass, bullets, powder, primers.
  4. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

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    Oct 19, 2011
    That single stage press will make excellent rifle ammo assuming, of course, that you're not feeding an AR-15 or some other high rate weapon (M1, M1A, etc.). For these rifles, that press is going to be a little slow.

    For pistol shooters, using a single stage press is too grim to contemplate. I did it - for about a week. If 50 rounds is a big day on the range then the single stage will be adequate. Beyond that, you should be thinking of a better press. Down the road...

    I used one of those lube pads many years ago - never again. What a gooey mess! And still it's difficult to get lube on the neck... If nothing else, try the Dillon spray lube. I know that it works for .223 and I suspect it works for everything else. I have just started using Hornady One Shot and I like it a lot. However, I haven't tried it for rifle cartridges so I don't have an opinion. I suspect it works fine.

    If you are loading 30-06 for a single bolt-action rifle, you don't need to full-length resize. You only need to neck size and you may not even need lube if you buy a carbide sizing die. Still, it never hurts to put a little lube on the neck - maybe with a cleaning patch or something. If you are loading for a semi-auto or multiple bolt-action rifles then full length sizing is required and so is lube.

    Reloading becomes an equipment intensive hobby. You will eventually have a lot of odds and ends. Chamber measuring tools - to measure headspace, cartridge gauges (you should get one for 30-06 right away), scale calibrating weights, a ballistic hammer to unload cartridges, clamping locknuts for the dies to preserve adjustments, primer pocket swaging die, primer pocket uniforming tool (debur primer pockets on rifle sheels), the list goes on and on.

  5. sig357fan


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    Apr 8, 2008
    SW OH
    To start reloading once your kit arrives-

    1. A place to reload, consider how you’ll mount your press and the space needed to set up your gear
    2. Lighting, so you can see inside the case with out removing it from the press
    3. Caliber specific dies, carbide for handgun , FL or neck sizing for rifle depending on action type
    4. Caliber specific shell holder for the press
    5. Caliber specific shell holder for the hand primer if you can’t use the same shell holder for the press
    6. 6” calipers, to check COL and case length of rifle brass
    7. Components, brass, primers, powder and bullets
    8. Ammo boxes
    9. Organizing stuff, coffee cans, totes, plastic baggies, what ever works for you
    10. A place/way to store everything when your not reloading
    11. Reloading log, note book or spread sheet

    Things that are nice to have-

    1. Tumbler, for cleaning brass
    2. Tumbling medium
    3. Separator, to separate brass from tumbling medium
    4. Membership in GTRFCRB, by posting here you’ve already applied, now find the cheapest what to do things and post here to let us know.