I reload my own trap load, but want to get into reloading for my 9mm pistols. Where should I go to get what I need, and what do you recommend me to all get to start off.
The first question is how much you plan on loading/shooting over time. This will help you decide if you need a single stage loader (slow, low output) or a progressive loader (fast, high volume).
i have 2 9mm and shoot about 1000 to 1500 rounds a year
A single stage press will require about 45 minutes to load 50 rounds. It is slow and requires you to change dies and run the brass through the press several times before you have a final product. a progressive press is usually set up to produce a loaded round every time you crank the handle. you can produce 200-500 rounds per hour, depending on the model and your speed.
check out these links:
for a handgun cartridge, you'll need the following equipment:
reloading manual or two
dies, carbide are best (fastest) and are more or less standard
shell holder if you get a single stage press (many progressive machine can be purchased already set up for your favorite caliber)
gunpowder scale to weigh the powder (you already have this!)
powder measure to throw pre-calibrated amounts of gunpowder, comes with many progressive designs.
calipers - to measure stuff. a critical tool.
a way to clean the brass before reloading - tumbler or vibrator
bullet puller - optional but we all make mistakes
probably other stuff i can't think of right now
some of the stuff listed on the Midway website is not required for loading pistol ammo.
sellers in addition to the above companies:
some companies sell kits. here are some examples:
We have a subforum dedicated to reloading. You should check it out here: Reloading
Since you have reloaded before, you're a step ahead of most.
Read the postings under "Resources" (the posts with the little globe next to them). Then read them again. They provide answers to MANY questions you have. Next read the tacked topics. Then read them again. By the time you've read the resources and tacked topics, 99% of your questions will either be answered, or you'll have a lead on a new resource to help you out. There is a LOT of information, and some very experienced reloaders on arf. If you run in to problems, try searching for a question you have first. If you can't find anything, then post a new topic. Good luck
ETA: The reloading forum can be found under "Armory" at the top
Thanks alot for the advice. I will do that. You are the first person on here that actaully directed me to the right place for once instead of just bitching. Thanks