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Posted: 12/2/2007 11:43:05 AM EDT
I am really wanting to get into this and was about to purchase the 550b from Dillon but Im cold feet when it comes to all the problems that could arise from it. If anyone is hand loading and would not mind me sitting over shoulder and giving me some pointers, Id appreciate it more than you know!
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 1:23:25 PM EDT
you are not the only one who wants to learn, I wish I could watch some one too..I wish there was a class I would take it in a sec
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 2:01:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/2/2007 2:05:19 PM EDT by Banditman]
Guys... I started handloading back in the early 90's before the net. I learned from books. Now the net is here and all the info you need is online. I suggest a simple press like a Lyman Tmag II in a Lyman Expert Kit, it comes with everything you need to get going, including a handbook.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 4:39:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Banditman:
Guys... I started handloading back in the early 90's before the net. I learned from books. Now the net is here and all the info you need is online. I suggest a simple press like a Lyman Tmag II in a Lyman Expert Kit, it comes with everything you need to get going, including a handbook.


Yep, it's easy. I would stay away from progressive stuff until I have the basics down. You don't need to spend a fortune on equipment either, biggest mistake I made was buying a bunch of gizmos I didn't need. ABCs of reloading would be a good book to start with.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 5:46:45 PM EDT
get a single stage press, and the Speer Reloading Manual #13 is a good book for starters. That's what I've used, and I've done a bit of .223 and i'm happy with what i produce.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 7:30:17 PM EDT
Joey said it. Get a single stage and a book and go at it. I used to do it years ago, but just don't have the time any more. But with the way prices are going, a progressive setup is looking better and better.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 7:36:08 PM EDT
what would you guys recommend on the single stage. I am hording info right now but the information is overwhelming. I think it would be simple enough but just scared to jump in. Pointers would rule.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 10:12:57 PM EDT
is reloading ok for polish people I would hate for me to kill myself, I know there is a lot of thing you have to do in order..
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:16:51 AM EDT
I'm in Miami, and I have (2) 550bs, one with a casefeeder and one without. Send me an email at bigdog.re(at)gmail.com, and maybe we can get together so you can check it out. Reloading is fun, and once you learn the steps, easy.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:24:13 AM EDT
email inbound!
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 3:55:47 PM EDT
+1 for learn the basics with a simple single stage like Rockcrusher.
Learn to set up dies....case prep...weight charges, set primers and seating depth first.
When you're comfortable with the basics....then add in the Progressive.
You'll need the same tools anyways and will not be too badly intimidated by the mechanics of a progressive system....as your first entry into reloading.

Yes...you can get hurt of you mess up..so do it correctly right from the start.

Lotsa fun and usually much better ammo..though not usually cheaper.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 4:08:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 4:13:56 PM EDT by Banditman]

Originally Posted By vedubin01:
what would you guys recommend on the single stage. I am hording info right now but the information is overwhelming. I think it would be simple enough but just scared to jump in. Pointers would rule.


I think you are reading way too much into it.. What caliber are you going to start with? The TMAG I mentioned earlier will allow you to put dies for at least two calibers on it at one time.

Rifle
1.lube cases
2.resize, neck expand and deprime one action
3. measure case length, trim if needed
4. Prime cases, on press at first, buy hand primer later
5. Charge case, use a loading block, after loading shine flashlight on them to make sure all the cases are charged and appear to have the same level of powder.
6. Seat bullet to correct overall length and crimp.

It is that simple. Don't start buy loading max charges, the book will show you signs of over pressure and how to examine cases for wear.

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 4:20:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BigDog_RE:
I'm in Miami, and I have (2) 550bs, one with a casefeeder and one without. Send me an email at bigdog.re(at)gmail.com, and maybe we can get together so you can check it out. Reloading is fun, and once you learn the steps, easy.


BigDog...

Send SGB and IM to be added to this list if you please.

Florida Reloading Mentors


David
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 4:26:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Banditman:

Originally Posted By vedubin01:
what would you guys recommend on the single stage. I am hording info right now but the information is overwhelming. I think it would be simple enough but just scared to jump in. Pointers would rule.


I think you are reading way too much into it.. What caliber are you going to start with? The TMAG I mentioned earlier will allow you to put dies for at least two calibers on it at one time.

Rifle
1.lube cases
2.resize, neck expand and deprime one action
3. measure case length, trim if needed
4. Prime cases, on press at first, buy hand primer later
5. Charge case, use a loading block, after loading shine flashlight on them to make sure all the cases are charged and appear to have the same level of powder.
6. Seat bullet to correct overall length and crimp.

It is that simple. Don't start buy loading max charges, the book will show you signs of over pressure and how to examine cases for wear.



once you get the habit of doing it, it's alot easier than it seems. One step un-primes, and opens up the neck...then you have a seperate thingy to put in the primers. THen you charge them to the appropriate load, then seat bullets and crimp
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:51:07 PM EDT
Also check on FSN south florida section for components. There is a group buy for powder and primers at national gun shop.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:45:55 PM EDT
Does any one know a good video to watch?
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 6:53:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RONINBUDO:
Does any one know a good video to watch?


RCBS has one on actual loading process, Dillon videos mainly show how to setup their presses. Lyman has one, don't know if Hornady has one.
Good Luck, GunWhoreDer
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