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Posted: 6/27/2003 4:04:36 PM EDT
Hey I'm a first time reloader and looking for suggestions on some got beginners equipment for $250.00 to $350.00 dollars. Looking for something that I can reload most all handgun and rifle calibers in. Appreciate any help.
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 4:06:37 PM EDT
Dillon. I have a 550 plus all my gear is Dillon. Love it! Have loaded many thousands with no breakdowns. There is a section here in the equipment exchange where people sell reloading equipment.
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 4:12:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 4:16:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 4:19:02 PM EDT
A lot of Handloaders just use a RCBS Rock Chucker Press. Dillon makes a sweet progressive Press..but they are somewhat pricey especially the accessories... Whatever you do..BUY a LYMAN Reloading Guide, in addition to any other Reloading Manuals you get. The LYMAN book gives you very detailed information on HOW to safely reload. You don't need a Progressive Press with a lot of bells and whistles in order to turn out accurate handloads.
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 4:20:24 PM EDT
Dillon or Redding.. IMHO MM419
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 4:21:22 PM EDT
DILLON 550B.
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 5:20:44 PM EDT
Another vote for Dillon.
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 5:55:48 PM EDT
As a designated ammo r&d tech, I use rcbs presses, redding and lee factory crimp dies for ammunition that must work. Not the stuff that hobbyists and weekend shooters use.
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 6:09:16 PM EDT
Reloading isn't for everybody. Buy one of the Lee kits. If you like the hobby, upgrade at your leisure. Even if you go with a high end progressive, you'll find uses for that cheap Lee single stage. If you decide it's not for you, you're not out much money.
Link Posted: 6/27/2003 6:13:48 PM EDT
Get a Rockchucker to start with and a couple of good manuals. The Sierra manual is a good one. You can get a progressive press after you gain some experience. You will still use the Rockchucker even if you have a progressive.
Link Posted: 6/28/2003 3:08:55 AM EDT
Like many here I have a Rockchucker that I do my rifle rounds on, and a Dillon for my pistol rounds. I believe that the pure O-frame press is stronger and would flex less when doing the rifle cartridges. The pistol cartridges are used in volume (need faster loading cycles.) and are easier to form so I feel less concern about the turret flexing with them. I have yet to get into high volume loading with .223 or 7.62 x 39 rounds, surplus is relatively cheap. I may change my tune if gt into production loads for them.
Link Posted: 6/28/2003 4:17:46 AM EDT
I can't believe nobody has asked this.. What do you want to reload for? If it's bulk loading for general shooting, I'd say go with a Dillon progressive and nothing else. If you're looking to work up customized handloads for super-accurate rifles or pistols, then you're going to want a single stage press, and for that brand is not terribly important.
Link Posted: 6/28/2003 12:38:07 PM EDT
DILLON! Now have two 550Bs on my bench and a heck of a lot of blue accessories to go with them. RCBS is good stuff, but a little expensive.. If you just want a kit to get started, Lyman and Lee are pretty good. I still have a couple of Lee "starter" presses (the $19 ones) too. I have used them to load .444 marlin and 45-70. No problems.
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