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Relaoding - Cost to start

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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Relaoding - Cost to start

With the tax return coming in in the next few months, I'm considering possibly trying to get into reloading.

I'm trying to figure out the most cost effective way to get a set up.

Should I buy a kit? Should I piece it together?

If I get a kit, what's a good recommended kit, and what is the approximate start up cost to get set up?

I'm looking at reloading .45ACP, .270 Win, and .40 S&W to begin with.

Thanks for any help!
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I started reloading about 2 years ago: setup simple Lee turret system, been very happy with it.

Reloading is very well worth it if you tend to shoot alot, 45acp and 40sw will pay for itself really quick, higher caliber rifle rounds you be very happy to reload, you save alot and if very meticulous you will make better rounds.

I setup my Lee turret system with: 9mm, 40sw, 45acp, 223,
Rcbs powder dispense, scale, calipers, bullet puller, everything needed for
Near $500.00

If you shoot several hundred rounds per session you will pay for the reload kit in less then 1 year.

Best part for me is knowing that you made the actual bullet yourself using the actual components.

One big warning: if you are not a Careful Person and you are careless, you can really get hurt or worse yet get yourself killed if you, i.e: double charge, load a round with no powder and get a bullet lodged in barrel and not realize it and then you shoot a second round , this can be deadly!

But if you are careful, this is a wonderful hobbie

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The LEE Classic Turret is a great press. Very versatile. Check out this thread: I neeed a bit of a primer course in reloading
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Id say $500 is the starting point for gear.
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IF you do not need a high volume of ammo, most of us do NOT, then the Lee Classic Turret is a pretty good press. Fast enough to keep you shooting every week w/o breaking the bank. The kit from Kempf's is better than the others, it gives you a better scale, the Lee is crap, & can upgrade to an adjustable measure, far better than a limiting fixed measure. The cost of ammo today, I can't imagein NOT reloading. As noted, you can get everything you need for under $500. You'll save 50% on your ammo cost, the gear will be paid for in 1-2yrs.
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IF you do not need a high volume of ammo, most of us do NOT, then the Lee Classic Turret is a pretty good press. Fast enough to keep you shooting every week w/o breaking the bank. The kit from Kempf's is better than the others, it gives you a better scale, the Lee is crap, & can upgrade to an adjustable measure, far better than a limiting fixed measure. The cost of ammo today, I can't imagein NOT reloading. As noted, you can get everything you need for under $500. You'll save 50% on your ammo cost, the gear will be paid for in 1-2yrs.
Awesome. Sounds like Lee is the way to go. Also that Kempf kit sounds great. I'll probably end up ordering from them.

What else should I factor in addition to the kit? (obviously a manual is a must)

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The LEE Classic Turret is a great press. Very versatile. Check out this thread: I neeed a bit of a primer course in reloading
Unless the newer turret presses are different, you won't be able to load cartridges as long as the 270 win.

I have an old turret and 223 is about as long as i can use in it.

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Unless the newer turret presses are different, you won't be able to load cartridges as long as the 270 win.

I have an old turret and 223 is about as long as i can use in it.

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According to Lee's site

"Deactivate the Auto index feature and you can batch reload the longest rifle cartridges."

Reloading Presses - Lee Precision

Not sure if that clarifies it or not though since I have no idea what the "auto index" is
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I am not sure of everything that comes in the kit, but a set of calipers is a must, I like dial, they always work vs elec dig. At some point you will want to clean your brass better than just rolling them around in a wet towel. Most use dry media tumblers, but there are liquid solutions that are cheap & easy, you just have to dry the cases befreo reloading, PITA. The Lee kit will come w/ the Lee manula, a marginal book at best. I would also get the Lyman #49 &/or Speer #14, very good manuals.
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I am not sure of everything that comes in the kit, but a set of calipers is a must, I like dial, they always work vs elec dig. At some point you will want to clean your brass better than just rolling them around in a wet towel. Most use dry media tumblers, but there are liquid solutions that are cheap & easy, you just have to dry the cases befreo reloading, PITA. The Lee kit will come w/ the Lee manula, a marginal book at best. I would also get the Lyman #49 &/or Speer #14, very good manuals.
Yeah, looking into this, I already planned on buying a tumbler, they aren't too expensive.

I've also seen a lot of people recommend that Lyman's manual. I'll probably grab that here in the next couple weeks.
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