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getting started reloading

I've been wanting to reload for a long time now and I now have an excuse, a friend gave me a lyman press, so what else do i need to get started beside the obvious caliber dies i need, 40 s&w, 3006, 308 and win 243? also what books should i have for reloading info and anything worth reading beforehand.

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Re: getting started reloading

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I've been wanting to reload for a long time now and I now have an excuse, a friend gave me a lyman press, so what else do i need to get started beside the obvious caliber dies i need, 40 s&w, 3006, 308 and win 243? also what books should i have for reloading info and anything worth reading beforehand.
ABC's of reloading would be a good investment along with a manual from a bullet manufacturer (Sierra, Speer, Hornady, Lyman, etc.)

You will need a powder measure & scale. A "powder trickler" is useful but not necessary. (RCBS Uniflow or Hornady powder measures are very good)
A scale from RCBS such as the "5-0-5" will serve you forever.

You will need a way to trim Rifle cases... the Lee "stud cutters" work fine to start with and are inexpensive. You'll need a chamfur/deburring tool. A decent...(not necessarily expensive) set of calipers.

Shell holders for your press... Lee makes a complete set (green box).

A hand priming tool is useful, (and often preferred)... but your press likely has a priming feature that will be adequate for now.

Primer pocket "prep/cleaning" tools are worthwhile... though I suppose not absolutely necessary. A tumbler is a very worthwhile investment, though not absolutely required. And don't forget the case lube for rifle cases.

As far as dies, get carbide or titanium nitride for pistol.
And obviously, powder primers, & bullets... which you determine from the loading manual. Start at least 10% below max charge (unless noted otherwise for a certain powder like WW296... and work up.

That should cover the basics.
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Re: getting started reloading

the rcbs website has a video "how to" series on step by step reloading. some do much better seeing how than reading how.
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Re: getting started reloading

Thanks guys for the info. I'm sure i'll have more questions as I learn more. right now i'm too dumb to ask a question.

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Pistols and rifles are different.Know that going in.I mean reloading not the actual firearm.The fact that you knew enough to ask goes a long way.So that means you are not dumb.Dumb would be not asking prior to a project such as this.You have a very nice friend.Maybe he has some dies as well.Lol.

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Believe it or not. But there are some fantastic videos on U-Tube also for beginners. And those videos even break the reloading process down further than most factory videos I have watched. Spend a few hours on U-Tube and search for different stages. You will be suprised how much good information is on there. Tom.
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I havent started reloading yet but I did read the ABC's of reloading book and it was excellent. Im working on the second reading it for the second time. Lots of good information in the book.
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Re: getting started reloading

Okay i know you guys are gunna disagree but... you cannot go wrong with anything Lee Its cheap and comes with a 2 year warranty and the customer service is outstanding

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