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advice on getting started reloading

i have been meaning to get into reloading and now that my boys are shooting me out of house and home, i think i will be doing it within the next few months. i am thinking of reloading for these cals. i have lots of once fired brass for all:

35 rem
358 win
35 whelen
7mm-08
45-70
30/06
30/30
30 rem
32 rem

i have a few questions.

1 - do you recommend buying a kit like the rcbs rockchucker? if so, what other "stuff"? digital scale? micrometer?, shell cleaner? ?

2 - not counting the price of the equipment, is it really a cost savings these days to reload or is it more of a control thing? especially with the cheaper cals like 30/30 and 30/06. for instance, what is the cost to load a box of 30/06 with a decent load if you already have the once-fired brass?

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Re: advice on getting started reloading

Yes it's cheaper. For the rounds you listed you'ed go broke. Pick out the most shooter and start there. Many dies used for sale, guys sell guns and end up with dies they don't want anymore. A gunshop I go to always has used dies. Rcbs dies are as good as they get for most. I just bought Hornady dies and like them well. When gettin equiped watch for some are much better then others. Redding IMO make the best powder measure and press's Rcbs or Lee is fine IMO. If I was just startin I'ed go with the new'er scales dig. ones There is some good stuff on U-Tube to get you on right track, I had a guy I watched load for a good while and then jumped in with his help when I got over my head, you'll love it I'm sure and the kids catch on fast. Good Luck have FUN....later
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Re: advice on getting started reloading

Get yourself a RCBS kit, It's the best thing going. Personally I would stick with a beam scale, The RCBS scale is made by Ohaus it is one of the best on the market. Digital scales seem to drift unless you plan on spending a lot of money. The kit comes with everything you need to get started, someday you'll want to add a few things or upgrade to a 10-10 scale. The Sierra reloading manual has a lot to offer, read it, then read it again, and maybe one more time. It really is a great manual.

I wouldn't buy a tumbler, the ultrasonic cleaner does a much nicer job. If yu want a tumbler let me know, I'll make you a good deal on one. read this article on ultrasonic cleaners http://www.6mmbr.com/ultrasonic.html it is very informative.

The only other thing you might try and do is be-friend someone that reloads and knows what he is doing, spend some time watching and asking a lot of questions
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-22-2011, 09:31 PM
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Re: advice on getting started reloading

You'll also need a vernier caliper...befriending a veteran handloader is great advice....

Buy Redding dies after you get started with the Rockchucker kit.....

Have fun!
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I think the kit comes with the vernier caliper, well it did when I bought mine 20 some years ago. I forgot to mention Redding dies, I like them much better also
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Re: advice on getting started reloading

W Bob, man I was goin to buy a set for my Cmoor and thought WOW price ie. As I mentioned bought Hornady first time. Very nice die set very well made, and good price. The seater bullet die has the bushing. I was or am impressed.
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Re: advice on getting started reloading

check around some of your local mom & pop shops. many of the owners or employees reload. they will help you spend wisely as they want your business. ps don't just pick their brains but buy something. nothing like running out of powder and having a local source even at a few bucks more.
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Re: advice on getting started reloading

Redding equipment is 100% made in the USA
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Re: advice on getting started reloading

Try to buy powders that are somewhat universal, like IMR 4064 and 4350. I also noticed that you have a few in the same brass families:

358 win&7mm-08

35 whelen&30/06
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Re: advice on getting started reloading

Grices gun shop had a great reloader guy helped me out alot when ingot started! Not sure where your from but they are in clearfield
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