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Not many folks in my area do this so I figured I could ask you fellas.

I want to start reloading and was wondering what equipment I would need? Can I buy the 300-400 dollar hornady kits or are they no good?

308 223 243 are the calibers ill be reloading if that matters. Hopefully someday 338 Lapua aswell.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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I started out with a Lyman kit and up graded as I was able to. I loaded for a while using it then up graded powder measure to the RCBS, I modified the RCBS case prep station to make trimming and such alot faster with the same results.

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I'd start with the RCBS Rock Chuker kit. I went another direction many moons ago when I started, but if I were to do it all over again, this would be my choice. 
Your pretty much ready to go right out the gate and RCBS customer service, should you need them, are ridiculously great. 

Also, save up some funds and get a good digital scale, when opportunity allows.  
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+1 what Cheaptrick said. I'll also recommend getting at least 3 reloading manuals from different companies; Sierra, Speer, Lyman, and Hornady are just a few that come to mind.
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Is the supreme master kit enough? 300 Or does one need the 799 deluxe kit?
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

+1 what Cheaptrick said. I'll also recommend getting at least 3 reloading manuals from different companies; Sierra, Speer, Lyman, and Hornady are just a few that come to mind.

They have manuals?!?!?!?  Bucky

Wink Good advice. 

Also, try to get up with someone near you that reloads and work with them the first time out. Maybe there's a forum with folks from your state, like I go to The Carolina Shooting Forum. Guys there love to help out and will show you the ropes. Once you see it done, the rest is easy.  

Reloading is NOT difficult to learn, it's just ex$pensive to maintain doing it.  Big Grin
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Originally posted by RotoReuter_DM RotoReuter_DM wrote:

Is the supreme master kit enough? 300 Or does one need the 799 deluxe kit?

The Supreme Master Kit should have most everything you need to start, less the dies. 

I'd opt to go with the Lee Deluxe die set. You get a full length sizing die, a collet neck die, and a seating die for around $30. 
 
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You'll need a case trimmer to go with that rock chucker kit too.

I'd say its a great choice for a new reloader and you'll always want a solid single stage press on your bench. The Hornady kits would be fine as well.

Case prep is a little complicated if you're just diving in. Maybe start with a straight wall pistol case like .357 or .44 to learn the ropes?
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Originally posted by anomad anomad wrote:

You'll need a case trimmer to go with that rock chucker kit too.


Excellent point. 
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If I'm just reloading once fire black hills brass 308 I shouldnt have to trim much correct?

I appreciate the input so far looks like if 500ish is what I have to spend it will be well worth it. Lots of bullet options aswell.
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Originally posted by RotoReuter_DM RotoReuter_DM wrote:

If I'm just reloading once fire black hills brass 308 I shouldnt have to trim much correct?

I appreciate the input so far looks like if 500ish is what I have to spend it will be well worth it. Lots of bullet options aswell.

Get a good pair of calipers too. Your trim to length of those .308's should be right around 2.005". A little shorter is cool, longer will be a problem. 
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Check thanks again for the information fellas. 
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I took the lee trimmers and taped it to fit on my RCBS trim mate thingie. It make trimming simple and right on the money everytime. I have done 1000's with this system and it still run strong. I have a lee length Gage for every round I load for pistol and rifle. just unscrew it off the cutter and screw the one you need in and change the shell holder and off to trimming.




 

 





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I was in your shoes not that long ago and someone recommended The ABCs of Reloading, it is a great book for new reloaders and I would also recommend it to you.

http://www.amazon.com/The-ABCs-Of-Reloading-Definitive/dp/1440213968/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336479295&sr=1-1
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That was my first loading guide also. great HOW TO book.
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I am fairly new to reloading as well. I recomend getting a simple single stage press to start. I would not buy a kit. look on craigslist or ebay and their are great deals. In vest in a good reloading manual and ask guys on here. Reloading is fun and addicting!!!!!! Next thing you know you will be ordering 223 brass 1k at a time like me and the rest of these guys Big Grin
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Originally posted by jselsor jselsor wrote:

Next thing you know you will be ordering 223 brass 1k at a time like me and the rest of these guys Big Grin

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Well not everyone, I've never paid for 223 brass...

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Originally posted by anomad anomad wrote:

Well not everyone, I've never paid for 223 brass...

Me neither!
So much range brass and so few hand loaders...

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Don't skimp on your reloading tools[scale,micrometer,wax] save if you must,buy once cry once.Don,t be shy either there are plenty of very good reloaders on this site always willing to share their knowledge,but none with crystall balls!
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Used my buddies uncles reloading kit last night. Standard hornady kit. Worked quite well. Heading out to test the loads today.

I couldn't fit any large rifle primers in my once fired Black Hills brass? Dovthey take special primers? Could only reload the Federal brass I had. This was. 308 brass.
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Originally posted by RotoReuter_DM RotoReuter_DM wrote:

Used my buddies uncles reloading kit last night. Standard hornady kit. Worked quite well. Heading out to test the loads today.

I couldn't fit any large rifle primers in my once fired Black Hills brass? Dovthey take special primers? Could only reload the Federal brass I had. This was. 308 brass.


Nothing like shooting your first reloads!

What caliber were you reloading? You mentioned .308... It could be the brass has crimped primer pockets, particularly the BHA reloaded stuff. A good picture would tell us what's going on pretty quickly.

There's a number of gadgets to remove primer pocket crimps. That will become a normal part of your brass preparation. Common on NATO spec brass.
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Reloading is a progressive (no pun intended) beast.  You start simple and the next thing you know you have more and more calibers, powders, and presses (and $$$).  The RCBS Rock Chucker is simple and effective.  I have two hornady presses--I bought the lock-n-load progressive about 6 years ago, and it was my first press.  Works like a charm, and I love it.  Lately, I've been trying to load with a little more precision, which takes the benefit of the progressive out of the equation somewhat.  I bought a hornady lock-n-load single.  The main reason for doing this is that I like the lock-n-load bushings that I have my dies set for on the progressive, and I like the single for the primer pocket swaging die for removing the military crimp from Lake City Brass.  Makes it much easier to transfer the dies to and from the single and progressive presses with the L-n-L bushings.  It's just what I have, like and feel comfortable with.  Most of the brands out there will have mostly positive reviews and relatively few horror stories.  The consensus for a progressive seems to be the Dillon presses.  They want your first born child for the things, but they have a lifetime warranty and if something breaks or wears out, even if you didn't buy new from them, they generally will send your replacement parts free of charge.

At a minimum, I would recommend at least two reloading manuals in addition to the ABC's of Relodading.  I like the hornady and lyman manuals, as well as the caliber-specific manuals that have decent data from most all manufacturers for the most common cartridges.  Those are helpful.  This is a great forum, but you can find additional load data and reloading advice from some great forums on the web.  Some that come to mind instantly (all of which I'm also a member of) are shootersforum.com, reloadersnest.com, longrangehunting.com, etc.  There are others, but these are the ones I visit most often.  Lots of great folks on all of these forum, but the rules vary, so be sure to read their respective sticky's about forum decorum.  I learn something everyday from the OT, shootersforum, and reloadersnest.  There are some really smart folks out there that have dedicated their lives to learning how to properly reload, and most of those folks willingly impart that knowledge to others to keep our outdoor sports alive.

Good luck and welcome to the wonderful, frustrating, expensive, and rewarding hobby of reloading!

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I assume your cleaning the carbon from the pocket? 
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

I assume your cleaning the carbon from the pocket? 

 
I do all mine. That is an interesting subject though. I have read more than one benchrest shooter who tested clean pockets of non cleaned pockets and the results were the same and no accuracy lose with ether.
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