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My brother-in-law loads up my cartidges for me but it there was a reasonable priced "reloading kit" that all I had to add were dies for .243 caliber, I wouldn't mind getting it. I have a good set of calipers and a good powder scale so I was wondering what all I would need to start reloading myself?
 
I had a Lee loader that would take quite awhile to load .44 msg shells, so I'm a bit familiar with some of the items need but an all inclusive kit would be nice. Thanks.
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If you look back on this forum you will see we just help someone on the same subject. the easiest thing is to just purchase a kit like the RCBS from one of many retailers it will have most everything you need.    actually I just went through and cant seem to find the post!


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  Here are what I consider to be the two best starter kits in their price range:

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Used presses are often for sale.  A good scale and a set of check weight to make sure you have things set up correctly.
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  These guys all have great suggestions, but for pistol cartridges, you'll probably want a progressive press to put out the volume in a reasonable amount of time. A single stage press is something you'll always be able to use, but if you think that you may "graduate" to a progressive someday, I would go straight to that right away. A single stage press probably isn't really much faster than your  Lee Loader when it comes right down to it.
 Dillon progressives have a near-cult following, and great customer care, but so does Hornady, and Hornady's cast-iron press seems to be built more solid, at least to me.
 Lee makes several low-cost progressives that seem to work well if you set them up right and use a little care in using them, but they aren't in the same league as Dillon or Hornady for long-term durability. Talk to an owner and get a few of the smaller spare parts that tend to wear out on them if you go that route. Lee does take pretty good care of the customer, too.
 I'm assuming that you want to continue to load .44 pistol rounds in addition to .243.  If that's not the case, a single stage is probably best. Changing dies is always a hassle though, a turret press with a head that you can leave set up and swap out completely when changing calibers is a great idea, as are the "Lock-and Load" types by Hornady, and now Lee.
 I prefer the Forster, which doesn't require a bushing for every die you own. Snap in-snap out. Kind of pricey, though.
 
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