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 Post subject: Interested in reloading
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:36 pm 
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I have never even seen anyone reload ammo in my life let alone attempted it myself. I know this is a hard question to answer but can anyone give me a general idea of how much it will cost to get into reloading .45 ACP? Can you recommend any websites that might give a basic overview of "How to"?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:57 pm 
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It depends on if you have the money to buy all new stuff or not. I would think that you could buy a used RCBS or similar single stage press and used dies for under $50 or so. Bullets are getting expensive. If you went used, you could probably get equipment and cast bullets, 1lb of powder, primers and other stuff for under $100. Anymore, if you don't shoot much, reloading is more of a hobby than a cost saving venture.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:31 pm 
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At the last gunshow I attended I could have picked up a COMPLETE used reloading outfit, including press, dies, powder scale & measure, manual, and a bunch of miscellaneous peripherals for $150. It also included a couple hundred used brass, some bullets, and powder and primers . . . and a holster.

At the same show I saw a used RCBS Rock Chucker press for $75. Looked like new.

If you are willing to shop, and know what you're after, it can be done relatively inexpensively.

If you're semi-serious, buy a couple of reloading manuals and read up to get an idea of what's involved. Manuals published by bullet manufacturers tend to have more extensive load data than those put out by powder makers, but have essentially the same "how-to" information.

Good luck.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:34 pm 
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Too bad you aren't near the other end of the state, I'd help ya!
First thing you need to do is buy a reloading manuel. Hornady has a great one.
The first part of the manuel will have all the basic info on how to reload correctly and safely. Use that as a guide to learn how.
Cost; As you see, most of the info above suggests a single-stage press to learn on. That is excellent advice and highly recommended. If you get a RCBS master reloading starter kit, new, with one set of dies, you'll spend around $250 or so. If you take care of it, it'll outlast you, and will pay for itself if you load a lot.
I load about 10,000 to 15,000 rounds of 45 acp annually, but I use a progressive press for the volume. I own 3 progressive presses, and 2 RCBS Rock Chucker single-stage presses. I use them all. Once you learn the basics, and are comfortable, you might find you'd like a progressive press. HOWEVER, learn the methods first, and the best place to start is a good loading manuel.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:59 am 
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Like already said, get yourself a reloading manual. I like Lyman but all will have instructions. You might ask around your shooting buddies and see if anyone reloads. Tip off is they are not using factory boxes for their ammo. Might see what the local gun shop has to say, if they carry reloading supplies.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:02 am 
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Thanks to everyone here for the great advice! I am getting online now to look for a manual. This is why I love this place. What a wealth of knowledge we have here!! Thank you again!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:42 am 
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Maddy345 wrote:
I have never even seen anyone reload ammo in my life let alone attempted it myself. I know this is a hard question to answer but can anyone give me a general idea of how much it will cost to get into reloading .45 ACP? Can you recommend any websites that might give a basic overview of "How to"?

Maddy,
Here are a couple of links to some information on reloading. Here is the Lee site which has some short clips you can watch.
http://www.leeprecision.com/html/HelpVideos/video.html
The RCBS site has some information as well.
http://www.rcbs.com/guide/stepbystep.aspx
It looks like the RCBS site is stepping through the loading of rifle rounds but a lot of the information will apply to pistol rounds as well.
I started loading pistol rounds 10 years ago using one of the Lee three hole turret presses kits. I still use the same press to load 357 Mag, 30-30 Winchester, and 45-70 Government. I decided on Lee because of the price as at the time I wasn't able to spend a lot on reloading equipment. I know some people will not buy Lee products for various reasons but they have worked out good for me. You have to work within your budget or you will have problems. I am now at the place where I could buy any reloading equipment I want but the Lee set up works for me and I'm sticking with it.
Lee has just redesigned one of their single stage presses and it has some nice features for the money. Here is a link and if you go down on the page they have a good product review on the press as well.
http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi/catalog ... tml#breech
The other guys here have given you some good advice and ideas to think on as well. This site and others have some good people that are willing to help you get started if you decide to take the plunge. I started at the same place you are 10 years ago and with the help of sites like this and the people that frequent them I have come a long ways. I now reload and cast my own bullets. It has become a very enjoyable hobby for me.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:34 am 
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The do-it-yourself section of the local library should have books on the matter. It's good to do a bit of reading if you don't have someone to take you through the steps. I started reloading a couple years ago, and the initial investment of about $300 has more than paid for itself.

A good place to make contacts, get information and perhaps buy equipment and materials at very reasonable prices is a gun show. I seldom walk out of one empty-handed.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:25 pm 
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www.reload-nrma.com is the website of the National Reloaders Manufacturing Association which has excellent info, most free. If you really get into reloading as I have with loading 15 cartridges, shotshells, casting bullets, etc. you should consider buying the plans for their reloading bench. It is the finest, most sturdy bench in the world and makes a good work bench as well. I made mine some 20 years ago. Bought the required wood and hardware then had a cabinet maker saw it to specs. I fasten my presses to it with C-clamps so that they can easily be moved to more convenient locations. Good luck in your new hobby!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:33 pm 
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Buy the Lyman reloading book and read it. Then you will be able to decide if you want to reload and have good instructions on how to. It also is a good book for data on many different cartridges.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:01 am 
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Go for it. I started abot 23 years ago with the ABC's Of Reloading and a Lyman manual, and went from there. I still got all my body parts so I must be doing it right.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:14 pm 
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Maddy345 wrote:
I know this is a hard question to answer but can anyone give me a general idea of how much it will cost to get into reloading .45 ACP?


Hi,

As w/ most hobbies, you can spend as much as you want! How little is probably the more popular question.

I'd estimate $250 for an absolute bare bones outfit. That's something like the Lee Anniversary kit (about $80), one die set, a few "extras" the kits never contain, like a caliper and safety glasses, a good book or two (Lyman and Lee both have good "how do I get started" info in theirs), and enough components to get started. For top notch equipment, probably $450-$500 will get you to the same place?

I have lots of different "colors" on my loading bench, but find Lee's basic equipment is usually satisfactory for a beginning loader, or one who's not gonna be doing lots of high production runs. Some of their products can run head to head w/ any of the "big boys" and keep up just fine. For single stage equipment, it's hard to beat RCBS, both for name recognition AND their customer service, but Lyman, Hornady and Redding are also in their league for quality. (You'll probably see prices tend to run a bit higher for competing Redding equipment--I'd say they cater more to the "afficionado" market the guys who are always looking for "just a little bit better" in their ammo.) I don't think anybody in the industry today makes "bad" equipment, but each does make stuff each individual will probably just "like" better. As do others, I'm firmly stuck on the idea a beginner should start w/ single stage equipment.

Once you've learned a bit, you'll constantly find "one more thing I've just gotta have," be it a different press, dies for more calibers, etc. After a couple of years, stop adding up what you've "invested." It'll just scare you!

Also, DON'T go into reloading thinking you're gonna save tons of money! A few loaders probably do save some money overall, but most of us just end up shooting more for the same cash outlay! :D

Rick C


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:15 am 
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Cary wrote:
Maddy345 wrote:
I have never even seen anyone reload ammo in my life let alone attempted it myself. I know this is a hard question to answer but can anyone give me a general idea of how much it will cost to get into reloading .45 ACP? Can you recommend any websites that might give a basic overview of "How to"?

Maddy,
Here are a couple of links to some information on reloading. Here is the Lee site which has some short clips you can watch.


Cary, for both myself, Maddy, and I am sure others, thanks for the links. I am one of those people who can do things well after being shown how to do it, but lack the guts just to go out and "do it".


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:05 am 
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There was an almost exact duplicate of this post by another member about a month ago. You should check it out. There was a lot of good info there. Here it is.

http://www.rugerforum.org/phpBB/viewtop ... 97dfcf47c5


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:07 am 
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Greebe wrote:
There was an almost exact duplicate of this post by another member about a month ago. You should check it out. There was a lot of good info there. Here it is.

http://www.rugerforum.org/phpBB/viewtop ... 97dfcf47c5


Greebe, as I mentioned to Cary, thanks for the links. I didn't start this thread, but I'm at exactly the place Maddy is. I'll say one thing with confidence. When EVERYONE of the forum agrees, as in this case, I know I can't go wrong!


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