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#6128872 - 01/10/16 02:22 PM Good basic reloading gear
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a young guy that I know wants to get into reloading and has asked my advice on what to buy. I could always suggest a Lee or Lyman or RCBS starter kit, but I think suggesting this and that from various manufacturers might be the way to go. I've had my stuff for decades, but the gear is out of his present price range, so no point in telling him to get the stuff i have. So...trying my best to keep it all close as possible to $300 and still have decent gear...

The single stage press - Lee for low price, or RCBS. I'm thinking the Lee will do (not the cheapest one)
Powder thrower? What's cheap and good enough?
Powder scale - RCBS 505? Or inexpensive electronic?
Primer seater - Lee?
Best cheap calipers?
As for dies, trickler, and such as that, I'm sure the basic stuff will do. The caliber is 308.
Powder and primers, I'll donate.
Brass - he has some and I'll suggest Win or Rem for the rest.

Or, should he just go with a starter kit? Like I said, I have all the reloading stuff that I need, and am out of touch on the quality of today's entry level equipment.

Your thoughts please?



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#6128943 - 01/10/16 03:05 PM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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Some of the vendors offer starter kits that do not seem full of junk. Maybe look into them and then see what would really be necessary to add. Should keep it in an affordable package. Nice thing about them I see stuff that you never out grow or can always use. Hornady has some nice packages also, so don't overlook them. I went years with a single stage Hornady setup till I felt a better setup was justified.
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#6129300 - 01/10/16 06:10 PM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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With that budget I'd look at the Hornady LnL Classic kit. They usually have an offer for free bullets with the kit.
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#6129416 - 01/10/16 07:18 PM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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With the budget there are some kits that would work, buy with a little time and an experienced friend such as the OP used might be the most cost effective way to go.
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#6129521 - 01/10/16 08:04 PM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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I started with a Lee kit and it worked great. I purchased Lee dies and a used RCBS uniflow powder dispenser. I also purchase a RCBS hand primer. Shop used on the forum or ebay and you can pick up some good deals. As far as brass is concerned, I use Winchester brass.

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#6129569 - 01/10/16 08:27 PM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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I sniffed around on prices for this and that, and finally just told him to get the RCBS Rockchucker Supreme kit and add in the missing stuff that doesn't come in the kit. With powder and primers from me, he'll be loading for slightly over $400. The Lee approach would be cheaper, but I think the RCBS kit is a better option.

I told him to come over next week and I'll set up my gear and show him how to reload, measure chamber, etc.

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#6129857 - 01/11/16 04:42 AM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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I think you made a good choice. Rockchucker is a beast and everybody needs one. That's generous of you to donate powder/primers and help him out.

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#6130052 - 01/11/16 08:38 AM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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That's the kit I started with. Might sound weird, but I started loading without a caliper. Pretty much all I had was what was in the kit plus lee hand trimmer. I was able to make some pretty decent ammo with it.
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#6136625 - 01/14/16 11:30 PM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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Lee kit. You're welcome.
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#6136627 - 01/14/16 11:45 PM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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The Lee Classic Cast series are great tools. I've been running a Classic turret for close to ten yrs. and can flat out crank some ammo on it if I'm reloading for my AR or I can produce match grade loads for hunting or target usage.
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#6136928 - 01/15/16 09:15 AM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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Don't need to buy the kit now. One of the kindhearted good guys on this forum has shipped a Lee press and a Redding scale. Since that's the meat of a kit, my young friend won't have to spend as much as he was expecting, and he's very excited. The gear will be shipped here, and this weekend I'll make the kid a bench to hold the press, and I'll show him how to reload for his 308.

The young man is a Texas Aggie, so I'll have to be sure he knows that the pointy end of the bullet faces outward. :-)

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#6136936 - 01/15/16 09:19 AM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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That was a very kind offer.

This Aggie figured it out alright, he will be fine up
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#6137786 - 01/15/16 05:40 PM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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Hey, I've tried a few with the flat end out and they did OK. But I understand about the Aggie. smile
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#6138063 - 01/15/16 08:37 PM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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He's coming over on Sunday. I don't think he has the new rifle yet, so we'll work up a new load for the 65 gr GK in my 223. That'll give him the basics of reloading and how to find the best load.

I'll set up "old school', with the Lyman 55, the balance scale, and a trickler. Then I'll show him the auto powder thrower. Give him something to look forward to.

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#6138455 - 01/16/16 08:49 AM Re: Good basic reloading gear [Re: 603Country]
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My thoughts,

Don't go cheap at first, just buy the best press you can get.

I'd highly recommend a Progressive Press. Buy the Hornady LnL or the Dillon 650. Do not buy anything cheaper. You'll eventually buy one anyway, might as well start on one of these at the beginning.

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