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#6411250 - 08/16/16 04:37 PM Best Reloading Equipment
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Light Foot

Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 24
Loc: College Station, Texas
What is the best reloading equipment for a beginner. Looking to start loading 308, 300 Win Mag, .243, and maybe some handgun calibers. I don't have a lot of experience in reloading and just wanted to know everyone's thoughts on what is the best equipment to purchase.

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#6411291 - 08/16/16 04:53 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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Registered: 05/12/16
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
Going with a single stage kit from RCBS or Hornady would be a good option. It's got nearly everything you'll need to get your feet wet at a reasonable cost. As you get familiar with the process and the tools, you may want to upgrade a few of the components down the road, but it's not absolutely necessary. If money is not an issue, and you want to go all in, there's plenty of folks here to help you spend your money.

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#6411300 - 08/16/16 04:58 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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Just checked Cabela's online, and they've got some really good deals going right now on the Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic Auto Charge Deluxe Reloading Kit and the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit. Something along these lines would be an awesome place to start IMO. Add your dies, shell holders, components and a tumbler and you're making ammo.

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#6411315 - 08/16/16 05:08 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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That RCBS kit is what I'd recommend. If RCBS gear breaks, they'll replace it. My primer seater, bought for $12.84 in about 1982, finally broke. I called them. They sent me another one. It broke. They sent me another better one.

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#6411439 - 08/16/16 06:31 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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#6411593 - 08/16/16 08:04 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: jeffbird]
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^^Solid advice all around.
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#6411788 - 08/16/16 09:51 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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Yep, DONT SCRIMP, buy the best you can afford, it will last a lifetime or two.

Same goes for dies, scales, measures, calipers and tools. Keep them cleaned, lubed and covered up.

Redding Big Boss II will handle your 300 win mags with ease as will the Rock Chucker and Hornady Iron presses
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#6411823 - 08/16/16 10:12 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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Registered: 08/30/14
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Loc: Pantego, TX
RCBS.
But the best equipment will be found in the manuals that you should purchase. More than one.
The internet is not a substitute, only a helpful addition.

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#6411886 - 08/16/16 10:48 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
Redding Big Boss II will handle your 300 win mags with ease...

TXAg08, when I was press shopping not too long ago this was a contender. Even though I didn't get it in the end, I still like them. I also have 308 Win and 300 Win Mag.
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#6412437 - 08/17/16 11:42 AM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
TXAg08 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 24
Loc: College Station, Texas
Thanks everybody for the great info. I was leaning toward the RCBS Rock Chucker but will look into the Redding Big Boss II.

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#6412678 - 08/17/16 02:05 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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I load ALL my Rifle ammo on a Lee Classic Cast Turret press. So easy and capable of making excellent ammo much faster than a single stage.
I load everything from 22 Hornet thru 300 Weatherby Mag. I put each caliber on separate turrets makes switching between calibers a 15 second task !
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#6413567 - 08/17/16 09:51 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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Registered: 08/17/09
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Loc: North TX
Lee Classic Cast Turret.

Lee dies.
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#6414152 - 08/18/16 10:39 AM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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Forster coax or Dillon 550

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#6414495 - 08/18/16 02:36 PM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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Lee
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#6415376 - 08/19/16 06:41 AM Re: Best Reloading Equipment [Re: TXAg08]
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Lee. I have a Challenger single stage, Classic Turret, and three Load-Masters plus a Lee Loader for every rifle cartridge I shoot. Been a Lee guys since the mid '60s.

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