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    Reloading set up

    I'm hoping someone on here can help,I have a growing pile of empty brass and wanting to get into reloading,
    I know there are many set ups available(hornady,Lee, etc )am I better to purchase a complete package or just the press and add to it from there,
    Any advice greatly appreciated thanks

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    I found it best to buy things individually so you end up with what you like using. I'm a fan of redding gear in terms of price/quality I found it a good medium, but then you find things like the lee collet dies that are a cheap tool that do an awesome job especially for high volume loading like 223 where you are wanting to get a lot done in a short time. Press, dies and scales are where I focussed most on quality, powder throwers(I throw onto scales anyway and finetune) and the other little bits and pieces I found can chop and change with lesser impact

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    Start with a press and dies for one caliber, preferably the one you shoot the most. Add bits, keep asking questions.

    I started with a lee 50th anniversary kit, but didn't use the scales or the lube. Some stuff in a kit is good, some, a waste of time.
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    Buy a QUALITY press and go from there. The press you wont wear out so you will have it for years so buy a good one.
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    i bought the hornady kit, has everything you need (except dies, powder, primers and powder). bloody happy with it. about $700 the lot
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    Ibought press rcbs dies rcbs scales chamfer tool and neck and pocket brushes and funnel that got me going Later I got a trickler.and case trimmer and have added. Bits and pieces as I went

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    If you just want to get your toes wet, try a Lee hand loader kit. It comes in a small cardboard box and includes everything you need to reload cases that have been fired in your rifle. They usually go for about $40 on Trademe and never wear out. I started with one of those kits for my first centre fire rifle in 222Rem and produced reloads that grouped into 3/4 of an inch for five shots at 100yds. I just followed the instructions. Of course, reloading is a very interesting hobby and I thought I needed all sorts of stuff pretty soon.

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    How many rounds a year do you shoot typically?

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    I am using the Lee hand press and Lee hand primer tool and sold my rcbs press and it makes hand loading much easier and more flexible and contrary to belief does not take longer.
    Everything I need fits on half of a medium sized table and when finished it all goes in a toolbox.
    Keep it simple

    Link below:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lee-Hand-Pr...frcectupt=true
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    The lee anniversary kit is good. I find the scales ok but probably don't know what I'm missing.
    The water based lube needs needs throwing. The late Mr Tiffen recommended I use neatsfoot oil...good and cheeeap.
    Get a powder trickler and I prefer a hand priming tool.
    Lee dies are ok apart from the spindle lock mechanism..you need to lock this tiiiiight or you will have to saw your case off to retrieve it. (Don't ask me how I know this)
    I like RCBS and Hornady dies for the basic loading I do. I have some redding dies as well but have to pay more attention here as the ones I have aren't vented and is more prone to hydraulic dents on the shoulder.
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    buy the best. but wait for it to come at the right price, second hand etc
    Use enough gun

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    I started with a Rockchucker press, scales and set of dies.
    the dies and scales have been up graded but the press remains
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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    What caliber? Have got heaps of gear here in Napier that you can borrow or try out, including a wide range of bullets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyp View Post
    What caliber? Have got heaps of gear here in Napier that you can borrow or try out, including a wide range of bullets.
    Thats a awsome offer garyp,7mm-08 is the caliber,I have never reloaded before so having someone show me the correct way from the start would be a great help,,one I get powder/projectiles and primers,I'll contact you if that's OK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Headroom View Post
    How many rounds a year do you shoot typically?
    When I'm hunting not many but I'm starting to get into range shooting(honing my skill)I can knock of 20/40 in a session,once a month

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