* recommended for starters
Owning a variety of manuals makes it more interesting because you can compare data. In general we have noticed that more recent editions of a manual list reduced maximum powder charges when compared to earlier editions. If for no other reason than that, the careful reloader will start with the lighter loads; and, while watching for signs of pressure, he or she will work up towards the listed maximum loads. If a manual lists pressure units measured along with velocities, notice the powders used that allow the most velocity with the least pressures when loading for hunting power. Other powders, and less than maximum loads, may prove to be the most accurate.
The double charged case, when using fast burning powders, presents a hazard to be avoided at all costs.
* Hogdon Manual
* recommended for starters
Most reloading starter packages will include a good scale. However, as with most of the starter package tools, the reloader will want to upgrade to something better. That being the case, we recommend one acquires a scale which will satisfy for the long term. The care of your scale is of utmost importance. It should be kept covered, clean, and treated with delicacy. It should be capable of weighing objects as heavy as 800 grains with tenth of a grain increments. A small circular bubble will help level the base. Accurate check weights should be kept air tight and never touched without tweezers. A powder funnel should not be made of steel for fear of static electricity. A powder trickler can be made from an empty shell case with a wire handle. The powder measurer-dispenser will prove to be the greatest time saver once calibrated by the scale and checked periodically during the charging operation.
*RCBS 1010 scale with cover
RCBS 505 scale (pictured)
RCBS check weights deluxe
RCBS check weights standard
You rely on your scale for safe, accurate powder charges. Over time, accumulated grit and dust can affect accuracy. A quick test with RCBS Scale Check Weights will tell you if your scale is reading correctly. Sets include: Standard set of 60.5 grains for powder charges (2x20, 1x10, 1x5, 2x2, 1x1, 1x.5). Deluxe set of 510.5 grains for bullets, cases and powder (1x200, 2x100, 1x50, 2x20, 1x10, 1x5, 2x2, 1x1, 1x.5, 1 forceps). 98990 Standard Scale Check Weights 98992 Deluxe Scale Check Weights
Lee Safety Powder Scale 90681
Sensitive and readable to 1/20 grain. Requires finesse but accurate.
RCBS Uniflow Measure
Uniflow™ Powder Measure, the number one choice of reloaders the world over, our Uniflow Powder Measure has an adjustable cylinder. Iron and steel construction insure long life and accuracy. You can throw charges from 0.5 grains of Bullseye to 110 grains of 4350. The Uniflow Powder Measure saves the time of weighing each charge and performs two powder charging tasks in one fast, simple operation. With each turn of the handle it accurately measures powder -- within a fraction of a grain -- and swiftly dispenses it into cases, one after another. Powder pours uniformly from the powder hopper into the measuring cylinder, through the drop tube and into the case. An optional 17 caliber drop tube is available. 09010 Uniflow Powder Measure
RCBS Powder Pro Scale & Powder Master Dispenser
The RCBS Powder Pro Digital Scale is designed from the ground up as a low-cost, high-performance reloading scale. It's fast, accurate, and best of all - it's from RCBS so, it's made in the USA and comes with a two year warranty. With a 1500 grain capacity, you can weigh powder, bullets, even cases with complete accuracy up to 0.1 of a grain. It also has an infrared data port for transferring information to a printer or powder dispenser. AC powered only. Size: 4 7/8" W x 6 1/4" D x 3 1/4" H. 98980 Powder Pro Digital Scale - 110 VAC 199.95
The PowderMaster™ dispenser gives you the utmost precision for your reloading. It features push-button dispensing with weight consistency of +/- 0.1 grain, and it works with ball, flake or extruded powders. Simply calibrate the PowderMaster™, enter the desired weight and start reloading. 98999 PowderMaster Dispenser 164.95
* recommended for starters
Most think that the press is the heart of the reloading bench. The manufacturers boast that their press is stronger and has more compound leverage. The sizing operation, squeezing the case back to nominal dimension, requires the most effort. All of the other tasks that use the press need only minimal pressure. Since brass is soft and malleable, the new carbide sizers make easy work out of straight pistol cases; and the inexpensive Lee Hand Press has no trouble full length sizing lubricated magnum rifle cases in the field. Most important, the compact hand press is totally portable. Please remember to avoid smoking or distraction when handling the important tasks with primers and powder. The money saved by getting the hand press can be used later to purchase a good progressive press that will crank out all the rounds you can burn up. In addition to the press here are a few items to make life easier. The primer turner helps keep loose primers under control until you decide to buy automated primer equipment. The inertia bullet puller can safely disassemble factory ammunition or mistakes. The universal loading block holds 50 cases. They stretch when fired, so periodically cases need to be trimmed back. The Lee system is effective and inexpensive until you purchase a more mechanized tool. New or trimmed brass should be chamfered, and , if you have the flash hole uniformer tool, the flash hole in new brass should be deburred once. The lube pad kit is for rifle brass resizing. The tumbler or vibrator is great for cleaning lots of fired brass, which can be sifted out of the media. A caliper is a necessity, and cheap plastic types can be had at building supply stores. The micrometer is a little more precise when measuring bullet diameters. The ball mike will measure the thickness of a case wall to + or - .0001 “. That’s great if you have the tools to ream the inside or outside of the necks and the dial caliper fixture to check for axial runnout.
Original Lee Loader Kit (specify caliber)
You owe it to yourself to own and try one of these famous tools. This was the first complete reloading kit ever offered. Millions upon millions of rounds have been reloaded with the famous Lee Loader. The perfect tool for those who wish to simply try reloading because it will pay for itself in just an hour or two. Everything you need to begin loading one caliber. Accuracy is better than most tools because it only sizes the case neck.
*Lee Hand Press Kit less dies (press, funnel, lube, primer)
A full sized hand held reloading press, yet the tool weighs only 1 1/2 pounds and costs so little you will want more than one. No matter how much equipment you have, it is really great to have a portable hand press. No time is wasted mounting a tool to a work bench. When you're finished, pack it all away. Lee Hand Press 90685
Pro 1000 Loader
Forster Co-Ax Reloading Press
The Co-Ax Press combines simplicity, strength and renowned Forster precision. The design of the linkage and pivots eliminates torque on the head of the press and produces such amazing power, you can size your cases full-length by operating the handle with just your little finger. You can switch from a sizer die to a seater die in just two seconds with the convenient snap-in, snap-out exchange system. The top of the stroke has a rock-solid stop for consistency of head space and bullet-seating dimensions. Dual floating guide rods and Co-Ax Shell Holder Jaws guarantee perfect alignment. When a case is in the shell holder, it's supported by spring-loaded jaws that float with the die for more positive extraction. Top priming device seats primers to factory specifications. The Seater moves freely in its channel with only .001" radial clearance and is always at right angles to the case head, so primers are always seated straight, level and at a uniform distance below the case head. Spent-primer-catcher system passes all primers and fouling carbon through a tube and into a container to keep all working parts free of grime and abrasives. No frame supports or swinging primer arms. S Shellholder Jaws included with press fit 106 cartridges from .17 Rem. to .458 Win. Mag. Press is compatible with all standard 7/8" x 14 dies.
Pro 2000™ Progressive Press
* Recommended for starters
*MTM LT1 Loading Block
*MTM primer flipper
MTM 50 round flip top pistol ammo case
Forster trimmer Kit
*Lee Case Trimmer foundation
*Lee Chamfer tool
*Lee Primer Pocket Cleaner
Lyman Flash hole uniformer
Lyman primer pocket uniformer
Lyman Deburring tool
Hornady Inertia Bullet Puller
RCBS Lube Pad Kit for rifles
Lyman 1200 PRO Tumbler with sifter lid
Lyman corn cob polishing media
Polishing media charger (4 oz.)
Each caliber needs a few unique tools:
* recommended for starters
RCBS Die set (carbide pistol set)
*Lee carbide pistol set with shellholder
The Lee Deluxe Pistol Die Set combines the world's most popular carbide three-die set with the Lee Carbide Factory Crimp Die at a great price. No other die set at any price will produce more reliable or accurate ammo. By separating the seating and crimping operation, you will benefit by a greatly simplified adjustment. More importantly, the Carbide Factory Crimp Die post sizes your case assuring you that any round that passes through the die will chamber properly in your gun.
Lyman Cartridge Gauge (checks headspace)
* Lee trim pilot and holder (needs foundation)
*Recommended for starters
Each caliber needs a few specific supplies:
Box of 100 bullets
Bulk 500 lead cast (until you cast)
Brass cases, 100, newapprox 10+ reloads
Powder, 1 lb. (7000 grains)
Lyman Stainless 6” Caliper
Lyman 1” Micrometer
Lyman Ball Mike
Forster inside neck reamer
Forster outside neck turner
Forster outside neck turner pilot
CaseMaster™ Gauging Tool
Shooting Chrony Beta Master
Shooting Chrony's Beta Master Chrony combines all of the features of their Beta-Chrony chronograph with a remote read-out-monitor that also functions as a remote control. Review data, delete shots or whole strings, move to another string or return to a previous string and continue where you let of, etc., all from a distance. Check velocities ranging from 30 fps to 7,000 fps to within 0.5% accuracy for any projectile, including arrows, bullets, pellets, etc. An LCD read-out stays on the screen until the next shot is fired. Features a 60-shot memory (divided into six strings of 2 to 10 shots each). Each string give you Hi, Lo and Average velocity, ES and SD. It also features a permanent memory for at-home data retrieval. Constructed with a steel housing for strength, durability, and less expansion/contraction deviation than plastic housings. Weighing in at under a lightweight 2.5 lbs., the Beta-Chrony folds for safe carrying and storage. A manufacturer's five-year warranty is included.
From the early frontiers in the Appalachians to the western Rocky Mountains, the explorers and settlers needed to be self-reliant. An important part of any hunt was the recovery of the lead bullet. Later, during the after dinner stories around the campfire coals, the mountain men spent time running ball, or melting lead and casting new bullets. Today’s shooter can connect with his ancestral heritage with modern electric melting pots and high quality molds in many shapes and sizes. With six cavity molds, $100 worth of lead bullets may be cast in a few hours. Some bullets can be made that aren’t even available in the store. We recommend the beginner start with a small, inexpensive,. 4 lb. melting pot. Later it can be used as a preheater for sprue, imperfect castings, and ingots, which will be added to the 10 lb. Production pot. The Lee aluminum molds are inexpensive and effective. Lyman cast iron molds offer more selection and are hardier. A lubricator–sizer squeezes the cast bullet to the proper diameter, forces lubricant into the bullet’s lubrication grooves, and can seat a gas check onto the base of the bullet in a single stroke of the handle. Mandatory are a ladle, tweezers, gloves, eye protection, and especially good exhaust ventilation. Maintaining the proper temperature of the pot and mold, and well fluxed lead alloy, makes running ball easy and rewarding.
WARNING: Melting lead and casting lead objects will expose you and others in the area to lead, which is known to cause birth defects, other reproductive harm and cancer. See instructions on reducing exposure supplied with products.
* recommended for starters
*Lee Precision 4 lb. 500 w. melting pot
Lee Production Pot 10 lb. 4” clearance
*Lee Lead Ladle
Lee Ingot Mold
Lyman Ingot Mold
Lyman Lyman 4500 sizer-lubricator (add $20 for heater)
*Lee Molds, double cavity (caliber specific)
Lyman Molds, double cavity (caliber specific)
Lyman Sizer die for 4500 (diameter specific)
Lyman Top Punch for 4500 (fits bullet nose)
Hornady gas checks, 1000 (caliber specific)
Lyman Lubricant (Orange ,Ideal, Moly, Alox)
Lyman Stainless Thermometer
*Lee lube kit (specify caliber) (will fit hand press)
Fastest and easiest way to lubricate and size cast bullets. Standard 7/8 x 14 threads fit any reloading press. Bullets are pushed through the sizing die nose first, so no special nose punches are needed. Gas checks are automatically seated and crimped in place. Sized bullets are captured in the special container. A 4 oz. bottle of LEE LIQUID ALOX LUBE [a $2.50 value] included free, is enough for thousands of bullets. Press not included.
Here's a very helpful thread for lubricating cast bullets
*Recommended for starters
If you use these approximations to try to justify your reloading investment, use the bare minimum of equipment. That way as you add the more expensive tools you tend to forget how much you have spent in total! You will shoot a lot more.
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