04/02/2011 at 7:40 pm #300487
Ed, for a beginner reloader, which do you recommend? I will want to reload both .380 and .40S&W. I will probably reload 200 – 300 rounds per month. Do you carry a starter kit for the .380 with additional components for the .40 for quick changeover? Approximate startup cost minus the bullets, primers and powder? Thanks.04/02/2011 at 10:42 pm #305211 give some suggestion guys and I will see what we have Monday…
Dillion Is the Best…Lee the cheapest and get you started..
I get good used stuff in off and on.04/04/2011 at 2:57 pm #305222rpegramParticipant
I’ve been reloading about 25 years and 95% of my stuff is Lee Precision (sorry about the Lee plug Ed). Dillion makes real good reloading equipment, but it is more expensive. When I started reloading, I was a poor Specialist in the US Army, cost was the main factor. If you are just starting out in reloading, get a simple single stage press to learn the business. I started on a single stage, loading .270 ammo. After a short time, I moved up to a progressive-style press, Lee Pro 1000, to load .45, .44, .357, .38, .40, and .223. I still use the single stage to load .270 and 7.62 x 39 Russian, and to lube and size my bullets. Occasionally, I will load pistol ammo on the single stage, simply because I enjoy it. The single stage is slow and I wouldn’t recommend it if you are loading ammo during a fire fight; however, if you enjoy the hobby it is awesome. If you have your heart set on a progressive-style press, the Lee Pro 1000 is simple to operate, assuming you have no malfunctions. I have heard a lot of bad reviews regarding the Loadmaster, and I definitely would not recommend it to a beginning loader. There are too many moving parts which requires you to focus on each and every stage of the operation. (That’s why I would go with the single stage to begin with). I hope this helps, and if you have further questions just post. I read this site 2 to 3 times a day. Bob04/04/2011 at 4:06 pm #305223 I can get what ever kind you want to start with or end with…
they start at about $20 for a press04/04/2011 at 8:36 pm #305228
Thanks Bob. This is what I have been hearing as well about the Loadmaster, sometimes problematic. Ed, can you price out a Pro 1000 set up for the .380 with the dyes?
Thanks04/04/2011 at 10:28 pm #305230
lee 1000 pro $169.95 shell plate $16.95 shell plate carriers $42.95 dies pistol $29.95 extra sets04/05/2011 at 2:38 pm #305239rpegramParticipant Bobking: have Ed price out a good reloading manual, a couple of case blocks to hold the brass, and a bullet puller. You probably need a hand-held case trimmer if you are shooting these in an autoloader. Ed has a bunch of reloading paraphernalia in the front room, everything you need is right there in the store; one-stop shopping.04/05/2011 at 2:48 pm #305240 Thanks rpegram. I will be visiting Ed’s store in a week or so, to take a look at everything he has and can order. I appreciate yours and Ed’s assistance.04/05/2011 at 6:33 pm #305246 I have a truck that will run next week I get free shipping on reloading stuff. The order has to be in by Thursday 10 am to get next week free delivery.
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