@ 09:52 pm (GMT)
Michael LangI am looking into buying a complete reloading set with 30+ different dies, and with my current info I can probably get it for about $500. I am assuming that it is all entry level equipment, but that is ok because I have never reloaded my own ammo before. I was wondering if that would be a good price?
@ 11:29 pm (GMT)
Re: Possible purchase of reloading equipmentwhat brand? you'll never look back once you start reloading best reloading equipment you could ever get is Nathan's new book
@ 11:56 pm (GMT)
Re: Possible purchase of reloading equipmentHi Michael
Buy a good press or you'll regret it & have to buy another when you realise the cheap one is crap.
I use an RCBS rock chucker and I'm happy with that.
I agree with Thomas, Nathans book is a very good investment.
@ 02:09 am (GMT)
Re: Possible purchase of reloading equipmentto put that in perspective, here in NZ (you dont say where you are from) new dies run from $70 upwards to $100 or more
you can get a lee start up loading kit for under $500 with all you need to get going except dies in cartridge you intend to use.
I bought a lee set 20+ years ago and have never regretted it,I now have 5 lots of dies.
so it APPEARS to be a good buy..even if you need to upgrade the odd component.
@ 01:17 pm (GMT)
Re: Possible purchase of reloading equipmentHi Michael I bought the lee anniversary kit about 6 years ago and just added to it as the obsession grew now loading for 9 different cartridges in 11 different rifles all with lee dies. Except for a 22-234 the press has seen a bit over 3000 rounds and still going strong
@ 08:18 pm (GMT)
Re: Possible purchase of reloading equipmentI just found out today who originally bought this equipment brand new, and he doesn't buy junk. Aside from, as you said Mike, replacing the odd component, I expect it to be good equipment. The guy selling it to me is going through it and "taking inventory" you might say. Hopefully I will k ow more by the end of the week.
@ 10:26 pm (GMT)
Re: Possible purchase of reloading equipmentNot shore if the dies are calibres you intend to use Michael but check that they have not rusted inside from sitting around.
I have been given a few sets that have needed heavy cleaning with some not usable anymore.
Presses do flog out the bushes & pivots (heavy work on big cals or bullet swaging, no lube, etc), but you will be able to feel the movement/slop in the linkadges and Ram.
This is not the norm though as the guys have said there good for many thousands of rounds with normal use.
Nathan goes into the finer details of all this in his new reloading book, easy to follow, a must to avoid the traps & BS, which you will find plenty of with reloading!!!!!