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Santa Cruz Armory
08-19-2006, 11:18 PM
I need to get dies for 7.62x39 & .223. Which are the best/ most reasonable to get? and what powder, bullets, primers, etc. do I need to get started?

I'm not a serious match shooter (obviously, lol!) and I am using all of my late fathers reloading gear. It's old (25+ yrs) but it's all in good shape. Is there anywhere I can find a list of things I need? I did a Google search but came up with alot of garbage.

I'm pretty sure I have most of the stuff: Powder measure, scale, single stage RCBS press, case trimmer, case reamer, case lube pad, primer pocket cleaner, powder trickler, dial caliper (for case length).

Things I know I need: tumbler, dies, powder, primers, bullets, reloading manual (maybe?).

Am I missing anything?

Thanks guys

chris
08-20-2006, 12:08 AM
don't forget the reloading book shooter's bible. i use that at home and it comes in handy for many reloads. good luck in reloading it's fun and you can learn alot and expand your knowldge in cartridges.

norbs007
08-20-2006, 12:11 AM
Once you get all the I know I need list, you are good to go. Be safe and don't rush. Start with the minimum powder weight and work your load up. Enjoy!

ocabj
08-20-2006, 4:03 PM
I've been getting Redding dies for the past couple years. I first bought Redding when I discovered their S-Type bushing does and competition seating die (bought it for .308). I was happy with the quality of the dies so I started getting their 3 die sets for rifles whenever I bought a new rifle (with a cartridge I haven't been reloading for). RCBS makes a great die too. All of my pistol dies are RCBS.

Hornady makes a good 2-die set. They're inexpensive and the seater die is a sleeved type die that is comparable to the Redding competition seater die (except without the micrometer adjustment). Coincidentally, you can purchase a micrometer attachment for the Hornady seater.

ivanimal
08-20-2006, 7:34 PM
I am on vacation so I have to keep this short or my wife will kill me. Make sure you buy short base dies for ant military rifle caliber you shoot or you may end up with feeding problems, go to the reload bench.com and M.D. Smiths reloading pages as well as your own reload books along with powder and component company websites for recipes. Never try and do other things while reloading, make sure you have enough time to complete the task you start. If you are in the Bay Area I can show you how to reload easily and safely. PM me.

Santa Cruz Armory
08-20-2006, 9:51 PM
These are the ones im looking at:

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=434975

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=740806

Thanks for the input.

bu-bye
08-20-2006, 10:05 PM
These are the ones im looking at:

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=434975

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=740806

Thanks for the input.

I use LEE dies and they are great. I used to use RCBS but the lee are easier and much much cheaper. I learned how to reload from a lot of old timers who have tried them all and they told me buy the lee dies. They all own Dillion presses but only use Lee dies. The lee dies are very easy to use and easy to adjust for different seating depths for different rifles. I mark mine with a sharpie with "AR" , "SV" and "ML". AR is for my AR rifle, SV is for my savage bench gun, and ML is for mil-spec. I just turn the top thumb screw to the rifle seating depth I want and start loading. Its very handy if you reload for a number of 223 rifles like I do. Some like different seating depths. I say buy those, at the worst you are out $20.

rick_in_lb
08-21-2006, 4:07 AM
+1 on Lee
I must say that for the price Lee dies work great. I have a Dillon Press and use Lee dies in them. I also have a Lee press and yup I use Lee dies also. The work so why switch.

tenpercentfirearms
08-21-2006, 4:46 AM
You certainly need a reloading manual that covers all the calibers. However, for specific calibers like .223, this is a great resource. http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=360676 It basically has every .223 page from all of the major manufacturer's load books. That way you can compare the charges across the board.

Man, I wouldn't want to reload mass quantities of rounds unless it was on a progressive. That is why I went all out and bought a Dillon RL 550B.

ivanimal
08-21-2006, 6:41 PM
I meant to say small base like these.

http://www.4huntingdepot.com/item/8971/rcbs-small-base-sizer-dies

223-Sniper
08-21-2006, 10:47 PM
I have a RCBS Rock Chucker I think pretty soon here Iam going to buy a Dillion RL 550B. Right now all I use are Lee dies there great.

Santa Cruz Armory
08-22-2006, 10:18 AM
I have a RCBS Rock Chucker I think pretty soon here Iam going to buy a Dillion RL 550B. Right now all I use are Lee dies there great.


Sweet! thanks for the feedback guys, now I just need to recover after my last "too good to pass up" SKS purchase. LOL! :D

vega
08-22-2006, 4:39 PM
For the 223, I'd get this instead and buy a separate crimp die.
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=776391

James R.
08-22-2006, 7:09 PM
+1 For Lee Dies as well, they just plain old work. I have several but probably use my neck sizing only collet dies the most for my bolt gun. Plenty of targets with ragged holes prove the Lee dies work as well as anything at 1/2 the price or less.

Regards,

James R.