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guimus
11-07-2006, 9:20 AM
one of these:

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=624416

to start doing some very basic reloading of .357 and .38

1) is there any reason I shouldn't do this (other than that I should get a dillon)?

2) what else (besides dies) should I get to make it easier. Scale? Priming tools? Etc Etc...

Fjold
11-07-2006, 9:50 AM
The difference in between that and a bench mounted press cost wise is only a few dollars. I will bet that after less than 100 rounds you will make the decision to buy a bench mounted press to replace it.

The handhelds are great to use at the range to seat bullets into already sized cases when fine tuning handloads but a PIA to use full time.

guimus
11-07-2006, 10:16 AM
cost isn't really a major concern, space is moreso.

I rent out the garage at my apartment to a neighbor, so I don't really have space at home; and my shop space (in Berkeley) is shared with a couple of other folks who wouldn't be too keen on me doing lots of 'That gun stuff' in our space. (I'd also not want to leave much powder around the welders, or too much excitement may happen.)

Is there a better press that you know of that either sets up/takes down quickly so that I could load at the shop on weekends while no one is around and hide 'the evidence' during the week?

ivanimal
11-07-2006, 12:16 PM
Just mount a regular press onto a board and c-clamp it when you need it. I have done this for years to decap while tumbling. That way I dont have to change the dies while reloading another calliber. Then when the brass is all clean I can switch the progressive press to that cartridge. It is a good use of an old press. PM me and I will give you an old press. I am in the east bay as well. I will even mount it on a board for you.

Fjold
11-07-2006, 12:35 PM
Just mount a regular press onto a board and c-clamp it when you need it. I have done this for years to decap while tumbling. That way I dont have to change the dies while reloading another calliber. Then when the brass is all clean I can switch the progressive press to that cartridge. It is a good use of an old press. PM me and I will give you an old press. I am in the east bay as well. I will even mount it on a board for you.

+1, I recommend mounting the press to a piece of 2x8 or 2X10 and C clamping it to the bench temporarily.

I used to have a press mounted to an old end table (one of those ones made of stained 2x4s that is made to look western/rustic) and mounted it against the back wall of a clothes closet with lag screws. Pull up a short stool to sit on when reloading and store the stool under the table when done. It worked that way for years.

grammaton76
11-07-2006, 1:18 PM
I need to get around to posting pics of my porta-press setup. Dixieline Lumber collapsible tool table ($30), 10x24" or so block of wood with a Dillon 650 bolted to it (using large washers for extra hold), four high-friction furniture "don't-go-anywhere" pads in between the table and board, and four C-clamps holding the entire mess together.

The entire table is easily relocated, and if you need to pop the press off of it, it's not too hard.

chiefcrash
11-07-2006, 1:39 PM
my google fu is strong:

http://www.larrywillis.com/tip001.html
http://www.surplusrifle.com/shooting2006/portablereloading/index.asp

ivanimal
11-28-2006, 9:30 AM
Dude you forgot the press!

Or I forgot to give it to you..........:cool:

We should do this in more depth as I really felt rushed with the holiday upon us. It was sure nice to have met you.

guimus
11-28-2006, 10:42 AM
Dude you forgot the press!

Or I forgot to give it to you..........:cool:

We should do this in more depth as I really felt rushed with the holiday upon us. It was sure nice to have met you.

Ah, yep, I've been forgetting everything these days. As Ozzy said, of all the things I've lost, my mind is what I miss the most. It was great to meet you too, and thanks for all the help you did give me. I actually ended up ordering a press, autoprime, scale, manual, and a few other things from Midway once I got to my sister's house, so I should be set. Once I get everything in and ready, I'd love to have you over to check out the setup and give me some more hints.

M. Sage
11-28-2006, 7:26 PM
I'd love to have a sticky on how to get started in reloading. I've got some cash burning a hole in my pocket, and spending it on reloading gear is one of the options in my head.

Now if those 7.62x25mm wouldn't fly so freaking far...

chiefcrash
11-28-2006, 7:59 PM
Now if those 7.62x25mm wouldn't fly so freaking far...

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=112864

C.G.
11-28-2006, 9:54 PM
The difference in between that and a bench mounted press cost wise is only a few dollars. I will bet that after less than 100 rounds you will make the decision to buy a bench mounted press to replace it.

The handhelds are great to use at the range to seat bullets into already sized cases when fine tuning handloads but a PIA to use full time.

+1 on that. You can always have a small portable bench.

C.G.
11-28-2006, 9:56 PM
I'd love to have a sticky on how to get started in reloading. I've got some cash burning a hole in my pocket, and spending it on reloading gear is one of the options in my head.

Now if those 7.62x25mm wouldn't fly so freaking far...

Till we get one, this is a good place to start with stickies:
http://www.reloadbench.com/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/Ultimate.cgi

M. Sage
11-28-2006, 10:12 PM
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=112864

ROFL! I can just buy more brass. Most of what I shoot right now is surplus, so I'm sure I couldn't reload it anyway.

Ok, thread hijack time.

How good is a Lee Challenger? I'm looking at this: http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=149097

I'd like to try loading some 7.62x54R maybe (dunno, I can get SP cheap, and milsurp is good for most of my shooting...) and definitely want to load up some .223 Timbs for my CZ52.

I'll need dies and.... A tumbler and media? Anything else (besides a book, brass, bullets, powder and primers)? Ooh, and a scale. I've already got micrometers and (a VERY good) dial caliper.

ivanimal
11-28-2006, 10:45 PM
If you do go with all Lee there is a reloading manual by Richard Lee that uses powder dippers to reload by volume instead of weight. That is how I do 223 ammo any how.

There is a set of lee powder dippers and it includes popular powder conversion tables as well.

M. Sage
11-29-2006, 7:25 PM
Hah, I floated the idea past the wife. She's not too into it, since she's scared of my blowing my hands/face off at some point.

We'll see what happens.

Thanks for the info, Ivanimal. So that's an OK press?

Mike 56
11-30-2006, 9:28 PM
I have Lee challenger press on the surplus Rifle portable press table i maid. IT is a nice setup when it is to hot or to cold i reload in the house. If you want to try reloading to see if you like it with out buying a lot equipment. Try a Lee loader 15.00. Add a plastic Hammer, primers, power and you every thing you need to load a single caliber. I have loaded a lot of 38spl you can get pretty fast after you get used to it. Mike

ivanimal
12-01-2006, 12:00 AM
I would not buy a single stage press that could not accept the Hornaday lock and load.

https://www.hornady.com/shop/?ps_session=93a98732808abac8295f3c11f5eb6b99&page=shop%2Fbrowse&category_id=e19a5143d06332c5297529e78cbe6fa0

https://www.hornady.com/shop/shop_image/product/044099_LNL_Press_Conversion_Kit.jpg
https://www.hornady.com/shop/?ps_session=93a98732808abac8295f3c11f5eb6b99&page=shop%2Fbrowse&category_id=e04de17793339f7a7c12a3124e64c1e5

https://www.hornady.com/shop/shop_image/product/085001_LNL_Classic.jpg

M. Sage
12-01-2006, 7:34 PM
Lol, I have no idea what that does. The descriptions on their site don't help either.

ivanimal
12-01-2006, 10:28 PM
It allows you to set up the die and lock it in place on the adapter then you can just twist it into the die holder. When you want to do another function you twis out the first adapter and twist in the next, it keeps the die in its place and you dont have to unscrew the dies and reset them every time you change functions. If you ever had to use a single stage press this saves a lot of time and energy as well as a few choice words in between. Bring the missus over and I will tech you both how to reload.

M. Sage
12-02-2006, 10:01 AM
Ahh, it's a quick-change deal. Gotcha.

I might have to take you up on that, thanks!