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Old 01-15-2011, 5:17 AM
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I'm planning on doing the $250 setup with a 9mm and 10mm die set. I do have a couple questions though.

Is there anything else that's not on the list that I will likely find useful or will eventually need?

How do I know what powder to purchase, or should I wait until my reloading book arrives?
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I think the $250 kit/list that Randall put together is pretty comprehensive, probably no immediate needs but other things you may want to think about:
kinetic bullet puller
extra decapping pins
boxes for loaded ammo (you can save and reuse factory boxes and trays though, just make sure to clearly label everything)

if you do more precision reloading you will want a powder trickler, but or 9mm and 10mm I don't think it will make much difference.


You may want to wait on your manual on powder, but you can also read up on powders online
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my two cents:

I would suggest that newbie reloaders on a budget buy the cheapest Lee non-progressive press kit to begin with (can't remember the name). The difference between this press and the more expensive single stage presses is minimal for handgun ammo.

Many feel that newbies should learn non-progressive first. I'm not sure if I agree completely, but if you are jumping straight to progressive, you should study that Lyman book like your life depends on it.

If you are note mechanically inclined, the Lee progressives may not be for you. I adore mine, but I am a mechanic. The printed instructions are awful! There are better instructions on You Tube. I suggest watching those before buying a press. The Lee progressives are so cheap that multiple caliber-specific presses are a common alternative to changing press setups.
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my two cents:

I would suggest that newbie reloaders on a budget buy the cheapest Lee non-progressive press kit to begin with (can't remember the name). The difference between this press and the more expensive single stage presses is minimal for handgun ammo.

Many feel that newbies should learn non-progressive first. I'm not sure if I agree completely, but if you are jumping straight to progressive, you should study that Lyman book like your life depends on it.

If you are note mechanically inclined, the Lee progressives may not be for you. I adore mine, but I am a mechanic. The printed instructions are awful! There are better instructions on You Tube. I suggest watching those before buying a press. The Lee progressives are so cheap that multiple caliber-specific presses are a common alternative to changing press setups.
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If you have a PC (as opposed to a MAC), you can download the list and three other files for the beginning reloader - Reloading ABC's type documents from reputable sources.
http://www.box.net/shared/iz1l2iuo7h
Good docs...Mac OS has had native support for .zip files for a long time, though, no PCs required.
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3 years later, I love this post! Everything is still accurate I'm sure, correct?

I'm going to get into reloading soon and looking at the $300 setup Randall posted.
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I'm seriously looking at reloading because of price and availability of ammo. I am interested in the Lee Pro or Lee Breach-lock. I will be loading .45acp, 9mm, .223 and 7.62x9. Can I load all of these calibers with the two presses listed above? Do i need anything more than different dyes? Are there certain powders recommended for each load? Can anyone send link(s) of good youtube videos for both of these presses?
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Breech Lock you an load all of those.
I don't think the pro 1000 will load the rifle cartridges (I could be remembering wrong)
Keep in mind that right now the components and presses are just as hard (if not harder) to find as ammo.
That being said, reloading is a great hobby. Just remember that you would be taking on a new hobby.
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Unfortunately, looking into reloading NOW because ammo prices are high is not going to get you any ammo because components are very hard to find now, and reloading equipment is out of stock everywhere.

Best advice is to also buy a manual so you know what you are looking at getting before just jumping in blind.

And of course, the payback for reloading (if you have the components) is magnified by 2 or 3 times now that people are just going insane and selling ammo at 3-4 times the cost it was last year (pre-panic). So more than ever it's worth it ... if you have the equipment and components.
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Randal, thanks for this!

If someone is going with the first option ($1,000), what other accessories or add ons would you suggest to make it easier. I am a completely newbie to reloading and will be reloading 9mm, 45acp, 50ae, 223, 308, 30-06.

I'd like the process to be as easy as possible.
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Default Safety advantage of the Dillon 650 Press

This is a a good thread. I have reloaded for shotgun for a few years and am about to get into reloading for pistol and there is one reason that I may go with the Dillon 650, even though the volume and caliber I shoot doesn't quite warrant the cost. That is the automated powder charge checker. It is hard to argue that it isn't a good accessory to have, when you find Hornady LNL owners machining there presses so that they can use a Dillon powder checker.
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there is one reason that I may go with the Dillon 650, even though the volume and caliber I shoot doesn't quite warrant the cost. That is the automated powder charge checker.
The other HUGE safety advantage of the 650 vs a 550 is the auto indexing.
Auto indexing makes it nearly impossible to double charge and very unlikely to load a squib as the press cycles the shellplate for every pull of the handle.
It's easier to load a double or a squib on a manually indexed machine.
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ok, i'm 10 years behind the post.....
i'm looking at reloading a good 9mm round. my question is about the materials. what would be good brands to use for brass/powder/primer/bullets? what grain?
again. i want to load a good quality, versitile 9mm round.

Thanks in advance!!!
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