Calguns.net  

Home My iTrader Join the NRA Donate to CGSSA Sponsors CGN Google Search
CA Semiauto Ban(AW)ID Flowchart CA Handgun Ban ID Flowchart CA Shotgun Ban ID Flowchart
Go Back   Calguns.net > GENERAL DISCUSSION > General gun discussions
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

General gun discussions This is a place to lounge and discuss firearm related topics with other forum members.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-28-2013, 9:23 AM
Renuco612's Avatar
Renuco612 Renuco612 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 139
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default Reloading tips

looking into reloading. Where should I start? I am looking into buying a Lee Loadmaster in 9mm since that is what I shoot the most right now. Is there a better one that I should buy? I want to get one that is All in one just like the Loadmaster. I like how it has the mulitple stations in 1 contraption. Any type of help or suggestions will be awesome.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-28-2013, 9:45 AM
RGMoore's Avatar
RGMoore RGMoore is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 50
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

You may want to start with a basic starter set with a single stage press just to get your feet wet. A single stage is always handy anyway so you will want to use it for various things in the future. Once you have mastered each operation individually, it will be easier to go to a progressive press. I have heard good things about the Hornady LNL and Dillon but all my stuff is green.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-28-2013, 12:20 PM
Suhleen's Avatar
Suhleen Suhleen is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Wayzata
Posts: 1,230
iTrader: 70 / 100%
Default

Buy at least 2-3(if not more) reloading manuals, read them all cover-to-cover, and make your decisions from there.
__________________
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion. —PROVERBS 18:2
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-28-2013, 7:06 PM
beerman beerman is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2,317
iTrader: 23 / 100%
Default

I reccomend an RCBS rock crusher or other RCBS press.. Their stuff is guarenteed for life and totally expandable. Not everybody shoots enough to justify a progressive. One round at a time will really teach you how to reload. 20+ years,I still use a single stage press.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-28-2013, 8:32 PM
CS25's Avatar
CS25 CS25 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Santa Clarita
Posts: 1,188
iTrader: 80 / 100%
Default

Single stage press will allow you to learn each step properly. Watch some videos on youtube...they are helpful. Just read read read! Be careful and good luck.
__________________
Cory Sanchez

Real Estate Agent
RE/MAX

Cell: (818) 926-3616
scvhomestore.com

corysanchez25@gmail.com

CalBRE #01976864
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-28-2013, 8:43 PM
BisDak's Avatar
BisDak BisDak is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: geo:5.166667,120.25
Posts: 631
iTrader: 1 / 100%
Default

RCBS reloader here.

Start with a single stage set up. Get the progressive as you progress.

I use single stage for my quality rifle match rounds and progressive for my pistol plinkers.


.
__________________
.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-28-2013, 11:56 PM
GW's Avatar
GW GW is offline
I need a LIFE!!
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 13,249
iTrader: 15 / 100%
Default

I started with a Lee turret press and still have it though I have a Dillon 650 for my primary loader now
__________________
NRA Benefactor Member
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-29-2013, 12:40 PM
postal postal is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Riverside
Posts: 4,592
iTrader: 1 / 100%
Default

There is *NO* reason to get a single stage press for handgun ammo.

Start out loading one single round at a time on the progressive until you understand what happens at each station.

Be in the habit of having a lamp shine down after the powder charge so you can SEE powder in it.

Once you are comfortable loading one at a time on the progessive, go to 2 cases in the shell plate and get used to doing more steps between pulls.

Then go to three... and finally four cases.

It's always best to have someone with experience go over it with you the first time.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-30-2013, 9:40 AM
klewan klewan is offline
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,044
iTrader: 3 / 100%
Default

If you get the Loadmaster, be sure to SOLIDLY bolt it to a heavy table or bench. I've noticed on some other forums that LM users, with it mounted to a flimsy table were having priming problems, that ended when they got the press solidly mounted. I mounted the LM to a heavy table right from the start. I've only had priming issues when I ran some crimped brass and didn't know it was crimped. I never could understand why my LM chugged thru the priming without an issue, and so many others had problems.

Other thing is read and follow the instructions. There seems to be a large percentage of the population that won't do that, and then blame the tool....
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-30-2013, 10:34 AM
Dvrjon Dvrjon is online now
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,437
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Bought a Lee Progressive 1000 in the mid-80s. Learned to load one at a time as previously suggested. Been turning out 9 mm, .38/.357, .44Sp. /.44Mag ever since.

JR
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-30-2013, 10:36 AM
Colt562's Avatar
Colt562 Colt562 is offline
CGN/CGSSA Contributor
CGN Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Long Beach
Posts: 5,099
iTrader: 27 / 100%
Blog Entries: 2
Default

Read the manual, read the manual, read the manual, then read the manual again.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by bruceflinch View Post
Tis Better, to be Overworked & Underpaid,
Than Oversexed & Underlaid...:D
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-30-2013, 10:39 AM
CSACANNONEER's Avatar
CSACANNONEER CSACANNONEER is offline
CGN/CGSSA Contributor
CGN Contributor
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Thousand Oaks
Posts: 40,393
iTrader: 125 / 100%
Blog Entries: 4
Default

Join the now forming calguns reloading club.
__________________
NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun and Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor
California DOJ Certified Fingerprint Roller
Ventura County approved CCW Instructor


Offering low cost private basic shooting and reloading classes for calgunners.

Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-30-2013, 11:57 PM
asm_'s Avatar
asm_ asm_ is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 744
iTrader: 2 / 100%
Default

Find someone to show you how to do it, or join a club. Whatever you have to do to see the entire process in action. It helps.

Now, get a sturdy table. If you got enough space, Costco and Sam's both have heavy work bench that is 6' long. There is not more annoying than shaking work bench while reloading.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-01-2013, 7:42 PM
jtv3062's Avatar
jtv3062 jtv3062 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,041
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Go to the reloading subforum and check out Ivanimal thread. He's offering to help anybody to get started into reloading. He's in the bay area.
__________________
Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your Honour

Let's pray for Obama Psalm 109:8

Quote:
Originally Posted by shooting4life View Post
Love me some tube steaks.


Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-01-2013, 9:19 PM
uhlan1's Avatar
uhlan1 uhlan1 is online now
Calguns Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Corralitos/Watsonville
Posts: 5,846
iTrader: 16 / 100%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by postal View Post
There is *NO* reason to get a single stage press for handgun ammo.

Start out loading one single round at a time on the progressive until you understand what happens at each station.

Be in the habit of having a lamp shine down after the powder charge so you can SEE powder in it.

Once you are comfortable loading one at a time on the progessive, go to 2 cases in the shell plate and get used to doing more steps between pulls.

Then go to three... and finally four cases.

It's always best to have someone with experience go over it with you the first time.
This!
Also, I have both the Loadmaster and a Hornady LnL. Much prefer the Hornady. You should visit the ammo and reloading forum. lots of great stuff and people there.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 7:43 PM.




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Proudly hosted by GeoVario the Premier 2A host.
Calguns.net, the 'Calguns' name and all associated variants and logos are ® Trademark and © Copyright 2002-2016, Calguns.net an Incorporated Company All Rights Reserved.