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#189650 - 02/11/18 05:36 PM Reloading equipment
GG
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So I have finally decided to start reloading. I bought Lyman's manual and read the instructional section to get a basic knowledge. I now want to get some equipment. I have been looking into Hornadys basic kit as it seems to have a little of everything and I can buy extras from there. The only reason I am leaning toward Hormady is because it seems parts are more readily accessible at stores. I do want something that is solid, I don't want to have to get another set for years.

I know there is an extraordinarily large amount to reloading experience here so I would like to hear some thoughts and suggestions.

Thanks all

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#189659 - 02/11/18 07:33 PM Re: Reloading equipment [Re: GG]
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You might also want to look at the CH-444 press on line. It has 4 stations (not moveable), is very heavy duty, and the thing for me is that the press plus operational handle sits on top of your loading bench. You don't have to lean over to operate it. I've used one for 42 years and won't do without it.
I've used a PACT electronic scale for 20+ years. It even survived my 98% house fire in 2002. I'm still using that same scale. Unbelievable!
I've used a Redding 3BR scale that is repeatable and accurate for 20+ years. The CH and the Redding were destroyed in my fire. I replaced them since they were so good.
The idea of buying a package deal from one company looks nice, but I've found the best quality products usually come from different sources. I'd stay away from balance beam scales. Not as easy to use as electronics.
Look at Midsouth Shooters Supply and Natchess for the best deals on components. They don't carry the CH, but it's easily found on line.


Edited by wvhitman (02/11/18 07:34 PM)

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#189662 - 02/11/18 08:19 PM Re: Reloading equipment [Re: wvhitman]
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 Quote:
I'd stay away from balance beam scales. Not as easy to use as electronics.


I'm the opposite, never been able to make myself trust digital scales. I prefer a good powder measure and a beam scale to check drops occasionally.
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#189663 - 02/11/18 08:43 PM Re: Reloading equipment [Re: s4s4u]
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My only concern are finding dies and parts for the less know brands.

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#189665 - 02/11/18 08:50 PM Re: Reloading equipment [Re: GG]
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Are die sets universal??

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#189666 - 02/11/18 09:08 PM Re: Reloading equipment [Re: GG]
s4s4u
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 Originally Posted By: GG
Are die sets universal??


If you mean will different brands of dies fit other brands of presses, yes.
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#189668 - 02/11/18 10:08 PM Re: Reloading equipment [Re: s4s4u]
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Compared to most of the guys here, I'm still in the stone age. I load everything with a Lee Hand Press kit. I size, bell, prime, seat, and crimp with it ... the thing works for my needs.

Were I to drop any amount of cash on technology, it would be an electronic powder dispenser ... I'd love to have one of those!!
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#189672 - 02/11/18 11:04 PM Re: Reloading equipment [Re: s4s4u]
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Anyone have experience with hornady lock and load system?

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#189673 - 02/12/18 01:28 AM Re: Reloading equipment [Re: GG]
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Another vote for a balance beam scale. Electronic scales, at least the lower cost ones you usually get with a kit, can very as the batteries get weak. A balance beam works off the force of gravity, and that doesn't tend to change much.

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#189675 - 02/12/18 04:36 AM Re: Reloading equipment [Re: N-Frame]
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l have an electronic scale.. Great for making repeat checks

on cartridge and bullet weights... l also have two balance beam

scales to make sure the electronic readings are correct... ESP

when lt comes time to weigh a powder charge... l only trust my

RCBS 10-10 and 5 0 5 for powder checks

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