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Best reloading kit?

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by mattgriff88, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. mattgriff88

    mattgriff88 Busy Member

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    Hi,

    Whats the best value for money kit you can buy for reloading?

    it will be used for a .204 ruger to start off with, some have suggested the Hornady Lock n load kit.

    Thanks
     
  2. Dan Giliballs

    Dan Giliballs Dave Boy Green ate my Trifle!!!!

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    I've got the lee anniversary kit was about £125 for most of what I needed - it's a popcorn thread is this one, some people slag them off others love them lol
     
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    lol ok thanks.... i just wanted to buy a decent kit that will last me.

    seems like everyone starts off with a lee kit and then upgrades in the future costing more money.
    im just thinking of buying a decent kit to begin with and not upgrading.

    im either going to go for the RCBS, Lyman or Hornady
     
  4. Dan Giliballs

    Dan Giliballs Dave Boy Green ate my Trifle!!!!

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    That's the popcorn bit - some think you don't need to upgrade - just because a set of dies are twice the price it don't mean they are better

    I've stuck with Lee - i'm printing cloverleaf holes @100 yards, I can't see how spending £300 extra can make it better (for me)

    That said yeah there are better quality presses and dies out there so if you have the cash and can justify it then get the best you can
     
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    Strathrpc Keyboard Hero

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    I've been reloading for over 30 years all I'll say is; Buy the best you can afford! (Not necessarily a "Kit"). If you buy the basic Lee kits you will probably want to upgrade in the future. Have a look at something like a Lyman Turret press, It will handle virtually all calibres and do the job well for the next 40 years. Then get a decent powder scales, same same, a decent one will last you a lifetime.
     
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    Could you tell me the difference between a single stage and a turret press?


    good points/bad points

    cheers
     
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    I loaded many thousands of pistol and rifle rounds on a Lee Progressive turret press. A lot of my dies were Lee as well and I never had any problems at all. I'm sure that some of the other kit is better made but Lee did the job for me for years.
    Some other dies are a bit more sophisticated which you might get some benefit from if you're into benchrest but I never felt the need to 'upgrade'.
     
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    A single stage press carries out one operation per pull of the handle so you have to de-cap all the cases, resize them,then prime then add powder then seat bullet etc. With a progressive turret press you have all the dies in place (on a turret) and produce a loaded round for every pull of the handle.
     
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    A basic turret press is similar to a single stage press but you can have a number of dies permanently set up in it, so you don't need to change dies for the different operations. My 6 station Lyman turret is left permanently set up with the two calibres I reload the most (.308 & .223). A progressive is very good for volume work; I use a Lee Pro 1000 for pistol calibre ammo, all operations are done on the press, as mentioned above, you get one loaded round for every pull of the handle. I wouldn't consider (a Lee) one for rifle cartridges reloading though. (just my opinion, Dillon is another kettle of haddock though). The Lee Pro 1000 can be finicky with the Primer seating & powder throwing though; not unusual to have a round without a primer or little or no powder, if you're not careful!

    If you're on a tight budget, then maybe a good quality single stage is the best option, otherwise maybe even a Lee Classic cast 4-hole turret they're pretty good. If money's not object then I would go for a top of the range Dillon. What it boils down to is, how deep is your pocket and how anal are you going to be about the quest for round on round accuracy??;)
     

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