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Best Beginner Reloading Kit
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So when my Dad retires this summer, one of the first things he plans on doing is cleaning up the garage. I'd like to eventually set up a reloading bench in there and reload 9mm and .45acp. In terms of having everything I need and affordability, which reloading kit do you guys suggest?
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All of the major manufacturers, Lee, Hornady, RCBS and Lyman make basic kits. Lee is one that a lot of people learn on and so is RCBS. I have a Lee that I am happy with but others may have other opinions. My advice, find someone near you who will teach you the basics and go from there.
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See if you can find a Dilloon square deal. Used if budget is important.
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I plan on ordering a Lee Precision II Anniversary Challenger Kit and 9mm dies to start reloading. Can anybody recommend an affordable, but reliable tumbler to clean used brass? Also is there anything else I need besides brass, primers, bullets, and gunpowder?

Thank you!
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Philadelphia Patriot;73404 Wrote:I plan on ordering a Lee Precision II Anniversary Challenger Kit and 9mm dies to start reloading. Can anybody recommend an affordable, but reliable tumbler to clean used brass? Also is there anything else I need besides brass, primers, bullets, and gunpowder?

Thank you!

Cant see much with the little picture. Mine is just like that, it may or not be the same. Mine uses the bushings.

I have a frankford arsenal tumbler, works great. I have ran it. . I would guess for about 100+ hours. No real issues. One of the screws vibrated out, took two minutes to find it on the floor, and pop it back in.

I would suggest a few things to help out.

A bullet puller, analog calipers, a reloading manual, I am sure I am forgetting a few things though. I'll put some more thought into it too.
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Philadelphia Patriot;73404 Wrote:I plan on ordering a Lee Precision II Anniversary Challenger Kit and 9mm dies to start reloading. Can anybody recommend an affordable, but reliable tumbler to clean used brass? Also is there anything else I need besides brass, primers, bullets, and gunpowder?

Thank you!

I use Midways knock off of RCBS vibratory tumbler. works great.

Get a reloading manual. Ive collected Speer, Lyman and a few others.

Get a secondary scale. I have 2 manual and one digital. I keep one manual boxed up. I always check one scale against the other. If you reload 223, youll need a pocket reamer. Id recommend a bullet puller too. I bought a die bullet puller instead of el cheapo hammer puller only because it will last longer and I dont like the idea of banging the snot out of a live round. Buy carbide dies as they will not require lube (though I still lube mine). Carbide dies are stronger than steel dies. Digital calipers, check case dimensions especially if you get into rifle reloading.
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I always suggest analog calipers. A battery died on me, and took me a trip to get a new one.

With analog it isn't really an issue.
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Connal;74039 Wrote:I always suggest analog calipers. A battery died on me, and took me a trip to get a new one.

With analog it isn't really an issue.

I wouldn't write off digital measuring equipment over battery usage. The real deciding factor is how much are you willing to spend? If you aren't prepares to drop big money on digital then go with dial(and even then don't buy the cheapest one you can find). At the very least I'd say go with RCBS equipment.
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#9
being that it seems no one has reloading kits in stock and i'm sure things such as powder are most likely hard to come buy in this panic buying frenzy that the majority is in , I'll just find someone local in my area that reloads the same calibers I shoot and pay for the supplies and reasonable donation for the time to teach me and help me reload them and once I get the knowledge by then all the equipment would be available to purchase and set up my own reload station at home . of Course finding that cool individual in Lancaster County Pa might be a task in itself . who knows maybe i'll get lucky
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Gilbert1976;74266 Wrote:being that it seems no one has reloading kits in stock and i'm sure things such as powder are most likely hard to come buy in this panic buying frenzy that the majority is in , I'll just find someone local in my area that reloads the same calibers I shoot and pay for the supplies and reasonable donation for the time to teach me and help me reload them and once I get the knowledge by then all the equipment would be available to purchase and set up my own reload station at home . of Course finding that cool individual in Lancaster County Pa might be a task in itself . who knows maybe i'll get lucky

My local shop has a few kits on the shelf. Tons of bullets, shelves of powder. No primers or brass though. I have been buying the cheap stuff just for a supply of brass. I lucked out and got plenty of supplies a few months ago. Just want to make sure I don't run out.
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