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Old 12-13-2018, 12:14 PM   #1
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I want to start reloading. That being said Iím looking for recommendations on a single stage loader. I will be reloading primarily; 308 but I would like the freedom to do other rounds like .243/.22250 etc

What would I need to order single stage loader wise/ anything else for me to get started??

Iím also looking into getting a reloading book, that will give me all the info needed. ( I donít want one that biased, looking for general info)

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Old 12-13-2018, 12:17 PM   #2
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I started with a RCBS Rock Chucker. It is solid single stage press. I have recently bought a Redding T7 Turret press and wish I had bought it first. That said, the Rock Chucker still is on the bench and is used regularly.

I suggest getting several different manuals and read them all. I have also joined several reloading groups on Facebook that have been very useful as well when I have a quick question.
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I use a RcBS rock chucker as well and have reloaded a few thousand rounds on it from 9mm,223,300Blk,243,260,7-08,3006,308ect. Itís a good press for sure I also picked up a rcbs chargemaster and that really helped things move along.

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Old 12-13-2018, 12:24 PM   #4
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I just bought a 6 Creedmoor because I want to get out of reloading
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Old 12-13-2018, 12:56 PM   #5
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https://www.midwayusa.com/product/12...tage-press-kit

This and dies should get you started.
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This is what I started with. You will also need Lee case length gauge caliber specific I think it comes with the trimmer, caliper, tumbler, shell holders, and a loading tray. I might be missing a few things. Also it didn't take me long before I upgraded scales, that 1 bounces a lot. My next upgrade will be a rcbs chargemaster.
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Whatís your budget? You can get started for cheap, but may want to upgrade after a while costing more $$. Buy once cry once. The MEC press and Forester press along with a hand die and arbor press is a great setup.


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Whatís your budget? You can get started for cheap, but may want to upgrade after a while costing more $$. Buy once cry once. The MEC press and Forester press along with a hand die and arbor press is a great setup.


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Gonna say 300$ only cuz I donít wanna go ď all inĒ just yet.


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Old 12-13-2018, 07:07 PM   #9
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Look a the Lee Classic Turret press. The cast iron one with the 4 places for dies. You run it without having to reset dies after each use. Multiple calibers, use multiple heads. Strong enough for anything you will ever do. Also comes in a kit, but as mentioned above, while the lee scale will get it done, most other brands are much better. Nothing wrong with Lee equipment, specially starting out, you can save some bucks.

This and a set of dies will get you going.
https://www.amazon.com/LEE-PRECISION...+reloading+kit
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Old 12-13-2018, 10:22 PM   #10
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:04 PM   #11
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Look a the Lee Classic Turret press. The cast iron one with the 4 places for dies. You run it without having to reset dies after each use. Multiple calibers, use multiple heads. Strong enough for anything you will ever do. Also comes in a kit, but as mentioned above, while the lee scale will get it done, most other brands are much better. Nothing wrong with Lee equipment, specially starting out, you can save some bucks.

This and a set of dies will get you going.
https://www.amazon.com/LEE-PRECISION...+reloading+kit
Loaded a LOT of rounds on that press too.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:15 PM   #12
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I started on a used RCBS Rock Chucker loading .308 and 5.56 about 10 years ago. Have since acquired a progressive press for pistol but still use the Rock Chucker for rifle. I've added dies for 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Jap and .300 WSM for the single stage. Great press!
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Old 12-14-2018, 06:57 AM   #13
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Old 12-14-2018, 06:58 AM   #14
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If anyone could post link to a good grain scale it would be greatly appreciated


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Old 12-14-2018, 08:24 AM   #15
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I have a RCBS 505 scale and some stuff I don't use that I could make you a good deal on. I believe I have a Lyman powder throw, Lyman reloading book
I progressed from a 505 scale to the RCBS Chargemaster and now to an Autotrickler setup with A&D120i scale.
Forester press is by far the best press you can get as dies change easily without having to screw on and off.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:33 AM   #16
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I started with a lee classic turret, never had any issues with it. I did not like the lee scale that came with it and eventually upgraded to a used charge master. Eventually Iím wanting to upgrade to an auto trickler.


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Old 12-14-2018, 08:34 AM   #17
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Also, Iíd recommend buying used. Several reloading for sale posts in the classifieds.


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Old 12-14-2018, 07:44 PM   #18
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I'd recommend a turret press and specifically the Redding T7
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Old 12-14-2018, 09:25 PM   #19
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Starting out, I would NOT recommend a multi-press which does several things at one time, is too confusing at first. Go with a single-stage such as a RCBS Rock Chucker, you learn the process one step at a time and thoroughly understand what you're doing after a couple 100 rounds or so. Plus, with a single-stage you are forced to take it slow and not make mistakes, and you can really dial in a load.
I prefer my older reloading manuals by RCBS or Speer. They will guide you through all the basic steps, things to look out for, and the things NOT to do.
I recently bought a thick Lee manual, has a LOT of load data for many, many calibers, if you can ignore all the Lee-this, Lee-that stuff they're trying to sell.
Prefer RCBS hardware, better made than most out there. Redding as well but hard to find.
Good luck! Once you reload, you'll never buy another factory load.
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You can pick up a rock checker in a pawn shop for $50-75or so if you look around or buy the rock checker kit. It comes with about 90% of what you need. It's not horribly expensive to get started reloading.
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I will say that it's getting harder and harder to outperform quality factory ammo. I like the reloading as much as the shooting.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:52 AM   #21
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Getting a little discouraged as I have calculated what I am wanting to buy ( from midway usa/Academy ) and the price is just about the same as buying it from academy.
I have attatched an excel sheet... seems like the casing is most expensive !


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Only thing I got from academy was primers.


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Getting a little discouraged as I have calculated what I am wanting to buy ( from midway usa/Academy ) and the price is just about the same as buying it from academy.
I have attatched an excel sheet... seems like the casing is most expensive !


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You are right, brass is the most expensive component. Fortunately it is also purchased the least often.
Once you have everything for a particular caliber reloading becomes a lot less hurtful on your pockets. You will be able to pick up supplies one at a time without spending a whole lot.
I just keep a list of needed supplies on my phone and whenever an opportunity presents itself I'll grab something like a box of primers or a bottle of powder before I run out.

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You can get once fired brass a lot cheaper, if you don’t have any empties already.
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You can get once fired brass a lot cheaper, if you donít have any empties already.


Just out of curiosity where would I find that? Just to play with numbers


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I will say the thing you'll want to invest in more is a scale and carbide dies. Other things you can go cheap for starting out, but a good scale will save you a lot of headaches.
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What caliber you reloading?

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It's hard to factor in the price of brass because you'll get to reuse it. Also you get to build a load for your gun where factory ammo might shoot great in one gun but not the next gun.

Any specific reason you want the gmx bullets? There are alot of great bullets in the .30-.40 cent range.

What caliber?

Are you anywhere near Beaumont? I have some 4064 I'll give you. About 1/2# or maybe a little more of it.
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[quote-Bowhuter1994]
Just out of curiosity where would I find that? Just to play with numbers[/quote]



My father taught me as a child to save every piece of brass I shot. You can ask friends for theirs, look in classifieds or at some ranges you can buy the pick ups. Once fired 308 brass is fairly common.







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I want to start reloading. That being said Iím looking for recommendations on a single stage loader. I will be reloading primarily; 308 but I would like the freedom to do other rounds like .243/.22250 etc

What would I need to order single stage loader wise/ anything else for me to get started??

Iím also looking into getting a reloading book, that will give me all the info needed. ( I donít want one that biased, looking for general info)

What do my brothers on the green screen recommend... GO!
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Wanna start with .308 but eventually .243 and maybe .22250 idk . Skyís the limit lol


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It's hard to factor in the price of brass because you'll get to reuse it. Also you get to build a load for your gun where factory ammo might shoot great in one gun but not the next gun.

Any specific reason you want the gmx bullets? There are alot of great bullets in the .30-.40 cent range.

What caliber?

Are you anywhere near Beaumont? I have some 4064 I'll give you. About 1/2# or maybe a little more of it.

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Man I mostly bowhunt, but wanna start shooting my .308 more... that being said the time I have rifle hunted i used SST and the GMX is just a little more ď toughĒ from the research Iíve done.
I actually wanted to shoot barnes tripleshock but that ones even more $$


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Just out of curiosity where would I find that? Just to play with numbers






My father taught me as a child to save every piece of brass I shot. You can ask friends for theirs, look in classifieds or at some ranges you can buy the pick ups. Once fired 308 brass is fairly common.[/QUOTE]



Find my excel file?
I can try and upload it, but now Iím uploading off my phone. Let me know

EDIT: my grandpa used to always keep all his brass, i used to laugh at him . Look at me now... Shouldíve listened to gpa !!


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Gunbroker.

Also , check out www.gunbot.net lots of good deals there.
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Also , check out www.gunbot.net lots of good deals there.


Thanks will keep an eye out !!


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https://www.midwayusa.com/product/10...eloading-brass

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Man I mostly bowhunt, but wanna start shooting my .308 more... that being said the time I have rifle hunted i used SST and the GMX is just a little more ď toughĒ from the research Iíve done.
I actually wanted to shoot barnes tripleshock but that ones even more $$


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I've had very good luck with the Hornady eldx 178 gr with my 308. Academy normally has them in stock for $39.99/100.

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Old 12-17-2018, 01:11 PM   #38
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Visit Wes Sage's reloading site. I have bought lots of components from him at competitive prices. He is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to reloading.

https://www.sagesreloadingsupply.com/
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I’ve got some partial boxes of Barnes triple shock 150 or 168s if your interested I’ll make you a deal.
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Here are some good suppliers:
midwayusa.com
powder-valley.com
shootersproshop.com

You will not find a good selection of reloading supplies and tools without going online.
When you get some loads you like buy in bulk and you can get the price down quite abit.
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Old 12-17-2018, 02:22 PM   #42
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Alot of single stage presses mentioned so here is an FYI.

They are all not created equal some are better than others. Look for one that has a compound linkage over a single one. when resizing and case forming the compound models are much easier to operate and don't require as much force.
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Send me your address and the calibers you shoot and I will send you some brass. No charge
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I have attatched an excel sheet... seems like the casing is most expensive !
How do you figure? Your bullets are $0.71 vs. $0.51 for your brass... that's not considering the fact that you are going to reuse the brass multiple times.
Say just 5 reloads (you'll get more) and your brass cost is $0.10 per round-- total of $1.00 per round, shooting one of the most expensive bullets there is.
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How do you figure? Your bullets are $0.71 vs. $0.51 for your brass... that's not considering the fact that you are going to reuse the brass multiple times.

Say just 5 reloads (you'll get more) and your brass cost is $0.10 per round-- total of $1.00 per round, shooting one of the most expensive bullets there is.


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Send me your address and the calibers you shoot and I will send you some brass. No charge
you da man!! appreciate it
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Stay away from the Lee Perfect Powder Scale. It is not perfect....not even good. I have Lee presses and have been pretty satisfied. Mount to a solid table and get after it. NEVER forget to lube your brass. You will need a powder trickler.
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RCBS and jump on it now!

Spend $550 a Brownells get $65 and free shipping using LEC.

https://www.brownells.com/aspx/searc...1152&pid=38027

Spend over $499.98 on RCBS stuff get $175 rebate.

http://rcbs.com/Products/What-s-New/Promotions.aspx

So buy $550 worth of RBCS stuff from Brownells and you'll walk away in the end spending $310
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RCBS Rock Chucker has great sales just keep your eyes on it.
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Also ask around at the range and local gun stores. People upgrade and let the old stuff go for cheap, or even free. Brass in the common calibers is easy to come by. Check the trash cans at the range. Ask around. You generally don't wear reloading presses out. My Rock Chucker was bought new in 1974, and I have used it heavily since then. EBay and gunbroker are good for tools, but stay away from brass. It may be worn out and cleaned like new.
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