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Thanks Greg. Still collecting some tools but getting there. Just bought an impact bullet puller the other day and probably going to order a Lee 4 die 9mm set this week I found for $59. My buddy that gave me the press said he has an extra scale he'll sell me but he wants to make sure it works properly first. So just waiting to hear from him on that.

John I make all sorts of stuff with my printers. Statues for the theater room, parts for my RC trucks, shelves and mag racks for the gun room, there's all sorts of stuff that you can print these days. Kind'a mind blowing when you search all the files that are free to print stuff on places like "thingiverse".

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Any progress?

Components can easily be classified as Unobtanium.  Let me know how you're doing.  I've been reloading for I guess decades now and may be able to lend some assistance.

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Not yet but hope to have everything I need and be started by July. Past month has been spend getting ready for an extended fishing trip so time & money have been going towards that till I get back near the end of June.

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Hi Steve, 

I would recommend a couple good manuals.  They give instruction, insight, and recipes for different loads.  There is a lot of info online put-out by bullet and powder manufacturers. Hodgdon has a good online reloading data set.  https://www.hodgdonreloading.com/. As does Hornady.  I use a lot of Hornady bullets and cases. https://www.hornady.com/support/load-data/.  Below is a pic of some 308 loads I did using Hornady ELD-M bullets and Hornady Match cases.  I tailored these for a specific rifle (easily sub MOA).  That's another good thing about reloading, you can tailor a load for a particular gun.  It gets the best precision out of you gun.

Speer also has a good site. Not as handy for me as Hodgdon but still good. https://www.speer.com/reloading/.  There are many more. Attached below is a screenshot of the different manuals I've downloaded.  They're handy when trying to find a good recipe.

 

Caution on internet videos and such.  Your friend and the manuals are your best resource IMHO.  Videos from reputable manufactures or dealers like Midway are good.  Otherwise I wouldn't count on them to much.

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Been meaning too get back to this, but just so much going on.

Just ordered my dies for my 9mm. Got the Lee 4pc set https://www.ebay.com/itm/194627108050?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Da552a578c47e42e7a9c8246d08d0c44c%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D363900030148%26itm%3D194627108050%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057%26brand%3DLee+Precision&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Abf74a078-fe9b-11ec-ac82-3a3414532e14|parentrq%3Add05a1281810a44c1f206ec2fff7a7e6|iid%3A1

My buddy has a 505 scale he's gonna sell me for $30. So after that I just need to get the hand primer and then I think I will have most /all the "big" costly parts so I can get started soon.

Which I look fwd too, because I have been going to the range a lot lately and dropping prob 150-200rds per week. Kind'a costly at $18.99-$22.99 per 50/box😑

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Just ordered this hand primer here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B7OYUVC/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Was looking at a few different ones but after talking to a couple people and reading up on this one, this one seemed to be the one that has the better reviews.

Also ordered a 9mm case gauge. So should have just about all the needed tools to get started soon.

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Also just ordered the manual. Went with the Lyman 51st edition hardcover for $33. May also pick up the Hornady one as well. Figure between having those two manuals and the info online then I should be good for all the specs/loads.

Really getting down to the last of the things now. Gonna go pick up some Zilla ground walnut shells this week from the pet store to use as media for cleaning/polishing the brass, then just need to get some primers & powder and can get started.

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I have an old editon of the Speer reloading book that is about 40 years old. Now I look up the loads online, pick out what matches my components and write it down in a notebook.

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2 hours ago, Steeldrifter said:

Also just ordered the manual. Went with the Lyman 51st edition hardcover for $33. May also pick up the Hornady one as well. Figure between having those two manuals and the info online then I should be good for all the specs/loads.

Really getting down to the last of the things now. Gonna go pick up some Zilla ground walnut shells this week from the pet store to use as media for cleaning/polishing the brass, then just need to get some primers & powder and can get started.

There is a liquid polishing compound that is good to add to the walnut shells. Check primer pockets for pieces of shell. I also got a setup that has slots in a drum. Put the empties and walnuut pieces in, turn it to separate the two.

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I always cleaned my brass with the old primer still in so I wouldn’t get my sizing/de capping dies dirty. 

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I put a little Nu Finish in with the walnut media to give a great shine. It's not necessary but it does make for smooth and pretty brass.  For separating the media from the brass I picked up  a couple wire baskets from Dollar Tree.  Just put them in a big plastic bowl and pour the whole thing in it.  Give the basket a couple tosses like a salad and it's separated. A salad spinner works too for separating the brass from the media.

For rifle rounds I remove the primer before cleaning.  Program is: deprime; clean; resize; trim; prep primer pocket; chamfer the mouth; and then off to the reloading process.

Handgun rounds are done on a progressive press.  Program is: clean; load up the case feeder, bullet feeder, and primer feeder tubes.  The dies for my different calibers are set with lock rings. Check powder drop for correct weight, set powder lockout die, and give everything a once over before going for it.  Crank the handle to get one through to check primer depth and OAL.  Then off to the races.  Check powder measure and OAL after every 50 or 100 rounds depending how its been going. If it doesn't feel right stop and look things over.  At this rate I can run about 500 rounds and hour. If all goes well.  

 

3 hours ago, Steeldrifter said:

then just need to get some primers & powder and can get started.

And therein is the headache. Although it has gotten somewhat better components are very difficult to come by.  Unless you were prepared for the latest panic getting components is going to be challenging.  The cost when available is obscene also.  Primers if you can find them are grossly over priced.  People are paying 4 or or more times what they use to cost. Especially small pistol primers.  A lot of 9mm shooters out there.  Natchez right now has CCI large pistol primers available for about $96/1000.  Which is actually a good deal in todays market.  Last ones I bought I paid $26/1000.  I also wouldn't count on them being in stock long.  There are forums last list components in stock threads.  Once mentioned the in stock items (if in demand like spp) are gone within hours.  My local Sportsman's Warehouse has started getting regular delivers but only allows you to by 2 slips (200 primers).  When loading a thousand of rounds a sitting, 200 does not last long.  

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35 minutes ago, cencalfly said:

For separating the media from the brass I picked up  a couple wire baskets from Dollar Tree.  Just put them in a big plastic bowl and pour the whole thing in it.  Give the basket a couple tosses like a salad and it's separated. A salad spinner works too for separating the brass from the media.

That's actually what I just got back from doing. Went to the dollar store and bought a plastic bowl. I'' going to just drill some proper sized holes in the bottom of it to let the media come out but keep the brass in. I looked at the sifters reloading shops sell, no way I was gonna pay $25 for something I can make for $1 😬

37 minutes ago, cencalfly said:

Primers if you can find them are grossly over priced.  People are paying 4 or or more times what they use to cost. Especially small pistol primers.  A lot of 9mm shooters out there.  Natchez right now has CCI large pistol primers available for about $96/1000.  Which is actually a good deal in todays market.  Last ones I bought I paid $26/1000.  I also wouldn't count on them being in stock long.  There are forums last list components in stock threads. 

Yep. Been finding that out. Luckily my buddy is well stocked up so he's gonna sell me 1000 primers and 1lb of powder to get me started. I did find on one of the more popular reloading/ammo search sites where there are a number of places that do have primers for small pistol in stock, but like you said they are not cheap. Cheapest I have found is $78 for 1000, then factor in the $20 or so hazard materials fee and it'll end up $100 per 1000 😐

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