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Old January 11th, 2017, 04:21 PM   #16
 
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Reloading by Richard Lee book will help, my single stage is an RCBS Rockchucker JR 3 best $40 I ever paid. You will need a scale and some Dies lee dies will get you started. Take your time do it right

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Nice thing about revolver brass is you don't lose any!
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Old January 12th, 2017, 09:02 AM   #18
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For a very new reloader I'd suggest (after The ABCs) you choose a tried and true load (stay away from plated bullets for now, they seem to be confusing to new reloaders; OAL, crimp, load data, etc.), then buy components. Starting with the .357 will help in a couple ways; straight sided cases for revolvers are easy to load, and you won't have to chase your empties. Mebbe .357 brass, standard primers, Unique or Universal (I'd start with a "normal" vs "magnum" powder like W296 or H4227 for now), 125 or 158 gr, jacketed bullets (with crimp groove) and start with starting level loads from your manual(s)...
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What's your annual shooting volume? That will help determine what equipment is required to keep up with your shooting needs, how much you need to pre-invest in order to save money per round fired, and more.
This is important to think through, as costs are important, as are your needs. If you shoot only occasionally, may not be any savings. If you shoot in the thousands a year, you may want to consider a Lee Turret Press, otherwise a single stage should be fine. If you know someone who can mentor you (after you go in detail through at least one good manual-Hornady, Sierra, Speer, Lee, Lyman), that will be a big help. If not, I really recommend the basic NRA course. Helps to see/do the whole process to get a real feel for it, and safely. I load and shoot quite a lot, about 7K rounds/year, clearly saving serious money since I would shoot this much no matter, and there's a lot of enjoyment in both. (I should have started with a turret.) Hope this works out well for you!
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Ain't nothing "cheap" about reloading. As years go on, you will be buying equipment you never thought you "needed". It's more of an expensive hobby. 8-)
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