Originally Posted by Rivers2k
You all are probably the best people to ask. I was just going to post this question. I was thinking about getting into reloading .357/.38 may .223 in the future.
I don't plan on casting. I have little ones around and don't need molting hot metal around they are very fast kids
Can you tell me everything I would need and aprox price ranges?
Shop around a bit, sometimes you can find a great deal on a used single stage press...I'm partial to the older cast iron RCBS "0" presses. very solid and you'll never wear one out...I've tried and eventually gave up and gave it to a family member and it's still going strong.
Point is spend the extra money and buy the better tools and dies, in the long run you save money...if that makes any sense...
Uhm you can usually find used RCBS presses for 50/75 bucks in good shape. A good set of carbide .38/.357 dies will run you about 40/45 bucks, and another 7/8 bucks for a shell holder. These are basic items that last and won't wear out.
A good beam scale is a must and here again, I would suggest not scrimping on the money. Probably find a good one for about 100 bucks...
The price of powder measures has steadily climbed. So It may pay to shop around for a good used one. RCBS Redding and Lyman are all good ones.
I know I sound like a bit of a reloading snob by recommending you go with the more expensive tools and dies...but these are things you buy once and have for a very long time...