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Old March 30th, 2010, 01:37 PM   #1
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.223 or 5.56 reloading question

To lower costs and improve accuracy I would like to start doing my own reloading. I know nothing about this. Can anybody make recommendations on what I should buy?

I would like this to be a time efficient operation so if I can get a reloader that does more than one at a time, that'd be nice.

I want a setup that will allow me to reload all my ammo: 5.56, .38, .44 magnum, 357.

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The Dillon 550 press is a great reloader. You must take your time and learn what you are doing. I would buy Lee dies and get the set for the .223 that has the four finger crimp die included in the set. It produces a factory type crimp. I would find someone who is a good relaoder and have him teach you. There is a lot to learn to re load correctly. Don't get magnumitis and start with max loads. Always start at leat 10% down from the max load. The heaviest load is seldom the most accurite. At least buy a good book on how to reload. Brownells sells a couple that are pretty good.
There is more to reloading than meets the eye. Make sure every case has powder in it and that the cases are not double charged.
You would be better off starting with a good single stage loader. Then once you have gained experience, get a progressive reloader. You will still use the single stage loader after buying the progressive reloader.
read the instruction in the loading die boxes. It will tell you the correct way to set up their dies. Follow the directions.

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Old March 30th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #3
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RCBS has a kit that includes almost everything you will need, a later purchase would be a case trimmer. The Dillion 550 would be great if you had some experience in reloading. As dksac2 said find some one to teach you how to load ammo. He might have some extra equipment you will need.
One thing you might do is pick-up reloading manual and read it to get an idea on whats involved.
I've been reloading since about 1958. I load every thing you want to and several others.
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I'll agree with a lot of what dksac2 said. Start with a single stage reloader and get more than one reloading manual. Why more than one? You will find points where the manuals lead you in a slightly different direction on loads. Will you be hurt by those differences? Only if you are running maximum loads and then probably not.

I run a Lyman powder measure (you set the weight and it meters out the weight you want). It takes the measure about eight seconds to meter out the charge (plus zero, minus .1 gr) and that is less time than it takes to complete the loading of one round. In other words, my speed determines how fast I can load. - - REMEMBER, TAKE YOUR TIME when reloading. If you forget something, you potentially have a catastrophic combination!

After you have developed and fine tuned your loads, I'll agree that a Dillon 550 is a good choice.
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I have recently gotten into reloading and while I am not experienced enough to be an "expert" I can pass on what little I have learned.

Buy the most best reloading press for the money. For me, it was the Dillon 550B press that is multi-stage and loads both rifle and pistol. If you go to Brian Enos - Competition Shooting Books, Slide-Glide, DVDs & Reloading, you can price one. Expect to spend around $900 for the press and the "necessary" tools to go with it, i.e. digital caliper, scale, case cleaner, etc.

If this is more than you can spend, go to Cheaper Than Dirt - America's Ultimate Shooting Sports Discounter and price some of their presses.

With my press came a DVD that showed the operation of putting the whole thing together and successfully loading multiple rounds. A huge plus is that Dillon that exceptional customer service and provides all of their presses with a lifetime guarantee.

After purchasing the press and tools, expect to spend another $250-500 buying the components you'll need: bullets, cases, powder and primers..

All in all, you'll have to make a large investment up front but it will be worth it.
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Buy the 550b and use it as a single stage for a few loads and then get after it. It is not nearly as hard to load good ammo as some will have you to believe. There are enough videos and books that you should have no problems. I started loading when I was 16 years old andthere was no such thing as a progressive press. The press that i learned on was so old that to change shell holders you had to change out the ram.
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