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What does it take to Reload?
By Tim Siewert

I have done several radio interviews in the last few months and a reoccurring question is, “What does it take to get started in reloading?”  Without totally going into the first two chapters of my first book,  I have decided to answer that question as succinctly as possible.

  • You need a reloading press.  I recommend a single-stage press for all beginners to start with.  This is where you will do most of the work of reloading your ammo.

  • ​​A powder scale is a necessity.  I recommend a beam scale, not electronic.  I cover why in my first book.

  • For every caliber you are going to load you must have a set of dies.

  • A powder-measure is also necessary if you do not want to weigh every powder charge.

  • Some single-stage reloading presses come with a primer seating attachment.  If the press that you buy does not, you will need a separate primer seating tool, which is better & I go into why in my first book.

  • If you are loading rifle ammo, or handgun ammo with a die set that does not have a carbide size die, then you will need a small lube pad.  I go into this in detail in the first book also.

  • If you are loading rifle ammo, then you must trim your brass (again I go into the reasons why in my first book) and therefore you will need a case trimmer.

A reloading bench could be considered optional.  I consider it a necessity & cover why in my first book.  Consequently, I included detailed plans on how to build a bench in my first book.  The bench that is outlined in my first book is small enough to even fit in an apartment.  If you have no mechanical inclination though, I can build one for you to your specifications (I am a retired carpenter) and ship it.  If you are interested please contact me.

This is all a person absolutely has to have to reload their own ammo.  Granted, there is a plethora of reloading equipment available limited only by how deep one’s pockets are and I go into almost all of the gear you can get in my two books.

As to how much in dollars -  basic,  generic kits are available in the $120.00 range sans dies.  There is a basic kit available from RCBS that runs about $180.00 but this kit has some superfluous stuff in it.  Die sets run in the $25.00-$35.00 range or slightly more depending on brand.  When it comes to die-sets the beginner should stay away from gizmo/specialty sets, stick to the standard sets.  So if you shop around, the beginner can expect to spend about $150.00 or so to get started (minus the cost of a bench); throw in a set of my books for $47.00 including shipping directly from me, go to the contact page, (or $57.00 through Amazon including shipping, your choice) and you’re looking at a pair of Benjamins.  ( I include a list of on-line sources with the purchase of my books. )  Of course this does not include supplies like powder, primers, and bullets.  If you buy your supplies in bulk, the savings is significant, again shop around.

So if you reload 500 - 9mm cases or 300 - .223 cases to ball ammo specs and you will have paid for your initial investment.

I hope that this is enlightening.   -T


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