The items covered in that article include:
- Reloader Manual
- Reloading Press
- Reloading Dies
It is our goal to complete the list of required items in this article. Those items include:
- Shell Holder
- Powder Measure
- Components = Brass, Bullets, Powder, Primers
- Case Trimmer
- Brass Tumbler
Shell holders are used at the base of the press to hold the shell into the press while loading. While many of them are shared among calibers there is limitations. If you plan on loading several sized rounds and especially if switching between revolver, rifle and ACP style rounds you will need several.
You can buy an entire kit like this one for very little money:
Powder measures are one of the items you do not want to go cheap on. When I say cheap I am not referring to price. Quality is the real issue here. There are some inexpensive options for these but the fact is you want to take a serious look at the types of powder you are working with when deciding on a powder measure.
There is a few types of powder measures. The original method and my recommended method for the beginner is to use a scale to measure out your powder. Even if you upgrade down the road to a more advanced hopper based measure you will need to have a scale to verify your loads.
Here is a great video on how to zero out your electronic scale and get an idea of what the measurements are like for reloading.
Here is a scale like the one used in the video:
This is a good second step as you get ready to move to a hopper.
Here is some advanced information on setting up your hopper if you go that route.
Components = Brass, Bullets, Powder, Primers
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As you will shoot and reload your ammo it will begin to stretch. When this happens the ammo can get longer than the specifications and needs to be trimmed down. Trimmer kits range from $20 to $300. For those starting out the Lee case trimmer is a very affordable option. Once you have reloaded a few times this tool becomes a necessity.
You can see a short video on this here:
A brass tumbler is used to clean dirty brass. Like a Case Trimmer if you are reloading spent ammunition you will need one of these. I like the vibrating tumblers as opposed to the sidewinders due to pricing but if you can afford it the RCBS sidewinder is a top of the line tool.
There has been much discussion on the medium used in tumblers and whether or not to us extra additives. There has also been a move towards wet tumblers though I have no experience with them and can not speak to those. We will cover these options in future installments.
To get started the Hornady M-2 Case Tumbler is a great introductory option with either your choice of medium.
Hopefully these articles have given you a good idea of what you need to buy to begin reloading as well as a cost range to budget for. We will expand in the coming weeks on how to actually reload the steps to complete as well as some sample setups.