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Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by Stryker6 on Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:29 am

My wife's going to buy me a reloading kit for our 10 year anniversary and I would like to know from some of you reloaders on here which would be the better buy. Over the last few years I have consolidated my ammo needs to 5.56, 6.8 spc, 6.5 grendel, .308, .45, 9mm, and .357 I've been looking a the Hornady Lock-n-Load kit and the RCBS Rock Chucker supreme kit which would be the better buy? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by quigleysharps4570 on Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:45 am

I don't have any experience with the Hornady presses...but the RCBS will outlast you.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by M1GarandFan on Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:56 am

Don't have any experience with either of them, but most people that I know use the RCBS kit.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by Reloader on Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:35 am

My RCBS press is 40+ years old and I still crank them out.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by jdphotoguy on Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:16 pm

Have you considered a Dillion 550? It will handle all pistol and rifle calibers, has a lifetime "NO BS" warranty, and used/recommended by just about everyone I know that reloads.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by msredneck on Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:45 pm

Pick one...go load

No matter what you do...after a few years you'll find some reason to get a different one or another one any way

If you can afford the Dillon up front and have the work space for it...Get the 550

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by miker84 on Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:23 pm

If you stick with it, you'll go progressive anyway. I drink the Red Koolaid and have the LNL AP. I also use a Lee single stage.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by 45flattop on Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:48 pm

Its my understanding that many of the current RCBS presses and possibly other products have been outsourced to China so with that
in mind I'd either look for a used RCBS RockChucker in good shape, maybe post a WTB and see what turns up or get a Redding or Hornady, both of them are still made in the US. I've actually seen
one RCBS RockChucker made recently so badly out of alignment
that it was totally unusable, bad casting on the frame. crying

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by Stryker6 on Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:32 pm

Thanks for the help I going to get the Hornady kit.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by strawberry on Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:46 am

I have been using the Lee Anniversary kit for the past three years, but just upgraded to a used rock chucker supreme. The LEE is an inexpensive kit that is great for beginners, sold mine to a buddy to get him started and went with rcbs because the scale, powder measure, and other accesories seem to be much better qaulity, but the lee is great to learn on.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by osucowboy8 on Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:06 am

I have a RCBS Rock Chucker that I have adapted to use the the Hornady LNL bushings to make die changing easier. Before the RCBS, I had a Lee press for several years. The Lee presses are fine for what they are but it's not as high quality as the RCBS.

I have had occasion to contact both RCBS and Hornady on customer service issues within the last six months. RCBS's customer service cannot be beat! My experience with Hornady was less than satisfactory. YMMV.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by kcin on Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:15 am

msredneck wrote:Pick one...go load

No matter what you do...after a few years you'll find some reason to get a different one or another one any way

If you can afford the Dillon up front and have the work space for it...Get the 550

+1

Get a blue press.....
Personaly I would have been pretty cheesed off if would have bought a single stage press.... my 550 can barely keep up, but then again I shoot up to 2000 rounds of 40 cal a month. I'm thinking about investing in a 650.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by Mr. Squirrel on Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:56 pm

Stryker6 wrote:Thanks for the help I going to get the Hornady kit.

Not a bad choice. I cut my teeth with the Lee anniversary kit and the Hornady LNL progressive is on my list of possible upgrades. My only advice for you now is to resist being like a kid on Christmas day. Buy a loading manual and read it first before starting any loading. Also don't be shy about asking questions, trust me you will have some.

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Re: Best Beginner Reloading kit?

Post by LugerT on Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:38 pm

I bought a Lee turret press almost a year ago, love the damn thing. But as previously stated the desire for a progressive (especially for pistol) is very much there. If you don't already have a few manuals, grab a few its helps.

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