Handloading Start-up Tips?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Sandman, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Sandman

    Sandman Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    I used to reload shotgun shells, but have never gotten into handloading for my rifles. I am thinking about it now, though, with the cost and availability issues of ammo these days. I know next to nothing about it, so if some of you can provide some basic start-up tips as to what I will need, costs, and some do's and don't's I would appreciate it. Anything that would help with the go / no go decision.
  2. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009

  3. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    buy the new lyman and nosler book!!!
  4. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV

    The reloading hobby is fun and rewarding as much or more to some as shooting. Some of the issues you find with ammo availability carries over to reloaders as well. Primers and powder are in high demand and pretty scarce. Not to say you cannot get them,or offer a discouraging word here but I suggest to a new reloader that you get your books first, read the data of which calibers you will be reloading and backorder the appropriate components. By the time you have made decisions on your equipment and have chalked yourself full of knowlege, your primers and powder should be arriving.

    Price is almost a "sky's the limit" situation but $300 on the low end.
  5. myg30

    myg30 Member

    Mar 12, 2009
    I started years ago with a lee hand loader for my only hunting rifle.At $18 back then it was a deal. If you shoot lots you will want another type of press. You tube is a good place to get some basic looks at reloading but like said above, READ a good reloading book cover to cover first. Then read again.
    You can find some for sale in the reloading forums from time to time at a reasonable price used. ABC's of reloading,lymans 48th etc all good !

  6. Gearheadpyro

    Gearheadpyro New Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    Charleston, SC
  7. Sandman

    Sandman Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    Thanks for all of the info guys. I am looking into all of it. I won't be doing a high quantity, so I don't need to go to fancy.
  8. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    A good single stage press or turret press will do you just fine. Keep an eye out in the WTS section and online. A good single stage won't cost much and will serve you for years. I'd go with Lee Classic Cast Single Stage Press or a Rock Chucker; more depends on your budget. Both are solid presses, the chucker has a little more leverage and smoother stroke.
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