Just ordered the Lyman 49th Handbook

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  1. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

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    I picked up the Hornady Reloading Handbook earlier this year to help me decide if I want to begin reloading. After reading the manual, I concluded that it's something I'd probably enjoy.

    So today I went ahead and ordered the Lyman 49th Edition Reloading Handbook. I've been told that everyone should read at least two manuals before starting, so I figured I'd do that.
    However, when I ordered the manual, they had some "extras" included in the package. So now, in addition to the Hornady manual, case tumbler, and calipers that I already have, I've got a few more things coming in the mail.

    • Lyman 49th Edition Reloading Handbook
    • T-Mag II turret Press
    • Universal Trimmer with Expanded Pilot Multi-pack
    • 1000XP Digital Electronic Scale
    • #55 Powder Measure
    • Universal Priming Arm
    • Primer Tray
    • Auto Primer Feed
    • Extra Decapping Pins
    • Primer Catcher
    • Deburring Tool
    • Powder Funnel
    • Quick Release Turret System
    • Case Lube Kit
    • 7/8" x 14 Adapter (mounts #55 powder measure in press turret)


    Plus also a primer pocket cleaning tool, an impact bullet puller, and a set of carbide 9mm dies.

    I'm thinking I may be a little bit busy in the next few weeks! :D:D
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  2. garydude

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    Nice Josh!

    Can't wait to hear about your trials and tribulations, but most importantly your successes with reloading. You won't regret it!

    What calibers are you planning on starting with? Might I suggest a straight wall pistol round as a good starting point?

    Whup, just answered my own question by re-reading your die selection. I haven't done 9mm yet, so I might be of limited help.
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  3. American Leader

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    CJ I told you this could be additive, now you really have done it. Keep going and you'll fall in love! If you need anything let me know, maybe I can help.
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    Perfect choice to begin reloading, the tmag will serve you well. Great quality and the diversity of single stage or semi progressive loading makes the turret press a perfect first press as you will not tire from it quickly. After a few months i was loading 200 rds per hour on the tmag so production is not excessively time consuming. Enjoy and dont hesitate to ask questions, even though the lyman 49th really lays it out straight.
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    CampingJosh:

    You made the right choice of a press for beginning reloading. So many make the mistake of buying a single press to save a few bucks only to tire of the tedium of such a press. Yes, there are those that NEED to load single stage for their sporting needs (not me, I want full progressive and be able to load turret style and single stage with my Dillon RL550B).

    The other mistake many make is to go cheap. When it comes to reloading tools, cheap is cheap. Better tools work better and last longer.

    Good luck and have fun with reloading but do read the manuals and follow the recipes listed there. Deviating from them leads new reloaders to trouble and possible damage to themselves and their guns.

    LDBennett
  6. X Ring

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    I think you will be real happy with those few extras you picked up. The T Mag is a excellent choice. I remember my first press and what an exciting experience it was playing with all those new toys. Good luck, have fun and enjoy the most fascinating hobby I have been able to find anywhere. If you have any questions, I for one (along with many others here) will be happy to help if I can.
  7. CampingJosh

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    Got an e-mail today that it shipped out by UPS. Tracking info hasn't shown anything yet, so it's probably one of those "they printed the label and it will go out tomorrow" things. So Monday or Tuesday is looking pretty realistic.

    Next week is remarkably "light" for me this time of year, so hopefully I'll have a chance to get it set up and going. I'm so excited I'm almost giddy. :D
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    Like a kid at Christmas CJ! Your fun's only beginning. The word "Giddy" tells it all. Heck, you're makin me giddy for ya!
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    Congrats Josh! Now yer officially hooked!

    Like others have already said, that T-mag should be an excellent choice for a starter press.
    I know one guy with the earlier Special-T (predecessor to the T-mag) and he uses the heck out of it for handgun reloading. It doesn't have quite enough meat on the frame for big bottleneck rifle cartridges...you can see the turret or frame deflecting a bit on the big stuff, but I think they beefed things up when the redesigned it as the T-mag.

    Sounds like you got the Expert kit with the electronic scale option. :) Midway? I see they had em on sale this month for the same price as the beam scale kit.
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    I did get the expert kit with the electronic scale. I ordered from Optics Planet, which was still a bit cheaper than Midway's sale price (free shipping, plus Google can always find a 5% off coupon code).

    I placed an order for dies and some other stuff from Midway within two minutes of the Optics Planet order, so we'll see who has the faster shipping. I already got a shipping confirmation from Optics Planet, so it looks like they're ahead so far.
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  11. CampingJosh

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    OK, so I think I have my space (generally) set up. I have attached some pictures to show my new workspace.

    This one shows pretty much the whole room. The table at the back is fastened to the wall, and that's where I'm going to set up the press. I have a small shelf put together (sitting on the back table) for the scale, but I'm not sure just yet which wall I'm going to fasten it to. The table on the left will be used for cleaning, repairs, etc.

    Reloading Room 1.JPG

    The table to the left is 11 feet long, and the one in the back is 6 feet from the wall to the edge of the other table (8' 8" total). Each of the tables is 32" deep.

    Reloading Room 2.JPG

    For those of you who are sure to ask, the three spots on the floor under the back table are indeed toilet flanges. This building used to be a bath house, but the septic system was condemned (and replaced), so it had no real purpose for a long time. Now it's got some use again.

    Of course, the dog will likely be spending significant time with me (she likes to nap wherever I'm working), so I got her a small mat.

    Reloading Room 3.JPG

    Anyway, I'm probably going to add more shelving over time. Anything else I'm missing?
  12. jboo37

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    Man that looks great! You should have many hours of enjoyment there. I don't know where in the country you are, but do you have fans or a window unit? Have fun..
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    I do have a window unit, but I don't expect to need it often. This building is in continuous shade, and the concrete floor works to keep it pretty cool.

    I also work about 95 hours per week in June and July, so those are pretty much out anyway.

    I didn't mention it, but I redid the wiring in there, and every set of receptacles is on its own breaker.
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    I got the shipping confirmation from Midway just a few minutes ago. USPS, so it probably won't be updated beyond "electronic shipping info received" until it gets here. :rolleyes:

    So getting that made me check again the tracking info for Optics Planet. It was updated, and it was some really good news. :D Turns out Optics Planet ships from the Chicagoland area, so UPS Ground to me here near Indianapolis is an overnight delivery. I should have my Expert Deluxe Kit tomorrow afternoon!
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    Nice reloading room!
    Wish I had access to that much free space. Looks like you think ahead.
    Can't wait to see the same pic, all loaded with your new goodies.
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    I looked into getting a progressive press, but the only ones in my price range were made by Lee. I read somewhere awhile back that Lee is the "Harbor Freight of reloading tools" (it may have been you who said that), and it's stuck with me. I did order some smaller things from Lee (primer pocket cleaner, etc.) as I am trying to get something from each of the different tool makers to kind of get an idea of what I can expect, but I didn't want to go with a complete kit from them.

    I had a chance at making a trade for a Dillon Square Deal B, but I do intend to be loading rifle rounds by the end of the year, so I didn't really want to go that route, either.

    In the end, this kit looked like the best value that fit my needs.
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    I got the kit today. I unpacked it all out onto the table, and I thought about setting up some stuff, but I decided that I really need to read the manual first. No reason to tempt myself, right? :D

    So I'm through section 1 of the manual. Three more sections in the "how-to" part before I get to start trying this stuff out. I'm hoping to get that done before my dies get here, anyway.

    I'll be starting out with 9mm. The only bullets available here locally are Hornady XTPs at $22 per 100, so I will definitely be ordering. Even a lot of the starting loads for the lighter bullet weights are over 1000 FPS, so I'm thinking about ordering jacketed bullets (even though I know that's the more expensive route). Any suggestions on where to order my bullets?
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    Excited for ya !! May as well get the press out and start figuring out how/where you're going to mount it. I have my presses mounted direct to my bench now, but I've also mounted them to a 2x6 and then V-clamped them to my bench so that I could remove them quickly if I needed the workspace for something else.

    As far as bullets go, I'd suggest that you pick up a 500 or 1000ct of Berry's first and then try some others as you get more into the reloading process. You can order direct from Berry's ( free shipping if order is over $50) or they have them at Cabelas and Midway too.

    http://www.berrysmfg.com/product-i14474-c11-g8-b0-p0-9mm_115gr_RN.aspx
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    Why not pay plated prices for jacketed bullets? You can get that here - http://www.precisiondelta.com
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    CampingJosh:

    I normally use Rainier plated bullet but lately I have been using bulk packaged Winchester and Remington jacketed bullets for both 9mm and 45ACP. They are more expensive than plated bullets but less expensive than boxed premium bullets. You can load them to any power level in the manuals (eventually but not at first!). Plated bullets and lead bullets should be limited to 1000 FPS to avoid leading but it does not alway work with cast lead bullets of all exposed lead.

    A mistake I made when I first started reloading was to assume I would only ever own a 9mm pistol so I bought a Dillon Square Deal. I now have three large safes full of handguns AND rifles. I eventually went to the Dillon RL550B and it has been a superb press.

    LDBennett
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