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Ok I have my eye on a 500 S&W Handi Rifle,and decided to reload for it because some ammo is at least $2 a round ($40 a box of 20) Here is what I have picked out.

Powder:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1009326035/hodgdon-h110-smokeless-gun-powder

I am casting my own bullets for this one.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/26...um-501-diameter-440-grain-flat-nose-gas-check

Dies:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/326474/lee-carbide-3-die-set-500-s-and-w-magnum

press:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/807734/lee-reloader-single-stage-press

Primers:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/3083499429/tulammo-large-rifle-primers

brass:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/941582226/starline-reloading-brass-500-s-and-w

Is there anything else I ABSOLUTELY need I am doing this on a tight budget and just need the absolute bare essentials.Also I was not sure is they made different kinds of rifle primers,so if those primers will not fit the brass please post some that will fit.
 

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Welcome to TFF, Cashis!

Your bullets, primers, cases and powder choice all look good.

Need one of the reloading guru's to address the dies and press, though, as all my literature pre-dates this BODACIOUS round!
 

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Ok I have my eye on a 500 S&W Handi Rifle,and decided to reload for it because some ammo is at least $2 a round ($40 a box of 20) Here is what I have picked out.

Powder:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1009326035/hodgdon-h110-smokeless-gun-powder

I am casting my own bullets for this one.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/26...um-501-diameter-440-grain-flat-nose-gas-check

Dies:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/326474/lee-carbide-3-die-set-500-s-and-w-magnum

press:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/807734/lee-reloader-single-stage-press

Primers:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/3083499429/tulammo-large-rifle-primers

brass:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/941582226/starline-reloading-brass-500-s-and-w

Is there anything else I ABSOLUTELY need I am doing this on a tight budget and just need the absolute bare essentials.Also I was not sure is they made different kinds of rifle primers,so if those primers will not fit the brass please post some that will fit.
If they make it, a Lee factory crimp die would be helpful. I've used that same die set and with the bullets we used (speer 350 grain jacketed) they had a strong tendency to be seated a little crooked. Either the FCD or a better set of dies would help that situation.

One other suggestion would be to find another powder for less than full power loads. You may want to try something that doesn't kick the living [email protected] out of you! We used titegroup as there were very few choices previously. Nowadays I would look for a better alternate, such as unique or power pistol if you can find load data for those.
 

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If they make it, a Lee factory crimp die would be helpful. I've used that same die set and with the bullets we used (speer 350 grain jacketed) they had a strong tendency to be seated a little crooked. Either the FCD or a better set of dies would help that situation.

One other suggestion would be to find another powder for less than full power loads. You may want to try something that doesn't kick the living [email protected] out of you! We used titegroup as there were very few choices previously. Nowadays I would look for a better alternate, such as unique or power pistol if you can find load data for those.
Could you link me to a factory crimp die?or would I be fine with just the dies I have picked out?Also about the recoil on the Handi Rifle,I plan to fill the cavity in the stock with #8 lead shot to add a bit of weight to the rifle apparently it helps recoil on the 45-70 version of the rifle,so I assume it should work with the 500 S&W version.
 

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Cashis,
After a bit of research it doesn't look like LEE makes a factory crimp die in 500. This isn't a big problem as we made several hundred outstanding rounds without it. The way it would help you is that maybe one out of 20 rounds would seat a little cockeyed and not chamber. The FCD will smooth out small imperfections and make these usable rounds with little effort, but since we didn't have one we had to break them down and try again. With cast lead bullets this will probably be less of an issue for you than it was with jacketed.

Also even though the dies are carbide you will still need to lubricate the cases in order to size them. Doesn't take much lube, and not on every case, but maybe every other one is sufficient.

Another difference was that the cases didn't fit any of my universal loading blocks so I had to make a set out of wood. The cases are *much* thicker than any other pistol brass I have loaded for, so it took considerable force to resize the cases (then I tried the lubricant, easy easy after that)

Good luck and have fun with it! Please keep us posted on your progress.
 

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Cashis,
After a bit of research it doesn't look like LEE makes a factory crimp die in 500. This isn't a big problem as we made several hundred outstanding rounds without it. The way it would help you is that maybe one out of 20 rounds would seat a little cockeyed and not chamber. The FCD will smooth out small imperfections and make these usable rounds with little effort, but since we didn't have one we had to break them down and try again. With cast lead bullets this will probably be less of an issue for you than it was with jacketed.

Also even though the dies are carbide you will still need to lubricate the cases in order to size them. Doesn't take much lube, and not on every case, but maybe every other one is sufficient.

Another difference was that the cases didn't fit any of my universal loading blocks so I had to make a set out of wood. The cases are *much* thicker than any other pistol brass I have loaded for, so it took considerable force to resize the cases (then I tried the lubricant, easy easy after that)

Good luck and have fun with it! Please keep us posted on your progress.
Ok thanks for all the help.
 
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