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I'm brand new to reloading. My dad set me up with a RCBS single stage and some if his equipment from years ago, its enough to see if I'm into it or not. Ive been doing research on progressive presses and have one picked out. I'm going to wait on buying it though, going to learn the art before I go crazy. My dad and another old school friend of mine are here to guide me a bit, but they mainly loaded big rifle stuff and I'm hardcore into 1911's & glocks!

Now, where do I find bullets and brass in stock? Im not sure which powders im going To use yet , but i need primers too. I'm a frequent customer of midwayusa, they have terrible inventory right now because of recent events. Being a youngster I've grown up with technology and I google everything constantly. I'm just having terrible luck finding things in stock.
 

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I would ask fellow shooters in yer area. If that don't work go to yer lgs and ask the proprietor he should know of a place in yer area.
 

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Good luck! Right now everything is hit or miss with miss being prodominent. Try your LGS, Bass Pro, Cabelas, ect., in person as they get stuff dribbiling in. Primers have been hard to get now for a few months and now the lead and brass as caught up with the primers. Also if there is any gun shows by you, check them out but there has been stories of some heavy price gouging. Hopefully in a couple of months things will start to get back in stock.
 

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http://www.grafs.com/
http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/
http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/
http://www.wideners.com/index.cfm

Here a a few of the ones I use most frequently. The only problem is that you will probably have about the same luck with these as you did with Midwy. Every place is just about sold out of every thing.

I would suggest that you buy your primers and powder locally. Haz-mat fees are kind of high and make the overall price a lot higher than some place that buys large quantities. Welcome to the OTHER addiction involved in shooting!
 

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I found these at midway for $66 per 500 Rainier LeadSafe Bullets 45 Caliber (451 Diameter) 200 Grain Plated Round Nose
I've always shot 230 grain, and I'm not sure about the lead safe part...
 

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And thanks for all the responses. It truly is addicting, I'm hooked and haven't even pulled my first lever yet!! I have a meager supply of brass to get me going , found Remington unfired unprimed brass for $139 a 500.... Not sure about that , add in the 500 of bullets i posted above and that already makes it a few $.00 higher per round then factory ammo without my time , powder and primer figured in
 

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I found these at midway for $66 per 500 Rainier LeadSafe Bullets 45 Caliber (451 Diameter) 200 Grain Plated Round Nose
I've always shot 230 grain, and I'm not sure about the lead safe part...
Not sure why Rainier uses the term "Lead Safe", but they are lead bullets. They are soft lead with a very thin electroplating of copper. Maybe they call them Lead Safe because there is no exposed lead at the base like jacketed bullets.
Here is a better deal for true jacketed bullets. If you can wait 6+ weeks.
http://precisiondelta.com/detail.php?sku=B-45-230-FMJ
 

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STAYFROSTY:

A couple of things:

Plated bullets are "Lead Safe" for use in in door ranges. When the bullet hits the back stop it does not fracture and create lead dust. I just kind of distorts, encase in the plating.

When you do decide to go progressive don't cheap out. A lot of things happen at once to at least three different cartridges on the press table. If anything goes wrong it can be a nightmare to get it all back right with the risk that one gets through without a primer or without powder. Don't put too much concern on whether the press is auto indexing or not. The auto indexing just adds another layer of complication that can lead to big problems if it fails to work perfectly every time. The most press for the money with the best reputation and the most history of good performance is the Dillion RL550B. Buying the least expensive progressive you can find is a recipe for frustration.

Also remember that a good craftsman needs good tools. Cheaping out on reloading dies and accessories may get you less than good results and often with a bit of frustration thrown in to boot. Better tools last longer too.

LDBennett
 

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Ld, the Dillon 550b is the one I had picked out, come to find out I called my grandfather and asked him what he has, he pulled the cover off and said well its blue, ( I was like yes, hit the jackpot please be a dillon) he said well I can't read it hold on, I know it's a good one I haven't used it in 7 or 8 years. Dillon. Yeah it's a Dillon.

So he didn't know the model number, but it is a dillon progressive and its mine to use anytime I want . When I get a chance in going to go check it out . I just have to come up with some dies, bullets, primers and powder lol. And a up to date book. Maybe one day soon I can get this going
 

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I have a Hornady LNL and Dillon 1050 and I have to say the Dillon is the best. If you want to spend as little of your time loading as possible it is hard to beat the 1050.
I used and process a lot of military brass and the 1050 is the only press I know that will swag the case right on the press. That is a time saver for me and I like that I can put a military brass on my press and finish the bullet without any other steps. I use the GSI for bullet feeding and it works great.
 
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your caliber will have a lot to say as to powder type and amount. I'm sure your questions will be answered here when it comes time to start re-loading ( it's really fun)
 

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I found these at midway for $66 per 500 Rainier LeadSafe Bullets 45 Caliber (451 Diameter) 200 Grain Plated Round Nose
I've always shot 230 grain, and I'm not sure about the lead safe part...
Stay frosty welcome to the forum, and welcome to the addiction called reloading. As gdmoody said try to buy powder, and primers local to save on hazemate fees. As for bullets here's my go to sites.

**Xtreme Plated bullets**Great company, and great CS. They are also cheaper than Rainier, and a very popular bullet in the competition world. They also offer 5%, and 10% discounts through ou the year.
http://www.xtremebullets.com

**RMR Bullets** Great company, Great CS, cheaper than Rainier, often cheaper than XTreme, Free Shipping, quality bullet, offers pulled bullets too! RMR had their own brand of plated bullets "RMR Thickly Plates Bullets". I am very pleased with this plated bullet!
http://www.shop.rmrbullets.com

**Bayou Bullets** this has been my go to bullet of late for all my pistol loads! They are super accurate, cheaper than Xtreme, and RMR when purchased in large bulk like 3300 ct. *This is a HI TEK coated lead bullet. They are just as safe as plated, super slick, and very accurate. This company, and Black Bullets International have taken USPSA by storm the last few years. The owner Donnie Miculek is the brother of the famous Jerry Miculek! He's a SUPER nice guy, and a first rate company!!
http://www.bayoubullets.net

**Black Bullets International** I have never used these bullets, but a lot of guys like them. They are pretty much the same bullet as the Bayou Bullet. They just use black HI TEK coating instead of green, or gold.
https://www.blackbulletsinternational.com/product-store.html

Most of these companies will sell you a sample pack of 100 or 250 to try out. Get a sample pack or small pack first to try out, and see what you like. Then order in bulk there after. I order my Bayou Bullets usually 6600 at a time (two 3300 bulk packs).
 
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