janfmo2
janfmo2
4 posts
Joined February 2017

Where to begin...

The idea of reloading has been bouncing around my head for years. Now that I've decided to start, I have no idea where to begin, other than knowing to start here. I have no idea about powder, primers, which Dillon system to buy, caliber sets, conversion set ups, etc...
I primarily shoot handguns, 9mm, .40S&W, and .45 calibers. My collection of handgun brass is sufficient to start. I've been collecting it for several years. Hunting is the only time I use a rifle or shotgun; at some point I may want to work into reloading rifle ammunition, but not now.
So, I feel like I'm going to overwhelmed when I ask this, but here goes.....What is the best way to get into reloading and what products/equipment should I purchase first?

Thanks Everyone!
kb5tgs
kb5tgs
1 post
Joined February 2017

RE: Where to begin...

Since you are loading mostly for pistol I would look very hard at the RL 550 B. Its is a bit of money to spend but what you get for the money is a unsurpassed simple to use loader of the highest quality made by anyone by my opinion. My 550 in it's 40th year and has never broken down on me. You can pick up a used rock chucker single stage press pretty cheap on ebay its slow having to change dies out for each step but it works great. Single stage press is what I started with almost a half century ago. I still load on it for rifle target loads. I do load my 223 AR rounds on my 550 since I don't use for a target rifle. I also would use the carbon pistol die sets removing the need to lube the case. I do find that if you clean you brass really good it helps the resizing die run so much easier and doesn't mark up the brass cases I liquid tumble mine with the SS pins using dawn and a small amount of lemon Stay bright powder in the water. The Dillon loader will come with 1 caliber set up of what ever you choose. Other caliber conversions are extra. Hope this helps.
William Morris