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I was just wondering, lots of people say i should reload, i shoot about a box of shells a month out of my 270, but i honestly dont know crap about reloading.
I just have heard its cheaper if u shoot alot, how much money (canadian) would it cost to buy half fast desent equipment and is it hard to learn?

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Somehow we got two different post going here and in firearms. I dn't check "relaoding" before answering in "firearm"
I havn't bought reloading equipment(harware) in almost thirty years. I check and get back to you here.

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Good Press $ 150.00
Set of dies $ 38.00
Scale $105.00
shell holder $ 7.50
Deburring tool $ 8.00
case lube $ 3.50
case block $ 3.00
calibres $20.00

If I missed anything here in haste it is something five bucks or so.
I was a few bucks on the high side for powder & bullets in my other post.

I would be checking with others reloaders who may be getting out of it for vaious reason..There are great deals out there and now would be a great time to start looking around.

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oh ok, thanks. ill probly check around some. I might buy a manual just to look at for now and see what its all about. thanks alot though.

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You should do it. Take a class offered by an NRA certified instructor. Then buy or make a sturdy reloading bench. You'll need a good working space to reload, a quite dry basement works well. Don't buy a junk inexpensive kit to start out with. I made that mistake years ago when I started out with a Lee kit. The Lee press and their dies are great, but I've been disappointed with their other equipment. Eventually replaced all my Lee equipment with RCBS and Lyman tools (except for the Lee press, I still use that).

RCBS sells a kit. It's well worth the money. Once you get into it, you find that you can reload for about 1/3 the price of a box of 20 rounds. Have fun and be safe.

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Sound's like Hammer got prices for the better grade tools, good thing to do if it's in your budget. I bought my son a Lee kit for about $80 complete with one set of dies. It works well for him but I wouldn't trade for my RCBS and Redding tools!

What I don't like most about the set he has is the powder scale. I'd throw that away and get a decent one. The powder measure work's well enough but the thing I like is that the barrel comes off very easy to MTY it when done. I don't give a lot of thought to a powder measure as I weight every charge with extruded type powders and ball powders meter so well that a better measure seems to be more a matter of convience. I've tried out his Lee dies and am not crazy about them, meaning I'm not going to go get some for myself but you have nothing to compare them to, they work well and they are inexpensive. I suspect their better than I give them credit for being.

With all the negative's said, you can get started and reload jaust as good hunting ammo as anyone with the Lee kit and add an RCBS 505 scale for about $130. As you develope yourself, you can alway's up grade or you may find no need to.

Maybe one thing else I would suggest. Get an RCBS powder trickler. Drill a few small holes near the bottom of the base then push small nails in the holes. Now melt some lead and fill the base with it. Boy that set's on a table well.

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Don:
You guys got the best prices, no doubt. I trim all my cases by hand, with a deburring tool. Powder measurer is a dessert bowl and a spoon. Yes, I have a powder trickler.
I bet you don't weigh your cases, I check every one. I had a case one time that was about 20 grains lighter than the rest. Obviously a quality control problem but it bothered me ever since.
One old fella to another " Keep you Powder dry" Laugh Laugh Laugh

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Hey Buddy as a matter of fact I do weigh my cases! Well used to. Just couldn't justify it all the time anymore. When I first started doing that I tried to get enough to make 20 rounds all the same exact weight.. Back then it took a lot of cases to get 20 weighing the same!

I used to weigh bullets too but have found that good bullet's are so close it's not worth my time either. Try weighing a box of sierra bullets sometime, boy are they good! Someone should make a powder measure that throw's extruded powder that consistently!

I used to use a bowl and a spoon for a trickler. Boy have times changed.

We're not "old guy's", we are "Experienced Gentlemen with impecable taste!". Shame on You!

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If you wear out that spoon, let me know, I'll see what I can get one here for. Brick Wall,)

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Last time I looked. An RCBS Rockchucker kit could be picked up for $225. Add a pound of powder at about $22 a pound. A box of primer at $8 per hundred. A box of bullets for $15 and you've got enough components for a hundred loads. Hopefully you've been saving the cases.

At your rate of shooting. It will take about 2 yrs to break even. Then you'll start saving. About a third the cost per 20 rounds.
If you take care in loading you should be able to get as many as five loads from a case.
A pound of powder is 7000 grs. The average load is between 55 and 60 grs for a standard round. You can also buy powder in a 5 pound cannister for a bit less per pound.
You can buy a brick of primers for a bit less per 100. ( Ten packs of 100 )

Lee dies used to come with a measure scoop. I still use a couple of the scoops and a clear glass dessert bowl. If you tap the scoop just right. The granules slide right into the scale pan. For a perfect measure. Great stuff.

What's a powder trickler? Big smile

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What's a powder trickler?

My dog when he's visited one bush to many!!!!!!!!! Yes

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Don:
Thanks for the spoon offer, but I think I have an extra..

But here's a deal just for you: I have an RCBS DU-O-MEARSURE that I got decades ago and never used, still in original box.

If you can use it, send me a PM with a mailing address and I'll send it to you free of charge.
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