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Old January 19th, 2021, 05:49 PM #1
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Investment to Setup Reload Home station

Wanted to get some feedback on home reloading. I have been interested in it for some time. Thought, I would wait until retirement but the way things are, sooner may be better.
I typically prefer to pay a little more upfront and get something, that will last. Also I want to spend money on equipment that will keep the process as regimented/easy as possible.
Equipment needed? Any recommendations on brands to purchase? Tools, that may not jump out at me until I'm in the middle of my first reload?

Should I just go online and order or is there a good dealer near Frederick MD that would give me good information and carry the products I need. I read about Hafer's near Hagerstown have not been there but its on my list.

Thoughts and comments very much appreciated.
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Old January 19th, 2021, 05:56 PM #2
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Take a look at this sticky "https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=137551" many of your questions may be found there. You will most likely get some items from both local sources and on the web. However ALL supplies are hard to find right now and are dang high when you do find them. Good luck as you start down the rabbit hole.
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Reloading is a great deal of fun.
there many press tools to choose from as well plenty of vids on how to use them.
if you don't vary to much into boutique calibers there is loads (pun) of data at easy reach.
you may want to check the price of primers before you begin.
that alone may deter you,
$600.00 + for a thousand rounds dose not scare you off
you may get some satisfaction out of it
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Depends a lot on you. What do you want to reload, how many, how fast. Do you want things fast? Can get a simple press for $100 or a high end Dillon for $1,000.

Wet clean or dry clean? Lots of options and few people all go the same way.

That said, it is VERY hard to get anything now so I would take your time to read for the next year or more. Maybe, find someone set up to see how they are doing it and if you would like a similar set up.
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I have used a one arm bandit Hornaday for 40 years, after about 30 years I bought a new one 10 tears ago. You can do a basic set up for 500 bucks to start and build from there. I do recommend you spend the coin to purchase matched dies, a little more cost but you get a better product.
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As prior posters have indicated, a clearer picture of what you want to accomplish would aid in advising for your purchasing decisions. A good set-up/components to crank out loads of blasting ammo would be significantly different than equipment purchases made to do a much smaller number of precision handloads. But either way, I would personally advise you consider starting with a low-end (low-cost i.e. Partner press) single threaded die type press to learn the basics. Then invest in a "system" that is better focused on your particular goals.

And as others have also said, if you are trying to avoid the ammo shortage, you'll find MANY die sets, primers, powders and bullets are simply not available right now.
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Thanks for the info. please keep it coming. I truly enjoy tracking down the info and making comparisons, asking questions. I have not started the pricing part of my review, assumed I would save some money loading my own, but not the driving factor for getting into it. After reading the suggested sticky link, (Kudos to the author nicely done), I am enjoying searching and reading about the Dillon progressive press.
But WOW, that's a lot of money, for primers! I may take some additional time to put together my shopping list!
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I'd get a Lee Hand Primer, if you can find primers...
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Thanks for the info. please keep it coming. I truly enjoy tracking down the info and making comparisons, asking questions. I have not started the pricing part of my review, assumed I would save some money loading my own, but not the driving factor for getting into it. After reading the suggested sticky link, (Kudos to the author nicely done), I am enjoying searching and reading about the Dillon progressive press.
But WOW, that's a lot of money, for primers! I may take some additional time to put together my shopping list!
As others have stated, what do you want to load? If you want match grade, precision rifle rounds tailored to your exact rifle, you can be up and running for <$200. Granted, you'll be making 10-15rds per hour, but they will be precise. If you want to pump out 500rds per hour of plinking 9mm, it is a completely different ballgame.
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