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    For what it's worth, I started reloading with a couple of lee hand presses. Kept using them up until very recently, I didn't need anything else until I got into IPSC and pistol shooting, so now invested in a progressive. The hand presses are great though, get a bunch of bushings and swapping dies is a snap. Also very portable and you can process brass anywhere from the couch watching TV to a park bench watching, umm, birds. Also once you decide to move on to a more serious press all your dies etc. are still useful.

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    Well lets see...

    I have a 30-30 so that'll definitely need full length resizing.
    I got the Hirtenberger 308... I'm guessing because the casing is sometime sticky,I'll need to resize them.
    I got a .223 for hunting small game like coyote and wolf. I'll mostly practice with that as the ammo is cheaper. However I haven't got any reloadable brass yet. I am currently using Barnaul.
    I got a 9mm and 45 ACP but they can go cheap.
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    I don't know if you're on the other site or not but there's one on the EE with a bunch of extras as well. The guy also has die sets for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IJ22 View Post
    I don't know if you're on the other site or not but there's one on the EE with a bunch of extras as well. The guy also has die sets for sale.
    I'm only here and on Glock ID.
    not familiar with EE...
    Anyways I don't have EMT set up so it is going to be face to face and that means the seller has to be in the Toronto area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linung View Post
    Well lets see...

    I have a 30-30 so that'll definitely need full length resizing.
    I got the Hirtenberger 308... I'm guessing because the casing is sometime sticky,I'll need to resize them.
    I got a .223 for hunting small game like coyote and wolf. I'll mostly practice with that as the ammo is cheaper. However I haven't got any reloadable brass yet. I am currently using Barnaul.
    I got a 9mm and 45 ACP but they can go cheap.
    I just full-length resize everything, and keep it simple and without problems in repeating actions.

    Just get set up for one cartridge first, and reload for it for a little while. If reloading suits you, then pick up dies and shell holders slowly, one cartridge at a time. No rush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shootist1873 View Post
    The cartridge case is 50% of the cost of most factory ammunition, and can be reloaded up to 10 times on average. Revolver brass seems to last longer. Rifle brass less.
    so how do you tell when the brass has reached the end of life?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IJ22 View Post
    I don't know if you're on the other site or not but there's one on the EE with a bunch of extras as well. The guy also has die sets for sale.
    Buying used die sets can be a risk.

    Sometimes the resizing dies are badly scratched if not a carbide die. Seems like used dies at gun shows cost nearly as much as new dies, or are used and abused junk if cheap.

    Not all of them, I'm sure, but that has been my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linung View Post
    so how do you tell when the brass has reached the end of life?
    Keep track of how many times a batch of brass has been fired. Problems will probably start to occur after maybe six reloads with high pressure rifle brass. Lower pressure rifle brass like .30-30 may last as long as handgun brass.

    You inspect the brass for signs of cracking or head separation. Cases will show tiny cracks at the case mouth, or sometimes in the body.
    Rifle brass in particular might show signs of cracking just above the case head where the neck begins to thin out.

    Reloading manuals are a necessity, even with on-line loads listed at various sites. The entire process, including case inspection, is detailed in them.

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    On that note any recommendations for a good solid manual?
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    Lee, Hornady, Lyman, ABCs of Reloading (good instructions, but no load data).
    Alliant and Western Powders books have just load data, no instructions.
    Don't blame me, I didn't vote for that clown. Oct 20, '15

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