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  1. #11
    Lee do some half decent gear to get you started, and for the money you can't beat it. Just add a decent set of scales.

  2. #12
    a lot of guys start with lee anniversary kit and it gets you up and running.if your happy taking the time and making 1 moa ammo go for it. if you feel your going to get all involved with making more accurate ammo then get the best you can afford .redding s type comp dies ,gem pro scales, decent press etc .

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    redding s type comp dies
    For use in a bog standard off the shelf stalking rifle they are overkill.

  4. #14
    You certainly don't need the less than perfectly engineered micrometer adjustment offered by these dies but once you've used a bushing die you'll not want to revert to the agricultural expander ball method of neck sizing.

    Only my view of course.

    K

  5. #15
    I would suggest you buy the RCBS reloading DVD's and watch them before doing anything else

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by enfieldspares View Post
    For use in a bog standard off the shelf stalking rifle they are overkill.

    not at all.you allready perhaps don't have the most accurate rifle out there. no point overworking brass and building in run out too.just because the rifle is not custom does not mean you can't run great ammo.i would say at sub 200 its a cheap fix.i tried hornady dies in a 243.the sized the necks down 10 thou and the opened them back up 7 thou dragging an out of centre expander back through.why would you do that ?brass will last no where near as long and ammo will be worse not to mention it was a ball ache to use taking any enjoyment out of loading.

  7. #17
    If you're not doing large quantities of reloading then the Lee classic loader sets are very good and only about 40.

    You can only neck size with these kits so if you have multiple rifles of the same caliber you'll need to separate your brass between the different rifles so that you keep the fire formed cases matched with the right chamber.

    That kit plus some scales, some calipers, some basic home tools (hammer) and a case trimmer will give you everything you need to develop a good load for your rifle for a pretty minimal outlay.

    Its not the fastest kit to crank out large quantities of finished rounds but once you get into it you can produce about a round per minute so an hour one evening should give you more than enough ammo for an afternoon on the range, or indeed to last you a long time stalking depending on how many deer you shoot per year!
    If you're shooting badly, you need a new gun. If you're shooting well then you deserve a new gun.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by stubear View Post
    If you're not doing large quantities of reloading then the Lee classic loader sets are very good and only about 40.

    You can only neck size with these kits so if you have multiple rifles of the same caliber you'll need to separate your brass between the different rifles so that you keep the fire formed cases matched with the right chamber.

    That kit plus some scales, some calipers, some basic home tools (hammer) and a case trimmer will give you everything you need to develop a good load for your rifle for a pretty minimal outlay.

    Its not the fastest kit to crank out large quantities of finished rounds but once you get into it you can produce about a round per minute so an hour one evening should give you more than enough ammo for an afternoon on the range, or indeed to last you a long time stalking depending on how many deer you shoot per year!
    That is how I started reloading, and producing super accurate (as in consistently holes-touching) ammo with only a tiny amount of experimentation. Done this way, your whole reloading ensemble will fit into a container about the size of shoe box. Add a small cheap arbor press to use in place of the hammer, and the same kit becomes more-or-less silent and remains portable and useable anywhere you can set up on a flat surface. If you are only reloading for one rifle it's a great way to start, and if you get the urge to continue and upgrade to a regular press then any extra tools you've bought continue to be useful.

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