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« Reply #50 on: November 30, 2011, 07:47:36 pm »
I load using a lee turret press, my only complaint is the plastic auto advancer.
I pulled the steel rod out of the mechanism and advance it by hand.
Never had an issue with it, I load .45acp, .44, .45-70, and have loaded .357.
I have my dies for .300WM and .308.
For starting out, I would have no problem suggesting it.
I think mine was less than $150 and came with a set of dies and a balance type powder scale.

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    « Reply #51 on: December 01, 2011, 12:24:58 am »
    I also started with a Lee Turret, had the same problem with the auto-indexer, and would also recommend it.

    I also figured out pretty quick that the "starter kit" is sorely lacking in things you need. I have never used that balance scale that came with the kit. I bought a digital.

    Now I forget what it came with and what it didn't. But there was definitely stuff missing. I probably could have produced complete cartridges, but not as advertised.

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    « Reply #52 on: December 01, 2011, 12:37:28 am »
    First things first, I need more money and more guns...  Emphasis on the money part.
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    « Reply #53 on: December 01, 2011, 01:50:40 am »
    I helped a friend get started in reloading this last summer.  He bought the Lee Anniversary Kit.  The press was adequate, and their on-press priming method was kind of interesting, and seemed to work well.  He was loading .38 Specials.  The one complaint I had with what he got was the beam scale.  It would not hold zero very well at all.

    Personally, I use a 30-year-old RCBS beam scale.  It works fine for me.  It's what I started with, and it still works fine.

    If you want a digital scale, that would be fine too.  Just make sure it is GOOD.  And by GOOD, I don't necessarily mean expensive.  Some of the ones out there won't hold zero well or they start out zeroed then drift.  And if you don't catch the drift right off the bat, you can have serious issues right now.  That's part of why I stick with the beam scale.  It won't go out of balance unless I move it to a different location.  And then I simple zero it to the new location.  Done.


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    « Reply #54 on: December 04, 2011, 07:27:29 am »
    Get a single stage press for starters, like the Lee Challenger or RCBS Partner - you'll always use it later even when you "graduate" to as progressive. Works for load development, loading rifle ammo for accuracy instead of volume, and what I use it for the most - my de-priming station with a universal decapper die. I always clean my brass before I load it - even if it looks clean. You can pick up tools and die sets as you go along. Start simple.

    As for saving your brass - make sure it's Boxer primed and not Berdan, like most mil-surp Commie or Euro stuff is.
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