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hey i am 15 and want to start reloading i shoot alot and this would pay off but i dont know what to tell my parents to buy me for christmas there is a website called www.redding-reloading.com and click on online catalogue and go to reloading kits i dont know what all i have to have to do it it is called the boss pro pack for $324.00 i would appreciate it if yall would check it out and tell me what yall think

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That doesn't seem like too good a deal to me! Your going to need a good powder dump and a case trimmer. Thats extra in the stuff your looking at. Check out the RCBS kits. The RCBS Rock Chucker Single Stage Press Master Reloading Kit from Midway USA looks like a good deal for alot less money. Stay away from the Lee stuff, Their dies are ok but in my opinion most of there equipment is junk. I bought a Lee aniversary kit once and ended up throwing most of it away.
 

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Find a teacher!

Craig: You might want to ask around your town to see if anyone else reloads. Check the gun shops in the area and even put up a card or two. When I first started my neighbor took me under his wing and showed me enough to keep me out of serious trouble. Reading is good, but actually watching some else doing something and then doing it yourself under a watchful eye --- better!

Good luck! What part of Ak are you in?
 

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youll see a lot of people on here bad mouthing lee stuff but I dont think youd go wrong buying the lee master kit. The stuff isnt top of the line but its all serviceable and its a cheap way to get into reloading. It will last quite a few years and if you find you really enjoy it you can allways update some of the material. that way you can find out what you like in equipment. You may end up wanting a progressive press ect. I have alot of lee stuff mixed in with my gear and I still use it almost daily
 

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Craig - Read Daveinthebush's post again. That's probably the best advice you can get. When I started reloading I knew too much to be slowed down by anybody. Many stuck and dented cases later I found a person with experience to guide me and what a difference! Kemp's a small place, but there must be a few reloaders in the area willing to help.
Unlike some others, I like Lee products. For the money, they can get you started pretty well. Later, if your interest continues, you can upgrade.
 

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hey thank yall

i dont know ANYTHING about it i dont even now what a tumbler is or anything i dont really care about saving money i just think it would be fun to reload,i dont know what kind of powder or anything. what do you mean lube my shells? see i just had an idea that it would be fun and cool to do it and a good hobby or something to do. kemp is a real small place there is no one i know who reloads there is no gunshops in kemp the closest one is about 20 miles and i have no car or nothing and my mom dont like driving me no where i know i can get them to buy me tghe stuff i need for christmas i just need to know what all i need as long as i can get EVERYTHING i need for under or at $ 450.00 preferably under well ttyl and thanks for all the reply, bot yall sure can reply fast oh and i live in texas not ak

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AKA Craig said:
i dont know ANYTHING about it i dont even now what a tumbler is or anything i dont really care about saving money i just think it would be fun to reload,i dont know what kind of powder or anything. what do you mean lube my shells? see i just had an idea that it would be fun and cool to do it and a good hobby or something to do. kemp is a real small place there is no one i know who reloads there is no gunshops in kemp the closest one is about 20 miles and i have no car or nothing and my mom dont like driving me no where i know i can get them to buy me tghe stuff i need for christmas i just need to know what all i need as long as i can get EVERYTHING i need for under or at $ 450.00 preferably under well ttyl and thanks for all the reply, bot yall sure can reply fast oh and i live in texas not ak

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If you get the stuff I told you to get, the cost should be around $310. You will need a set of dies and a shell holder for each caliber you are planning on reloading.

Before you start worrying about all the details, read the reloading manual that comes with the set at least three times. Then if you have questions, do not be afraid to ask...

Throwing powser, cases, primers and bullets together comes later in the game...
 

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:D Lot of good info here fur sure. The first thing you need is all the info you can handle before you spend a nickle. Dean Grennell authored a book called The ABC's of Reloading that I consider to be great for beginners. Some of the info you need to attain about loading makes for some very dry reading but Mr. Grennell lightens it up quite a bit. As an example, to paraphrase an excerpt from the book he states that although most people think that booze and gunpowder don't mix, he's discovered that it actually does mix but tastes like #$%^.

Get this book and read it, then get on here and ask questions. At 15 you'll catch on to reloading quicker than us antiques catch on to these dumb computers.
 

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yeah

i can get my mom to buy the stuff i just have to give her my money how much does powder and primers cost,oh by the way it is a .270 i might also reload for a .222 and a .223 possibly a 30/30 but i am going to do my .270 for sure if i buy the manaul and my mom and dad dont get me it for christmas then what do i do? guess i will know about it if i ever buy it myself i cant buy it myself i will have to get the kit that that riccardillo guy told me to get it says it comes with a manual i will get it then if i get the stuff for CHRISTmas but i would ike to read some stuff on the net about it well ttyl oh and by the way thanks for all yalls help i really appreciate it

oh what exactly is die?

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One place to look.

1. Read the information at the sites that I gave you.
2. Make a list of the equipment that you will need.
3. You can try E-bay, of course your parents will have to let you use a credit card. There is a lot of reloading equipment for sale there.
4. You could pay your parents back after each piece, as kind of a "good faith" gesture.
5. If your unsure of the items on ebay are any good, do a post here and ask the guys of their opinions on the items. I bought a really great press there for a good price. Check the bid prices out by shopping for the item on the internet. For instance: I need some more .35 Whelen brass. There was some for sale but Midway had brand new brass for sale for slightly more. Sometimes better to spend a little more and be safe.
6. Most of us here have built our equipment up over the years. I started from scratch a few years back after loosing all my equipment. I bought a Lyman hand press for $19 new. I can't tell you how much I reloaded on that little thing untill I could afford a press again.
7. Good things come to those that wait. Be patient.

I can't tell you what components cost down there. A 1 lb. can of powder in my town is $28. But if you think you are remote, try Alaska!
 

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AKA,
I had to start out on a budget and got the Lee Anniversary set ( I am married, if I was 15 I would have been able to afford much better :wink: ). My advice would be to start small and work your way up. I have been fairly pleased with my kit and have loaded about 3000 rounds of pistol ammo with it. I purchase the primers and powder from the Outdoor World that I am fortunate enough to be nearby. If you have to mailorder the powder and primers you had better order in bulk, because you have to pay the extra money for HazMat shipping per box and primers and powder cannot be shipped in the same box. Get one of your friends that has a license to take you to a good gun shop that carries this stuff. The rest you can get online. These fellas have given you some very good advice already, I hope this helps some. Most of all, be careful. Pay attention to what you are doing and don't be distracted. Pay particular attention to not double charging your cases. Good luck.
 

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I'm too newbiotic to give any info on reloading itself,(I just started late last year,) but if you need any books on anything check eBay! Got two of my books there and they were dirt cheap. Ebay gets so many books on the site that they all go for bargain prices.
 

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anyone hear back from Craig?? Would be nice to see how he's doing. And does anyone know what Kent, TX is close to? He might want to make a road trip to see the reloading in action. I know there are enough of us in TX that would give him a "show and tell" for a day.
 

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Craig, and others,
Be sure you use reloading manuals correctly. Be sure to use the manual for the BULLET to be loaded. Bullet weights may be the same, but more data is taken into consideration other than weight when data is developed.

For instance: For Nosler bullets, use Nosler's information, not Sierra's, Hornady's or someone else's.
 
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