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Title: What all would i need
Post by: fuzztsimmers on April 03, 2010, 07:19:37 PM
to start reloading for my .222 since ammo is kind of sparse around here. I also wonder how much I would need to drop for a decent setup. And also what some good reading for it would be.
Title: Re: What all would i need
Post by: MOSPARKY on April 04, 2010, 01:54:03 AM
Start with a reloading manual. They have a whole section devoted to safety and directions. Pay very close attention to the safety. They say no distractions, they mean none. A brain fart while you are reloading can have devistating or deadly results.
 A good read on how to and the equipment can be seen here ( (

 As for equipment, Most all the common names are good or they wouldn't still be there. This is another area where you can spend as much as you want or almost as little. It can be done with hand dies and powder dippers ( I think less than $50) or RCBS rockchucker kit with a few extras for maybe $400, or a Dillion Blue Press with auto everything for more than I want to think about. It comes down to what you're willing (able) to spend and how big a hurry you are in. Spend all day loading 100 rds=hand dies, 100 rounds in a couple hours= Press kit, several hundred rounds in a couple hours=Dillion.

Title: Re: What all would i need
Post by: fuzztsimmers on April 04, 2010, 02:51:07 AM
So basically you think a manual should be my first purchase. That sounds pretty do able.
Title: Re: What all would i need
Post by: Big58cal on April 04, 2010, 12:36:56 PM
Yep, start with a manual. O0  You'll need one anyway, and they've got a lot of practical info in there to start with.

How "into" reloading are you planning on getting?  Once you've got an answer to that question, then that will dictate what kind of set up you'll need.  If you're only going to be doing the one caliber, then a hand die will be the most feasible.  If you're wanting to start reloading some others, then an RCBS press might be a good one to start with.

On down the road, if you really get into reloading, then you can either sell or pass the RCBS down to someone else and get you a more expensive press. O0