Getting into handloading, is this a good deal?

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by stitchclimber, May 5, 2008.

  1. Alright so I want to start reloading. I know that I should read a couple of good books on the subject before I start, but I have a guy offering to sell me some of his stuff and I need to know if its a decent deal or not.

    here's the last email I got from him:

    "i have an extra set of used reloading equipment that i am looking to sell most of it is RCBS i have everything you would need to get started press, trimmer, powder measurer, scale and all the other small stuff, also have some dies for 357 and about 200rounds of brass. i am asking $125 for everything so let me know if your interested."

    What do you guys think? I'm hoping to reload .357, .38spl, 9mm, 45acp, 40 S&W, .223, .308, and 30-06 eventually.

    Also, I saw this list on midway as a must for a beginner reloader, do you guys think its accurate? would you add or take anything away from it?


    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Recommended Products for the Beginning Reloader
    (Rifle & Pistol)
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    1. Reloading Manual: Accurate Arms, A-Square, Barnes, Hodgdon, Hornady, Lapua, Lee, Lyman, Nosler, Sierra, SPG, Speer and Vihtavouri.
    2. Press: Single Stage, Turret or Progressive
    3. Dies
    4. Shell holders (if the die set doesn't have them)
    5. Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler: Media, Polish, Sifter, Bucket and Clear Lid
    6. Frankford Arsenal Loading Block (caliber specific)
    7. Frankford Arsenal Case Lube (you won't need if using carbide dies)
    8. Case Neck Brush
    9. Dial Calipers: Stainless Steel or Electronic
    10. Case Trimmer
    11. Frankford Arsenal Deburring Tool
    12. Primer Pocket Cleaner
    13. Primer Tray
    14. Priming Tool (if the press doesn't come with a primer attachment)
    15. Powder Scale
    16. Powder Funnel
    17. Powder Trickler
    18. Powder Measure (nice for faster powder charges)
    19. Frankford Arsenal Bullet Puller
    20. Frankford Arsenal CB/Plastic Ammo boxes and labels
    Components: MidwayUSA sells everything you need to reload.
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  2. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    It seems to be a fair price. The list is a good one.
     

  3. runfiverun

    runfiverun G&G Evangelist

    that is a fair price
    and that list will do most of what needs done.
    was there a case trimmer in there? there is you will have to add very little to up and going.
     
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  4. Midas

    Midas Chief Troll B' Gone Forum Contributor

    While not everything on that list is absolutely necessary, it seems to have all of the basic requirements.
     
  5. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

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    I am not real fond of all Frankford accesories but they are ok.I would use other brands.Just my opinion,good list. sam.
     
  6. gandog56

    gandog56 G&G Evangelist

    Wish he would have said if the scale was a balance or a digital one.
     
  7. I can email him... which is better? digital?
     
  8. deadman03

    deadman03 G&G Addict

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    i dont like that he isnt specific in what everything is, but it sounds like a realy good price for RCBS stuff. i prefer Lee stuff because its cheaper, but i dont think it matters unless your buying new.
    for a reloading manual i would recommend Modern Realoding (second edition) by Richard Lee, it has tons of listings, and is only 13.99 @ midwayusa.com right now, but its on backorder expected 5/18/08.
    hodgdon has a helpful website it use if you are using there powder.

    p.s. digital is a lot nicer and faster, but a balance scale is much simpilar and is much less likely to fail or be inacurite. but if its a good digital scale there should be no concern.
     
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  9. for a reloading manual i would recommend Modern Realoding (second edition) by Richard Lee, it has tons of listings, and is only 13.99 @ midwayusa.com right now, but its on backorder expected 5/18/08.
    hodgdon has a helpful website it use if you are using there powder.

    p.s. digital is a lot nicer and faster, but a balance scale is much simpilar and is much less likely to fail or be inacurite. but if its a good digital scale there should be no concern.[/quote

    I have a balance scale and a digital scale I use the digital for weighing my homecast bullets and the balance one to measure smokeless powder loads, I load the Holy Black by volume.
     
  10. big boomer

    big boomer G&G Enthusiast

    Start with a balance beam type scale wait till you have several years reloading before getting a digital scale they are more complex.
     
  11. gandog56

    gandog56 G&G Evangelist

    Digital is a lot easier, a balance is probably more accurate. But is being +/-0.05 grain better worth the extra effort? I find it not so. But I have the Pace scale and high speed dispenser set up.


    Are you nuts? A digital is way easier to use.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2008