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    Got my first press

    I picked up my first press yesterday at the gun show. It's a new Lee anniversary kit for $80. All I need now are dies and supplies and I'll finally be on my way to being a proper caster.

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    Congratts !!!! whats the first caliber ?

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    Welcome to a whole new world of enjoyment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zymguy View Post
    Congratts !!!! whats the first caliber ?
    I think I'll start with 7.62x54r so I can get a load ready for deer season, but 10mm is also on the list after I buy a new barrel for my Glock.

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    Now you've done it. Your gonna have a hard time spending all the money you think you're saving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonerism View Post
    ...on my way to being a proper caster.
    Congratulations. Assuming you mean the Lee Anniversary Challenger Kit...you are on your way to becoming a proper RELOADER and that when time and dollars allow will lead you straight to the casting, which is something else all over again.
    If it was easy, anybody could do it.

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    That's a pretty good deal for starting out!
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    Just ONE press? Tsk, tsk, newbie..... <snerk!>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion8 View Post
    Just ONE press? Tsk, tsk, newbie..... <snerk!>
    And then there was a sale on a turret, then I found a Dillon 550 that I just couldn't pass up, then I wanted something portable, then I wanted to get into swagging, then........
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    You have a silver looking horizon ahead I think. Have fun.

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    Don't buy all of these doomed to the addiction now posts. How deep you dive in and how much you spend is completely up to you.

    Reloading in all its aspects is just a very good and productive avocation, not a 12 step candidate addiction.




    But, I sure hope that my last order of casting stuff is there when I get home this evening.
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    I don't know how much money I save, how much I have "invested" but I do know I have sufficient ammo when I want it, tailored to be what will be suitable for the use intended. It isn't addictive so much as it's endless. Always more tools or supplies I could buy. Not addictive but I do sometimes melt something or prep some brass or size some bullets just "because", I guess it's not a lot different than my mom knitting. She did it because she enjoyed it as much as for the wearable item produced.

    You might consider posting in the swapping and selling forum with WTB on the dies, or a mold. Often folks will have what you need just sitting around and be generous in the pricing to help you get started or to see the item go to a good home where it will get used and appreciated.

    Nice price on the kit, press alone typically is more than that by a little.
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    welcome you wont hardly believe the savings in reloading. and then theres the casting end of it gas checks, powder coats,blended alloys, custom moulds, oh my well now we are are on safari now arnt we LOL you will enjoy this affliction and its victims

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    Welcome to the hobby!

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    Welcome to the Hobby. Once the major equipment is there ( press powder measure, scales. ect) then swapping calibers is really easy and not near as expensive. A simple die set and shell holder may be all that's needed to go to another caliber. In some cases dies can be readjusted for the next caliber, 38/357, 44 spl/44 mag, 45-70/45-90. Another big plus is the old and hard to find ammo is now more available to you even. But you will spend for brass powder moulds bullets primers.

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    Boose manure....it is addictive.. Not like cigarettes, more like great coffee!
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check