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Old March 21st, 2013, 11:29 AM   #16
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I love the K&M Priming tool. I've been using one for many years. Haven't seen this chamfer tool from them in person, looks interesting.

What I have been using is one from Holland. My intent is to identify what basic tools can be purchased and leave the upgraded cost tools aside.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/725...h-chamfer-tool
I think the angle on the K&M is about 4 degrees...when it hits it "scrapes" more than cuts. This is what I would definitely use on ALL loads for 600 and longer. If I were a high master I'd have this going over the long winter.......
Have had them myself for years...was set up to distribute it for them but as they have a web site I'm just going to link to it when I get my own shop going. Worth EVERY penny.

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Old March 23rd, 2013, 06:15 AM   #17
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WTG NYCSTRIPES!

Great info to get the newbies going! I wish I had all this info when I started a long time ago. Would have saved me a few, no... 10 or 15 trips to the store! LOL
I did find a guru after a while and he helped with a final list of "Have to haves"
Well done and thanks for the effort!

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Old March 26th, 2013, 05:49 PM   #18
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...IMHO, no loading bench is complete w/o a LEE AUTO PRIME TOOL...

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Old March 31st, 2013, 03:02 AM   #19
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What is your opinion of this kit for an aspiring new re-loader? Would your 1st post still be better? http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm...7&src=exrbSrch

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Old March 31st, 2013, 05:02 AM   #20
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It explains why most everything is on backorder with regard to loading supplies/tools.
When I started I was warned to wear goggles and hearing protection when priming. I have since stopped heeding that warning.
I have loaded tens of thousands of rounds of ammo, never had a primer pop. I also am very careful to keep the open end of a case being primed pointed away from my face.
I had a primer pop using a Lee reloader kit. Priming and impact tools don't mix. Be like this guy. Wear your eye protection.

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Old March 31st, 2013, 05:05 AM   #21
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If one wants to go super cheap before going whole hog into reloading the Lee hand press gets the job done for $40 bucks or so. And it's super portable. Great for reloading AND getting a good arm workout. Mine has seen plenty of use and goes on my hunting trips.

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Old March 31st, 2013, 05:51 AM   #22
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Thank you for taking the time to post that. That is a great guide for beginner reloaders. The one thing they will need they cannot buy is patience patience patience.

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What is your opinion of this kit for an aspiring new re-loader? Would your 1st post still be better? http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm...7&src=exrbSrch
Its just a new spin on a reloading kit. There's nothing tactical about it except that they're including dies. Its a decent idea, just price the parts and see if its really a deal.

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I had a primer pop using a Lee reloader kit. Priming and impact tools don't mix. Be like this guy. Wear your eye protection.
I think of all the possible methods of priming, the Lee press mounted priming system is the most prone to issues like this. Too much leverage is used with a press mounted priming system.

I hand prime mine and have never had an issue.
K&M makes one of the best priming tools out there.
http://www.kmshooting.com/catalog/pr...er-deluxe.html

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Old March 31st, 2013, 10:12 AM   #25
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Good job Stripes!

Several things I'd add to the list though:

Check weights - no matter what scale you get, these are MANADATORY.

Case gauge - use your barrel for pistols, but Wilson or Dillon case gauge is essential for rifle loading.

Neck lubricant - only bottlenecked cases; Redding's Imperial neck lube is great. Much more effective and less messy than brushes. (I use Imperial sizing wax too having tried several other approaches.)

I have to comment on dies too. Forster's seating dies for rifle cartridges are better at alignment than anything other than the Redding dies but the Forster costs a lot less. Redding actually uses Forster's expired patent IIRC. RCBS X-Die sizer is fantastic for rifles because it greatly reduces the need to trim which is a giant PITA. For pistols, Lyman's M type expander dies are more gradual and controllable - especially good for lead bullets. Hornady's bullet seater has a floating sleeve and comes with two stems, one for round nosed bullets and the other for flat noses. Redding's Profile Crimp die is a must have for revolver cartridges that take a roll crimp - more gradual and adjustable. You can make good ammo with any die set from Hornady, Redding, RCBS, or Forster. Some are better than others for specific tasks though.

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Thanks. I mentioned Imperial Sizing Die wax.

Foster does make great dies, a step up over Hornady. Oversight on my part.

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I have been reloading for decades and am currently a major supplier for 300 AAC Blackout brass with commercial reloading equipment running daily but still use my Lee hand press with Lee 308 dies with great results. My Dillon dealer doesn't like me saying it, but then again neither does my Hornady dealer nor my RCBS dealer. While the higher end stuff has its place it's not necessarily in the high tolerance/match loads. Just my two cents on the subject. I hope it doesn't upset anyone.

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Id like to say thank you NYCSTRIPES. I have been seriously thinking about starting to purchase the stuff to start reloading. and getting a list together of what i need my self. I will be saving this.

I do have a question, How is the Lee press for starting reloading. To me it seems like personal opinion.

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Old June 16th, 2013, 10:24 PM   #29
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Id like to say thank you NYCSTRIPES. I have been seriously thinking about starting to purchase the stuff to start reloading. and getting a list together of what i need my self. I will be saving this.

I do have a question, How is the Lee press for starting reloading. To me it seems like personal opinion.
I'm glad to help. The Lee press can and will do the job but I find them to be more wobbly than any of the others. For a little more money, you can get yourself an RCBS Rockchucker and have it for life.

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midway max case gauges are a good addition that way you dont have to insert your reloaded round into a gun chamber to see if it will fit.
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A Dillon case gauge (stainless steel, it won't rust or require oiling) would be an excellent addition to properly set the shoulders back!

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