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Old 12-05-2011, 07:47   #1
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What Else Do I Need?

I currently only load shotshells on both a single stage and progressive press. I'm considering the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Kit from Cabelas to start reloading metalics. I wants to start with .45 ACP, 38/357, and 3006. I'll expand later.
The kit is $249.99 from Cabelas and comes with:
RC Supreme Press
5-0-5 Powder Scale
Uniflow™ Powder Measure
Speer No. 14 Reloading Manual
Hand Priming Tool
Hex Key Set
Case Loading Block
Case Lube Kit
Powder Funnel and Deburring Tool.

So what else MUST I get to get started and what else to buy later will make the process easier?
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:54   #2
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Dies, caliper, and a case trimmer for the 3006.

A tumbler will make life easier, but not needed to start.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:09   #3
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Dies, caliper, and a case trimmer for the 3006.

A tumbler will make life easier, but not needed to start.


The appropriate shellholder for each caliber.

I prefer dies with carbide because they reduce
/eliminate he need for lube on straight wall cases.


Brass, bullets, powder, primers.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:40   #4
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That single stage press will make excellent rifle ammo assuming, of course, that you're not feeding an AR-15 or some other high rate weapon (M1, M1A, etc.). For these rifles, that press is going to be a little slow.

For pistol shooters, using a single stage press is too grim to contemplate. I did it - for about a week. If 50 rounds is a big day on the range then the single stage will be adequate. Beyond that, you should be thinking of a better press. Down the road...

I used one of those lube pads many years ago - never again. What a gooey mess! And still it's difficult to get lube on the neck... If nothing else, try the Dillon spray lube. I know that it works for .223 and I suspect it works for everything else. I have just started using Hornady One Shot and I like it a lot. However, I haven't tried it for rifle cartridges so I don't have an opinion. I suspect it works fine.

If you are loading 30-06 for a single bolt-action rifle, you don't need to full-length resize. You only need to neck size and you may not even need lube if you buy a carbide sizing die. Still, it never hurts to put a little lube on the neck - maybe with a cleaning patch or something. If you are loading for a semi-auto or multiple bolt-action rifles then full length sizing is required and so is lube.

Reloading becomes an equipment intensive hobby. You will eventually have a lot of odds and ends. Chamber measuring tools - to measure headspace, cartridge gauges (you should get one for 30-06 right away), scale calibrating weights, a ballistic hammer to unload cartridges, clamping locknuts for the dies to preserve adjustments, primer pocket swaging die, primer pocket uniforming tool (debur primer pockets on rifle sheels), the list goes on and on.

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Old 12-05-2011, 08:45   #5
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To start reloading once your kit arrives-

1. A place to reload, consider how you’ll mount your press and the space needed to set up your gear
2. Lighting, so you can see inside the case with out removing it from the press
3. Caliber specific dies, carbide for handgun , FL or neck sizing for rifle depending on action type
4. Caliber specific shell holder for the press
5. Caliber specific shell holder for the hand primer if you can’t use the same shell holder for the press
6. 6” calipers, to check COL and case length of rifle brass
7. Components, brass, primers, powder and bullets
8. Ammo boxes
9. Organizing stuff, coffee cans, totes, plastic baggies, what ever works for you
10. A place/way to store everything when your not reloading
11. Reloading log, note book or spread sheet

Things that are nice to have-

1. Tumbler, for cleaning brass
2. Tumbling medium
3. Separator, to separate brass from tumbling medium
4. Membership in GTRFCRB, by posting here you’ve already applied, now find the cheapest what to do things and post here to let us know.

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