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Old 12-09-2012, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by devildog234 View Post
i have been wanting to get into this for so long and just never had the start up money or a good place to do it. hopefully i will soon tho.

Now is a good time to get into it, after our last election, gun/ammo sales went up in this area at the very least 2x the norm.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:28 AM
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Whats your budget? Reason I ask is that the 2 cartridges you listed you want to start loading for first, are high volume shootin' ones. Both SUCK to load on a single stage press (I.E. RCBS Rockchucker, Lee classic, etc...) in any large quantity. I highly recommend the Dillon products, and their no hassle lifetime warranty. I have heard good things about the Hornady L-N-L lineup too. Only PITA with a Dillon when switching from 5.56 to .45 is that the large majority of .45 cases are large primer, and you need to swap out the primer feed mechanisms. I said "large majority" because now some .45 cases are being manufactured with small pistol primers, but thats another whole topic in of itself. A Dillon RL 550b, with a .223 conversion kit and a set of .223 dies is going to run you (new) $506+ S/H. There are a LOT of other goodies you will need to get, including a scale, case lube, case gauges, calipers, load data books, tumbler&media, case trimmers, etc. Getting into reloading is not a cheap venture!

I do have a couple single stage presses that I use for loading up .30-'06, .308, .300, .44Mag etc., which are not cartridges that I shoot in large volume (save for the '06 in a Garand, but I have a pretty large stash of M2 on clips for that). I did at one point load 5.56 on a single stage, and after a few hours of doing it I made up my mind to buy a progressive.
Don't plan on loading a lot of round to start out with and will probably only load 45 at first to see how I like it. I'm looking to spend around 100-200 for a setup. Looking at lee single stage.

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Now is a good time to get into it, after our last election, gun/ammo sales went up in this area at the very least 2x the norm.
I have a friend that has ~12,000 of Federal 45 auto. And anymore it is like hold trying to find it around my area.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by BUCKSHOT View Post
Now is a good time to get into it, after our last election, gun/ammo sales went up in this area at the very least 2x the norm.

oh yeah its gotten ridiculous around here. prices skyrocketed if you can even find the ammo your looking for. i had to resort to academy sports for some 30-06 ammo and only had 3 boxes left. i have a feeling prices and availability are only going to get worse before they get any better(if they ever get any better)
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Is like to learn the trade. Dads buddy reloads so I can get .223/5.56 and 12 ga rounds dirt cheap. And probably almost anything else
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by devildog234 View Post
i have a feeling prices and availability are only going to get worse before they get any better(if they ever get any better)

Agreed X10.....
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:56 AM
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Can't validate, but the cost of ammo went up because of the multiple wars we have been in for last 10 years. Now that they may be winding down, the mfg capacity may start allowing the excess to be diverted to the sporting market and bring the prices down.

I reload .22/250; .243; 6PPC; .270; .30/06; .338 Win Mag; .44 Mag and .40 S&W. Started with my dad back in the '50s watching him do it, then he gave me his stuff, and I just continued the practice with more calibers.
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