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Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by O4L, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. Aries

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    HA! I don't know how I missed that...

    So on Lee's site, that is about $40, and the cheapest Lee single stage press is about $60. Can you still get a die set for about $30?

    But if he already has the Lee Loader, then that's not a factor.

    If that's the case, components are high but ammo is also high. You can probably save a little money, the question is whether it's enough to be worth the effort.
     
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    O4L Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm not missing the cost of equipment. I mentioned the up front costs.

    In general...

    Some of you guys act like you have to have an accounting degree to do the math and be a rocket surgeon to be able to reload.

    Seems I remember that in the past many here would encourage others to get into reloading. It must have been on a different forum.

    I just don't get it. Has reloading become some type of special elite super shooters club that I obviously don't meet the standards to join?
     
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    you did mention up front cost, my bad.
    It seems relatively simple to me. Read a half dozen internet articles, the instruction pages of your reloading book, and follow the rules. Maybe throw in a YouTube video or two. That’s my plan, as I haven’t started yet. I figure I’ll harass @swampratt into showing me how it’s done sometime soon.
    I think the more of us reload, the better off we would be as a community. A few buddies of mine are accumulating odds and ends so we can make reloading mutually beneficial even.
     
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    I started out thinking about getting a basic Lee loader but the Lee Breech Hand loader looks like a better option for me.

    I don't have much room and nowhere to clamp down a press so that's why I'm not really looking to get a single stage press unless I can find one very cheap to make it worthwhile to come up with something that will take up space that I really don't have room for.
     
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    Thanks for the offer but I rarely if ever get up that way. If I change my mind I'll let you know.

    If I could get a single stage and die set for under $100 I would probably give it a try but I haven't been finding those kind of prices.
     
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    That will be a little tight, but not impossible. Watch the "Pay it Forward" thread, one might show up there someday. Also used equipment turns up occasionally on ebay, and the prices on Lee's website are exaggerated, you can probably find their equipment for sale other places for less. Titan Reloading shows $42 for the little C press and a little over $30 for dies, but the press at least is out of stock.
     
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    In my quest for parts, I have acquired a few rusty single stage presses. Need some TLC, you can have one.
     
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    Wow that would be great. Thanks!

    I'll be in OKC Tuesday for the tour at 17Designs and over to SSP to pick up my lowers if that would be a good day to meet up.
     
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    Sir, step away from the toolbox!
    "It's the cost of the equipment" is right.
    The last time I looked was before the Pandemic and Lee still offered those "whale on it with a mallet" kits in a few common calibers.
    The Lee kits in calibers no longer offered (out of production) were priced like solid gold on Gunbroker even then.
    Does Lee still offer their hand press, not bench mounted, that takes one die at a time? That looks slow as the dickens to use.
     
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    Sir, step away from the toolbox!
    Also don't know if anybody has mentioned it but I think the Lee Loader kit only neck sizes rifle cases (not sure for handgun).
    Some have reported that cases fired in one rifle and reloaded with the Lee Loader wouldn't chamber in another rifle of the same caliber. Don't know for a fact though.
     
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