wolverine_173 wrote:I have no idea what im doing but want to learn. I dont have much money either. I mainly shoot 9mm. I know most people think its worthless to reload 9mm but thats pretty much what i shoot and what i want to learn with.
First what do i need to reload? Whats the bare minimum? I dont care if its slow to reload i just cant afford the 1 machine does it all.
Please post links to what i need to buy to get started
I have to parrot most everyone here. Lee is the way to go for budget reloading. if you need to go as cost effective as possible Lee's challenger press kit is the best deal I've found Cabelas sells the 50th anniversary kit for $110. A set of dies is $30 for the 3 or $43 for the 4. The 3 is all you need
the crimp die is a nice feature, but honestly if your on a single stage one more die = one more time you have to place your round in the press and pull the handle.
You add some the 3 Ps: powder, primers and projectiles (you've been saving your brass right!) and you every piece you need. Just add knowledge!
The easy way is to get a load manual, and although very handy, the truth is if your only loading practice rounds for your 9mm you don't really need load data for a 45-90 Winchester and every other flying defence tool since the invention of the rock. The majority of powder manufactures have load info for their powers online for free, as do many bullet manufactures.
I will suggest you get your hands on a copy of the ABC's of reloading, and give it a good twice over. That book helped me a ton when I started out a mere year and half ago. I have a copy you may borrow as long as it makes its way back in a relatively short time.
Some of the things that are nice to have are a tumbler, loading block, and digital scale.
A tumbler is a nice addition, but it is not a must. As long as your brass is clean it will work.
Loading block hold your cases upright which is nice for the stage between the powder drop and the bullet seating and at $10 aren't gonna break the bank. You can always just drop powder then seat each bullet. It's just faster to fill more than one at a time. A piece of wood with holes drilled in it works too.
A digital scale is handy too, the scale that Lee provides works, but is a [auto-filtered] if you ask me.