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8 Essential Products Every Reloader Needs to Own 

by Joseph von Benedikt   |  March 4th, 2013 4

Every reloader has a wish list, and typically that list is whittled down purchase-by-slowly-earned purchase; critical equipment first, followed by luxuries. But what would you buy if you were starting from scratch with an unlimited budget? What equipment is so refined that you’d buy it with glee no matter the cost, or so useful that you’d never be without it, however inexpensive? What’s the best reloading press?

Eight individual products will never cover all the items that would earn their way into such a buying spree. But aside from the mundane necessities such as case lube, cartridge blocks and so on, you’ll have some gotta-haves and some can’t-live-withouts. I know I would.

  • notfishing

    Yeah but if you don’t have the funds and you are just starting – you can go “inexpensive”

    Single stage press instead of progressive. (and to turbo charge your loads a cheaper manual turret press to speed up your case prep – decap, size & bell on handgun reloads)

    A beam balance has the same accuracy as an electronic. I use my Chargemaster mostly for confirming the loads of charge thrower. The Chargemaster does do the full dispense and weigh work with my match rifle loads and hunting loads.

    Case prep lathe is nice but a manual one works just fine if you use it sparingly. For heavy use, like trimming 7.5 x 55 Swiss and 30.06 after every few reloads the Giraud “pencil sharpener” case trimmer is the fastest.

    And inexpensive electronic caliper is a must have for OAL.

    Finally cartridge checkers (EGW Chamber Checkers) are a must have for pistol shooters as it’s better to discard the bad cartridge at the reload bench than have a jam in a pistol match.

  • Schcotty

    Yes, if I had “unlimited funds” I might make a few of these choices. The Dillon is definitely the cat’s meow when it comes to volume production in your own “factory.” Unfortunately I have very limited funds and have grown to rely on single stage presses from Lyman and Lee, a Lee Classic cast turret press, a plethora of Lee accessories, powder measures and dies and can produce top-shelf ammo for pistols, revolvers and rifles for less money than the other top brands. I’ve used a Lee factory crimp die to salvage a large lot of 9mm ammo cranked out by my uncle on his Dillon.

    It’s not how much you spend, but how you use what you’ve spent your money on.

    • mike powers

      how about 475 linebaugh on a dillion 550

  • Ben Scoutara

    With unlimited funds, I might opt for a case study on all the top brands and see which single stage press performs the best. I think for beginners, being able to own a machine that is going to get you through the basics with hiccups is really important. What I even like better is all the videos, esp on YouTube, that walk newbies through the process of a single stage and even the setup. And they are incredibly detailed.

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