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I retire next month. I will have time to shoot more.
I have $600 in Cabela gift cards. I'm thinking I could get into reloading to lower my ammo costs.
What would you buy?




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Posts: 1647 | Location: Chandler, AZ | Registered: June 30, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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That rules out Dillon and Redding. Cabelas mostly carries Hornady, RCBS, and Lee.



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Posts: 5072 | Location: Utah | Registered: December 18, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Cabelas has several "kits" for around 300.
I'll get the ABC book and read it when my reading time expands in a month.
I'm thinking I'd reload 9mm, 45 cal, 25-06, 9 rem mag.
I have dropped $200 a quarter on store bought ammo in the past, but with more time available I can see doubling that every couple of months. Not really worried about payback, but looking forward to some time where I'm not looking for something to do.
I don't need to go high end but want something that isn't going to break the first couple of years.




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Posts: 1647 | Location: Chandler, AZ | Registered: June 30, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Given where your gift card is, and your desire to load 9mm &45, you’ll probably want a Hornady L-N-L kit. The argument is always between a Dillon 550B/C or a LNL. The Hornady kit includes a 500 bullet rebate, which is the same as a $100 rebate.

They also have a Hornady single stage kit in the $300 range, that still gets you the 500 bullets. That makes it a decent way to get started, and then later you can add a progressive to your workbench, whether that be a Dillon or a LNL.



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Best deal going(IMO) at Cabelas for someone starting to reload would be the Lee Precision Classic Turret Kit(NOT THE DELUXE KIT). As you can start operating it without the indexing rod, it'll do a great job as a single stage press. The plus is, that when you're comfortable with your practices and routines, insert the indexing rod and you'll step up to an auto-indexing turret press at no added cost. Comes with most of what you need, including the Lee Modern Reloading book, which is a good intro. to reloading and includes basic load details.

The Hornady LnL is a GREAT progressive press(I run one myself), but might be a bit intimidating for someone just entering the world of reloading.
 
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^^^ Shush. Don’t let NikonUser hear you say that. It’ll ruin his holidays. Big Grin



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Do you plan to reload most of a few cartridges, or move around a fair bit?

I change often, different mil-surps, handgun, & hunting ammo. With changing routinely I can't see going much beyond a 'turret' type press.

I suggest starting off with easy cartridges with good brass. It doesn't get much easier than the 38 Spcl, or even modest 357 loads. No need to fiddle with max either.
 
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^^^ Shush. Don’t let NikonUser hear you say that. It’ll ruin his holidays. Big Grin


Nah, it wouldn't. It would ruin the OP's holidays. If not this year, soon enough.
 
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That's a hefty down payment on the new RCBS Rock Chucker 5 or 7 (I'd personally get the 7). I have the older RCBS Pro2000 with the Auto-Indexing kit and give it 4.5/5 stars. If you search gavintoobe's channel on Youtube, you can find his video that evaluates the press and he loads some 9mm in another video. As a matter of fact, he has a LOT more videos on the Pro Chucker 5 than I originally thought. Happy shopping!!!

Well here are the vids:





Unfortunately, I don't see the Rock Chucker 5 or 7 on Cabela's website, so hopefully they have it in the store or maybe they could order it for you.



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With the quantity you are wanting to reload, I would skip the single stage and go straight to a progressive.

I'll throw another vote for the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP. It's not that hard to set up and get dialed in.

It comes with one pistol powder metering insert and one rifle insert. You will want to get additional ones for each caliber so you don't have to fiddle with dialing in the powder load when you swap calibers.

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I sometimes wonder with a brand new reloader if they're better off starting out a little slower than a progressive?

Just saying, quality & safety 'trump' production numbers. Some of us will never need the max capacity a true progressive provides, then we have the 'switchability' issues.

Just my case for instance recently, 6.5 Jap, 7.5mm Swiss, 9mm Makarov, 9mm, 30-06 & not far back some 300WSM and 284 Winchester. I'm setup to load others too.

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Cabela's sell the Forster Co-Ax press,
best press ever,



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Cabela's sell the Forster Co-Ax press,
best press ever,


Wow, I did not know that Cabela's was carrying the Forster. It must be online only, because I have never seen them in a store, and I've been to over two dozen over the years.

I'll make an amended recommendation right now. To get started, get a CO-AX. You can always add a progressive later, but with the Forster, you'll never want a different single stage. Well, perhaps maybe a Redding T-7. Cool

I really want to get me a Bonanza/Forster CO-AX. I'm tired of looking at my friend's presses.



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I was in the same position as you a few years back, except not quite entering retirement age yet, so spare time for reloading is at a premium at this stage in life for me. I had about $500 in Cabelas gift cards and wanted to move up to a progressive press, having used a single stage RCBS for many years. My focus was for higher volume in 9mm and .45 Auto in pistol and 5.56 for rifle.

I looked at both progressive and turret presses, mainly Dillon and Hornady for progressive and Redding T-7 for turret. In the end, I went with Hornady L-N-L progressive, based on limited selection of brands at Cabelas at that time. If they would have carried Dillon I would likely have kicked in more $$ and went that direction, based on feedback from forum posters on this site. But for me, the Hornady is working well and I don't regret going that direction. I don't have the Ammo Plant version, but do have their bullet feed die and pre-load the tubes prior to starting my session. I eventually plan to add bullet and case feeders, but for now this works fine for my needs.

As others have mentioned, one really needs to understand the basic operations at each station on a progressive, which are basically the same as are performed when using a single stage press. When I first set up the L-N-L press I worked thru each station individually before tying them all together. With the L-N-L bushings it is easy to add or remove dies for single stage operation.

I still use case trays when I prep before a session, and typically load four 50-round trays when setting up to load 200 rounds. I use the Hornady aerosol case lube and spray each tray before stacking them beside the press. I have extra primer feed tubes and bullet feed tubes as well, which allows me to roll thru exactly 200 rounds once I have started.

RichN makes a good point regarding the powder drop dispenser, it makes it much easier going back and forth between calibers. I have one set up for pistol and one for rifle.

At current prices for $15 to $18/100 for new 9mm ammo right now, it's a little hard to justify the investment in $$ and components to reload, as I usually have about 14 cents in powder, primer and bullets, but I enjoy doing it, and it's fun to tweak loads for your intended use. On a single stage press I wouldn't even consider it right now for volume in 9mm or 45 Auto. But, when time isn't a critical factor, that's a different story. Enjoy your retirement.
 
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Cabela's sell the Forster Co-Ax press,
best press ever,


Wow, I did not know that Cabela's was carrying the Forster. It must be online only, because I have never seen them in a store, and I've been to over two dozen over the years.

I'll make an amended recommendation right now. To get started, get a CO-AX. You can always add a progressive later, but with the Forster, you'll never want a different single stage. Well, perhaps maybe a Redding T-7. Cool

I really want to get me a Bonanza/Forster CO-AX. I'm tired of looking at my friend's presses.


http://www.cabelas.com/product.../741213.uts?slotId=0

and free shipping now



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wait for there primers to go on sale clean them out and go buy a dillion 650
 
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The Foster Coax is a nice single stage press. So is Hornady's Iron press, which is what I use. But I've also got Dillon 650.

You can start out reloading on a progressive press. My 650 was my first press. Just break down the reloading steps into manageable task on the press. Then go full progressive once you figure out how the press works.
 
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