I made a couple of reloading videos

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Back when I started reloading, I really wished there was a short, concise description on the steps involved in getting started in reloading, setting up the press, and cranking out your first few rounds.

Youtube now has one guy doing it, but I thought I could do it maybe a bit better. So, opening myself up for massive criticism here, I threw these together.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRZrbv_8kx4

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ox0jkxrbmo

Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCiiRw3YYxg

Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTBeoEOBlRI

Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1KJ3hUAm28

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Very nice, I was thinking about reloading,... but it seems like the cost to get set up and started is high... not to mention a lot of work. How much can one save reloading?
I would think after buying all the equipment, it might take years before you start saving cash....
 
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i got a Lee single stage for Xmas. Everyone says start single because it is easier and makes you learn which is true but is terribly slow. anyway the whole setup was under 100 bucks and then i spent another 100 for 500 rounds of LRN and 500 rounds of .38 DEWC, 1000 primers and powder. someone on here posted a calculator and i typed in all my info and it works out to .07 cents for .38 per round or somethin like that..

i got the press to allow me to shoot more, if i could do it again i would get a turrett press as it would be faster but regardless i am shooting more and enjoying it all as well!
 
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Excellent job, looking forward to your next. wish you had made these before I got my 550B, [grin]
 
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These are great, thanks. I know nothing about reloading but have been thinking about it recently. This gave me a good idea on what was really involved.

thanks
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I would think after buying all the equipment, it might take years before you start saving cash....---GotGuns
That would depend on what and how much you shoot. Generally if you shoot a lot you can recoup you initial investment in several months. The question then becomes how much time you wish to spend reloading.

The faster the machine the less time you spend at the bench and the more ammunition you have. The more ammunition you have the more shoot. The more time you shoot the more you need to reload, you get the picture. Others will likely be by shortly to sell you on the machine they bought.


Respectfully,

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I sort of did the math on the economy of it a little while ago, and assuming free brass, I believe that with the whole progressive press setup you broke even somewhere between the 1500-2000 round mark for .45acp. That assumes free brass. Of course it's been a long time since I took calculus, so I might be a bit off in my math.

Thanks for the kind words, all!
 

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http://handloads.com/calc/loadingCosts.asp Bostonshovel mentioned a calculator. This might be the one he was talking about. With component prices steadily on the rise you will never lose a cent with any reloading purchase you make. All of my reloading tools and components I've bought I could sell them for at least what I paid for them. Great videos !!![cheers]
 

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i got a Lee single stage for Xmas. Everyone says start single because it is easier and makes you learn which is true but is terribly slow. anyway the whole setup was under 100 bucks and then i spent another 100 for 500 rounds of LRN and 500 rounds of .38 DEWC, 1000 primers and powder. someone on here posted a calculator and i typed in all my info and it works out to .07 cents for .38 per round or somethin like that..

i got the press to allow me to shoot more, if i could do it again i would get a turrett press as it would be faster but regardless i am shooting more and enjoying it all as well!
A way to make your single stage faster is to buy the Hornady lock N Load press conversion kit. With it you can set each die properly and than you can just give them a small twist to put them in or out without having to adjust the dies each time.
I believe Lee is also offering something similar now and there may be others.
 

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thanks for taking the time to make these videos. I have been interested for a while and really appreciate getting a look at what is involved.
 
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Nice Job! I just sat through the first one to get a flavor. Boy, you put a lot of work and time into those! I wish I had them when I started reloading.

Very nice job! That's a real contribution to the shooting community!
 

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Well done. Thanks for doing this. I'm in the process of getting the proper equipment and it's nice to see everything come together.
 
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The shooting world needs more people like you who are generous with their time and knowledge to help out the new guys.I wish I had a video like yours to watch when I started reloading.[smile]
 

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outstanding, watched all five in a row, question is do I have enough time for the shooting and reloading. Thank you
 
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jamz,
Awesome job on the video's.
A very big help for this reloading newbie. Thanks for taking the time to make them.
Gary
 
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