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Newbies to reloading

Thread in 'Reloading' started by TheGman, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. TheGman

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    My buddy bought a coworkers inherited stuff last week.
    It was sort of a blind buy but has 14000 or so rounds of 9mm brass, 8000 or so 9mm bullets, primers, powder etc. Reloading manual.

    Dillon 550 loader looks like a few parts are missing see photo.
    Dillon electric case feeder NIB.

    No dies that we have found, no scale.

    What are we missing? What should we invest in , of course dies.
     
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    I 'd first get info from Dillon to get the press ready,powder measure,tool head,priming parts whatever besides dies.
    Read the manual.
    As to dies get carbide or t/c.
    Then I would get definitely get a scale.
    All this before attempting to start.
    You'll need something to measure overall length and/or a fit/function gauge.
    If neither of you have ever loaded anything read the manual or watch plenty of videos.
    Lots to learn when beginning.
     
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    Thanks we realize there is more to this than buy the stuff unless we wants squibs or explosions!

    Much appreciated
     
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    If you can, find a reloader and work a couple sessions with him.
     
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    The lymans or Lee manual will point you in the right direction and give you a good idea of additional requirements. I would highly reccomend a mechanical scale and check weights for calibration.
     
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    yes your dillon is missing parts. go on dillon's site to see what you are missing. find someone close to you to show you how to reload. pickup some reloading manuals and read them. reloading is not hard. find someone to show you how and help you with setting up your equipment.
     
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    Very first thing
    is buy a good manual. Lyman is good, there are others, read through the text before you start putting stuff together.

    Dillon will probably send you any parts you need free,
     
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    hard to tell from the photos but at a minimum you need a powder measure, powder die, toolhead, 9mm dies (any brand carbide dies will work in the Dillon) and maybe some other parts (can't see if you have the rest of the parts for the priming system, or the proper shell plate and pins.

    https://www.dillonprecision.com/rl550-series-machine-parts_8_44_25369.html

    Dillon is good to work with once you figure out what you need.

    Start simple without the case feeder until you know what you are doing.

    Buy a few manuals, (Lyman and Hornady are probably the best with good info) and find someone nearby that has the same press and can show you how they work and how to develop a good load for your firearms.
     
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    Thank you sir
     
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