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Posted: April 10 2017 at 9:37am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Saturday my granddaughter got married to a nice young man. He's a paramedic, hunter, recurve bow shooter, guitar player and all round good American man. Got the Old Ranger seal of approval. ... He and my granddaughter both actually want to learn reloading and rather than giving them a toaster for a wedding present I'd give em loading gear and teach them. They've got the following rifles.

.30'06
.30-30
.243.

I've got dies for all of them and a solid RCBS Jr press (1977 mfg) primer seating attachment with tubes, and enough spare rounds, primers, and powder to get them started. That's where we're starting from. He's saved every case he's fired in boxes.

I know a scale and powder measure is in order. Case trimming tool and primer pocket tool will be needed. It's been ages since I've set up basic loading gear as a "starter rig". And most of us use far more gear that we've picked up over the years and thus we think in much larger terms for reloading gear than a beginner would require. So, your basic bare bones loading starter kit content? Give me some of your thoughts on this. Remember, they're newlyweds and I'm on a low fixed income. So lets keep it affordable, ok?

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Posted: April 10 2017 at 9:52am | IP Logged Quote twillis

Lee trimmer with the appropriate rods and shell holders ought to get them started off just fine. A chamfer/de-burr tool would be useful too.

I have an extra RCBS 510 scale that should make a nice "wedding" gift. PM me an addy and I'll get it started your way. I may also have a old Lee printer pocket tool as well. They aren't as good as an RCBS cleaner but do ok in a pinch

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Posted: April 10 2017 at 11:45am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Terry,

Bless your heart. I never expected such generosity! Thank you! And I'll PM shortly. ... I was just looking for suggestions as I'm sorta forgetful as to what's basic and still affordable. Ya blew me away there! (Big goofy grin inserted here!)

And I'll be very sure to tell my granddaughter and new grandson where the items came from.

The Lee trimming tools are perfect. I'll get some on order ASAP. Good call.




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Posted: April 10 2017 at 2:02pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Guess I never used a powder measure for years, just a scale and dipper. That has always worked for me and still does most of the time.
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Powder funnel

Loading block

Magnifying glass

A good loading manual
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Posted: April 10 2017 at 7:26pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Wade,

Every new hand loader needs a caliper or micrometer and a bullet puller! A LEE powder dipper set can come in handy, too.

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Posted: April 10 2017 at 8:06pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Thanks guys. See, this is why I asked for help here. I use really old gear and often just a 310 tong tool & dies with an old Ideal No.5 measure. My bench mounted presses sometimes, but still they've antique as well.
Some of the stuff mentioned here I use and don't even think about it. That's why y'all are really helping me out here as I'd forget stuff that's important!
I'm writing all this down too. That way I can have a responsible list of items to set up my granddaughter and newly acquired grandson!

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Posted: April 11 2017 at 6:33am | IP Logged Quote nhblaze

For all those rifle rounds a lube pad
and lube also.

Must say that's a great idea Ranger



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Posted: April 12 2017 at 1:32pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Wade, you know far better than I that very serviceable dippers can be made by soldering a nail head to a spent cartridge case and filing to get what you want. It don't hurt to make 2 or 3 dips for a rifle, just dip them into the scale pan to get the desired load.
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Posted: April 12 2017 at 7:49pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Why not just start them out with the RCBS Rockchucker kit?

Rockchucker kit

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Posted: April 12 2017 at 9:31pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I just squeak by month to month on a meager pension. So I'm assembling what I can to set them up.

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Roger that.
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Posted: April 14 2017 at 2:04pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

I have two Rockchuckers and the Rockchucker Supreme. I don't much
care for the Supreme and only keep it because the hole in the standard
Rockchucker is too small to reload the .404 Jeffery and .416 Rigby. I feel
the throw of the operating lever is way too long for my comfort, and way
too many plastic parts that can easily break. I don't think they even
make the Rockchucker anymore AFAIK, RCBS doesn't have
replacement primer catchers for the standard Rockchucker.
Not sure of much of anything they sell these days as my latest catalog is
dated 2010. Really haven't had the need for anything as over 60+ years
handloading I think I have more than enough stuff.
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Posted: April 15 2017 at 9:48am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Ok......

Well I've assembled this much so far.

RCBS Jr press
Lyman #55 powder measure
Lee case trimming tool with devices for the three listed calibers
Sizing lube & pad
Dial vernier caliper
Scale (Thanks Terry!)
Dies for the three calibers
Shell holders
Deburring tool
Funnel
Powder
Primers
.30 cal bullets
.243 cal bullets


Almost there. Going to get a Black &Decker Workmate folding bench to use. By mounting the press to a 1"X12" oak plank, it can be C clamped to the bench and when not in use, folded up out of the way. They've got a big enough house so this rig wouldn't be a bother. Also helps that my granddaughter is a shooter and wants the bench in the house for their own comfort and also climate control. She said their loading gear is not going into some shed or barn to rust! Smart little lady huh?

So we're almost there. Few more things and then I turn instructor. And I promised I wouldn't revert to my Drill Sgt days and make em do PT or run at high port with a weapon!

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Posted: April 25 2017 at 10:45am | IP Logged Quote taurusshooter59

Right off hand looking at my tools:
Loading trays (at least 2)
Brass tumbler with media
Hand primer with trays and shell holders. (Lee Auto
Prime)

I started with the Lee 50th Anniversary kit. You can
find it here:
https://fsreloading.com/lee-precision-breech-lock-
challenger-50th-anniversary-kit-90050.html

You should list here anything you can use help with, I
to am on a fixed income but will help where I can.

Edited by taurusshooter59 on April 25 2017 at 10:50am


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Posted: April 25 2017 at 11:50am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

They can get a tumbler later as I'm out of funds!

Gonna get with my neighbor and borrow the use of his wood shop and make em a loading block that'll fit all three cartridges since their bases are so close.

Talked with my granddaughter a couple days ago. They're back from the honeymoon and getting settled in. Was told soon they'll invite old gramps here to dinner and we'll set up the bench then. This is going to be good.

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Posted: May 05 2017 at 8:39pm | IP Logged Quote taurusshooter59

Old Ranger wrote:
They can get a tumbler later as
I'm out of funds!

Gonna get with my neighbor and borrow the use of his
wood shop and make em a loading block that'll fit all
three cartridges since their bases are so close.

Talked with my granddaughter a couple days ago.
They're back from the honeymoon and getting settled
in. Was told soon they'll invite old gramps here to
dinner and we'll set up the bench then. This is going
to be good.


Sorry, never meant to suggest that you buy any items.
I fully understand limited funds. My reloading
purchases are now dependent on how full my change jar
is. I was only trying to help compile a list.

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