Looking at starting to reload

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I have a 550B and love it for loading piles of ammo but I also have a Lyman T-Mag and use it more often than the Dillon. The turret has places for 6 dies so you can 2 or 3 die sets adjusted and buy a couple spare turrets. If I'm going to load 100 rounds I weigh each charge anyway so the Lyman works well for me. Some time back I Loaded 4k rounds of 9mm and that's where the Dillon shines.
 

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If I ever have the time and space etc a 550B or an XL 650 (or whatever their equivalent models are at the time) will be on my short list.

Can't imagine at the moment every getting rid of the Lee Classic Turret even if I end up only using it for universal depriming and quick trim operations - or calibers for which I don't have the volume to justify running them on a progressive (which would likely be at least half the 10 calibers I currently load).
 

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If I ever have the time and space etc a 550B or an XL 650 (or whatever their equivalent models are at the time) will be on my short list.

Can't imagine at the moment every getting rid of the Lee Classic Turret even if I end up only using it for universal depriming and quick trim operations - or calibers for which I don't have the volume to justify running them on a progressive (which would likely be at least half the 10 calibers I currently load).
I traded my Lee for a rifle :)
 

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Ok I think this weekend I am going to start buying the accessories I need for reloading.

I am going for the RL-550c and will stick to 9mm for the short while.

So this weekend I am going to start ordering all the wonderful things I need. But I have a few questions.

Balance Scale or Electronic Scale?
Tumbler or Ultrasonic?


What else do I need to buy?

Ya I know I need to start reading as well but I figured while I have a little extra cash the wife has not spent I better buy the things I need.
 

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Ok I think this weekend I am going to start buying the accessories I need for reloading.

I am going for the RL-550c and will stick to 9mm for the short while.

So this weekend I am going to start ordering all the wonderful things I need. But I have a few questions.

Balance Scale or Electronic Scale?
Tumbler or Ultrasonic?


What else do I need to buy?

Ya I know I need to start reading as well but I figured while I have a little extra cash the wife has not spent I better buy the things I need.
I have an electronic. I wish I would've started with a mechanical scale. The electronic is so fast and convienent, I keep forgetting to get a balance type. Just a wierd be prepared thing for me I guess. Also doesn't help that I don't trust electronics.
I also have a tumbler but I'm considering adding an ultrasonic for no other reason than it will clean gun parts too.
 

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Started with a balance scale but soon bought an electronic.

Tumbler is a cheap way to get started. Depends on how OCD you are. If you think the brass needs to look brand new, tumbler takes more time and work. If you just want to get the brass clean and don't care if it is a little dingy looking, tumbler will do just fine.
 

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Ok So I ordered my Tumbler and I may have overdone it.

This is what I got:
Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Rotary Tumbler 7L
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HTN4R6O/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I also Picked this up:
Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Wet/Dry Media Separator
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B6S8JUC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1
You'll like it. The tumbler and cleaning solution gets the brass pretty clean on its own. Add the SS pins and the brass comes out looking brand new. Pins tend to get caught up in brass and flash holes so have to rinse and inspect each piece. Makes brass look brand new though.
 

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I haven't been around a rotary before, let us know how it works.
I will. I have some of my shot brass I have gathered up over the last year or so while I contemplated the thought of getting into reloading. I have not deprimed them yet but may give it a wash to aid in inspection. Once I get the press I will deprime and wash again.

You'll like it. The tumbler and cleaning solution gets the brass pretty clean on its own. Add the SS pins and the brass comes out looking brand new. Pins tend to get caught up in brass and flash holes so have to rinse and inspect each piece. Makes brass look brand new though.
Ya I ordered the rotary media separator as well to aid with that. it will also allow me to rinse the brass one final time. Now I just have to decide how I am going to dry said brass, I could air dry it but I live in a sandy, dusty area on the very outskirts of Farmland. I think my best bet is to piss off the wife and use the "Bread Proof" mode on my oven, This way I can have it at a stable 100F to aid in drying process.
 

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I go by the saying "2 is 1 and 1 is None"

I have an electronic and a balance scale...I have a digital caliper and a dial caliper...I have a mechanical tumbler and an ultrasonic...

There is no universal tool: some work better for certain things than others do...keep trying out new options as long as you can afford to do so
 

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I go by the saying "2 is 1 and 1 is None"

I have an electronic and a balance scale...I have a digital caliper and a dial caliper...I have a mechanical tumbler and an ultrasonic...

There is no universal tool: some work better for certain things than others do...keep trying out new options as long as you can afford to do so
Its kinda like buying your first gun or your first holster - you spend tons of time trying to make the perfect choice that fits your needs and your budget and it seems like ti takes forever and then in a couple years you look back at the box full of extra parts you barely use anymore because you know have three different ways to trim brass to length.
 

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Well the tumbler came in 2 days early. I have it in the garage spinning 7 pounds of assorted brass and 5 pounds of stainless steel media i am going to give it an hour in the tumbler just to see what it does I still need to deprime all of this.
 

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Here is one of my first uses of a wet pin tumbler - I think I did not have Lemishine then and was using Hornady Sonic solution before switching to Lemi+Dawn. If memory serves this was a 3 hour run - though with less dirty brass I sometimes run for 1 hour. I have heard folks us hot water - maybe I'll try that one of these days.
Brass process.jpg
 

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Here is one of my first uses of a wet pin tumbler - I think I did not have Lemishine then and was using Hornady Sonic solution before switching to Lemi+Dawn. If memory serves this was a 3 hour run - though with less dirty brass I sometimes run for 1 hour. I have heard folks us hot water - maybe I'll try that one of these days.
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I did not have the Lemishine, it was hot water and Dawn.

Although I learned really great lesson last night about 3 seconds after I started the tumbler, I did not have a way to seperate the media easily. I really should have waited till my media separator came in but I made it work with very minimal loss of SS Pins.
 

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I did not have the Lemishine, it was hot water and Dawn.

Although I learned really great lesson last night about 3 seconds after I started the tumbler, I did not have a way to seperate the media easily. I really should have waited till my media separator came in but I made it work with very minimal loss of SS Pins.
A large magnet helps but isn’t the only way.
There are rotating media separators.
Using a plastic bin about the size of a shoebox and some shaking also works.
After dry, especially with brass that is long with a narrow mouth, I pick up handsful and give em another shake.
A mesh laundry bag can also be used in the process.

lemishine may not be needed if you have really good water or are using distilled water. It helps with hard water.
 

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A large magnet helps but isn’t the only way.
There are rotating media separators.
Using a plastic bin about the size of a shoebox and some shaking also works.
After dry, especially with brass that is long with a narrow mouth, I pick up handsful and give em another shake.
A mesh laundry bag can also be used in the process.

lemishine may not be needed if you have really good water or are using distilled water. It helps with hard water.
we have Hard water (any more minerals in it I could use it to stop a bullet) My Magnet came in and made it easier to clean the bottom of my sink and orange bucket. I have a rotating media separator coming today and 1/100th screen pan that fits a 5 gallon bucket this weekend.

But ya I gave all the media a good shake and rinse in a clean bucket of water. It was just that fleeting thought "Crap all the stuff I ordered to make this easier is still not here."

I threw the brass into the oven and had hit set for 175 to aid in the drying.