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Huskerpatriot
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I grew up reloading a LOT of shotgun ammo on a Hornady progressive press, but never did rifle/pistol. For preparing self reliance reasoning I have always thought it would be wise to have the equipment, practice/experience and supplies to be able to punch out some of my own rounds. A great "barter skill" for SHTF scenarios.

It looks like a single stage would be tedious and take forever. Don't think I have need for the high volume and expense of a progressive rig though. A Turret Press like Lee makes sounds like a good compromise IMHO.

Any experience or suggestions?

I'd be looking to start with just don't no .303 and 5.56, maybe adding 9mm and eventually .380 to cover all my calibers.

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I used a cheap single-stage Lee loader for years. It is tedious, but once you get the hang of it you can put out 75 or so rounds an hour. I did finally go to a turret press, but I still have that Lee loader. I think it was originally my grandpa's, but I'm not sure.

You can usually find reloading supplies and equipment at the larger gun shows. See if you can find a used one, you can probably save a little money.

Onward and upward,
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Huskerpatriot
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So Iíve been banking up my Cabela points. Typically I save up enough to buy a Privi Partizan battle pack of 55 grain AR chow. Much of my supply has been acquired this way.

They have not been having the great deals on this for a while, so Iíve been passing on this. Now I have saved up enough to pay for most of a brand new complete Lee Classic Turret prey kit. Though my space is tight, I have designed a neat compact mini bench that will work.

Question is on how to best go about convincing Mrs. Huskerpatriot that I wonít blow up the house or have a gun blow up from the reloaded ammo, and that this expenditure would not be better spent on a case of ammo, more long term storage food or other gear.

Any suggestions from Militia husbands out there?

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Tell her you can shoot ammo for half the cost. Everybody understands dollars and cents. And it will help teach you patience, that's always a good one.

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Not only can you shoot cheaper, but you can load more accurate rounds.

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