Reloading Ammo Without Unloading Your Wallet
If you’re looking for the best option when it comes to just stocking a few extra rounds or acquiring bulk ammo, it’s probably time to learn about budget-friendly reloading supplies and uses. As with any type of product, a wide variety of ammo reloading kits are available, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, with few limitations beyond what you’re willing to spend.
In this article, I am going to focus on the most economical ways to achieve the highest quality in your reloads, along with options for comparatively fast and easy starter setups. Some folks who practice reloading have few space or budget limitations, and some are seasoned reloaders who have improved upon and upgraded their reloading systems over time. Many of us, however, are at least not yet that fortunate. If you fall into that category, the shopping experience for a reloading kit is about to get much simpler.
After all, we need to save some room on our wish list for bigger and better toys to dream about for the future, right?
There’s practically a unanimous consensus that the products made by Lee Precision currently offer the greatest overall value, with consideration toward ease of setup, quality, and cost effectiveness. I use them religiously and recommend you do the same.
Lee Hand Press
At the top of our list is the Lee Hand Press. Although it doesn’t provide for the fastest production of ready-to-fire rounds, it does offer a small, portable, fully-functional design that requires minimal effort. Add all this to a retail price ranging from about $30-$40, and you have a clear choice, whether you’re just beginning, have limited work space, or if you have budget limitations.
Of course, you’ll at least eventually need more tools and supplies for your reloading efforts, such as dies, shellplates, powder, etc., but a good press is central for the majority of reloading projects, and the Lee Hand Press is among the brand’s models that also offer starter kits that include all the supplies you need to get going.
Although its production is slower and requires a bit more effort than that of the Lee Hand Press, the Lee Loader can be purchased for about $25 and offers a kit containing all the necessary tools for single caliber reloading without the use of a press. The kit, combined with a hammer, actually takes the place of a conventional benchtop press. Although this method may seem primitive, it actually very effectively produces high quality reloaded ammo.
Lee Challenger Press
Even at a slightly higher price of just under $60, the Lee Challenger Press is also a good value because it can be used to reload all pistol and most rifle rounds. For a stationary press, the Lee Challenger Press still doesn’t take up much room, and it’s considerably more functional and efficient than other models. It’s easily adaptable to become even more efficient with the addition of “breech lock” die connections that allow for one-time adjustment for the reloading of any given caliber of shell. Additionally, the 50th Anniversary kit for the Lee Challenger Press includes other necessary reloading tools such as hand priming tools and a powder measure for around $100 on the low end.
Buying practical and affordable reloading presses makes for a good start at saving money in your reloading projects.
Whether online, in businesses locations or from individuals, it’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for bargains in your reloading tools and supplies. They’re out there if you take the time to check it out.
Utilizing your work space as efficiently as possible and repurposing items you already own can also save you money. For example, if you’re in need of a work bench, an old shelf or end table might work out just fine for you.
Above all, if you’re looking to be economical in reloading ammunition, you shouldn’t let your eyes get bigger than your wallet or bank account. Especially early on in your reloading ventures, it’s better to focus on the given quality of reloading products first, before you consider whether they include all the available bells and whistles. Upgrades are fine, if and when you can afford them, but in order to maintain a budget, there should first be a noticeable and consistent need for that upgrade.
These most basic tips should make for a happier and more affordable reloading adventure, but in order to maintain quality and especially safety, an official reloading specifications manual should be reviewed, no matter which equipment and supplies you choose in order to get the job done.
Additional Supplies You Will Need To Buy:
Gun powder dispenser
Primers and primered rounds
Bullet grain specification chart
Check out this really in-depth guide on reloading basics for more on the subject:
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