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field reloading

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 7:48 pm
by NonConformist
Looking at getting into cowboy action shooting. I should buy a .38/357 but I want a .45lc. To save me money I'll reload, but I can't buy a wholes reloading fancy press. Do they still make the old field sets where you can reload one at a time w/ like a 4 or 5 piece iirc set. Used to fit in a possible bag and were like $15

Re: field reloading

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 9:01 pm
by gforester
Lee still makes those sets. You might have difficulty finding one as they aren't very popular.

http://leeprecision.com/reloading-kits/ ... er-pistol/

edited to ad link

Re: field reloading

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 9:04 pm
by Odessaman
They still make Classic Lee Loaders, but not in nearly as many calibers as they used to. Years ago, I understand you could call Lee and if they didn't have a loader for a particular caliber, they'd make one up for you. You can still get most popular calibers for under $30.00.

I found this guy's Youtube channel awhile back - cool ol' geezer that likes to roll his own.


Re: field reloading

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 9:43 pm
by stoneknives
Get a Lee turret press kit and a set of Lee 38/357 carbide dies. The kit has most of the basic stuff you'll have to buy anyway at a discount price. Run the press in single stage mode while your learning and getting your process down. The turret press will allow you to just set up your dies once instead of each and every time you reload.
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Re: field reloading

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 11:02 pm
by Racist Infidel
This may be what you are looking for.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/106448 ... ol-handles

Not cheap and you need to buy dies separate.

I have some of the Lee Loaders. They work.

Re: field reloading

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 9:04 am
by DaveM
Boy, are you lookin' at the wrong sport if you can't afford to buy a decent reloader. That Lee will get old pretty quick.

Re: field reloading

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 10:47 am
by Racist Infidel
Dave, I don't know that it's being cheap. I'm not into Cowboy Shooting but can understand the appeal. The Lyman I linked to was used in the field and is just part of the nostalgia.

The line I really love out of the movie "Little Bigman" is "I wasn't playing Indian, I was an Indian."

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Re: field reloading

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 11:15 am
by NonConformist
Yeah that's them! Thanks

Re: field reloading

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 11:17 am
by NonConformist
Odessaman wrote:They still make Classic Lee Loaders, but not in nearly as many calibers as they used to. Years ago, I understand you could call Lee and if they didn't have a loader for a particular caliber, they'd make one up for you. You can still get most popular calibers for under $30.00.

I found this guy's Youtube channel awhile back - cool ol' geezer that likes to roll his own.

Didn't display for me, but I see the URL code so I'll check him out!

Re: field reloading

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 4:16 pm
by Doyle
Forget the old whack-a-mole Lee loader. The better option is the Lee hand press. It can do everything a normal press can do - even resize rifle brass. It just does it slower. I've got a large toolbox that holds my Lee hand press, dies, Lee hand primer, RCBS balance beam scale, calipers, etc. with room to spare.