What equipment do I need to reload 7mm RM ammo?
I'm about to start into reloading ammo. I will take a reloader course, I would like your help to get the best equipment possible within my possibilities. For now i want to learn how to recharge ammo and buy just the essential but capable of making precise and consistent ammunition (not the best tools, but cheapest possible to start into it).
Thanks in advance.
You will end up spending more money in the long run if you buy twice...but it might be the only way to get started.
What kind of budget are you working with at this time?
I have not decided yet, but if with 400 or 500 Euro I could do it, better. Maybe get some cool things now and upgrade the rest when I master the technique.
Lee Precision equipment is probably the most affordable to start out with. But if you plan on getting serious about reloading, especially if you are going to reload for precision shooting, @dddoo7 is right, you will pay more in the long run by making double expenses. I have the Lee gear right now and there is nothing worse than not knowing if the bullets not landing where you intend is due to rifle, shooter technique, reloading gear. The most variables you can eliminate from the get-go, the better off you'll be. As they say, hind sight is always 20/20. If was starting today with what I know now, I would save my pennies and get a Forster press with custom Whidden dies. This is an addicting sport and over time the money investment will only grow, might as well avoid "upgrades" where you have to buy another press, or another set of dies, or another powder measure, etc. Best of luck.
If you are only going to load for 1 cartridge you won't need a whole lot of equipment.
I get extremely concentric ammo using a Lee classic press. I use 2 different die set ups for FL sizing; a Forster FL die and a combo of a Redding Body Die and a Lee collet neck sizing die. The Redding/Lee setup has given me the least runout but takes twice the operation for sizing.
I use a #19 O ring under the Forster locking ring on each die, this allows the die to float somewhat.
For seating I use the Forster Micrometer but the regular Forster is the same thing without the micrometer top. It is nice to have but unnecessary. O ring under the Forster ring here also.
For trimming I use the Giraud Tri Way trimmer, which is only good for 1 caliber but trims chamfers and deburrs in one operation.
A beam scale and make some calibration weights from brass rod.
Some other essentials and you are ready to go.
If you can budget in the best right away then go for it, you can still make some great ammo on a budget and when you are ready for the better stuff sell it. Consider any loss you take as a rental fee.
Excuse me, I really don't know nothing about reloading. Could you please make me a shopping list with the specific products?
I'm not sure what's all available there where you are Toni. Do you have access to RCBS products?
Yes I do, RCBS, Redding, Forster, Lee... there's a brownells store here. We have more difficulty getting powder and primers.
(edited because restricted isn't the appropriate word, sorry for my bad english)
I have saved the brass of 3 or 4 boxes of factory ammo, all of the same brand but not sure if the same lot of ammo. Is it valid for load development?
If it's all the same headstamp it should be fairly close. Same lot numbers are better...
Thanks, it is all the same headstamp.