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i have been thinking about starting to reload ammo for my 7.62x54R. Lee still carries the classic loader for this caliber. i know they are not the safest reloading set up in the world, but it is the cheapest. i am totally new to reloading, any advice on this kind of loader is appreciated.

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It will be VERY slow, and not the most precise thing you have ever used, but it will make shootable ammo. I'd be surprised if you could make more than 20 or 30 rounds per hour.
 

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i use the old mosin as a knock around kind of gun. i shoot it quite a bit, but i don't burn many rounds through it at a time. the biggest problem i have is that the ammo i buy for it is corrosive, so everytime i shoot it, i HAVE to clean it right then. if i reload, my ammo would be non corrosive, and would cost less than 9$ a box. i have been giving 6$ for 20 of corrosive surplus.....

if i get a lee loader, what other tools should i get to make everything work better?

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Luke if/when I get a new press I'll make you a deal on the one I have know and it'll be a extremely fair price....I promise. You've probably got enough money behind your left ear right now to pay for it. :biggrin:
 

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I started on a Lee Loader in .308 about 39 years ago.
Get a Brass Hammer, good eye protection and as soon as possible get a scale to measure your powder with. The scoop for powder loading is OK as long as use the right scoop and used in a consistent manner.

Good Luck and if you have questions throw them up on the forum. There is a lot of reloading experience here to draw from. :thumb:
 

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I would go ahead and get the challenger press or press kit. It comes with a lot of stuff and you can get it for less than $100. I just got one set up last night and spent some time over at Wes Ramsey's yesterday for a quick guide (and he tumbled my brass:biggrin:, thanks Wes). After the tutorial, I came home, set up my press and have about 80 rounds of brass ready for charging and seating bullets. I've got to wait until my trickler comes in for that though.

Make sure when you deprime/re-size that you make sure that your casing is centered on the pin or you can break it. (Sorry Wes :uhoh: )
 

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I reloaded many rounds of 30-30 and 300 win mag with a Lee. I used a plastic mallet and a 2 inch thick by 12 inch by 12 inch piece of scrap aluminum as a base. Once you get used to it you might be surprised how many rounds you can reload per hour.
 
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