I've always been fascinated with reloading. I know
people that do it, and I know why they do it. There
are many different reasons to reload. Some do it for
mass amounts of ammunition. Others are trying to load
the perfect round. Lots of people load rounds to match
a specific need. You may want a different round to
shoot at Whitetail deer than you want to shoot an
Elk. You may load rounds different for specific places
you hunt. This is endless and the only limitations
are the ones in our mind.
Reloading is an art and a science. It requires patience
and attention to detail. This article is not an attempt
to study the deepest depths of the science, but instead
an attempt to get people started. There is a seemingly
endless amount of information that you need to know,
along with an equally seemingly endless amount of
equipment you need. I am here to tell you that anyone
is capable of doing it. I am a beginner and at first
was scared to death of it.
I wanted to write about something that would help
people like me get started. I talked to some experienced
guys, and did some research. After that I was even
more afraid than before. I contacted Dillon Precision
and asked them what they had for beginners. Their
quick and confident response was an AT 500-starter
The "Advance Turret 500" is an excellent piece of
equipment for beginners or experienced reloaders.
The AT 500 is based on the time proven RL 550B frame.
It offers the convenience of an indexable shellplate
and interchangeable toolheads. It allows you to make
caliber changes very fast and easy. You can change
from .243 to .30-06 in a matter of seconds. The AT
500 comes with a universal shellplate that accepts
a large variety of rifle and pistol calibers. Something
else that makes the AT 500 so great is that it is
completely upgradeable. You can start out with this
inexpensive system and build to it as your needs increase.
Did I mention that the AT 500 comes with a lifetime
warranty? Well, it does. The basic system cost as
little as $191. 95.
about all the endless equipment that you need. It
isn't all that scary. Dillon sent meeverything that
I needed to get started, including the AT 500, for
under $400. The list isn't all that long, and after
you think about it just a little bit it isn't confusing
either. Dillon Precision has everything that you need
to get started. If you will tell them that you are
a beginner, they will ensure that you get everything
that you need.
The first thing you need to begin reloading is a "manual".
I don't care if you buy any equipment, you have got
to have a manual first. Without it you are destine
to injury and humiliation. Safety is a must, so they
will send you some "safety glasses" too. The "Strong
Mount" is a great mounting kit that increases the
stability of your reloading bench. It eliminates the
stress to the edge of your bench. Dillon has "Pistol
Die Sets" and "Rifle Die Sets". They include a size
die, crimp die and a seat die. The "Bench Wrench"
is a handy tool that has all the correct sizes for
Dillon Dies, powder systems, adjustments, etc. The
"Eliminator Loading scale" is a precision instrument
that eliminates all guesswork by a simple triple poise
balance beam. The "Dial Caliper" is easy to read,
and made of hardened stainless steel. It has a satin
chrome finish to eliminate all glare. You have got
to have a flip tray. It will get all your primers
facing the same direction, and speed up your loading
time. Dillon's "Primer Flip Tray" has been dubbed
the Cadillac of flip trays. There are a lot of different
accessories that you may purchase. This small list
is enough to get you loading. Don't forget that you
need to purchase brass, powder, primers and bullets.
After receiving the basic equipment and reading the
first chapter of the manual I was not nearly as confused
about reloading as I was before.
Dillon Precision has competent staff that can help
you with any reloading questions or problems. They
may be reached at 800-762-3845. Checkout their website
Do yourself a favor and give them a call. They will
chase all of the fears and uncertainties away.
By: Justin Boyette