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Old 01-19-2011, 06:53 AM   #13711
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Nope, it's more then that. The barrel comes off in one piece with the mag tube as well as the forend. They great for traveling.

Well I'll be damned. My dad has an early model 12 (mfg 1924) since before I was born and I never knew that. Sweet!
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:22 AM   #13712
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Can somebody humor me on how much a reloading set-up for 44 would run me?
Why .44
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:27 AM   #13713
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:05 AM   #13714
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Depends... You can start with a simple Lee Loader setup for very little money. You can get cheap cast bullets in bulk, some Unique or 2400 powder, some primers, a block of wood, and have at it. Later you can get dies and a press, powder measure, and so on. It ain't rocket surgery.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:10 AM   #13715
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Can somebody humor me on how much a reloading set-up for 44 would run me?
A reloading setup for a 44 would be about the same as one for any other "standard" caliber. It would depend on whether you already handload (I'm guessing not, or you would not have asked the question) and have the basic gear or not. A single-stage press like an RCBS Rockchucker, a powder scale, a powder measure, and a separate priming tool, plus dies and a shellholder, of course, in addition to some sundries like a funnel, primer tray, etc., would make up the basics. I don't recommend going with the Lee Loader although those are an inexpensive beginning setup.....you'd quickly become weary with handloading rounds at the rate of 6 or 7 per hour.

You can get starter kits, I'm thinking in the $300 range, although I haven't priced any lately. I have an RCBS Rockchucker that is still going strong and has loaded tens of thousands of rounds which I bought back in 1976.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:15 AM   #13716
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A reloading setup for a 44 would be about the same as one for any other "standard" caliber. It would depend on whether you already handload (I'm guessing not, or you would not have asked the question) and have the basic gear or not. A single-stage press like an RCBS Rockchucker, a powder scale, a powder measure, and a separate priming tool, plus dies and a shellholder, of course, in addition to some sundries like a funnel, primer tray, etc., would make up the basics. I don't recommend going with the Lee Loader although those are an inexpensive beginning setup.....you'd quickly become weary with handloading rounds at the rate of 6 or 7 per hour.

You can get starter kits, I'm thinking in the $300 range, although I haven't priced any lately. I have an RCBS Rockchucker that is still going strong and has loaded tens of thousands of rounds which I bought back in 1976.

Hey, you can easily load a round a minute with the Lee Loader setup....


I use a Dillon progressive myself, but just to see if he likes the concept... it's hard to beat $25.99 for testing the waters and understanding the concepts.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:25 AM   #13717
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I reloaded thousands of shotgun shells with a Lee-load-all back in high school. Wasn't particularly fond of it, but that was back when it wasn't really my money. Looking around, it looks like loading handgun rounds is a little more complicated than shotgun... At that point I'm not sure it's worth my time.

EDIT: I don't think I'd have a good place to do it in the place I live right now anyways. Until I get my own place, maybe I'd just have to get a .44 and accumulate brass
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:36 AM   #13718
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You can get starter kits, I'm thinking in the $300 range, although I haven't priced any lately. I have an RCBS Rockchucker that is still going strong and has loaded tens of thousands of rounds which I bought back in 1976.
And for the low, low price of $370 you can outfit yourself with a Dillon Square Deal 'B' already setup for one caliber of your choice (most common cartridges are available).

If you're just testing the waters a single stage would definitely be the way to go, but if you're pretty darn sure you'll be shooting a fair amount it doesn't take that much before you break even. I've got the Dillon and have had it for 10+ years and it's real nice to be able to crank out a few hundred rounds in short order.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:39 AM   #13719
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.I don't think I'd have a good place to do it in the place I live right now anyways. Until I get my own place, maybe I'd just have to get a .44 and accumulate brass
I use the Saga Continues 4000. Good talk.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:44 AM   #13720
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A reloading setup for a 44 would be about the same as one for any other "standard" caliber. It would depend on whether you already handload (I'm guessing not, or you would not have asked the question) and have the basic gear or not. A single-stage press like an RCBS Rockchucker, a powder scale, a powder measure, and a separate priming tool, plus dies and a shellholder, of course, in addition to some sundries like a funnel, primer tray, etc., would make up the basics. I don't recommend going with the Lee Loader although those are an inexpensive beginning setup.....you'd quickly become weary with handloading rounds at the rate of 6 or 7 per hour.
I was just about to say that my Lee hand press doesn't work well either with .44 Magnum rounds, due to the hardness of the cases, which takes a lot more effort to reshape than most common pistol calibers. Whenever I reload for my .44 caliber guns, I use a bench mounted press for that reason.

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You can get starter kits, I'm thinking in the $300 range, although I haven't priced any lately. I have an RCBS Rockchucker that is still going strong and has loaded tens of thousands of rounds which I bought back in 1976.
I've never known a press to wear out even after decades of use. I wouldn't turn my nose up at any number of used presses available on e-bay. Unless they're badly rusted or damaged in some way, they're probably every bit as good as the day they were made.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:45 AM   #13721
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I use the Saga Continues 4000. Good talk.
lulz. Yeah I don't think I'll ever buy another gun, I'll just pretend like I might.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:52 AM   #13722
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Can somebody humor me on how much a reloading set-up for 44 would run me?
Check here:

http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi/cata.../rlpress2.html

http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi/cata...es-pistol.html

Looks like about 200 bucks for the tools. You could use the lee hand press if you have no place to mount something. Lee stuff is quite usable if not overbuilt and they stand behind their stuff on my experience. Stay away from the lee progressive stuff , though.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:54 AM   #13723
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lulz. Yeah I don't think I'll ever buy another gun, I'll just pretend like I might.
Two .22's have the same diameter as a .44 so you're all set! Yer welcome.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:57 AM   #13724
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Maybe if I duct tape them together...
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:59 AM   #13725
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Maybe if I duct tape them together...


I've used a Lee pounder way back.. anyway, they do work.
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