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    Tinhorn
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    I'm thinking that 1# will be *plenty* to get my feet wet, but I'm not seeing it anywhere online. I guess I'll be looking for a show to buy most of the supplies. Even if I have to overpay a bit, I'm cool with it to give this a try.
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    The only thing I would recomend is, rather then the balance beam scale I would recommend a digital scale. Not that they are necessarily more accurate, but they are easier to use. I bought the Lymon scale for a little over $40 and love it.
    .Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

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    The low end digitals don't resolve as well in the 1/10th grain range as the cheap balance beams. Not an issue if you are loading for rifle, but it could be an issue when working up loads for handgun calibers with fast powders.
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    Thanks, guys! I think I have everything I need for my first reloading session, and an MO member has kindly offered to show me enough to not get myself blown up. I'll update after this weekend. I'm really looking forward to doing my first reloads!
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    Team .30-30 #895
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    336 .30-30 Texan - 1977
    336 .30-30 - 1982
    336W .30-30 - 2006
    336SC .35 Rem - 1957-58(?)
    Marlin Mod 45 JC Higgins .35 Rem - 1958-59(?)
    336 .35 Rem - 1969
    336 .35 Rem - 1974
    336 .35 Rem - 1990

    Sure would like one from my birth year - 1964!

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    Electronic scales are crap compared to beam scales. Too much hit and miss for a new reloader.
    Ive been reloading since 1961, and refuse to ever waste money on another one.

    Dippers work great, as long as you buy the $10 dipper kit. Which has every dippers and a slide rule chart for powder density.

    As far as finding everything needed for any one load, its getting darn hard to now a days. The dipper kit, will give you power interchangeability.
    Takes all the guess work out of it.

    I prefer to start new reloaders out on Lee classic Loaders. No press or dies, cuts the cost down a heck of a lot.

    Funny no one has mentioned a caliber yet. That and a kinetic hammer are both needed to prevent and correct mess ups.
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    I have the kit of Lee dippers (and slide chart), and a Lee Hand Press. I have dies for .30-30 and .35R, but figured I'd start with the .35R.
    Team .30-30 #895
    Team .35 #486

    336 .30-30 - 1972
    336 .30-30 Texan - 1977
    336 .30-30 - 1982
    336W .30-30 - 2006
    336SC .35 Rem - 1957-58(?)
    Marlin Mod 45 JC Higgins .35 Rem - 1958-59(?)
    336 .35 Rem - 1969
    336 .35 Rem - 1974
    336 .35 Rem - 1990

    Sure would like one from my birth year - 1964!

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    Update -- My first reloading session is in the bag!

    Thanks a bunch to MO member Travlin for taking time out of his Sunday to teach me how not to blow myself up. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot, and I'm looking forward to loading and learning some more. Thanks, Travlin!
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    Team .30-30 #895
    Team .35 #486

    336 .30-30 - 1972
    336 .30-30 Texan - 1977
    336 .30-30 - 1982
    336W .30-30 - 2006
    336SC .35 Rem - 1957-58(?)
    Marlin Mod 45 JC Higgins .35 Rem - 1958-59(?)
    336 .35 Rem - 1969
    336 .35 Rem - 1974
    336 .35 Rem - 1990

    Sure would like one from my birth year - 1964!

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    You are most welcome. If I can do anything else to help you, let me know.
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    The Lee dipper will get you close, but I would also recommend scales. I use the dippers on many calibers and weigh each charge. There can be up to a grain difference plus or minus.


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