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Well as the title says I'm starting to think about reloading the 50 BMG, but don't want to spend a fortune. So I'm looking to see if any of you have a used press around that you are looking to get rid of? I have brass and projo's already so once I find a press all I'll need is powder and primers.

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I have an RCBS Big Max I'll probably never do anything with. I've recently moved though and not sure exactly where it ended up. If you don't have any others come up soon I'll look for it and try to come up with a price if interested.
 

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It is a good press ,a lot of match winning ammo has been done on it ! Only one tip about the press change out the handle bolt for a grade 5 or 8 bolt !! As far as case lube Imperial size wax ,some do well with lanolin in alcohol but imperial size wax is better ,a little goes a Long way and never stuck a case or resizing a slug !!

You can only use Lee dies in it because it is threaded 1 1/4"-12 so no one else`s dies will fit the press .
 

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You may want to invest in a full length case gauge, a swaging tool for the primer pocket , and a case trimmer.
I size , de-prime , and trim on a Dillon , use a stand alone swaging tool, and a stand alone priming tool, a stand alone powder measurer , then seat and crimp on a Lee.
 

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I bought a giraud for case trimming and a friend has been using it non stop. Updated it to include 50 BMG this year.
 

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If you plan to shoot surplus projectiles you will also need a bullet resizing die. Do not trust surplus bullets that have been "resized" already. I have had more than one of those "resized" bullets have to get hammered back out of the resizing die as they would not pass through it. It would only take one to ruin your life.
 

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Thanks for all your replies guys. I was hoping to run across someone getting out of 50 reloading and get there stuff at a better price than new. If all else fails I will get a new press and tools.

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I've been using the RCBS Ammomaster for many years and many thousands of rounds of 50 cal and larger stuff. I use it for the 20mm Solothurn as well and it has been an excellent press. The leverage is good and the spent primer dump setup is better than any I've seen on other presses. Not sure what they cost now but they're worth it. They take the normal 1 1/2" -12 dies and come with a bushing to allow you to use them with the 7/8-18 dies for everything else. I do use the press for sizing 338 lapua and other big stuff too and its much easier than the little rockchucker. No primers bouncing around on the floor either.

I've seen a number of the lee presses at gunshows and junk shops that have broken or worn out. If you're only doing a few rounds at a time they are probably great for the price. If you plan to do any serious loading though spend a little more and get a better press. You'll pay one way or the other. I've never regretted buying quality stuff but I've been pissed off more than once when I had to replace crap stuff.

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What Frank said. You will never go wrong buying better quality gear, and it will save you from buying gear again. I borrowed a RCBS 50 press to learn on, and while it worked ok, I also got to use a Lee, and it was definitely not as good. Once I decided I was going to go in on reloading 50, My lovely wife bought me the dillon loader for a christmas present. NIGHT AND DAY different. I still use the RCBS to prime on, but If you are going to spend time and money getting a press, personally I would pass on the Lee unless it is free ( I should write poetry....) . Watch Craigs list, look at ebay and be a little patient. There are guys selling off stuff so keep an eye on the reloading sections on the various boards and post WTB strings . Good dies, and good process will help too. You will need some tools and gauges. I have some reloading process info I shamelessly stole off the internet I can email you if you PM me an email address.

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What Frank said. You will never go wrong buying better quality gear, and it will save you from buying gear again. I borrowed a RCBS 50 press to learn on, and while it worked ok, I also got to use a Lee, and it was definitely not as good. Once I decided I was going to go in on reloading 50, My lovely wife bought me the dillon loader for a christmas present. NIGHT AND DAY different. I still use the RCBS to prime on, but If you are going to spend time and money getting a press, personally I would pass on the Lee unless it is free ( I should write poetry....) . Watch Craigs list, look at ebay and be a little patient. There are guys selling off stuff so keep an eye on the reloading sections on the various boards and post WTB strings . Good dies, and good process will help too. You will need some tools and gauges. I have some reloading process info I shamelessly stole off the internet I can email you if you PM me an email address.

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Ha ha, Not a chance in hell my wife will buy me a dillon for christmas. Unlike her horses she considers all my guns and mv's a waste of money.

The price of the Lee loader is definitely appealing, but yes, their sturdiness can sometimes be an issue. Midway currently has them listed at $240.

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Look reloading the 50 is easy. Little powder hammer things in and a BIG boom. No more problems.
Look if you are going to reload 50's then spend the time and get it right. You don't get a second chance normally with a 50. The weapon and you are on you the folks in the shooting lanes next to you, well.... Do it right. For everyone's sake.
Thank You ranting over.

Someday I'll finish getting the parts together to finish that pile of m3 parts and then I'll think about reloading.

Stay Safe

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What does a RCBS 50 loader go for now? I think I got mine for around $200 used off ebay. As 42 rocker notes, 50 bmg is like playing with handgrenades. do it right - or don't do it. I will point out that trophy wife got the Dillon 50BMG loader for me when they were like $895 or so. those have really gone up too. None of this stuff is a bargain basement operation. My 1st wife was into horses, so I get it, but she at least understood we each had out "things" and I like to ride and herd the cows .... I guess you could suggest selling a nice furry 4 legger and use the proceeds to cover the loader cost -
 

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I didn’t think Dillon had the 50 set up when I got the Lee and read a few people saying it was the best way to go. I’ll look into the Dillon one. At least it will match my 650
 

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42rocker.
Don't worry. I won't go off half cocked on this. I have loaded many thousands of rounds of other calibers and it will probably be another year before I actually reload my first 50 rounds. This will be done slow and methodical. Get lots of info, then double check the info, then process it all, then start the building up of my loading spec. I have already been reading all the 50 reloading threads for the last year or so too.

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Current RCBS 50 runs about $700, Hornady LNL 50 is about $840 and the dillon big 50 runs about $1500. That's what makes the Lee look so good at $240 with free shipping. A big part of the purchase decision factor is going to be how many 50 BMG rounds I think I will be reloading. The answer to that is probably hundreds or a few thousand unless someone leaves me their FA M2HB in their will, or I find a local range (within an hour's drive) to shoot my SA M2HB a lot.

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outsider - Thanks for understanding my rank. Seems that you have a good reloading background and should do well with it. Problem is a lot of other folks just don't have your background and worry myself and others that share range space.
Good Luck with everything.
FYI was offer some 50 at under $2.50 a round. I believe current reload costs are around $1.50 rd.

Stay Safe

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outsider - Thanks for understanding my rank. Seems that you have a good reloading background and should do well with it. Problem is a lot of other folks just don't have your background and worry myself and others that share range space.
Good Luck with everything.
FYI was offer some 50 at under $2.50 a round. I believe current reload costs are around $1.50 rd.

Stay Safe

Later 42rocker
Yea, I understand the over cautious stuff. I started thinking about it and I started buying pulled 50 projo's 3 years ago now, and just getting to the press/ equipment part.

When I can find surplus 50 for under $2.50 I buy it as I don't have a big stash yet, but also collecting the reload bits when I find them reasonable as well. Been watching gunbroker as well, but buyers there seem nuts with what they pay for 50. I can find it on ammo seek cheaper at dealers. Missed going to creek again this past spring as I had a stash of cash for reloading supplies and ammo.

Steve
 
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