|Lee Classic 4-hole Turret Press, Deluxe||$200.00||The Deluxe Kit includes the "Safety" powder scale, "Pro Auto Disk" powder dispenser, the Auto Disk riser, the"Safety Prime" primer dispensers (large & small, includes 2 flip trays), case trimmer/cutter & lock stud, chamfer tool, large and small primer pocket cleaner, Lee case sizing lube, and Lee Reloading manual, 2nd ed.
NOTE: The Lee "Classic" 4-hole turret press is not to be confused with the Lee "Value" 4-hole turret press. They are different.
NOTE: I bought the "Deluxe Kit" that includes all the stuff listed above, but you can also get just the press by itself.
|Lee 9mm carbide dies - 4 die set||$37.49||Includes (1) Carbide sizing & depriming die, (2) Expander (flare/bell) and powder charging die, (3) Bullet seating & crimp die, (4) Crimp die with carbide "final" sizing ring. It also includes the 9mm shell holder (#19), powder dipper, and instructions.|
|Lee 45 ACP carbide dies - 4 die set||$37.49||Includes (1) Carbide sizing & depriming die, (2) Expander (flare/bell) and powder charging die, (3) Bullet seating & crimp die, (4) Crimp die with carbide "final" sizing ring. It also includes the 45 Auto shell holder (#2), powder dipper, and instructions.|
|Lee 4-hole classic turret (die holder)||$10.91||The press comes with 1 turret (die holder). You can get by with 1 turret... just unscrew the dies from the turret, and put different ones in, but then you have to re-adjust them every time you want to switch calibers. I bought an extra one, so that I have one for my 9mm dies, and one for my 45 dies, so it should only take a few seconds to switch dies to a different caliber. (Also have to switch primers and primer arm (large vs small), and change the powder settings, of course.)|
|Lee Storage Box Red (x2)||$4.14||This is a red plastic cylinder that holds a turret with the dies installed when it's not in the press. I bought them to keep the dies I'm not using from collecting dust.
NOTE: Sometimes these are listed as being "3-die" storage boxes, but as far as I can tell, Lee part number 90535 is what you want.
|Lee Auto-Disk Adjustable Powder Charge Bar||$7.88||This replaces the disk in the Lee Auto-Disk powder measure, and allows finer adjustments on the amount of powder dispensed into each shell. Supposedly also more consistent than the disks. Can be adjusted without removing the hopper. I bought this because I'm making ammo for bullseye competition shooting, so being off by a couple tenths of a grain is not ideal. NOTE: It turns out that this is actually less consistent than the disks when using less than ~5 grains of powder, and the disks are surprisingly accurate, so I don't use this right now.|
|Lee Classic 4 Hole Turret Press Indexing Ratchet||$0.53||Part number TF3567.
This is a part of the Lee Classic 4-hole turret press that can wear out. It's a small plastic square that goes around the indexing rod and causes the turret to turn to the next die. If your turret is only turning halfway to the next die, you probably need to replace this part.
NOTE: The way to ruin this part quickly is to remove the turret with the ram all the way down. Don't do that. Lift the ram so it's above the twisted part of the indexing rod, and then remove the turret.
|Lee 3 Hole, 4 Hole Turret Press Shellholder Retainer Clip||$0.53||Part Number: TP2108
This is a part of the Lee Classic 4-hole turret press that can wear out. This is a clip that holds the shellholder in place. If your shellholder won't stay in place, you probably need to replace this part.
|Hornady "Handbook of Cartridge Reloading: 9th Edition" Reloading Manual||$27.49||The Lee press kit comes with the Lee reloading manual, but this Hornady manual came highly recommended, and it's always good to have another perspective, so I bought it.|
|Hornady One Shot Case Lube 5 oz Aerosol||$8.29||Spray case lube. The Lee press kit comes with a tube of gel-type case lube, but you have to put that on each case separately with your fingers. With spray lube, you can spray it into a ziploc bag, then put a bunch of (pistol) cases in the bag, and shake it, to lube a bunch at once. You have to shake the can vigorously before use. And you have to let the lube on the cases dry for a few minutes before sizing them. With the carbide sizing die, in theory you don't have to lube the cases before sizing, but most people said they do anyway, because it makes the press run smoother, and probably extends the life of the die. Lubing the cases is a much bigger deal with rifle cases, because you're not supposed to get too much on the outside of the neck/shoulder, and you have to get some inside the neck. But with straight-walled pistol cases (like 9mm and 45ACP), just getting a small amount of lube on the outside is what you want.|
|Frankford Arsenal Impact Bullet Puller||$12.93||A bullet puller is used to disassemble a loaded cartridge, probably because you made a mistake while reloading, or because you made more rounds for testing than you really needed. Whatever the reason, you want to disassemble it so that you can reuse the brass case, primer, and, ideally the bullet, and possibly even the powder. This is a hammer-type bullet puller, where you put the cartridge into the head of the hammer (it is held in place by a collet), then you smack a piece of wood with the hammer, and the momentum of the bullet pulls the bullet out of the case. The bullet and powder are contained within the head of the hammer.|
|Lyman 8-Hole Handgun Cartridge Checker Gage||$26.49||Part Number: 7833000
This is a block that has holes for 8 different common handgun calibers. It allows you to check your reloads. If your ammo fits in the hole, it should fit in your gun's chamber.
|Lyman Turbo 1200 PRO Sifter Case Tumbler||$52.99||This is used to clean the brass before reloading it. Since the lid is a sifter, no need to buy a separate media separator (at least in theory). Problem with the sifter lid is that it allows dust out when it is running. I solved this problem by putting a shower cap over it. To help prevent the dust from sticking to the inside of the shell casings, put several used dryer sheets (cut into strips) into the tumbler when running. Note that this model does not have a built-in timer, or even an on-off switch (you just unplug it when you're done).|
|Lyman Turbo Brass Cleaning Media Treated Tufnut (Walnut)||$13.99||This is the "media" dumped into the tumbler along with the brass casings, and helps to clean them by "scrubbing" them.|
|Ground walnut lizard bedding (10 lbs bag)||$15.00||Bought this from a pet store, where it is sold as bedding for lizards. This is untreated crushed walnut shells. Used in combination with the treated walnut shells in the case tumbler to clean the shell casings.|
|Outlet Timer - Wentop Timer Switch Ac110v 15a USA Plug 24 Hours Heavy Duty Appliance Timer||$9.99||This is a simple electrical outlet timer, like people use for Christmas lights. I use it to automatically turn the tumbler off after a certain amount of time, because the one I'm using does not have a built-in timer.|
|MTM Universal Reloading Tray 50-Round Plastic Red||$5.59||This tray is primarily useful when loading single-stage. Not very useful when making complete rounds with the turret press.|
|RCBS Universal Reloading Tray 50-Round Plastic Green||$8.17||This tray is primarily useful when loading single-stage. Not very useful when making complete rounds with the turret press.|
|Frankford Arsenal Perfect Fit Reloading Tray 45 AUTO||$4.65||This tray is primarily useful when loading single-stage. Not very useful when making complete rounds with the turret press.|
|Frankford Arsenal Perfect Fit Reloading Tray 9mm||$4.65|
|MTM Peel and Stick Reloader's Labels Rifle/Handgun Pack of 50 and Colored Box Stickers Pack of 48||$3.23||These would be better if it were easier to erase pencil on them, if they had a spot to mark the crimp setting, and if they had 1 or 2 more blank lines for notes; but they work fine.|
|Frankford Arsenal Peel and Stick Reloader's Labels Rifle/Handgun Pack of 100||$7.10||I like the MTM labels better.|
|Akro-Mils 8212 Six Pack of 30210 Plastic Bins||$12.84||Stackable bins to hold bullets, cases, loaded ammo, etc.|
|Hygenall LeadOff Wipes||$9.99||To wipe off your hands after a reloading session.|
|D-Lead Abrasive Hand Soap - 16oz||$9.95||To wash your hands at a sink after a reloading session.|
|RCBS Hex Lock Ring Wrench, 1-3/16-Inch||$7.59||Lee lock rings should be "finger tight", but it's hard to get your fingers in there when all four dies are installed on the turret. Plus, if they haven't moved for a while, you might need a little help to break them loose.|
|MTM 40/45/10MM Cal 100 Round Flip-Top Ammo Box, Red||$3.59||Reusable box to hold loaded 45 ACP ammunition and carry it to the range. I was just going to reuse my saved ammo boxes from purchased ammo, but for $4, I splurged. I got 2 different colors in case I wanted one load for 50 yards and a different load for 25 yards.|
|MTM 40/45/10MM Cal 100 Round Flip-Top Ammo Box, Blue||$3.59||Reusable box to hold loaded 45 ACP ammunition and carry it to the range. I was just going to reuse my saved ammo boxes from purchased ammo, but for $4, I splurged. I got 2 different colors in case I wanted one load for 50 yards and a different load for 25 yards.|
|MTM 380/9MM Cal 100 Round Flip-Top Ammo Box, Clear Green/Black||$3.47||Reusable box to hold loaded 9mm ammunition and carry it to the range. I was just going to reuse my saved ammo boxes from purchased ammo, but for $4, I splurged.|
|Sharpie 1794273 Pro Bullet Tip Industrial Strength Permanent Marker, Assorted Colors, 4-Pack||$13.50||Permanent markers for marking my cases so I can pick them up at the range without confusing them with others.|
|Alliant Bullseye powder, 1 pound||$29.00||Bullseye is by far the most common powder used for 45 ACP precision pistol shooting.|
|VihtaVuori N-310 powder, 1 pound||$40.00||VV N-310 is another common powder used for 45 ACP precision pistol shooting.|
|VihtaVuori N-340 powder, 1 pound||$40.00||VV N-340 is a common powder used for 9mm.|
|Hodgdon Titegroup powder, 1 pound||$24.00||Titegroup is a common powder used for 9mm.|
|Winchester Large Pistol Primers, 1000||$35.00||45 ACP typically uses large pistol primers (but some use small pistol primers, so check your brass)|
|CCI Small Pistol Primers, 1000||$35.00||9mm uses small pistol primers|
|1/2" ratcheting combination wrench for adjusting the dies||$12.00||I had one in my regular toolbox already, but wanted one I could keep on the reloading bench.|
|Frankford Arsenal DS-750 Electronic Powder Scale||$29.99||The balance scale that comes with the press is way too time-consuming to use. Using an electronic scale is much faster and easier and it does some of the math for you. This was the cheapest scale I could find that measures to tenths of a grain and had decent reviews.|
|TOTAL||$809.04||Sorry... that $200 press kit is not even close to "everything you need" to start reloading. Figure at least $850 to get started, as an absolute minimum, because even this rather extensive list does not include the bullets (which you'll definitely need) or the brass shell casings (because I already had a bunch, but you may not already have them).|