Best Reloading Kits for Beginners

Reloading your own ammunition is not only about delivering levels of precision that exceed factory ammunition, or about saving money over the long haul on ammo, but can also just be a great way to get more engaged in the shooting sports. If you are an aspiring or beginning reloader, check out some of our best options for getting started in your new hobby.

1 Lee Challenger Breech Lock Single Stage Press Kit

Lee Challenger Breech Lock Single Stage Press Kit

The Lee Precision Challenger Breech Lock Single Stage Press Kit is a great kit for the beginning reloader or seasoned reloader looking to add to their reloading setup. This kit contains the popular Challenger Breech Lock Single Stage Press which features an "O" frame design and solid construction making this press a great addition to any reloading room. One of the great features of the Challenger Breech Lock Press is the Breech Lock quick change die system that holds dies in inserts that can be quickly removed from the press. Includes one quick change insert. Popular "O" frame design with a 4-1/4" opening that is angled at 30 degrees for maximum hand clearance. The spent primer catcher is effective and easy to empty. The press is made from ASTM 380 Aluminum, has 3-offset mounting holes, a 3-1/2" ram stroke and can handle cartridge lengths from the short 0.905" 25 ACP to the long 3.750" 460 Weatherby. This kit comes with everything to start loading ammunition except for reloading dies, reloading components, and Lee case length gauge for trimming brass to the correct length.

Kit Includes:

  • Lee Breech Lock Challenger Single Stage Press
  • 1-Breech Lock Quick Change Die Bushing
  • Lee Auto Prime XR
  • Lee Auto Prime Shellholder Set of 8 (1,2,3,4,5,11,12 and 19)
  • Value Quick Trim Case Trimmer
  • Lee Cutter and Lock Stud
  • Lee Perfect Powder Measure
  • Lee Chamfer Tool
  • Lee Primer Pocket Cleaner
  • Lee Safety Powder Scale
  • Lee Powder funnel
  • 2 oz Tube Lee Resizing Case Lube



Curious about what else you will need to start reloading with this kit?
We suggest the following; as this kit does not include reloading dies, case length gauges or shellholders for the Challenger Breech Lock Single Stage Press.

  • A Lee Case Length Gauge for trimming cases
  • Cartridge specific die set
  • Shellholder for desired cartridge
  • Appropriate powder, primers, bullets and cases for your desired cartridge
  • Reloading Manual



Note: The Lee Bench plate that is visible in the photograph is not sold with this kit, it is available separately (Product # 113651)



What is the difference between the Anniversary Kit (Item# 423081) and the Challenger Breech Lock Single Stage Press kit (Item# 121744)?

  • The main difference is the priming feature, the Anniversary kit utilizes a press mounted priming feature, when the Breech Lock Single stage kit utilizes a Lee hand primer and shellholders

What Customers Are Saying

This is the kit I chose ...

This is the kit I chose to get started reloading. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality. I didn't have much to spend and went with this relatively inexpensive kit. I feel after using the kit for 100 magnum reloads that if I had spent more money on any other kit, it would have been a waste. I don't reload high volume, but the components in this kit allow one to reload fairly fast. The breechlock makes changing dies very handy; get them set up once and that's it, change them out at will. All I bought in addition to this kit to reload 7mm Rem mag was Lee deluxe die set, a factory crimp die, Lee reloading manual, and a set of dial calipers. I believe lee products to be innovative and well built. I was skeptical solely because of the low price, but in this case, you get an excellent entry level kit. The auto prime, powder measure, and powder scales all work great. Also came with a .22-.45cal powder funnel, 3 breach locks, small and large priming arm (if you wish to prime on the press's down stroke ...
- Paul, 2/25/2010

About Lee

If you are thinking about starting to reload, you found the best place to start. Reloading indeed saves you money and no manufacturer saves you more than Lee. Their mission is simple; Produce the best American made value in reloading tools. The Lee family has been producing affordable reloading products since 1958. Their great prices come from patented innovative designs. They are thankful to say Lee Precision products are cast, machined and assembled in the USA. Serving the reloaders of the world for over fifty years!

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2 Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic Single Stage Press Deluxe Kit

Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic Single Stage Press Deluxe Kit

The Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic Press Deluxe Kit is a great kit to get started in reloading. The Classic Press is packed full of features, including an angled frame, easy grip handle, positive priming system, primer catcher, and Lock-N-Load Bushings for quick die changing. The Classic Deluxe Kit includes everything needed to produce high-quality handloads except reloading dies.

Kit Includes:

  • Lock-N-Load Classic Single Stage Press
  • Digital Scale
  • Handbook of Cartridge Reloading
  • 3 - Lock-N-Load Bushings
  • Primer Catcher
  • Positive Priming System (Small and Large Primer Cups Included)
  • Handheld Priming Tool
  • Universal Reloading Block
  • Chamfering and Deburring Tool
  • Powder Funnel
  • Powder Trickler
  • Lock-N-Load Powder Measure
  • 5.5 oz Can of One Shot Aerosol Case Lube
  • 6- Sure-Loc Die Lock Rings
  • Powder Measure Stand
  • Shellholder Pack (Includes shellholder 1, 2, 5, 16, 35)
  • Kinetic Bullet Puller
  • Lock-N-Load Overall Length Gauge (Straight-for bolt action rifles)
  • Vintage Tin Sign
  • Pistol Rotor and Metering Assembly
  • Steel Dial Caliper

What Customers Are Saying

Great Deal

I looked for the best deal I could find on high quality reloading equipment. I didn't want to buy the lesser expensive, and I've been told, inferior brand, Lee, and couldn't afford a Dillon. This kit had just about everything I needed to get started. The fact that it came with a digital scale, and the powder measure stand made it a better deal also. After adding up the totals with this, and other brands, this was the best deal. The deluxe kit is the way to go if you want quality at an affordable price. I wasn't disappointed either when I received it. Everything is high quality and well made. The Lock-N-Load feature also makes this press quicker and easier to use. I set this up in my garage, and that's where the only issue comes in. The powder measure and dies will rust if you leave them in a damp environment like my garage. Keep them protected and you shouldn't have a problem. So far, after loading over 1300 rounds, everything seems to be accurate. Just take your time to read and follow all of the directio...
- Doc Shot, 3/12/2016

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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3 Lyman Ultimate Reloading Press Kit System

Lyman Ultimate Reloading Press Kit System

The Lyman Ultimate Reloading System is the only kit you’ll ever need! Outfit an entire reloading bench with premium products designed to accomplish all steps in the reloading process. The Ultimate Reloading System includes top-of-the-line tools and accessories like the Brass Smith high speed turret press, Gen 6 Digital Powder System, Universal Case Trimmer, Pro 1200 Turbo Tumbler, and everything else needed to turn out high quality rounds fast! Take your passion to the next level with the Lyman Ultimate Reloading System!

 

The Brass Smith 8-Station Turret Press, the most feature-packed, rugged turret press on the market! Starting at the top, the extra-large 8 station turret is machined out of heavy duty cast iron. It is equipped with an easily removed turret bolt which makes swapping turrets simple. The 8 die station turret will hold two complete 4 die sets or up to four 2 die sets. Below the turret is a rigid cast iron frame, housing a 1” diameter ram and compound linkage. The frame is large enough to work with even the longest rifle cartridges. Work the press handle and you will feel the tight, precision fit and smooth operation. Unlike many competitive presses, the Brass Smith 8-Station Turret Press comes with a newly designed straight line primer feed. The straight line primer feed is completely reliable and simple to use. Simply push the priming arm forward at the bottom of the ram travel to position it beneath the shell holder. For added safety, the primer feed comes with a heavy steel shield which surrounds the primer tubes. The Brass Smith 8-Station Turret Press is equipped with a comfortable ball handle which can be positioned for either right or left hand use. The Brass Smith 8-Station Turret Press is designed for use with any standard 7/8”x14 thread dies and accepts standard shell holders.

 

Contents:

• Brass Smith Reloading press

• Gen 6 Powder System

• Universal Trimmer

• Pro 1200 Turbo Tumbler

• Free Lyman Die Set Voucher

• 50th Edition Lyman Reloading Handbook

• Universal Loading Block

• Case Prep Multi Tool

• Bench Wrench

• E-ZEE Prime Hand Priming Tool

• Quick Slick Case Lube

• Magnum Inertia Bullet Puller

• Stainless Steel Calipers

 

What Customers Are Saying

I would buy again.

All of the accessories are good quality and the press is built like a tank. I like that I can set up one turret head for two calibers. I have a second turret head set up for two more calibers. I plan on buying a third turret head. That way I'm ready to do six calibers in seconds. I love the electronic powder measure works great.
- Wayne .45, 3/27/2019 Shop Now
4 Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic Single Stage Press Kit

Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic Single Stage Press Kit

The Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic Press Kit is a great kit to get started in reloading. If you are a new reloader you will love the ease of use the Lock-N-Load Classic provides and all of the accessories that are packaged with the kit so you can start turning out accurate, consistent ammunition. If you are a seasoned reloader you will love the fact that this press kit is built to last a lifetime and is backed with Hornady's Lifetime Warranty. The Classic Press is packed full of features, including an angled frame, easy grip handle, positive priming system, primer catcher, and Lock-N-Load Bushings for quick die changing. The Classic Kit includes everything reloaders need to produce high-quality handloads. Dies, bushings, and shellholders sold separately.

Kit Includes: Lock-N-Load Classic Single Stage Press, Lock-N-Load Powder Measure (with rifle rotor), Digital Scale, Handbook of Cartridge Reloading, 3 Lock-N-Load Bushings, Primer Catcher, Positive Priming System (Small and Large Primer Cups Included, Handheld Priming Tool, Universal Reloading Block, Chamfering and Deburring Tool, Powder Funnel and Trickler, 5.5 oz can of One Shot Aerosol Case Lube

What Customers Are Saying

I have owned other ...

I have owned other equipment in the past for reloading.This kit is tops. Lock-n-Load is very easy to use. I did own a progressive Dillon at one time. It was a good machine, but finicky. I am considering upgrading to a progressive again and probably will buy another Hornady. Service is good, the press is a well built unit. The only problem I have had is with primer seater sticking in shell holder. Powder measure is very accurate and so easy to dump powder back out of. Overall the whole kit is excellent.
- Rocky, 2/25/2010

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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5 RCBS Reloader Special-5 Explorer Plus Single Stage Press Kit

RCBS Reloader Special-5 Explorer Plus Single Stage Press Kit

The RCBS has been producing high-quality reloading tools for beginning and advanced reloaders for over 60 years. One of the most difficult thing about reloading is figuring out what equipment is needed to make accurate, reliable reloads. RCBS has taken that guess work out of the equation with their Explorer Plus Reloading Kit. This kit is compiled with some of the most important tools and equipment that reloaders need with RCBS donating a portion of each proceed going to youth hunting and shooting programs.

So what is included with the Explorer Plus Reloading Kit? This kit includes all of the following items:

  • Reloader Special-5 Single Stage Reloading Press, this press features 3-3/4" hand clearance, 30 degree opening offset, primer arm and the ability to be converted to a progressive press in the future
  • Uniflow Powder Measure throws consistent, accurate charges uniformly from the measuring cylinder into the cartridge case. Charges are easy to change from charge to charge without having to empty the hopper. The measuring cylinder is precision ground and slides into a precision honed main casting for a tight fit. 100 grain charging capacity. Standard 7/8"-14 threads, includes a stand plate which is drilled for mounting on a bench or under a die lock ring. Comes with two drop tubes for 22 caliber and up.
  • 1,500 Grain Digital Pocket Scale, 1500 grain capacity, +/- 0.1 grain accuracy, Tare, mode and on/off key functions. LCD readout with blue backlight. Displays in grains, grams, ounces, carats and DWT, Automatically turns off after 5 minutes of inactivity to save battery life. Ships with two AAA batteries a scale pan, check weight and has a limited one year warranty.
  • Nosler 7th Edition Reloading Manual. It contains 864 pages of information on favorite classic cartridges and popular calibers like the 300 AAC Blackout, 17 Fireball, 308 Marlin Express, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 Grendel, 30 T/C and many more. Also includes data for Nosler's bullet lines and detailed step-by-step explanations of the reloading sequence perfect for the novice and experience reloader.
  • Hand Priming Tool, which features a patented safety mechanism that separates the seating operation from the primer supply. This virtually eliminates the possibility of a tray detonation. Comes with large and small primer plugs. Tool can hold 100 primers.
  • Universal Case Loading Block, double-sided design that has 25 holes on each side for loading a variety of calibers.
  • Deburring Tool, that quickly and easily chamfers and deburrs case mouths. Just insert the pointed end into the case mouth and a few twists of the wrist a nice chamfer will be created, flip the tool around and use the same process to remove any exterior burrs from the case mouth.
  • Powder Funnel, fits cases from 22 to 45 caliber with a specially designed drop tube that helps to avoid messy powder spills around the case mouth while the non-stick, anti-static surface prevents powder from sticking to the sides.
  • Case Slick Spray Lube, flows easily over the surface of brass providing uniform coverage helping eliminate the possibility of denting case shoulders.
  • Powder Trickler-2, Great tool for any reloader looking to trickle that final amount of powder into their powder pan to get the perfect weight charge. Designed specifically to work with electronic scales. Also features and adjustable height, non-skid base and powder tube extension.
  • Advanced Powder Measure Stand, made from cast aluminum is used designed to elevate any standard 7/8"-14 powder measure above the reloading bench for a better view of the powder dispensing process (Stand is not threaded, the powder measure is held in place with die lock rings)
  • Pow'r Pull Bullet Puller, this impact bullet puller is made from a solid one piece body, innovative 3-jaw chuck that grips the case rim. To pull bullets the tool needs to be tapped on a solid surface (like a hammer), until the bullet separates from the case. Will work with most centerfire cartridges from 5.7x28mm FN to Remington Ultra Magnum family of cartridges.
  • Stainless Steel Dial Caliper, excellent tool for taking accurate measurements. Constructed from stainless steel with an easy to read dial. Each revolution of the dial is 0.100" with a range of 0-6"
  • Small Uniflow Measuring Cylinder, the small measuring chamber is used for reloaders needing to throw small powder charges. Will throw charges between 0 and 50 grains.
  • Sixe die lock rings, are constructed from steel and allows the reloader to setup dies and lock the settings in place so when removed and reinstalled dies do not have to be recalibrated. (Fit standard 7/8"-14 threaded dies)
  • Number 2, 3, 4, 10 and 43 Shellholders, shellholders are made from high-quality steel and fit virtually any single stage reloading press. These five shellholders are the holders that fit the most popular reloading calibers, specific fit information can be found in the link below or by consulting our Master Catalog or calling our friendly customer service line for assistance.


Notes: May be upgraded to a progressive loader with the addition of the Piggyback-3 Conversion Unit (sold separately)

What Customers Are Saying

Great kit but.

Bought this kit a couple weeks ago after being on back order for several weeks. Received the kit and put it in my spare room so I could make room to set everything up. Opened the box which was packaged nicely and started to assemble kit and soon realized that I am missing the c-clip that holds the primer arm to the press and am also missing shell holder #4. Everything else seems to be in the kit and looks fine. This is the first time in several years ordering from midway that I have ever received a package that was missing parts. Overall looks like a great kit and I'm sure it will work fine once I get all the missing parts.
- Crash, 6/14/2015

About RCBS

Fred T. Huntington founded RCBS – Rock Chuck Bullet Swage dies – in 1943 as a way to create quality varmint bullets. RCBS no longer manufactures bullet-swaging dies, but it still remains close to its roots. We are the leading manufacturer of reloading equipment for rifles and pistols. And RCBS is still headquartered in Oroville, California, the same place where Red T. Huntington made his first bullet.

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