Top 5 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 shooting sports and learn more about all the components behind an accurate round. If you are an aspiring or beginning reloader, check out some of our best options for getting started in your new hobby. Here are a few products to look for in your reloading kit, along with our 5 Best Reloading Kits for Beginners.

Single Stage Press

Single Stage Reloading Presses are commonly used by beginner and experienced reloaders. Their designs are simple and straightforward. While they may be slower loading than other styles of presses, they offer increased precision and are generally the cheapest option when it comes to presses. You can find individual presses for under $50 dollars and complete kits for under $200 dollars!

Powder Scales

Powder Scales add much-needed precision to your loads. Whether it’s a digital scale or a beam scale, powder scales are a reliable way to get the best results when reloading.

Priming Tools

Priming Tools are an essential piece to any reloading operation. They ensure the primers are properly seated for reliable ignition with every shot.

Reloading Manuals

Reloading Manuals give essential instructions for your reloads. They provide data on nearly every cartridge, charge, and proper components to use. Consider a reloading kit with a reloading manual included, as they are an essential piece to safe and accurate reloads. Depending on the extent of your reloading plans, additional reloading manuals may need to be purchased. You can find them here!

Other Reloading Accessories

While reloading kits are a great way to get in the game, there are some items that need to be purchased separately. Here are a few accessories and components to consider.

  • Reloading Dies – Reloading dies generally aren’t included in reloading kits since you’ll need a cartridge-specific die. Luckily, MidwayUSA has a huge selection of reloading dies for nearly 1000 cartridges!
  • Bullets – One of the great things about reloading is the unmatched customization. Choose your favorite bullet style from trusted brands right here!
  • Smokeless Powder – Having the right powder load is essential to accuracy, safety, and overall performance. We carry your favorite smokeless powder brands like Hodgdon, IMR, and Accurate.
  • Brass – Whether you’re reusing brass from factory ammo or need a fresh start, reloading brass is another must-have for your reloading setup. We offer brass in all your favorite cartridges from brands like Hornady, Starline, and more!
  • Primers – Get your large rifle, small rifle, large pistol, and many other types of primers right here at MidwayUSA

Now that you have a better grasp of what to look for, here are our top 5 picks for Reloading Kits for Beginners.

1

RCBS Rebel Master Single Stage Press Kit

The Rebel Master Reloading Kit is the ideal kit for anyone looking to start reloading and will find a perfect home for someone just starting out handloading or has been handloading for decades. The RCBS Rebel Press is the next evolution in single stage press technology. Machined from tough-as-nails cast iron this press will not let you down.

 

Features

  • Heavy Duty Cast Iron Frame (22% heaver than the Rock Chucker Supreme)
  • Wide Base for Extra Stability
  • Largest Opening of Any RCBS Single Stage Press
  • Machined Qualified Surfaces
  • Extremely Tight Tolerances
  • Bottom of Ram Primer Ejection
  • Ambidextrous Handle
  • Zerk Fitting

 

Kit Includes:

  • Rebel Single Stage Reloading Press
  • Uniflow-III Powder Measure
  • 1,500 grain digital pocket scale
  • Hand priming tool
  • Speer #15 manual
  • Powder Funnel
  • Hand priming tool
  • Fold-up hex key set
  • Accessory handle 2 with case neck brushes
  • Primer pocket brushes
  • Deburring tool
  • Case loading block
  • Case slick spray lube

What Customers Are Saying

I would buy this over everything else.

This is a great press, made solid as a rock. Reloads everything, has plenty of room to work. I've had a rockchucker and this is even heavier.
- Mark M, 10/28/2020

About RCBS

Fred T. Huntington was an avid shooter and hunter of rock chucks, a common varmint in the western United States. He was dissatisfied with the varmint bullets available at the time, so he developed a die to swage 22 rimfire cases into bullet jackets. In 1943, he started making and selling these Rock Chuck Bullet Swage (RCBS) dies out of his father’s laundry and dry-cleaning business in Oroville, CA. RCBS outgrew the laundry facility and moved to its first dedicated shop in 1948. RCBS has expanded its offering to include reloading dies, reloading presses, powder measures, digital powder dispensers, case trimmers, decapping tools, primer swage tools, bullet pullers, and tumblers, available at MidwayUSA. Some of their most popular products today include the Chargemaster Digital Powder Scale, Rock Chucker Single Stage Press, the Summit Press, and their Die Sets. RCBS no longer makes bullet swage dies, but Oroville is still its home for reloading innovation and state of the art production.

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Frankford Arsenal M-Press Coaxial Single Stage Press

The Frankford Arsenal Single Stage reloading press was designed from the ground up to provide years of heavy duty service. The center mounted handle on top provides more leverage, allowing even the most stubborn case to be resized with ease. Cast iron construction and dual guide rods ensure consistent results. A free floating design allows the die and shellplate to move on two axis, so the case is always perfectly centered in the die, minimizing bullet runout. The generous frame opening and ram stroke accommodate even the largest magnum cases. Three included die blocks (more available separately) let you change dies with ease, quickly changing from resizing to seating or crimping operations in seconds. Each die block features a lock screw to ensure the die returns to the proper setting each time. The spent primer collection system ensures your workspace stays clean. This Frankford Arsenal press also features an integrated LED light to make it easy to see what you are doing. Give this press a shot and you will fall in love, they thought of everything!

Features

  • Easy-to-adjust integral "floating" shell-holder plate system
  • Includes 3 die blocks for quick change of reloading dies
  • Robust design requires little effort to size brass
  • Two parallel guide rods for stability
  • Integrated LED light to see work area
  • Ambidextrous handle location



What Customers Are Saying

Worth a try!!

I jumped on this because I like the idea of the self aligning quick change blocks. I just received it and set it up last night. Took all of 15 minutes. The press operates smooth as silk doing sizing on 243 win. Changing dies is much faster compared to my old CH champion single stage. The integrated shell holder mechanism was my only concern but I love it. Easy to set and works very well. At this price I'm glad i didn't wait to order because these could end up flying off the shelves when word spreads. This isn't just a cheap imitation of "The other" COAX press and i didnt have to wait for a backorder!!
- Chris, 3/29/2019

About Frankford Arsenal

Established in 1816 as an arms supply and repair depot, Frankford Arsenal later became the principal small-arms development facility for the United States armed forces. The first mechanized production of ammunition was pioneered at Frankford Arsenal, crucial to the adoption of breechloading small arms by the US Army. During WWII, Frankford Arsenal successfully developed steel-cased ammunition to augment brass supplies. Today, the Frankford Arsenal name continues to represent innovation in small arms ammunition production. MidwayUSA carries Frankford Arsenal single-stage reloading presses, progressive reloading presses like the X-10, powder measures, digital powder dispensers, reloading scales, reloading calipers, brass tumblers, depriming tools, bullet pullers, and more.

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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 Shellholders (2,4 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

Lee Precision began in 1958 with Richard Lee’s invention of the Lee Loader for shotgun shells. Shortly thereafter, Lee loaders for rifle and pistol ammunition were released, and in the years since, these economical tools have introduced millions of shooters to reloading. The 1970s brought bullet casting molds and the 1980s brought Lee presses and dies with innovative features not found on competing units. Over 60 years later, Lee is still family owned and producing affordable, quality reloading tools that are guaranteed for life. MidwayUSA offers a full complement of Lee Precision reloading dies, single stage presses, turret presses, progressive presses, bullet molds, powder scales, lead furnaces, bullet sizers, bullet lube, case trimmers, and many other reloading accessories. Some of their most popular models include the Pro 6000 Progressive Press, the Pro 4 Furnace, the Auto Drum Powder Measure, and the Classic 4 Hole Turret Press.

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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
  • Reloading Handbook
  • Lock-N-Load Powder Measure
  • Digital Scale
  • Lock-N-Load Die Bushings (3)
  • Primer Catcher
  • Positive Priming System
  • Handheld Priming Tool
  • Universal Reloading Block
  • Chamfer & Deburr Tool
  • Powder Trickler
  • Powder Funnel
  • One Shot 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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Lyman Brass Smith Victory Single Stage Press Reloading Kit

Perfect for precision rifle shooters, the Brass Smith Victory Reloading Kit gives reloaders all of the expert grade equipment that they need! The Lyman Brass Smith Victory Press is the workhorse of the Lyman line. You cannot find a more sturdy, rugged, and rigid single station press available. They started with a heavy duty cast iron “O” frame, and added a 1” diameter ram, and compound linkage. Work the press handle and you will feel the tight, precision fit and smooth operation. Unlike many competitive presses, the Victory 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 large 5” frame opening makes even the largest magnum calibers easy to load. The Victory Press is equipped with a comfortable ball handle which can be positioned for either right or left hand use. The Victory Press is designed for use with any standard 7/8”x14 thread dies and accepts standard shell holders.

Kit includes:
• Brass Smith Single Stage Press
• Brass Smith Powder Measure and Powder Measure Stand
• 50th Edition Reloading Handbook
• Pocket Touch 1500 electronic scale
  with Funnel Pan and Dipper
• Loading Block
• Case Prep Multi-Tool
• Magnum Bullet Puller
• Primer Tray
• E-ZEE Powder Funnel
• Case Lube Kit
• Powder Dribbler

Features

  • Heavy duty cast iron “O” frame
  • 1” diameter ram
  • Comes with straight line primer feed with large and small primer tubes
  • Precision fit and smooth operation
  • Large 5” frame opening, works with the largest cases
  • For added safety, the primer feed comes with a heavy steel shield which surrounds the primer tubes.
  • Right or left hand operation
  • Durable powder coat finish

What Customers Are Saying

Great Starter Set!

Real easy to set everything up and get cranking! It was a good starter set to get me hooked onto reloading.
- Kevin the Asian, 11/5/2023

About Lyman

In 1878, William Lyman developed a new tang sight, exceeding the capabilities of common vernier sights of the day. The Lyman No. 1 Tang Sight featured a smaller disc and larger aperture, greatly improving visibility of the target in low-light conditions. This patented design launched the Lyman Gun Sight Company. In 1925, Ideal reloading products was purchased by the Lyman family, creating a long history of Lyman reloading manuals, presses, dies, trimmers, tumblers, molds, and other tools, all sold by MidwayUSA today. For over 137 years, the Lyman name has been synonymous with high performance products for shooters, hunters, and reloaders.

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