Reloading the 50 BMG – How to Start

Reloading the 50 BMG – easy and saves money

Reloading the 50 BMG is just like reloading any caliber except its bigger.

The .50 BMG has become more and more popular as more 50 BMG rifles appear on the market and the price tags are getting more affordable. 50 BMG ammo is a little expensive but you can reload the 50 BMG for a whole lot less. Reloading ammo can usually reduce the cost by over 50%.

So what do you need in order to reload the 50 BMG? The major difference between reloading any caliber and reloading the 50 BMG is the press. You need to have a 50 BMG reloading press for this operation. The 50 BMG is a large case and will require more pressure to resize it. Larger presses have more leverage and make it easier or possible to resize large cases. There are a number of 50 BMG reloading presses available. RCBS, Lee Precision and Hornady make presses for reloading the 50 BMG. Let’s review a few of them.

Lee Precision Classic Cast 50 BMG Reloading Press

Lee Precision makes some really nice presses. They are well made, load accurate ammo and last a long time. I have owned and used many Lee Precision reloading presses for many years and love them. They are very affordable too.

The Lee Classic 50 BMG press is the most affordable reloading kit. This is not just the press but the entire kit that includes the press, dies, shell holder, ram prime tool and case lube. There is also a shell holder insert, large and small primer arms and a die reducer bushing to accept standard dies with 7/8 – 14 threads. This press is very versatile and will reload any caliber up to 50 BMG. (Buy at

This is a large and heavy duty cast iron press that has the leverage to resize just about any brass case you will run across except for the 20 mm Vulcan. It will resize 600 Nitro, 700 Nitro, 4 bore and of course the 50 BMG. With the adapter bushing you can reload anything from .223 to 30-06 or .44 mag. This press is not just for reloading the 50 BMG. You can never go wrong with Lee Precision products. I have used them for over 30 years.

If you need 50 BMG dies for your press then you might want to take a look at the Lee Precision dies. They are well made and will last for many years.

Hornady Lock-N-Load Press

The Hornady 50 BMG press is a single stage press with enormous power and strength. Hornady makes an excellent press with its famous Lock-N-Load technology in the ram that allows you to change from reloading dies to ram prime quickly and easily. The press features solid construction that provides the leverage power to resize large cases like the 50 BMG. It is very similar to the RCBS AmmoMaster Press.

This press has a huge opening to accommodate the long 50 BMG case. You can also reload other large cases like the 505 Gibbs, 600 nitro, 700 Nitro, 4 Bore, etc. Any 1.5″ die will fit in this press. This press is pretty inexpensive when you consider the cost of factory 50 BMG ammo which is about $5 – $10 per round. You can cut that cost in half by reloading. So you will get your money back in as little as 100 rounds. This is a great investment if you shoot the 50 BMG.

RCBS AmmoMaster Press Kit

The RCBS AmmoMaster reloading press has been around for many years and is one of the best presses made today. It is heavy duty with powerful leverage. The ram is 1.5″ of solid steel. It can size any brass case up to and including the 50 BMG easily. This is a single stage press which means you perform one reloading step at a time like sizing or bullet seating. It accepts all 1.5″ dies like for the 505 Gibbs, 500 Jeffery, 600 Nitro, 700 Nitro and 50 BMG. You can save a lot of money with this press or make money by reloading for other 50 BMG shooters.

This is the AmmoMaster 50 BMG Reloading Press Kit and includes the AmmoMaster Press, RCBS 50 BMG dies, shell holder, ram priming unit and a trim die. This kit includes everything you need except for cases, powder, powder measure, case lube, primers and bullets.

50 BMG Brass Cases


50 BMG Reloading Dies


RCBS 50 BMG 1-1/2in. Die Kit – 88705

50 BMG Reloading Press – Lee Precision Review

The Lee 50 BMG Reloading Press allows you to start reloading the 50 BMG without spending $500 on a press and another $500 on dies. The Lee 50 BMG press breaks open the market and allows everyone to afford reloading the 50 BMG. It’s tough enough just ot purchase a 50 BMG rifle. Most basic 50 BMG rifles cost about $2000.

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50 BMG Reloading Press - Lee Precision

For the longest time if you wanted to reload the 50 BMG, you had to buy the RCBS AmmoMaster press. The Ammo Master was the only press large enough to accommodate the 50 BMG case. And the RCBS AmmoMaster is an expensive press, about $630 online. This was the only game in town until now. It used to be really expensive to reload something as large as the 50 BMG.

The RCBS AmmoMaster costs about $650 but now you can not only get a reloading press for the 50 BMG but the entire reloading kit including press, dies, primer unit, shell holder and more. Reloading dies for the 50 BMG run a couple of hundred dollars all by themselves. Now you can get the 50 BMG reloading kit for a little over $200.

Hornady now makes a press large enough for the 50 BMG. It’s called the Hornady Lock n Load 50 BMG Press. It retails for $405.00 and that’s without dies or any accessories. Just the press itself. If you want to get a reloading kit for the 50 BMG from Hornady then it’s going to cost over $700.

Meet the Lee Precision Classic 50 BMG Reloading Press Kit. The Lee Precision 50 BMG press is a heavy duty iron press with power to size any case up to the 50 BMG. Lee Precision reloading presses are excellent. I have owned a few for many years and was always happy with their quality and performance. They last a lifetime with excellent customer service. Don’t ever hesitate to contact customer service. They will take care of your needs. Not that you will need them.

The Lee 50 BMG press is a single stage O frame design made from cast iron. It is coated to protect it from the elements and provide curb appeal. The frame is huge with a 30 degree offset for easy access to the ram area. The ram handle can be mounted for right or left handed people. The press is designed for the huge 1.5″ dies but can also use the standard 7/8″ dies with a bushing. These 1.5″ dies typically cost around $250 – $300 from RCBS but Lee makes their own and cost a lot less. They will last a lifetime too.

The Lee 50 BMG reloading kit includes everything you need to start reloading. You get the heavy weight 50 BMG Press, 50 BMG reloading dies, shell holder, ram prime tool, case lube, shell holder insert, large and small primer arms, die reducer bushing to accommodate 7/8 – 14 dies. This press will not only reload the 50 BMG but also any other caliber by using the reducer bushing to switch from 1.5″ dies to 7/8″ dies.

50 BMG ammo can cost anywhere from $5 per round to $10 per round. If you reload your brass, you can save over 50% off of factory ammo. This reloading press kit will pay for itself after about 50 rounds or so. Not only can you save money on your own ammo but you can also reload for others that shoot the 50 BMG and make some money. Anyone that shoots the 50 BMG would be happy to pay you to reload his/her brass.