was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what type of quick reloading equipment i should get for a model 19 s&w model 19 4"bbl. am a novice at this so any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks
I just got started loading metallic myself, so let me tell you what I have.
First, I strongly recommend you get a loading manual. I use Lyman's Pistol & Revolver Handbook, 3rd Ed. Get a manual and read it several times. It will answer many of the questions that come up. The Lyman's has an excellent reloading tutorial.
In terms of equipment, you start a press. From what I've seen, a turret press seems to be the best bet. A straight single stage press (like the "Rock Chucker") means you must remove each die and set it up properly each time you use it. The turret press lets you install all your dies in the press and then rotate to the appropriate die as needed. It makes the whole process go much faster. Of course you still must remove the dies if you change caliber.
Next in importance is the dies. I like the four die sets, but the three die sets work OK. I bought the Lee four die set and am very pleased with it.
You MUST have a good scale. I like the beam scales, but a lot of reloaders like the digital scales, so take your pick.
You need some way to measure powder into the case. I have an old Lyman #55 Powder Measure that works great, but I still verify powder drops every 10 loads or so. You can use a powder trickler to drop powder onto the scale and then pour it into the case, but that's relatively slow compared to using a powder measure like the #55.
Then, of course, you need primers, powder and bullets. What you purchase here depends on what you are trying to do with your reloads. Target, home defense, Cowboy Action, etc.
Is your Model 19 a .357? If so, you can load .38 Spl for plinking/target work and minimize both recoil and loading costs.
A word of caution, though: Over the years I've owned several S&W Model 19's. This particular model does NOT do well on a steady diet of 357 Magnum ammunition. My suggestion would be for you not to go above 38 Special +P ammunition.