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Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by Jake Perry, Mar 6, 2019.

  1. Jake Perry

    Jake Perry Marksman

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    Good evening everyone,

    I am in search of a teacher and friend around Stillwater area to help me learn the steps of reloading. I've done a lot of research and have a good idea about reloading, but I also figured it would never hurt to listen to someone that has been doing it a long time. I am wanting to reload for a 308. I have lots of brass, 1000 primers to start off with, 168gr Hornady Amax bullets. I know I need to buy powder and dies.

    Is there anyone around the Stillwater area that would mind helping me out, i.e. giving me instruction on a good starter press and letting me get hands on experience with your guidance.

    thanks
     
  2. okierider

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    Jake I am out of OKC so not much help there ,but I have a couple digital manuals and some other loading related material I could send you if you want to PM me a email address.. Some of it will be about loading lead bullets but you are not going to stop at 308 ... trust me !!:cool:
     
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    http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/node

    Let me know if you get all of the manuals. Lock that link into your browser, all new loads I work up start there. I look up the data they have print the info page and the go to the manuals and compare data and use the printout to make notes. Once I find the load (or several) I am going to use all the time I have a note book I keep all the numbers in for future reference. On the hot loads especially I always refer to my note book just to make sure the old memorex has not failed...

    This hobby is almost as enjoyable as shooting the guns !! Have some 357 SD rounds I am working the data on right now that I need to get to the range and test.
     
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    I'm in. This is gonna be expensive as in--- a cup of coffee! PM sent
     
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    Aw man. I had a hand press I could have given to you, but I donated it to the new Goodwill over by the Walmart neighborhood market by Academy. Check to see if it's still there.

    Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
     
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    There is a pay it forward thread here, someone here may have been happy to give it a home..
     
  7. Jake Perry

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    I sure will check it out! I'll head over there tomorrow!
     
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    Unfortunately I am 60 miles from Stillwater, but you are more than welcome to PM me if you have a question I might be able to answer.
     
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    Only 40 miles away from you to the North. More than willing to help via pm or on the open forum so others can see some questions they may need answered.
     
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    I suggest the Lee classic Cast press. And the Lee dies.
    Some Hornady sizing die wax and some IMR 4064 powder.
    Varget is good powder but My groups open up when the temp changes and 4064 does not do that to me.
    Varget does that to me in all the guns I use it in.

    Here are links to what I would buy if I had to start from scratch again.
    Including some really good case prep tools that make my groups small.
    https://ads.midwayusa.com/product/3...MI1_rdgYHw4AIVGXZeCh0mbQOrEAYYASABEgI3T_D_BwE

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/538030/lee-pacesetter-3-die-set

    https://ads.midwayusa.com/product/1...MImLKa9YHw4AIVNSCtBh04HAbeEAQYBCABEgKjQPD_BwE

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/476992/lee-case-trimmer-cutter-and-lock-stud

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1012838679/lee-case-length-gauge-and-shellholder
    Choose .308 in the menu.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1012758025/hornady-unique-case-lube-4-oz-tub

    You will get instructions on load data and how to use the dies in that Lee die set.
    A scale would also be nice to have to weigh the loads.

    I started with a Lee scale and it was finicky if you wanted it to the tenth of a grain so I modified it.
    For a beginner I do not suggest modifying things unless you have machinist background of some kind.
    I have the RCBS 505 scale I use.
    But it is no longer available. Many scales to choose from.

    Dial calipers are a good addition also.
    I got some cheap harbor freight ones and they do measure well but my Fowlers are what I use.

    Lyman 49th is a really good book to have for reloading.

    I started with this and a hammer. Some primers, powder and brass.
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/735723/lee-classic-loader.

    That made excellent ammo from brass that was shot from my gun.
     

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