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Starting out reloading

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by Tloudy, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. dennishoddy

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    Reloading allows one to "tune" your load to your rifle. A lot of folks don't understand the relationship of bullet weight and rifle twist.
    They buy a rifle, put some rounds down the pipe and say it shot like a shotgun when in actuality, the gun is a tack driver with the correct load and bullet.
    Once you find that sweet spot where bullet/powder/twist rate become one and live in harmony, You've reached your goal as a reloader for that gun.
    Then you move on to the next challenge.
     
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  2. OKCHunter

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    This^^^.

    I started with an RCBS Rock Chucker kit back in the early 90's. I recommend this kit to anyone starting to reload. It comes with everything you need except the components. Mine also included a Speer Manual. As others have said - read and understand the manual before attempting to handload. I still use that Rock Chucker press to this day for precision rifle loads and for depriming before cleaning the case with SS pins. ThenRoxk Chucker is built like a tank and will last a lifetime. All other metallic cartridge loading is done with an RCBS Pro 2000 progressive press.

    Regarding shotshells, the standard beginner setup is a MEC 600 jr; it's a great single stage press. I still occasionally use my 600 jr for hunting loads. But, for the 4K or 5K Registered Skeet targets I shoot each year, the MEC 9000 progressive presses for 12, 20, 28, and .410 are hard to beat.
     
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    I found the list below from a few years ago when I was working up my needs to start reloading. I found an awesome deal on a Redding T-7 Turret press on craigslist for $100. I didn't realize what a deal I was getting until I started using it. The list below didn't include many items like brass or bullets, Cabelas was handy for all that. I've since invested in RCBS Chargemaster that has made my life much easier also. Next upgrade is a Frankford Arsenal Platinum Case trim and prep center. My advice is to watch many videos, read, and take your time.

    Dillon Rifle Die Set 308 - 15574 $76.99
    RCBS #3 Shell Holder $10.64
    Lee Precision Auto-Prime XR $28.60
    Lee Precision Auto Disk Powder Measure $36.93
    Lee Precision 308 Collet Die Only $23.99
    Lyman Reloading 308 Win Case Length/Headspace Gauge $21.49
    Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-Ez Impact Bullet Puller $12.44
    Lee Precision Safety Scale (Red) $28.48
    Lee Precision Powder Funnel $4.82
    Lyman 49th Edition Reloading Handbook $18.77
    Hornady Powder Trickler $11.49
    Frankford Arsenal Electronic Digital Caliper $18.99
    Lyman Case Prep Multi Tool $21.66
    Lyman Universal Trimmer with 9 Pilot Multi-Pack $84.99
    Hornady One Shot Spray Case Lube with DynaGlide Plus (7 fl Oz Aerosol) $8.97
    American Weigh Scales GEMINI-20 Portable MilliGram Scale, 20 by 0.001 G $21.87
    MTM Universal Ammo Loading Tray Red (includes one tray) $6.99
    Total: $497.10
     
  4. beastep

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    Unless you already shoot an ungodly amount of rounds every month, you are not going to save any money by reloading. However you will shoot more. Dont get me wrong, I strongly suggest that you do it if its something you think you want to do.
     
  5. OKCHunter

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    There are other benefits - you can improve accuracy with handloads and load for difficult to find ammunition. And, loading your own ammunition is a great defense for times of ammo shortages.
     
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    And, as my 86 year-old Dad would say - "It keeps me out of the bowling alley !"

    Apparently, in the 30s & 40s, a bowling alley was a well known den of iniquity.... and he was a pin-set boy, back before auto pinsetters.
     
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    Oh without a doubt. Thats mostly the reason i do it.
     
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    Pokinfun The Most Interesting Man in the World

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    my daughters got me the RCBS Rock Chucker Kit for Christmas and my birthday one year. I would recommend the Rock Chucker Press as a starting press.
     
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    Mainly 300 Blackout and 9mm
     
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    Yes! That would be awesome!
     

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