Originally Posted by vthokee
Should I experiment with some factory loads to see what my rifle likes and then after I get some brass move to hand loads?
Yes, that sounds like a great idea. As others on here will tell you, if you really want to shoot long range, reloading is the only way to go.
But, don't but too much factory ammo for the brass. Problem with that is you can end up with a lot of brass of different brands and once you start reloading, you will find that you prefer one brand over another and never use some of the factory loaded brass that you spent some bucks on. Also, you will find when you reload that is not good to mix brass.
For factory loads, I would suggest Federal. The brass is pretty good. Winchester brass seems to have fallen off in quality the last few years. Especially the stuff they load factory ammo with.