Originally Posted by hutner3421
Thank you gentlemen for your feed back. Winmag, I think you are right about "rolling my own". From what I have seen, I can load my own match grade ammo for under a dollar a round starting off, and then once i have some good brass and the other components.....probably get down around .35 cents a round. I am currently looking at the Siera Matchking 168gr and Hornady 168gr Amax. Of course this is just a starting point. I have found some good suppliers for the bullets, but does anyone know of a inexpensive place to get brass. Plus any pointers on the loading process that you have learned along the way would great as well!!
My best advise for brass would be buy the best you can afford in bulk to keep the price down.
I started loading on Federal brass from factory ammo I shot up. I never knew how unpleasent it was to work with untill I got my hands on Winchester brass. Now I cant wait to try Norma, or Nosler. I belive you (shooting a .308) could buy Lapua.
As with hand loading equipment I firmly belive, buy the best you can afford the first time around. You have a couple good choices of bullets listed already.
If you are using the brass as a learning tool to get started look in the L/R/H for sale section near the bottom of the main page. If none is for sale post a want add there. Sometimes you can get a ''good deal'', but if your loading for L/R comp. Id buy the best new brass I could afford. Look at some of the sponsers here and see what they have to offer.
Also folks like Boss Hoss who are B/R shooters would know way better than me where to get good brass for B/R and comp. shooting.
Take what he has to say with a grain of salt, as he's a wealth of information, but definately ''salty''
. He's helped out alot of folks (me included) with load info or tricks for this or that, etc. but B/R shooters/handloaders can be on a different playing field from ''casual loaders'', hunters, and or beginners like some of us who scrub,tumble,size,trim,tumble again,prime,weigh load,and adjust seating depth to your particular rifles prefered specs for accuracy,and shoot. (ie; brass prep only BEGINS with weighing each brass, capacity testing,bullet comparators,turning necks,uniforming primer pockets and flash holes, bla-bla-bla. Some of wich we all do, but these guys wouldnt dream of loading thier brass untill this and all sorts of other tedious things that most folks take for granted were done to absolute perfection). Sometimes they can seem a bit ''coarse'', or ''rough around the edges'' with thier advise, but theyre trying to help us folks who arent quite on thier playing field B/R level. So dont be offended by some of the responses you may get. Like I said ''salty''
but realy know thier stuff for tailoring an accurate load for an accurate rifle to make it B/R, comp. ready. Boss Hoss, and many others here, some of whom dont even shoot comp. seem to have a bag of tricks that doesnt have a bottom to it. Listen close and pay attention to the vetran loaders. I know Ive gained a ton of usefull tidbits just from reading replies to posts concerning problembs and solutions I hadnt even had yet. L/R/H is (imo) the absolute best place one can go to learn and put into use such a wealth of valueable knowledge. There doesnt seem to be a question asked here that someone doesnt have an answer to.