Buffalobob and yobuck
: Understood completely, my friends--I assure you in no way am I having second thoughts--with two custom rifles totaling over 10 grand with the scopes, I am not one to whine about the cost of ammunition--reloaded or otherwise. My real problem in that regard is that, unlike what President Obama apparently thinks, I am most decidedly NOT a rich American and it ain't just shooting--I have too many damned expensive hobbies to support in the manner in which they have become accustomed.
More than sticker shock, having reloaded mild stuff in the past, I was just surprised at the notion that I would have to discard after two firings. I was expecting him to take the normal BR approach and advise me just to neck resize as long as I could--but not so.
I suspect the tightness of the chamber may have something to do with it as well.
A couple of other questions now that I have you guys on the line:
I am buying a full set of reloading equipment--most of it from Sinclair.
1. They no longer sell the NECO gauge so I am going to buy that direct. Can anyone think of a function it won't perform for which I would need a separate micrometer?
2. When you use "small base dies" does that refer just to the base of the cartridge or is the whole case sized down narrowly.
3. My builder is not available to ask (although I will when he is)--but when custom builders of hunting rifles cut a chamber tight, does that usually mean you can or cannot fire factory ammo in it?
Thanks, and I'll warn you---I may have other questions as well.