Re: Starting Out - Please Help.
You sure asked a pile of questions. they aren't all easily answered.
I'll just list the things I use, not necessarily the best, but they work.
I haven't played with loadbase, I use Quickload and Exbal (PC and PDA).
My pda is a palm, but I'd probably go with a PC if I did it again.
I use a Swarovski laser Rangefinder.
I use the NP-R1 reticle's on my rifles, it is a nice reticle.
A lot of practice and good reloads will take you the rest of the way.
If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.
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