Originally Posted by Lefty7mmstw
Kevin has a point; BUT it'll get you shooting a lot more working with your rifle if you are serious about reloading for it at all.
If three boxes a year is really all you'll use, I'd buy my stuff as factory as Kevin mentioned.
I mentioned this from a bad memory; sitting in on the civil trial of a guy who'd blown a 270 Wby Mag to shreds. No small feat, either. When I was originally sent to do the deposition, I'd been informed that the guy was and experienced reloader, and has been doing his own ammo for nearly 20 years. When I got up there and started doing the deposition, it quickly turned out that the guy had what I would have called a few months (at best) experience, spread out over 20 years. He loaded two or three boxes of ammo, each and every year, no more. He'd also had ammo (reloaded ammo) gun problems, with sticky bolts, including one time the previous year when he actually had to take the gun to a local 'smith to get the bolt open and the fired case extracted. No real knowledge of what he was doing, a reloading manual that was at least 20 years outdated, no knowledge of powders, etc.. The guy was a poster child for factory ammo . . . or maybe golf. Anyway, he probably shouldn't have been shooting, and he sure as hell shouldn't have been reloading his own ammo. Ever since then, yeah, if you're only going to load two or three boxes a year, buy the factory stuff and be done with it.