I have the basics: RCBS RockChucker press, old powder balance, trimmer, priming tool, etc. from days gone by. I used to do a lot of loading, but never specifically for accuracy. It has been long enough that I have even forgotten a lot of the brand names.
I don't have dies for .243 Win. I would like to get a good set for accuracy-minded loading with match bullets like Berger VLDs.
Would you guys recommend a good set of dies, and any other tools that might be useful? Maybe a better measuring tool than a dummy round and a sharpie for seating depth? Is neck turning worth it?
get a set of Lee collet necksizing dies . No lube needed , low runout , longer case life ( I think 20 bucks or so buys the deluxe Lee die set that includes the neck sizer die , a full length sizing die ( for when you need to bump the shoulder back a smidge) and a seater die .
Ask around on this site you will find a lot of guys that are verry knowledgeable ( the extra r is courtesy of Wild Bill [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] )
Hey , good fortune on getting back into the game, you will find that there is a lot of help here .
Having preceeded you by about six months of getting back into the shooting game, I will say that my biggest mistake was waiting a long time to buy a concentricity gauge. It is just too embarrassing to say how much runout my "precision loaded ammo" had when I finally got the guage and checked myself. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
Ignorance is bliss. That is why I was such a happy fellow. Now I can't sleep at night [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
A decent enough gauge to cause you to lose sleep will cost about $65.00.
I just recently bought a 243 for paper punching and prarrie poodles. I'm kind of an all RCBS guy with neck and full size dies for all my calibers
I have a case trimmer and digital calipers to keep the cases = length and seating depth.
I have a piller V block and dial indicator to measure bullet run out.
I have the RCBS digital dispenser and scales to greatly speed up the case filling.
My twist is optimized for 105 SPB for paper time. I've been using 70 gr. speer TNT-HP or sierra 70 gr blitz for vaminting. These are very explosive rounds when loaded to nearly 3500 fps. enough so that I shame my buddy with his 22-250
CCI 200 primers and H4831 for the 105s and h-414 for the 70's
.270 Ackley improved 29 inch 1.250 dia. target barrel 7mm STW 28 inch 1.250 target barrel. I also love my .458 mag for varmints and the biggest game in the world.