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How to get started reloading..

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Unread 01-19-2013, 05:52 AM
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Re: How to get started reloading..

Originally Posted by pburton View Post
I have thought about that as well. There are a couple of reasons that I want to start reloading. First, I do shoot a lot. Not necessarily with my long range rifle but I have multiple guns. Second, with the state of this country I foresee them taxing amunition more than it already is and factory ammo being more and more difficult to get. I want to be able to sustain myself without worry. The last reason is that I do want to get all I can get out of my rifle. Right now I am getting well under 1" with factory ammo. What could I get with reloads?
Sounds like your ready and for all the good reasons...Get yourself a Lyman 49th edition book and study up on everything..It should help you decide what you might be wanting to get as far as the press,etc...Myself,have always be partical to Lee
dies and they turrent press..They have worked well over the years..I would suggest the 4 hole model...But look around and if you do happen to know someone who
reloads,maybe he or she can also be of help to you..
one shot one kill is a wonderful thing
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Unread 01-19-2013, 07:15 PM
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Re: How to get started reloading..

+1 on doing some reading first. When I started reloading I did a lot of forum searches here and at accurate reloading. There is a ton of info and pretty honest product reviews - you can generally tell who has an agenda . . .

What you get is going to depend on what type of reloading you are going to be doing:

If high precision rifle reloads are your goal, a single stage press of any brand should do you fine. I would recommend spending on your dies - I've had awesome luck (consistency, concentricity, quality) with Redding Match dies.

If you reload in quantity, are looking to save $, and think big O is going to tax the snot out of factory ammo (sounds like you do, and I aint arguing) I would strongly recommend a progressive press. I personally have a hornady LNL AP, and it has been reliable and problem free. I do not have the casefeeder or bulletfeeder and it is fast enough for my needs. I have also heard great things about Dillon progressives, but have never used one.

Whichever way you go, invest in a way to measure consistently - go/no go gauges for pistol (I like Wilson) and a headspace gauge for rifle (I have the Hornady set and it lets me compare against fired loads, which has worked for me). Measure the crap out of everything and load safe!!

Good luck!
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