Re: I need help reloading my 243. First time ever reloading
Hi 82, well you havent given us much info to go on!
What rifle are you loading for, what lenght & contour is the barrel??
What is the twist rate??
What are your objectives, hunting loads, benchrest loads??
What other gauges/equipment/powder measuring gear do you have, how will you find out your OAL??
Do you have any reloading manuals & how much research have you done??
As tricky is saying consistancy is the key.
Work out what standard of case prep you are willing to go to & the steps involved.
My process for case prepping my hunting rounds are-
1. Decap primer
2. Uniform the primer pocket
3. Debur the flash hole
4. Ultra sonic clean.
5. Resize(I neck resize & only FL size if the case wont chamber)
6. Trim to minimum length(if needed, you need to measure after resizing & if they are under max then you can let it go if you choose)
7. Bevel & chamfer neck case mouth(if you are loading VLD's you will need another chamfering tool that has a different angle!!).
8. Seat primer
9. Charge(if testing go up in increments)
10. Seat projectile(normally I start load development with seating 10 thou of the lands & go from there after I find the right powder charge)
Everyones process tends to be different so you need to come up with your own!!
Do load development on a single projectile at one time so as not to over complicate things.
Follow load data charts & always work up loads from min towards the max looking for pressure signs as you go.
Safety is the biggest factor so check, double check, then triple check all your processes as you go.
Good luck mate.
Note: On VLD's- they are very finicky, working out how far off the lands to seat them is the tricky part as they can either like to be jammed into the lands or have a big jump!!