Originally Posted by kjacko99
I am thinking about learning to reload, and the question I have is: What kit is the best for a novice to learn on? I have seen 3 kits at the local Bass Pro. They are the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit, Hornady Lock-NLoad Classic Kit & the Lyman T-Mag Expert Deluxe Reloading Kit.
Would any of these be a good choice? I'm lost and need the advice from people with experience.
If you have a friend(s) that reload I would start with them. Ask to see their reloading bench and ask lots of questions. They will be able to steer you in the right direction and save you tons of time and money.
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I have a used Rockchucker, new Ohaus scale, Lee hand primer tool, Lee hand case length trimmer. I would recommend getting/borrowing a couple of reloading manuals before making an purchases. Reloading isn't cheap by any means. Components such as Bullets? Powders? Primers? Dies? You will find an infinite number of possibilites to choose from. It can be very time consuming but the rewards are well worth it for me anyway.
I have been reloading for 40+ years and learn something new whenever I talk to friends that reload on a regular basis.
It is a great hobby and once you start talking to other reloaders it will only increase your entheuasim to get to the bench. It's very rewarding to see your group sizes getting smaller and smaller.
Lastly, do you have access to a range where you can test your worked up loads? You will need a rock solid bench with sand bags, targets & don't forget you cleaning kit. When I test new loads, I test several at a time. I clean the barrel after every test. Usually 8-10 rounds. I fire a couple of spotter shots with next load to be tested before starting the next test also. So in all, I load 3-4 different recipies at a time for testing. On each target, be sure to write the COL, bullet type, manufactor & weight, case brand, powder brand & weight, cross wind direction & temperature.
Also keep a log for each rifle with the above data.