I am starting a new thread only because I am having the devil of a time finding the previous one on which folks were giving me some great advice on beginning to reload again in a more precise manner. I have purchase the excellent DVD s from Sierra and today I ordered (from several sources) an extremely complete set of reloading gear--I still have a few questions:
1. I purchased an RCBS precision mic guage for both .300 Win and .300 RUM--even though I am uncertain whether they will give me correct head space information where my chamber may be tighter than normal. Of course I want to use this tool when setting up my sizing die to determine when I have set it such that it will be no more than say, a thousandth off--headspacing on the shoulder--even on the belted .300 Winnie. Am I wasting my money because I have a somewhat tighter chamber than normal? Maybe a different way of asking this is as follows: Would any builder--when he uses a "tight chamber" be likely to use a different headspace (from base to shoulder) than normal SAAMI specs?
2. I ordered the RCBS Rock Chucker press and plan to use the Sinclair press stand for it--which is convenient for not having to have a permanent bench--but it inclines the press slightly backwards (20 degrees of vertical??). Will that be suspect when seating bullets with a micrometer seating die in which the bullet and cartridge are supported? In other words--is tipping it over at an angle a problem?
3. I have all the "right" equipment (if not the skills
) to get everything tight and right--with one remaining vulnerability--as I see it: and that is getting the neck out of concentricity when pulling the expander ball through. I don't want to get into more exotic methods which would not utilize the ball--so how do you folks feel about polishing it--say, using 4/0 steel wool, rottenstone mixed with mineral oil, and the ball chucked in a drill? I'm not talking about taking off a lot of metal as Tubb does in the Sierra video--but polishing the dog-doo out of it.
4. If you are using a brand-new beam-type scale and level it for the surface you have it on (prior to weighing charges) are you fairly safe in not checking it out with check weights?
5. Although I loaded for years, I just now heard about most of the precision methods--let's take case indexing. Just suppose I decided I wanted to--I can see how it would work if you load single-shot fashion--but what about placing 2 or 3 rounds in a blind magazine--also indexed with the thin side (indexed) side of the case up??? Will the cases have a tendency to stay in that position as you chamber them? ( I know I should experiment on this and will do so--but right now, I'm afraid a loud noise in the bedroom might make my wife burn the pasta.
For those who may be interested, (or want to question my sanity
) here is what I ended up purchasing--I would appreciate feedback even though I have done the deed:
RCBS Rockchucker press/shell holders, and Sinclair portable stand.
(Precision dies will come from rifle builder)
Stuck case removal kit
Wilson Sinclair Ultimate Case Trimmer Kit (with micrometer)
(Case holders for both my cartridges)
Sinclair primer pocket uniformer/handle
Sinclair VLD Champhering Tool
Sinclair Gen II Flash hole deburring Tool
RCBS Mic gauges for both calibers
NECO Gauge for run out, neck wall thickness, and concentricity
Lock and Load Chamber all with cases for both my calibers
Sinclair Priming tool and Lee priming tool shell holders
Sinclair Premium Neck Turning Tool and carbide mandrel
Forster Collet style bullet puller and .30 collet
(2) 50 piece Poly loading blocks
Redding 505 beam powder scale
Lee scoop set (I believe in going high-tech!)
Redding Powder Trickler
Satern Aluminum Powder Funnel
Oh, yes: a Competitive Edge Chronograph and tripod.
Can anyone think of anything I left out????? I have the reloading manuals.