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Reloading Berger Bullets

View Poll Results: Which Reloader would you recommend?
RCBS Pro 2000 Auto-Index Progressive Press 2 10.53%
Hornady Lock-n-Load Progressive Press 3 15.79%
Other 14 73.68%
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Newbie needs help getting started reloading!

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Unread 03-01-2009, 04:40 AM
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Re: Newbie needs help getting started reloading!

this might be some help for you..
Reloading 101: Reloading basics for the new reload - Sniper's Hide Forums

I would get a good single stage press and work from there (good set of calipers, headspace gauge, primer pocket tools, chamfer tools, trimmer, die set, and very important:reloading manual such as Lyman or Nosler -these will really give you a solid foundation, then when you think you know it, keep reading more and more and more and more).
Dont worry about powder, primers or bullet components right now, but learn the ins/outs of case prep. for each of those calibers and practice doing a bunch. Keep reading up, you will find there is no 'ONE' way to do it, but will learn what works best for you and your gun(s) have fun..
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Unread 03-01-2009, 07:32 AM
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Re: Newbie needs help getting started reloading!

I just want to add one thing about reloading manuals. What ever press you decide to go with you should use their manual because it will relate more closely. That manual will help you understand the basics in each step of the process.

For me, when I first start out working up a load with a caliber, I will research the Internet to find the best bullet & powder combination for that caliber for what ever I will be using it for i.e, hunting or punching paper. Some bullet & powder companies will have load data on their website that will help give you a good starting point.

Back to manuals.

Most bullet manuals will usually have a * to denote most accurate load for a particular bullet. I will compare that to my barrels length & twist and use that powder to start with. I also look for that powder on the burn rate chart and find two other powders to compare against. Usually one a little faster and one a little slower. I also use in my work-ups two other bullets to compare also i.e, velocity & BC. Remember your trying to find what your rifle likes best.

You have to keep in mind that NOT ALL MANUAL DATA WILL CORRELATE with each other and for that reason I use manuals from the bullet & powder companies that I will be using. They know their product better than anyone else and will list the best combination. It is impossible for powder manufactures to have data for every bullet out there and thats why I will use bullet manuals to compare against. A lot of times you will find the combinations listed in both which helps.

I use 14 different manuals! You can never have enough manuals!

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Unread 03-02-2009, 12:57 AM
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Unread 03-02-2009, 09:52 AM
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Re: Newbie needs help getting started reloading!

I agree with your two brands, RCBS and Hornady.

However, on a different note, buy a good single stage press, such as the RCBS Rockchucker supreme (recommended). Hornady's standard dies are recommended unless you're buying competition dies (RCBS standard dies are not what they used to be). A good press, caliper, headspace gauges (hornady), OAL gauge (hornady), RCBS chargemaster 1500 combo, and some other stuff to be added as you figure out what works for you. Get the manual for the bullets you load, it will help you a lot.

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