Re: newbie to reloading
Big question. What type of rifles? Hunting, Match, plinking?
Several good powders for .308
3. Winchester 748
4. Hodgdon H4895
5. IMR 4350 in bolt action with heavier hunting bullets
6 there are other good powders also. The ones that you can find locally at your sporting goods stores would be my pick to avoid shipping and haz-mat costs.
Primers the same. Some use Federal Match primers for match shooting. I use Remington 9 1/2's but Win, CCi, Federal, Remington large rifle primers will work.
You mentioned 8mm and I assume it's 8x57 mm Mauser? If so it uses most of the same powders as the .308. Have fun, read, read , read, and be careful.
If you decide to shoot Hornady bullets, buy their manual, same for Sierra etc. Lyman's 49th manual is a good data manual. ABC's of Reloading is often mentioned. The powder companies have a lot of data on-line for comparison.
Last edited by rg1; 01-07-2009 at 04:18 PM.