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Old 01-07-2011, 04:49 AM
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Precision reloading equipment, what do you use?

Howdy, My reloading equipment works fine but I have always been wondering if there is some equipment that the more experienced reloaders on this site consider to be a step above the rest as for as precision and accuracy are concerned. Let me know what you think. And what equipment would you consider a must have to produce ammo that will always produce out to 1000 yds.


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Old 01-07-2011, 06:15 AM
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Re: Precision reloading equipment, what do you use?

Buying every new gimick that comes along is a crapshoot. I have acquired a lot of stuff that did not produce good results and now just collects dust.

I do like Wilson trimmer, dies, an arbor press (old, no I.D. on it) ; my old RCBS Rockchucker toggle press; Redding Competition die sets; Mitutoyo caliper, digital micrometer and tubing mike; K&M neck turner and primer seater; Holland concentricity guage; Harrells powder measure; and Hornady digital scales.

All of these are pretty much basic tools for competition. There are of course, many others. You should get a catalog from Sinclair International; you will find their products are first class.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:27 AM
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"...a must have to produce ammo that will always produce out to 1000 yds."

Reloading 'accuracy' is derived from knowledge, loading skill and load development methods. None of that can be bought in a box of any color or price. For several years the 1,000 yd. BR accuracy record was held by a shooter who used a Lee press and dies.

I understand your intent but the premise of your question is false; many tools can be interchanged. There is no tool nor combination of tools that will "produce ammo that will always produce out to 1000 yds" even IF you and your rig is capabile of that.

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Old 01-07-2011, 10:36 AM
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Boomtube, Sounds like your very knowledgeable on the reloading subject what kind of equipment do you use? I know that there are certain pieces of equipment that you will use every time you will reload. Maybe brand does not matter, but I'm sure you have your tools you view as indispensable. What might those be?


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Old 01-07-2011, 10:52 AM
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Re: Precision reloading equipment, what do you use?

188mule,

actually, brand DOES make a difference. The problem is, there's no one brand that has the corner on the market. Seems like all of them make some items that are the absolute best out there, and others that are, well, paperweights and bench clutter. LEE makes a lot of stuff that I really have little use for, putting it politely. They also make some items, like their Factory Crimp Dies that are absolutely indispensible, and the best available at any price. They also make a ridiculously inexpensive priming tool, that still sees a great deal of use in the Bench Rest community, a field where performance matters most and price is rarely discussed. Don't get locked into one brand alone; take the time to find out about the various makes, and see the differences between them. In general, I'd say it's hard to go wrong with Forster or Redding, and Sinclair makes some very neat little tools. RCBS has a long and well established line, and pretty decent quality in most items. Dillon's tough (if not impossible) to beat for progressives. Point is, they all make some decent stuff, and some that you'd be better off not wasting the money on.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:01 AM
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Re: Precision reloading equipment, what do you use?

I agree with the other posters about equipment. Even the most basic stuff will produce good ammo.

However, I do believe in sorting brass and culling. That means using quality brass if you don't want to toss a bunch to the side. Consistent neck thickness is paramount IMHO for accuracy. Bullet concentricity is a MUST have. Starting with top quality brass, and checking bullet concentricity with a gage will shrink groups and eliminate those so called fliers.
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Re: Precision reloading equipment, what do you use?

I guess I'm like the rest in that I also have personal opinions on equipment and what you can do with it.

* all presses pretty much work the same, but I like the Forster. It's big and heavy, and is extremely square

* I use dies from everybody but Lee. But for something that's gotta be very accurate I use Forster and a few Reddings (with reservations). For my strait walled cases in revolvers I still like the Lymans as well as anyother I've tried.

* I weigh powder with a Pact scale (have two actually). I throw charges with a Harrell Culver style or a Lyman #55. Neither does long stick powder all that well, so will setup a half grain short and trickle in the rest on the scale.

* I own several pairs of calipers (both dial and electronic), but day in and day out I use a pair of 4" Mitutoyo dial calipers as much as anything. I also use two or three different pairs of micrometers, and still prefer a very old Starrett with standard steel anvils instead of carbide (I like the feel I get out of them)

* I also use an old Stoneypoint gauge as well as their case gauge setup. (For headspace)

* I measure neck I.D.s with a set of small hole gauges and a 1" micrometer

* I check my cases and loaded rounds with a homebrew gauge that I may go ahead and market

* I trim cases with a Wilson trimmer (strait walled cases with a Lyman) that I reworked

* seat primers with a K&M or the Forster press, but have several others we often hear about. These two by far are the best

* lastly, I do not use cheap dial indicators. I use a .0005" Interrapid most of the time, but will also use a .001" Last Word or a GEM as well. I have a couple cigar boxes full of indicators, but these are my favorites.

I also reload at the range a lot. And here I use a small K&M arbor press and Wilson dies. I throw powder with one of the above two measurers, and use a Pact BBK scale out there.
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