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Old 01-25-2012, 11:51 PM
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Presses

I am just getting into reloading and I have a couple of quick questions. I have a Remington 700 7MM Mag . Which is a good press to make sure I am shooting accurate rounds. I have heard Redding is the best but does Lee do the trick if I am just starting out? I bought some factory rounds Berger 168 vld Is there a way I can duplicate it? my gun really likes em as in 3 shots inside of a quarter at 100 yards.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:19 AM
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I am just getting into reloading and I have a couple of quick questions. I have a Remington 700 7MM Mag . Which is a good press to make sure I am shooting accurate rounds. I have heard Redding is the best but does Lee do the trick if I am just starting out? I bought some factory rounds Berger 168 vld Is there a way I can duplicate it? my gun really likes em as in 3 shots inside of a quarter at 100 yards.
I would recommend the Forster Coaxial press. It will load more accurate rounds than the 2 that you asked about (in my opinion). As far as duplicating the factory stuff, without getting into a lot of explanation, "inside a quarter at a hundred yards" is not something that I want to duplicate, however if that is accurate enough to your standards then yes you can duplicate the load (or come very very close).

Good luck with your reloading, and I cant stress enough that you need to buy several reloading manuals and magazines and READ them! Dont just thumb through them. There are some great publications that will answer a lot of the questions that you may have. Also, if you run into something that you have a question about, ASK!!! Whether you ask the question on here, or a person that you know and trust that reloads or if its something that you can look up in a book but always ask the question. Reloading is fun but it is also dangerous if it is not done properly. Never just ASSUME that something is ok to do.

Good luck, BK.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:55 AM
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I have a Hornady Lock-n-Load press, wich isn't near as nice as the Redding press, but my loads are just as accurate as they would be with a million $dollar press.
I love my quick change bushings that my L-n-L offers.

If your Rem 700 is currently shooting MOA with factory ammo, you'll likely get a lot better accuracy out of handloads, once you learn how to feed your rifle what it likes, & tailor your loads to it.

Buy a Hornady 7th, or 8th edition Loading Manual (super easy to read, & understand), & order a Cabellas "shooting" magazine. Read the manual, look at the pics in the cabellas mag, & you'll get a lot better understanding of what's what. Plus, you'll set yourself up for an easy first step into the handloading world.
You don't need the most expensive press. Ya, Dillon, Redding, & Forster presses are kinda the "Cadilacs" but the RCBS, & Hornady are kinda like the "pickup trucks". They do what the Cadi does, but without the smooth ride & sexy lines.
My loading setup is made up of a mix & match bunch of components. Redding (dies, & trickler), Hornady (Manual, press, priming tool, & bushings), RCBS (powder throw, scale, & hand tools), Lyman (case trimmer, & hand tools), Cabellas (tumbler, & media seperator),etc.etc.etc.... The list goes on, & becomes quite intricate for each person. But, the components I chose suit me best, for my style of loading, & also fit well on my bench (less clutter).
Get a manual, & Cabellas shooting mag, & start reading, & looking at pictures. Get an idea of what you want/need to get started.
THEN get a press, & components & You'll be hooked before ya know it.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:17 AM
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Re: Presses

I am also looking at LEE it looks to be a good starter kit.

Since this is the first rifle I have bought and I have only put about 25 rounds through her I thought being able to put 3 rounds inside of a American quarter was good.

in general is it better to resize the whole cartridge or just the neck?
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:21 PM
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Re: Presses

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I am just getting into reloading and I have a couple of quick questions. I have a Remington 700 7MM Mag . Which is a good press to make sure I am shooting accurate rounds. I have heard Redding is the best but does Lee do the trick if I am just starting out? I bought some factory rounds Berger 168 vld Is there a way I can duplicate it? my gun really likes em as in 3 shots inside of a quarter at 100 yards.
a Redding is really no better than a Rockchucker. A Forster is well known as the best money can buy
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:39 AM
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Re: Presses

The lee aniversery kit is a great one to get started on. As time goes by, you will want better equipment, but the Lee will get it done. There is no sense in spending a great amount of money on a hobby you aren't sure that you will like. Some people don't care enough about the gains in accuracy over factory ammo to want to take the time.

So that would be my recomendation. Go cheep, if your really like it, start slowly upgrading your stuff with the more expensive things if that is what you really want. I was rolling ammo for a 22-250 that you could cover a 5 shot group up with a dime at 200 yards with my Lee kit. Its more about doing things right than it is about the equimpment.
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:02 PM
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Quality ammo comes from good dies and componets well used; the press is perhaps the LEAST important part of the picture. If ANY press made "more accurate" ammo than others it would dominate the market; none do but many people are committed to the idea that a more expensive tool just has to be 'better' than a less expensive tool. The expensive tool makers just love those folks!

Lee's presses are as precise as any made today and stronger than many seem to think, especially so for the all steel/cast iron Lee Classic Cast press. In fact, I think we can see effects that it's hurting the sales of Rock Chuckers pretty badly.

On average, Lee's dies also load as well as any but Redding/Forster dies. And, IF the loader himself is good, Lee's (and others) sometimes do just as well as even those much more costly dies.
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