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Old 03-12-2011, 02:43 PM
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Want to get into reloading and have a few stupid questions

I currently shoot a .223 for coyotes, .270 for close range whitetail, and a 300 ultra mag Sendero for long range whitetail and other larger game. I'm wanting to get into reloading for these guns and possibly a 6.5 Grendel that I'm thinking about having built. I'd like to start off simple but with the best equipment. What I'm currently thinking is a Hornady lock n load classic single stage kit, hornady m-2 case tumbler, hornady lock n load case prep center 110 volt and hornady lock n load auto charge powder scale and dispenser. I can get these items from midway for $1000. I know I'll need dies and shellholders but what else will I need? Is the Hornady about the best you can get? I realize it will take a while before the cost of the equipment pays itself off, but the peace of mind of loading my own and being able to experiment with loads for my ultra mag is worth a lot to me. What do you guys suggest?

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Old 03-12-2011, 03:53 PM
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Re: Want to get into reloading and have a few stupid questions

I have the RCBS KIT and have been happy with it. You will always want to add random items to your reloading so I dont think there is one that is better than other in my opinion. If Hornady looks good to you than I would go with that.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:38 PM
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Re: Want to get into reloading and have a few stupid questions

hyandloading gives YOU control that is why 99.99 per cent do it. i use a primer pocket uniformer from sinclair to clean my pockets . i use 99% rcbs stuff except for a lyman electronic powder measure. does not mean horn is not just as good. roninflag
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:54 PM
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Re: Want to get into reloading and have a few stupid questions

If you get the Hornady kit right now, they are giving you 500 bullets for free. That's good deal, considering that a box of 50 runs anywhere from $25-50.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:41 PM
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Re: Want to get into reloading and have a few stupid questions

I bought a Lyman Kit and it was great until I really started getting picky about accuracy. Then, I had to start buying everything all over again.

It only costs a little extra to go first class...

Forster Bonanza Co-ax press w/ regular shell holder adapter
Redding S-Type bushing dies or Lee Collet dies
RCBS 1500 powder dispenser
Sinclair flash hole deburrer, primer pocket uniformer, vld chamfer, and neck turning tools
funnel
loading blocks
Neco Concentricity Gauge
Dial calipers
Hornady COAL gauge, Bullet length ogive adapters and Headspace adapter for your calipers
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:19 AM
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Re: Want to get into reloading and have a few stupid questions

Kits work to get you started and give you a base reference for what you'd like to have. It gets addictive. I had the same thoughts you do about saving money, not a chance, you do shoot more though, for what you would've spent on factory ammo. The biggest benefit, is taloring loads to your rifles, factory can almost never do that.

I'd keep my eye in the classifieds, where some widow is selling of her husbands loading bench, if you can wait.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:57 AM
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Re: Want to get into reloading and have a few stupid questions

START BY BUYING A LOADING BOOK , A GOOD ONE UP TO DATE. MAKE SURE THAT THE FRONT OF THE BOOK IS SHOWING YOU THE BASIC'S OF GETTING STARTED, ALSO FIND SOMEONE LOCAL AT THE GUN SHOP OR RANGE THAT DOES IT ALREADY, THEN START TO READ AND READ AND READ, AND FOLLOW THE RULS YES THEIR ARE RULES,AND IF YOU BREAK THEM YOU WILL BE IN A WORD OF HURT.
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