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What else to reload 308 ammo?

 
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:25 PM
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Re: What else to reload 308 ammo?

Don't start out buying competition dies....Just start out with the plain jane RCBS neck-sizer die set. I still use mine, and it's setup perfectly, and holds the seating depth perfectly.

But that's just my opinion.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:31 PM
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I was actually just looking at the chargemaster 1500, it looks nice, but for $300+ that might have to be something I get at a later date lol

Also, what tumbling media should I use? I see walnut, corn cob, and steel. I'm kinda guessing steel last the longest and you can use it over and over more, but I'm also guessing that it wears the brass out faster maybe?

I'm in the process of updating my list I'll post when I'm done.

Thank you all so much for the suggestions! I would literally be lost without your help lol
Go ahead and buy the ChargeMaster 1500....It will save you money in the long run, and will make your reloading a whole lot easier and fun. Granted it will not hit dead-on everytime, but it's not hard to learn how to manipulate it to knock out a few grains and then get it right on par.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:18 PM
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Re: What else to reload 308 ammo?

Thanks! Now about the powder trickler, is that something i really need? Cant i just add a lil pinch or take one to get it right on? Or use a baby spoon or something?

And are competition dies harder to set up/use than normal ones? Im not usually someone that works up to more expensive stuff lol i usually try to buy the best i can the first time around
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:01 PM
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Re: What else to reload 308 ammo?

If you buy the ChargeMaster 1500 you won't need the trickler. It has a trickler feature built into it.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:10 PM
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Re: What else to reload 308 ammo?

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Thanks! Now about the powder trickler, is that something i really need? Cant i just add a lil pinch or take one to get it right on? Or use a baby spoon or something?

And are competition dies harder to set up/use than normal ones? Im not usually someone that works up to more expensive stuff lol i usually try to buy the best i can the first time around
The Comp dies are not harder to use, they're just not necessary. One day I might buy just the Comp seater die, but for now, I have mine setup 100% where I want it, and it stays that way. So, no, I don't find them necessary if you have good hand control where you use a screwdriver and a box-end wrench to adjust. Just make VERY small adjustments and learn how to use your dies.

If you want the Comp dies, go for it, but I just think it's best to learn how to use the basics first, before worrying about competition style loads.

Also, let me put you onto something that I WISH someone had told me about when I first started (will save you a fair bit of money, until your dies get set where you want them).

Buy a RCBS Collett Puller, and the proper colletts (by bullet diameter). To pull the bullets out if you push one in too far, and your die isn't quite setup properly.

Your COL length will differ slightly b/c the ogive of most mass-produced bullets is rarely identical. For example, in Nosler Custom Comp or Nosler Accubonds you will find a slight variance of +/- 0.008"....So when you measure your bullets you will get different readings. Just to let you know. Nobody taught me that either, so it was something I figured out on my own.

I am not an expert and have only been reloading a very short time compared to most of these guys, but I have loaded ALOT of ammo and spent alot of time sitting at my bench and reading and studying about it.

So, I'm sure there are alot of other guys out there who can help you ALOT more than I can. Also, just b/c I do something a certain way, or make a suggestion, does NOT mean it's the same for everyone, or that it's the god's honest truth. I also don't like to give out load info, even if it comes straight out of the Nosler 7 manual, just b/c crap happens, and I don't want to feel responsible if something bad were to happen. Know what i mean?
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:24 PM
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Re: What else to reload 308 ammo?

I did add the RCBS impact bullet puller to the list, looks like a little hammer thing, is that what you mean?
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Re: What else to reload 308 ammo?

Double post.....

My internet and mouse keep acting up...
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