Originally Posted by Devestator
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?