Helping a beginner

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Backwoods Boy, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Backwoods Boy

    Backwoods Boy Active Member

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    Hey guys, I'm planning on starting to reload within the next 6 months and was wondering what book or manual you guys would suggest to start with. I'm looking for something that will lay out the process. Any help would be great
     
  2. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    I would get two manuals. I like Lyman as it has a lot of diifferent powder and bullet manufacturers represented. For the second I would point you toward whichever bullet manufacturer you plan to use most. Having two will give you two different references for both the process and load data. When you get to making loads the powder and bullet mfgs also have good data on their websites.

    Are you planning to load single stage or progressive? Are you trying to save $, increase precision, or just avoid ammo shortages? What you are trying to do will influence your set-up and your process.

    Let us know and I'm sure you'll get some useful feedback.
     

  3. Backwoods Boy

    Backwoods Boy Active Member

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    I just want to increase precision as I have a 300 wsm that is a little picky about what it likes. More than likely I would go with the single stage because it would make me slow down and be more careful. I understand the need for the loading manuals but do they lay out the process or just give load data? If it matters any I would be hand loading for a 300wsm, 7mm-08 and a .270.
     
  4. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Im now using a Nosler manual because it covers so many calibers...BUT for years I never used any manual but gathered data for THE caliber I was reloading. The internet is a good place to pick up such data...such as going here.....
    http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp
    and choosing the info you like.
    You can also buy single caliber load books from say Midway...etc for many different calibers.

    If you have questions on procedure...try YouTube. They have many many videos there showing all sorts of reloading "tricks".

    Good luck on the reloading too!
     
  5. jasent

    jasent Well-Known Member

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    Hand Loading for Long Range 1: Brass Prep
    this site helped me out.
    Also read every Manuel you can get your hands on and also there are plenty of videos you can search for on reloading and advanced reloading
     
  6. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

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    "Any shot you want" by A-Square/Art Halphin.

    Randy
     
  7. veeman

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    The Lyman reloading manual has both data and lays out all of the steps quite well. Modern Reloading by Lee also has lots of load data but the first half of the book goes over a lot of the basics. Both also cover safety which is important. Those are the two in my modest collection that seem to be the best for instruction.
     
  8. jasent

    jasent Well-Known Member

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    Manuel's give more than just data,they tell you step by step, how and why
     
  9. Backwoods Boy

    Backwoods Boy Active Member

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    Thanks guys. Ill start reading
     
  10. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    I use Lyman and Nosler and numerous websites to compliment/augment them. I also have a video from RCBS ... IIRC, it cost me $10.

    Pay special attention to the safety aspect ... there is no substitute for safety, esp. on something that goes kaboom - safety, safety, safety ...

    Good luck and enjoy!
     
  11. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Get the manuals for the different brands of bullets you plan on loading with. For example. If you plan on shooting Nosler & Hornady, get the newest Nosler and Hornady manuals. If you plan on shooting Bergers down the line, get a Berger manual when you do. If you plan on shooting Sierra's....Get a Sierra manual.

    I currently have the newest Nosler (7) manual, and the newest Hornady, since those are the 2 main brands of bullets I shoot. Soon will be a Berger manual.