Reloading Set or New Rifle? Which One??

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by benson821, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. benson821

    benson821 Active Member

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    I have been contemplating on starting to reload, I have about 160 rounds of 270 win. and about the same amount of 223.

    I have been looking at the Hornady Classic Lock N' Load Complete Set, and getting a tumbler, powder, projectile, primers, etc.
    OR
    A Savage Model 11 in 22-250, the rifle is $380 new, and i would have to get bases, rings, scope, ammo.

    When i do the math both of these come out to about the same price. I don't know what i should get. I initially thought get one now and get the other after X-mas when i get money from X-mas. But I don't think that will work out so if you had to choose one what would you get? Reloading Set or a new coyote rifle, it's a tough choice for me and what you decide give an explanitaion for why you would get it.

    P.S. the 223 is from my dad's AR, I was looking at the savage becasue of the price and so that him and i can go out hunting together.

    Thanks,
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  2. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    Reloading gives me a way to continue my interest when I am unable to be out shooting.

    Either way, what you choose will lead to you getting the other not far down the road.

    Rifles .....you end up reloading if you want to shoot substantially.

    Once you reload, you will want more rifles to tinker with.

    My choice would be to go the reloading route.
     

  3. long450

    long450 Well-Known Member

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    Get the reloading set. you will save enough compared to purchasing good ammo so that you will soon be able to have both.
     
  4. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    reloading kit.
     
  5. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Reloading kit hands down. Get the most out of what you have now, quality over quantity. Plus, you can reload some 110gr V-max in that 270 and burn coyotes down like dropped a bomb on them gun)
     
  6. benson821

    benson821 Active Member

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    Ordered the Lee Challenger Breech Lock Single Stage Press Kit, with 270 win. 135 grain sierra matchking boat tail hollow point, and 223 52 grain A-max boat tail. It should arrive by next friday. Does anybody have this reloading set and is there anything else i will need to get for it?? Also what some good powder for these two rounds?

    benson821
     
  7. Top Cat

    Top Cat Well-Known Member

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    You might want a better scale down the road. The RCBS 505 is excellent and not expensive.

    For powder I would use H-4831 SC in the 270. The 223 has a dozen good choices. H-4895 is as good or better than most of them

    It looks like you have a few dollars left to spend on your hobby. The 270 will work, but it is overkill, so If you still want to consider a new rifle to hunt with your dad, look at Stevens 200 in 223. For around $300 it is a good value. Same action and barrel as a Savage for 1/2 the price. Actually, it is a whole rifle for the cost of a replacement barrel. The other choices might be a Tikka or a Rem Tactical, but they are more money. All of these have fast twist barrels for heavy bullets, and will be more versatile than the 22-250.

    The 22-250 is a great round, I just think the economy and practicality of a fast twist 223 is a plus in it's favor, and not that much different performance on the same type of game. At long range, the 223 has a range advantage when heavier bullets are used that the 22-250 cannot stabilize due to the slow twist in 22-250 rifles.

    TC
     
  8. 375fan

    375fan Well-Known Member

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    For now go with buying a reloading kit. Reloading can help make a rifle/cartridge more versatile (using different weights and style of bullets as needed for application desired)
     
  9. BIG MO

    BIG MO Well-Known Member

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    Hodgdon Benchmark and 52gr A-max is the varmit load I feed my Bushmaster Varminter 1x9 twist. I tested alot of powders and bullets. Benchrest groups and devastating on the yotes. The load performed the best at max powder charge. The faster I pushed it the tighter the group.

    Good choice getting set up to reload.