what do i need to start reloading

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by DSMITH1651, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. DSMITH1651

    DSMITH1651 Well-Known Member

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    I have never done it and I know next to nothing about it I would be reloading for my 7mm rem mag.
    Thanks
    Duane
     
  2. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    Materials for making your rounds:
    1) Bullets
    2) Brass
    3) Powder
    4) Lg Rifle Mag Primers

    Equipment:
    1) Press
    2) Dies w/Shellholder
    3) Loading block
    4) Powder scale
    5) Dial Caliper
    6) Case Lube (Imperial wax)
    7) One good reloading manual (Do's and don'ts of reloading)
    8) Powder funnel

    Other things you will eventually need/want:
    1) Case trimmer
    2) Powder meter

    Probably a few things I missed, but that should get you started. I would buy used at first, just to make sure it is something you are going to stick with. Good Luck.
     

  3. KRasmussen

    KRasmussen Active Member

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    I would find someone in your area that you know that reloads and pick their brain. I have found it to be a very good resource and has kept me from making stupid rookie mistakes. Some of these mistakes can prove fatal.
    I also started reloading for 7 mag a few years ago and have progressed into other calibers. If you are seriously going to start, stick to one caliber and get the steps firmly in grasp before moving to others.
    I would also stick with ONE reloading manual of either the powder or bullet manufacturer you have chosen to use. It may be difficult to find some powders right now due to high demand and low inventories. Be patient.
    For powders I use H1000, RL22 and have tried IMR4831. My gun likes the RL22 the best with mid weight bullets. Every gun will be different and may or may not like a particular load. Depending on availability you might look at Retumbo, H4350, RL25. The manufacturers post load data on their websites and give some good starting points. Be careful on using their max data, it may not be safe in your gun.
     
  4. DSMITH1651

    DSMITH1651 Well-Known Member

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    For now I would be reloading for the 7 mm rem mag only, and using nosler accubonds. The main reason is I am having a hard time finding good ammo for it. Is noslers reloading manual a good one.
     
  5. g0rd0

    g0rd0 Well-Known Member

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    A good starter kit the only thing missing is your dies

    HORNADY LOCK-N-LOAD CLASSIC RELOADING KIT | Sinclair Intl

    there are many other starter kits but, I think that for the money this would be the best

    I also load for 7RM, My 7rm likes IMR3031 and IMR7828 for 140 and 150 grn for the 160 and 175 RL22 is king. If you cannot get mag primers std will do But, really for using a case capacity like the big belted and the ultra mags mag primers are the best
     
  6. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the posts above. I'll also add: Do a ton of reading, look into how people are doing their load development (safely), and make sure to buy some tools to measure: headspace, distance to lands of your rifle, and length of loaded round to ogive. These are easy to learn to do and IMO are critical to loading accurately and safely.

    Good luck, enjoy your new hobby. It's fun and interesting as hell!
     
  7. FAL Shot

    FAL Shot Well-Known Member

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    I prescribe to Scottish reloading methods. My best reloading accessory is Laphroaig, preferably small cask.
     
  8. mrb1982

    mrb1982 Well-Known Member

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    If I was gonna name one tool outside of the actual productive parts such as presses and suc, it is the hornady OAL guage. To date the best thing i bought and makes things much simpler as far as seating depths go