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Hunting Main Board => Firearms => Reloading => Topic started by: wirwin on December 19, 2007, 08:24:58 PM

Title: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: wirwin on December 19, 2007, 08:24:58 PM
I have convinced my dad to get me a mosin nagant and since ammo is getting more expensive I decided that I should start reloading.  I want to know a good starting reloading set that is cheap.  Since I don't really shoot all that much I don't need something that is really fast.
Title: Re: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: Morax on December 19, 2007, 08:27:18 PM
if you are just going to be reloading to shoot the rifle go with a inexpesive lee set up.. then for the shooting to dot a flys eye at xxxx yards you will wanna go better quality
Title: Re: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: Ks_Sniper on December 19, 2007, 10:41:43 PM
I use and highly recommend this press.

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Title: Re: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: MOSPARKY on December 19, 2007, 11:43:25 PM
For the absolute cheapest start-up in reloading, get some Lee hand dies. But if you want to get starte on building up a bench set-up check out the one press BC is trying to move to a new home
  http://www.gutpilestyle.com/ForumSMF/index.php?topic=6499.0

 Being a Dillon it's a pricey unit new and might well be worth whatever price you can hammer out with him.
Title: Re: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: wirwin on December 20, 2007, 07:21:34 PM
Thanks for all the ideas.  I probably should have said that I'll just reload the hunting ammo.  I just need to reload about 20-40 rounds just for hunting.
Title: Re: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: Morax on December 20, 2007, 08:20:32 PM
Thanks for all the ideas.  I probably should have said that I'll just reload the hunting ammo.  I just need to reload about 20-40 rounds just for hunting.

for the price tag of "just reloading for hunting" I would say try to find some good factory ammo...
Title: Re: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: Ks_Sniper on December 21, 2007, 07:32:21 PM
for the price tag of "just reloading for hunting" I would say try to find some good factory ammo...

There's a lot of logic to that. Ya see, you have to shoot what you load to even tell if it works well in your rifle. you can't throw something together and figure it's good to go. Then you gotta tweek the loads or change them up altogether until you find what fits for your rifle specifically. It really is an art form. If you're just gonna load 20-40 rounds, then you really will be better off buying it over the counter.
Title: Re: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: MOSPARKY on December 22, 2007, 02:15:30 AM
yeah, the start up price of compnents will be your undoing if you're just gonna hunt. You can't buy onesey-twosey quanitys of bullets, primers, cases, powders ect. Powder alone will be about 20 dollars a pound and it's sold by the pound, bullets are 20 - 50 count, Primers by the hundred ect. You gotta shoot alot of ammo to make it pay you back. For hunting only 20 rounds might last a couple years, once you're sighted in. I know one guy that shoots 3 round a year, one to check zero, one for buck and one for doe. A box of '06 has lasted him 6 yrs with left overs.
Title: Re: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: Morax on December 22, 2007, 11:55:02 AM
i was looking at the base layout for the press and dies and the rest of the stuff right off has him over the 150-200 dollar mark, and like it was said the powder primers bullets whoops the brass that was fired is junk so now you need brass, or if it aint junk you gotta clean it, etc etc etc    for the reloading for hunting only it is not cost effective at all!!
Title: Re: Reloading for a newbie
Post by: Ks_Sniper on December 22, 2007, 02:35:24 PM
Powder and bullet selection is a big thing. There are 7,000 grains to a pound so each pound of powder will load a few hundred rounds each. Then there are the bullets themselves. With this powder you bought, you'll want to try a few different styles & weights of bullets to see which performs best and your ideal (and even some less than ideal) ranges. Oh, but wait. What if NONE of the bullets group well in your rifle? It COULD be the rifle, but unless the groups are all over the place, probably not. That leaves powder, primers, brass... Finding your perfect handload is like trying to figure out the combination to a vault. It can be tedious and aggravating at times, but once you're in, you know you have a real treasure there. O0

If you still want in, by all means, get in. But know that this is not like collecting stamps. Only the best will ever be good enough. O0