Posted by Tony in Mass. on December 09, 2012 at 09:59:58 from (188.8.131.52):
In Reply to: reloading ammo ? posted by mosinee dave on December 08, 2012 at 18:56:55:
Oh man. Every time I chime in about guns, I get ridiculed to death. So once more into the breach me lads... We got into this because of antique center fire cartridges we wanted to try- 45-70 blackpowder, 450-577 Martini, 38-55, odd old fashioned stuff factory loads might rupture- if it even existed. Don't reload to save money, don't do it to make more accurate rounds, or even more reliable ones. Do it because you really want to, for a sense of pride or self respect or ? security? Now, I was a trained machinist, my father a druggist, so between the 2 he took care of the chemical side, me the metal. You can't act like a yahoo and expect to come out smiling. Powder is weighed in grains, which 'one grain' is almost invisible. Digital scales made this alot easier over the years, a balance scale for each round was- teadious? at best. Measuring the load every 10 rounds is fine...once you are certain you learned the process and trust your powder charger with your life. One piece of crap in a die can ruin your day. A reloading bench as clean as an operating room is a good start. Books. Read all you can about this before you buy anything else. You tube has all sort of characters reloading, but take some of them with a grain of salt. Cablea's or not, go in a gun shop and ask. Usually there is a ton of used presses and dies they don't even put out because this is a dying art? slow seller? Good RCBS steel stuff probably outlived the original owner, and might outlive you. The only 'LEE' thing I own is a contraption that flips primers over. A carosel is something you can get way in the future. Nice if you use a variety of calibers that use the same shell holder. But a carosel is for almost mass production, it can wait- unless you see a solid one for less than a bill. I guess a rock chucker can go fo a bill nowdays? Just buy the brass and bullet heads you want. Not 100, hundreds of each. Some brass is lucky to last 4 reloads, some necks crack on the first firing. Any flaws you find after cleaning is in the scrap pile. Hey, I had a tumbler that could not clean a new penny after a week in there. Acid baths never fail, but safety first with this process too. Just start with local used stuff- and try to met a new buddy who has done this before- some gun clubs (used to) put on reloading classes, so go ask around. Good luck and be carefull.
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