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Unread 01-24-2013, 07:15 AM   #616
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Thanks for reminding me,
My Brother-in-law told me to save the brass and he'll show me how to re-load.

Just have to figure out what to buy.
A reloading press (can be cheap or expensive depending on how many features you want and if you get new or used), set of powder measures, charge table, dies for each different caliber you plan on using, chamfer tool, primer tray, and consumables. You'll also want a stout work bench with enough clearance for you to swing the press' handle its full travel.

Edit: And that's if you plan on using commercial tips. If you want to do cast-your-owns, you'll need molds, a dipper and crucible, a heat source for melting the lead, and consumables.

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Unread 01-24-2013, 08:52 AM   #617
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Thanks for reminding me,
My Brother-in-law told me to save the brass and he'll show me how to re-load.

Just have to figure out what to buy.
John,

I inherited all my Father's reloading equipment. 30-06 and 7mm calibers mostly.

As a kid, I spent many hours watching him make ammo, but I guess I was too young to retain much of it. By the time I got old enough to pay close attention, he'd passed, and I got a lifetime of ammo that he'd already loaded up.

I've had the itch to pull all that stuff out of the cabinet and re-learn the re-loading craft for quite some time. Perhaps we can learn together.

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Unread 01-24-2013, 08:58 AM   #618
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With ammo in soon to be short supply, that reloading equipment is gonna be like gold!!!!
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Unread 01-24-2013, 10:25 AM   #619
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John,

I inherited all my Father's reloading equipment. 30-06 and 7mm calibers mostly.

As a kid, I spent many hours watching him make ammo, but I guess I was too young to retain much of it. By the time I got old enough to pay close attention, he'd passed, and I got a lifetime of ammo that he'd already loaded up.

I've had the itch to pull all that stuff out of the cabinet and re-learn the re-loading craft for quite some time. Perhaps we can learn together.

Matt
I've been reloading since age 14 and I am 56 now. I did not know what I was doing as a kid but now I understand it. You have to control
1) Case length
2) Where the case shoulder is with respect to the base of the case (head spacing)
Those are the main two variables to watch to keep from hurting yourself. PM me if you ever want to talk about anything related to reloading. I recently joined Ben Lommond gun club which is out at Ramah.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 10:55 AM   #620
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foggy,

I kinda remember the process...re-sizing the brass, polishing the brass, pressing in the primer, weighing out the powder, and pressing the bullet on....my Father would let me do all of it, as he looked over my shoulder.

It's the setup and all the specs I'd have to bone up on.

Perhaps we can meet at my place, sometime, and you can tell me what I have, and need to do with it.

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Unread 01-24-2013, 01:30 PM   #621
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The issue right now is finding components, incredibly more difficult than early '08.

I would not suggest to anyone they go out and buy large amounts of components, ammunition, magazines or firearms at highly inflated prices; on the other hand, buying what you need *on sale* is a good idea.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 01:38 PM   #622
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Matt,

Much like your case, my dad would watch over my shoulder as I reloaded anything from .243 to .357 magnum. I made so much of it as a kid that I haven't needed to set up my own equipment as an adult... yet, but, as I'm sure you are aware, there is no better way to really narrow down the performance and price of good ammo. These days my dad builds rifle specific loads until he finds a combination that repeatedly shoots under 1/4" in a three shot group at 100 yards. Once he nails the load, he makes 50 or so rounds and buys another rifle.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 01:59 PM   #623
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Matt,

Much like your case, my dad would watch over my shoulder as I reloaded anything from .243 to .357 magnum. I made so much of it as a kid that I haven't needed to set up my own equipment as an adult... yet, but, as I'm sure you are aware, there is no better way to really narrow down the performance and price of good ammo. These days my dad builds rifle specific loads until he finds a combination that repeatedly shoots under 1/4" in a three shot group at 100 yards. Once he nails the load, he makes 50 or so rounds and buys another rifle.
My dad never taught me how to. But we have a reloader. But his friend reloads for his .308 and has them so precise that he knows exactly where it will be at 1000yds he take his time with reloading.

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Unread 01-26-2013, 09:58 AM   #624
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The issue right now is finding components, incredibly more difficult than early '08.

I would not suggest to anyone they go out and buy large amounts of components, ammunition, magazines or firearms at highly inflated prices; on the other hand, buying what you need *on sale* is a good idea.
Funny you mention that... Midway has cancelled my powder order twice now! Don't understand it. Website says it's in stock. No backorders. Just cancelled. I'm wondering if it is because of quantity ordered??
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Unread 01-26-2013, 02:37 PM   #625
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I doubt it Scott, but you may have two haz mat fee's if your box of powder and primers tops 50 lbs
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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:56 AM   #626
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I doubt it Scott, but you may have two haz mat fee's if your box of powder and primers tops 50 lbs
You remember a few weeks ago when I ordered up that large reloading order?? The powder and primers were ordered together to eliminate the double hazmat fee, which you pay regardless of weight, for powder and/or primers, and they are shipped separately. I had to pick up my IMR rifle powder from a small shop in Jasper, GA when Beth was passing thru, because Midway cancelled all my powder, rifle and pistol, for the second time! They DID ship the primers, however.
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One hazmat up to 50 lbs bubba
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Unread 01-27-2013, 08:04 PM   #628
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any more these days a guy has to reload. for one it saves money in the long run and you don't have to worry about finding ammo. except like mentioned above the components are hard as hecke to come by
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Unread 03-21-2013, 03:36 PM   #629
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I guess this thread got quiet when hunting season ended. We had a good season and turkey season just started down here, but we had a good year hunting. We had some canucks come down and hunt and they had a blast might have seen this tv show on the pursuit channel. Hunting Canada and Beyond. doubletoutfitters.net



If it doesn't rain here soon next year will not be this good at all, kinda worried.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 07:55 PM   #630
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Very nice...the Turkey

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