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Old May 31st, 2015, 06:14 PM   #76
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No offense taken. I am reading the Hornady manual on my Kindle. I'd just like to do something since I have a bunch of my own saved brass. Thought I might get some good starter advice here.

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Old May 31st, 2015, 06:21 PM   #77
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Reloading is serious business. Make a mistake and you can damage your firearm, or worse yourself and others. Approach it carefully and methodically, there are no shortcuts.

Brass preparation includes, Cleaning, Sizing, Trimming, Deburring, and Priming, each step requiring tools and/or supplies.

Having said that, it appears you only have tools to clean and size brass (assuming you purchase a brass cleaner and already own a case luber). But that's OK, that's a fine start.

Lastly, there are plenty of online resources to learn about reloading. Study them. Remember, there are no shortcuts. Enjoy the journey

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In that case, next up will be the cleaner and lube method. I can give my hands something to do with the brass I have while I further study the process. That was the advice and answer I needed.

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Reloading is serious business. Make a mistake and you can damage your firearm, or worse yourself and others. Approach it carefully and methodically, there are no shortcuts.

Brass preperation includes, Cleaning, Sizing, Trimming, Deburring, and Priming, each step requiring tools and/or supplies.

Having said that, it appears you only have tools to clean and size brass (assuming you purchase a brass cleaner and already own a case luber). But thats OK, that's a fine start.

Lastly, there are plenty of online resources to learn about reloading. Study them. Remember, there are no shortcuts. Enjoy the journey

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Old June 16th, 2015, 08:31 AM   #79
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I need a whole list of equipment. But only a little at a time. I'm just trying to get the next one or two items needed to allow me to start preparing the brass I have. So, the sonic cleaner and what else?
I suggest you watch these youtube videos on reloading 308. They are very informative and helped me out a lot.



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Old June 16th, 2015, 08:29 PM   #80
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I suggest you watch these youtube videos on reloading 308. They are very informative and helped me out a lot.
Thanks and I'll give them a watch. Probably more than once.

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I suggest you watch these youtube videos on reloading 308. They are very informative and helped me out a lot.
Those are exactly the videos that helped me churn rounds out for my M1A. A little different than my bolt guns. Iraqveteran8888 is a smart dude and presents knowledge well.

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I have most of what I see below and have hand loaded .45 ACP with my single stage RCBS for my 1911 pistol years ago. Q: I have a can of Hercules Unique powder (20 years old) and was wondering if it is still usable? Maybe Hercules Unique is just for pistol? Have no clue about shelf life on powder that is NOT inside a casing... Cheers lads
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With powder, if its stored properly it will be good for many years. I would go by smell then how it looks.
If it smells foul, I'd say its degraded and not safe to use. Also, when the chemical compounds break down in gunpowder, sometimes the powder color is way off from new powder in the same brand/type. You'll see rust colored specs in the powder, and combined with the foul smell, I'd say dump it in the garden and start with fresh powder.
Properly stored powder has a sweet chemical smell for the duration of its life.

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This thread and my recent acquisition of a Remington Model 70 in 308 made me re-write my Santa list. I have a single stage press which I used for sizing my cast pistol bullets. I have casting bullets and reloading for 38spl/357mag and 45ACP for a while though I have not broken anything out in a couple of years.

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Hi Guys:
As are a couple others in this thread I'm new to reloading, particularly for the M1A. At the moment I've tried several loads, none of them great. I'm using Varget powder, Sierra 168 grain Match King bullets, CCI200 primers and Federal brass. If anyone here has some loads they have used with good results please share.
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I used to use 42gr Varget and a 168gr match bullet with my M1a Supermatch. It shot well. I preferred IMR4895 or AA2520 though.

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One thing I have been successful doing is finding supplies and equipment at very good prices. I answered an add on craigs list that said they had plastic ammo boxes I went there and ended up not only getting the plastic ammo boxes the lady sold me 14 full boxes of primers winchester brand various sizezs 14,000 primers for $10.00 her husband had died and she was selling his reloading stuff. I also answered another add same deal husband died widow selling off all the reloading stuff.

Sorry to be so wordy , my point is if you have some patience and are willing to do the leg work you can really bring down the cost of reloading Swap Meets are another place I found some good deals on dies books and one Easter Sunday I bought a Dillon 550 way below reatail.

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Patience and a sharp eye definitely helps. Having the right amount of money in your pocket does too...

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