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ready or not!!!

Instead of continuing to buy a box of 20, I'm buying my press tomorrow. WOO HOO!!!

It'll be a Redding Big Boss II.

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Are you getting the kit or

Are you getting the kit or are you planning on peace mealing the rest of the equipment that you need?

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the hard way

I'm starting off with the press first. The order in which everything else will come is as follows:

-Redding dies ($70... but would rather have their competition dies, they cost $270)
-Redding #2 scales (I've read so much on these it's retarded. I just threw my hands up and picked this one. There really isn't any set of scales that I haven't read a bad review on.)
-RCBS dial calipers (Eventually I'll upgrade to a better set. These will just get me started)
-Redding trickler
-L.E. Wilson trimmer kit

I know, I know. It would all be so much cheaper if I just bought the Rockchucker kit. But I've always done things the hard way for whatever reason.

Besides. I haven't been able to find any primers or powder to get started right away anyway. So I'm thinkin that by the time I get everything pieced together all else would be in stock again. Hopefully!!!

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Congrats

Don't forget a few reloading books!! I know there is about everything on the webb these days, but a good intro to reloading is a must read. I learned from several old timers when I was in my teenage years. They were more then willing to help, watch me fail and then correct me. I finally started doing it on my own after I was 18. There is always an old gruff that works at the shooting range that if pestered enough will help you. It might cost you a mowed lawn or two or something like a few elk steaks or Pheasant breasts. I am 48 now and still there are times I ask for help, because I do not know everything and I think there is always something that I can learn. I now reload for my family and close friends and enjoy it very much. When I do large quanities, I do get tired of it. Then I just take a month off and go back at it. Show respect and most will help you.

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You'll find that in the next

You'll find that in the next 6 months to a year reloading supplies are going to be hard to find. You can thank all the hysteria that is going around that guns and bullets are going to be taken away from us by the government. I wouldn't even be surprised that if the current shortage even last another 2 years. However if you watch the stores that carry reloading supplies you will see it trickle in every now and then but then it is usually gone by the next day. I will just take a while before it is back on the shelves to where you can just go down to the store and purchase it. There are some catalog stores that get powder and primers in every now and then but you pay a premium for the shipping. It is the standard shipping + another $20-25 hazardous shipping fee. Also primers and powder can not be shipped in the same container so you pay the hazardous shipping on both shipments.

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I always see...

Part of the satisfaction in reloading your own ammo is fine tuning your own loads. So why do I see so many guys asking for load data? Isn't there a starting point that have to work from? I understand that you work your way up in powder from that point until you get the best results for your specific rifle.

It seems to me like honing in on that spot on load is like trying to keep the crosshairs on an animal 500 yards away after you just climbed up the side of a mountain while your out of breath and your hearts a pounding drum!

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You need to purchase a

You need to purchase a reloading manual or two or three and read them. Since you are interested in Barnes bullets I would suggest the Barnes manual. Just about all the major bullet manufactures publish a manual for their bullets. You have to understand and look for pressure signs as you build up a load. If you don't you may loose a lot more than just the rifle when it turns into a IED.

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got it!

I now possess my first press. I wonder how long it'll take me to buy everything else I need?

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Pappa You asked why people

Pappa You asked why people ask for load data? Especially now that supplies are harder to come by if somebody can get you closer to start out with your better off. Also sometimes you hit a wall when getting your gun dialed in any help is appreciated.

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Agree

wyoelkhunter wrote:
Pappa You asked why people ask for load data? Especially now that supplies are harder to come by if somebody can get you closer to start out with your better off. Also sometimes you hit a wall when getting your gun dialed in any help is appreciated.

I think I am going to have to agree. You see it more now because more people are diving into it as well. For me, I have some not so printed calibers as far as very many recipes. Even when I find one it takes me a while to fine tune it to my gun. It is a fun way to spend the Spring and Summer though. I always want to learn and that is a good thing. I just do not want to learn the hard way by injuring myself or someone else. I have been reloading for 32 years and I still learn from other people and from books on the subject. The only time I get bored is when I am reloading the same caliber 1500 times in a row!!!

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