So, today is payday, and last month I committed myself to buying some reloading gear when this point came around...no way out of it now
Anyway, I think I will start small-scale with a Lee Classic Loader and some little convenient extra's (maybe a digital scale, some calipers, and..any other you suggest as essentials?..just a few please). Will probably stalk ebay for the scale and calipers (unless you know of good places to source this without spending a fortune - I can always upgrade later).
Also, I will firstly load for my .243, and want two setups - 1. 100 grain for Reds, and 2. 85/90/95 grain for Roe.
1. Let's start with the 100g.
a. I'm thinking I'll reload this seasons used Norma cases - good idea? or should I go with my Federals?
b. Which primers do you recommend? is there a size I need?
c. Powder - any specific recommendations?
d. Bullet - I'm thinking Nosler Partition 100 grain. Any thoughts why I should go Gameking (SP/HP), Interlokt or Triple Shock? The reason for the Partition would be excellent penetration, weight retention and expansion ability out to 200m (with decent BC), and as I sometimes take angled shots, I want to avoid excessively rapid expansion should there be slight contact with ribs/shoulder/etc. prior to getting sufficient penetration to the vitals (ps. I always try to get a profile heart/lung shot wehen feasible!). I'm not interested in ballistic tips.
2. Can anyone comment on whether the Partition would stabilize best in 85, 90, or 95 grain - given a Sako 75 with 20" barrel and 1:10 twist. I am guessing the 85 or 90, but prefer not to have to experiment if there's a given 'best' already established.
Lastly, next year I will be shooting reds with a .308 Win - and am looking to play with the Nosler Accubond, sounds reasonable, or better stick with the Partition?