Reloading is an interesting and satisfying hobby, one where you can usually better the results that are achieved with factory ammunition, which is good for you, and even better for your quarry, shot placement is paramount. There may be a cost factor involved as it is cheaper to load your own ammunition, however most hand loaders that I know, shoot more and as they get more experienced acquire more and more “essential” equipment.
The first thing you should do as a hand loader is to get a recognised manual and read it carefully, and then read it at least once more.
However reloading can be dangerous, and this should never be forgotten. All loads should be worked up, never exceed the maximum loads as indicated in the reloading manual. These suggested loads are there for a reason, they have been developed by experienced people with far more resources at their disposal than you or I. Trying to make your rifle out perform what it was designed to do is not good for it and possibly dangerous for you. Excessive pressure being arrived at by too “hot” loads may not be evident today but eventually it will become evident, usually in an explosive manner. Turning your rifle into some sort of missile launcher is not required, the manufacturers of bullets, heads, call them what you will, make these things to function correctly within certain criteria, factory speeds being somewhere near the optimum. So, out of respect for your quarry species allow the bullet to do its work in the manner it was designed to.
Various people will post their load recipes on here, which is good. It is what we need, knowledge is the key to progress and we want to progress in our sport. It is therefore vital to remember what is safe in someone elses rifle may not be safe in yours’. Remember your first line of defence is the brass casing, be nice to it, be sensible, how many people give out under stress?, brass is different? Your reloading is your responsibility, nobody else and most definitely not that of this site.
The loads published within this forum by members are NOT guaranteed as being safe in your rifle. You use them at your own risk, you have been warned.