First of all, I once again wanted to thank all the generous SD members who have sent me their spare reloading gear free of charge so that I can start down the path towards reloading for my 7mm-08 rifle. Specifically, I’d like to thank Bewsher500, Klenchblaize, Gr1ffer, Hornet6, Baconbuttie, and finally SikaJames who helped me to identify some of the more obscure items. I’ve now established that I have all the equipment that I need apart from a case trimmer, so I need to order one of those.
Yesterday, I read through all the relevant sections of the Lee reloading guide which I ordered last week. That was actually remarkably short once you strip out some of Mr Lee’s product placement sections. Most of the book is load data. Which is of course a good thing, because it actually looks pretty simple. Certainly it’s taken me to a point where I can isolate a few areas of ignorance and ask questions that may have definite answers, although I realise that this whole are is fraught with controversy. So here are a few questions for the SD reloading collective to ponder, in no particular order:
- Mr Lee says that you should always fully resize cases for hunting, thereby negating the fireforming advantage. Why?
- Mr Lee says that you should always crimp hunting rounds as they tend to be knocked about a bit. But I’ve also been told that it’s useless. Perspectives on this please?
- If you reload a tonne of experimental rounds that don’t make the grade, can they be dismantled and the components reused, or do you just need to shoot them all?
- The load tables specify that test rifles have barrel lengths in the 23” to 26” range. My rifle has a 20” barrel. What is the likely impact of this and how should I modify loads accordingly?
- Where the hell can I find bullets, primers and powders in London, and is the answer “nowhere, or in Purdey’s”, as usual?
I’m pretty sure I’m going to follow this up with more questions, but these are a good start.