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    Novice to reloading help needed

    New to reloading guys need a few pointers off all you experienced reloaders as it all a bit confusing , looking to get some kit to reload for my 223/243 can anybody advise me in the right direction on kit needed and how to etc etc.(never done it before!!!)
    ok with basic kit as a starting point as on a limited budget.

    Many thanks
    ATB
    Dave
    Last edited by 223; 22-06-2010 at 18:00.

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    This may be a daft question but are you reloading for two calibres ie 223 remington and 243 winchester or have you created a 22/243 wildcat?? One will create significantly more substantial problems than the other.

    For basic kit you could try the Lee loading kits, I dont like them as they are built out of tin cans but they do work OK. RCBS and Redding are much nicer but cost more

    For the minimum outlay is the lee loader kits about 30 per caliber and will allow you to produce some ammo

    you would probably be better with a kit including a reloading press that takes standard dies

    Personally I regard the following as being minimum kit

    Reloading press
    dies
    shellholder
    powder measure
    reloading scales (v important)
    case trimmer (e.g. lee trimming tool)
    case neck chamfer tool
    relaoding manual

    This should get you started

    If you can try to get someone to show you the ropes.

    Cheers

    S

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    OK how many rounds are you looking to handload?

    If you only doing the odd batch ot 20-40 at a time then I would suggest:-

    Lee Challenger press
    Lee dies (they come with the shell holder)
    Powder scales (beam type are the cheapest and actually easy to use although not fashionable)
    Lee trim stud and cutter
    Set of Lee powder scoops. (much cheaper than a powder measure an with small batches you can weight every charge)
    RCBS chamfer tool (it's miles better than the Lee one)
    Lee primer pocket cleaner

    A reloading manual is very good but you can get the information of the powders and soemtimes bullet makers websites.

    Getting soemone to go through the ropes with you is way the best way but of course you can do it from the books and the web. Be safe and have fun.

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    Some reloading data, as in a well respected reloading book / manual, or better still, the previous added to a friend / willing assosciate, who already reloads.
    Last edited by finnbear270; 22-06-2010 at 19:03.
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    thanks guys

    looking to reload 2 seperate cals 223 rem and 243 win possible 30 each at a time been looking at the lee kits( 50th year model), but idealy if there was a kind person out there that was willing to pass there experience on to me that would be great.

    Many thanks
    Dave

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    Dave,

    I'm a keen reloader and would be happy to show you the ropes - I load for my own .223 amongst other calibres but I have a .243 set-up for a mate that uses my kit occasionally. Let me know if you fancy a trek down here from Staffordshire. I use a range of kit now but still have most of the basic stuff I started with dotted about my relaoding bench somewhere.

    Cheers,

    Adam.

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    Thanks for your kind offer Adam where abouts in herefordshire are you.

    ATB
    Dave

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    Dave,

    I'm deep in hillbilly country - Leominster in west Herefordshire. Straight down the A49 for you.

    Adam.

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    Dave,

    I'm deep in hillbilly country - Leominster in west Herefordshire. Straight down the A49 for you.

    Adam.
    He's not joking.
    Even the molehills have eyes around there.

    Close-set eyes as well.

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