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    Hi guys

    i have started putting some money aside to set myself up for loading my own. How much should i be looking at for a complete kit for a .243 and indeed what is good kit and what should i steer away from? I have an abundeance of spent norma cases so will not need brass but everything else i require, so i am hoping to get some good advice on where to start looking at what i need to get set up and advice would be greatly accepted.

    Many thanks

    Mark

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    Hi Rowie

    One of these, a shell holder and a set of dies will get you started.
    http://www.henrykrank.com/index.php?...oducts_id=1522

    Some people shun these as being cheap and nasty, but I've loaded plenty using one of these with good results.
    Also source, read and absorb some good reloading books before you start. 'Modern reloading' by Richard Lee is a popular choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klunk View Post
    Hi Rowie

    One of these, a shell holder and a set of dies will get you started.
    http://www.henrykrank.com/index.php?...oducts_id=1522

    Some people shun these as being cheap and nasty, but I've loaded plenty using one of these with good results.
    Also source, read and absorb some good reloading books before you start. 'Modern reloading' by Richard Lee is a popular choice.
    Excellent advice.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by klunk View Post
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    Also source, read and absorb some good reloading books before you start. 'Modern reloading' by Richard Lee is a popular choice...
    I agree it is a very helpful book but (probably not unexpectedly) it is somewhat biased towards Lee branded equipment?

    If you are passing Grafham area (not a million miles from Grantham?) you are welcome to borrow a copy to read & return - but it is a very good book to have on the shelf but I don't own a single Lee item!

    Iain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyefor View Post
    I agree it is a very helpful book but (probably not unexpectedly) it is somewhat biased towards Lee branded equipment?

    If you are passing Grafham area (not a million miles from Grantham?) you are welcome to borrow a copy to read & return - but it is a very good book to have on the shelf but I don't own a single Lee item!

    Iain
    Agreed on the emphasis on Lee gear, but then, Sierra doesn't list load data for Hornady bullets, either. That aside, there is more information in that book than most people can recognize.~Muir

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    I do'nt know how available it is in the U.K. or how much it would cost, but I've found Ken Waters book Pet Loads to be one of the best reloaders manuals out there.He covers pretty much every cartridge you could think of but more importantly tests a wide variety of manufacturers bullets,powders,cases & primers. Its available from the Wolfe Publishing Co. 6471 Airpark Drive ,Prescott, Arizona.
    Hope this helps - alberta boy

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    Quote Originally Posted by alberta boy View Post
    I do'nt know how available it is in the U.K. or how much it would cost, but I've found Ken Waters book Pet Loads to be one of the best reloaders manuals out there.He covers pretty much every cartridge you could think of but more importantly tests a wide variety of manufacturers bullets,powders,cases & primers. Its available from the Wolfe Publishing Co. 6471 Airpark Drive ,Prescott, Arizona.
    Hope this helps - alberta boy
    I like Pet Loads and I respect Water's savvy as a ballistician, but much of the data in the book is very dated; some 30 years old and then some. That is not a good place to garner load data. It it an excellent read though. I know for sure of one copy in the UK as I sent one to JAYB!~Muir

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    Yes you're right , some of the data is dated . Its to bad there isn't an up to date version, I'd buy it in a heart beat.I do pick up most of the new manuals but with the amount of bullet & powder companies out there it can get a bit expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alberta boy View Post
    Yes you're right , some of the data is dated . Its to bad there isn't an up to date version, I'd buy it in a heart beat.I do pick up most of the new manuals but with the amount of bullet & powder companies out there it can get a bit expensive.
    Well, Ken isn't a spring chicken. There are little addendums available for the book but I've never purchased any.

    I have crates of reloading manuals from 1900 on and I really use only the Lee or others offered by powder makers. (Lee is a compilation of data from various makers. They only worked directly with Hodgdon developing some very specific pressure data.) Powder manufacturers are the only ones who truly test powders and loads to a certain degree of exactitude with respect to pressures. Those tests by bullet makers are accurate also but only with regard to the LOT of powder they were using at that time, and the test conditions they were under. ~Muir

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