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Old 06-19-2011, 10:02 AM
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I m thinking about getting the gear to start reloading for my 22-250 and 270. I would like to see just how accurate I can get with my rifles, but don't really know were to start. I've been researching presses and kits and hope y'all could help me out with a couple of questions. Will a progressive press load as accurately as a single press, or should I get a single and scale weigh each load for consistency. If I get a progressive loader will the powder dispenser be as reliable? Any thoughts would be appreciated. I don't have a bunch of money to waste and hate to buy something that I need to upgrade to achieve better results. Also are there any brands I should stay away from.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:49 AM
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Can we assume that you are going to be reloading for single-shot firearms since you posted in this section? Or was that an error?

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Old 06-19-2011, 01:50 PM
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In the reloading equipment section there is a few recent posts on getting started reloading. One of them I started and a bunch of knowledgeable guys chimed in with there input. Its titled "best starter kit"
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:03 PM
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Yes sir to the single shot. Primarily for my 22-250 high wall miroku Win.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:05 PM
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I think unless you're shooting IPSC or PPC pistol events, and shoot several hundred or thousand rounds a week, a single-stage or turret press (NOT a progressive) is going to be your best option.

For my rifles (to include 22-250), I use a Lee Classic Cast press, Lee dies, Win or Rem brass, CCI, WLR, or Wolf primers, and either Sierra, Hornady, or Nosler bullets (though a batch of Berger 60gr gives me the best accuracy for bullets heavier than 50gr). My powders for that caliber are IMR4064, IMR4007SSC, H380, and IMR4895, in order of most used.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:16 AM
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I'd agree you probably don't want or need a progressive press unless you are doing a lot of shooting. I reload several hundred rounds at a time for varmint hunting and still use the same Rock-Chucker press I've had for 30 years.

Concerning the powder charges, I weigh each one since some of the extruded powders I used don't meter consistanly through the powder measure. If you are going for accuracy I'd just consider it a good practice anyway.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:59 PM
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Big advantage for a single-shooter. Hand tools or single-stage press mostly keep up with them just fine.

If you need to spend the money , I'd by a turret press. Set it up once for whatever your rifle likes, and leave it alone for most of the rest of your life.

I do real well with a single-stage press for mine. Just have to remember how to set-up the dies for a particular rifle is all . Not hard at all. Guess I'll recomend going that way to you.

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The thing you get with progressive presses is speed. The powder measures have the same inherent problem: like Monty said, some powders meter well, others don't. So, with those extruded powders, you still throw them from a powder measure, but then you have to weigh each one and trickle up to your load if you want to be consistent. A progressive press just keeps on spinning...pumping out cartridges. For handgun ammo, that's fine. For rifle ammo, most guys want to slow up and aim for a little more accuracy and consistency.

I load in batches of about 20....sometimes 40. Each batch will consist of 4 sets of five cartridges, so I can shoot 5-shot groups and see how that particular load does. I don;t need my rifle cartridges being dumped from a press and down into a tray...full of other cartridges. One at a time, each set of 20 gets primed, then they all get powder, then bullets, and then a crimp, heavy or light, if I'm going that way with that particular load.
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beginner probably want a single stage
it will be way easier for you to grasp what each different operation is and how it affects the outcome
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Excellent advice from all. Thank you so much. That's just what I needed to hear. The wind finally laid down here on the coast so I went to the range to shoot but it was plun full. Turned around and left. . Bummer maybe tomorrow. What a way to start the day...
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