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    Anyone close to Kokomo willing to teach me to reload?

    I bought everything I think I need, and I'm sure I can figure it out, but I'd rather someone with experience teach me to reload. Anyone?

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    Run over to Peru at BK Bullets. Bob would be glad to help.
    Here Kitty, Kitty...

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    Get the Lyman Reloading Manual.
    Lots of good info in there.

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    Even if you do find someone to teach you, make sure you read the instruction portion of a good reloading manual. Your teacher may very well forget to mention something or may have an unsafe habit or two.

    I think Hornady's manual does a really good job of explaining the process, but a lot of people prefer Lyman's book. Either one is suitable.
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    I'm further away in Lafayette, but would be willing to teach if you want to drive a bit.
    --Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by CampingJosh View Post
    Even if you do find someone to teach you, make sure you read the instruction portion of a good reloading manual. Your teacher may very well forget to mention something or may have an unsafe habit or two.

    I think Hornady's manual does a really good job of explaining the process, but a lot of people prefer Lyman's book. Either one is suitable.
    I like the Modern Reloading by Richard Lee. It seemed to me to be the most comprehensive manual available.
    Before I started reloading (on my own) I was advised to buy at LEAST 3 different manuals, and read them all.
    I did, and learned a great deal before ever drooping the first charge.

    I picked the brain of every hand loader I know before I started, and I have still not loaded any bottle-necked cartridges.
    I've stuck to straight-walled handgun cartridges. I wanted to get comfortable at lower pressure rounds before moving up.

    Hand loading is not that hard, but needs your undivided attention.
    It may not be hard to do, but it's also not that hard to screw up if you don't pay attention.
    Dormant U.S.Marine/ NRA Benefactor-Life

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    Been reloading since I was a kid
    Pick propellants that fill cases.
    Always loaded for performance, never for cheapest.
    Have not screwed anything up either.

    The guys that do, usually very high volume shooters trying to make the cheapest fodder. Which ia scary when some want to burn it through class 3 $$$ rigs.

    Btw, i like the Nosler manual.

    Lyman turret presses .....a Spar T for pistol and the Mag for rifle. Leave em set up for 4 cartridges.

    I dont shoot a variety of ammo through a rifle. Each has a specific purpose and gets a great handload.
    Of course they might also shoot a factory round for another application just fine.

    But once i find the main purpose handload that gives me what I want, no further development or experimentation.
    Last edited by Hookeye; 4 Weeks Ago at 00:23.

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    Had Speer and Hornady manuals, gave em away after I read em. They were fine.

    Im not into cast boolit rifle stuff, or even handgun.
    Do like to cast boolits though.....and the old yellow sizing lube smelled good.

    Pops has a bunch of moulds and if it was raining and we couldnt shoot.....wed cast.

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    Lee priming tool and their collet neck sizers I like.
    Nothing else of theirs.

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    BTW....most of my loads end up over max.
    Freaks some people out
    Differences in some manuals, old vs new.
    Powder lot variance and chamber dims.....you always start in the safe zone and watch for pressure.

    If you show hot before max, well.....youre done.
    Book doesnt mean squat.

    Same as if over max and no over pressure sign.

    A LOT of people think the book sets all limits.

    Go slow. Pay attention. Monitor. And Think. Most folks cant do two of those things.
    They have problems reloading.

    If you have OCD or are a detail freak, youll be fine


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