Thx for the info!
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Of course you will need brass, bullets, tumblers, primers, dyes, etc. But you need information most of all! To save yourself a lot of frustration at the range, as well as a LOT of research - I personally recommend you check this site out: http://www.loadbooks.com/
My dad bought me the .300 Weatherby Mag reload book and it has proved WELL worth the 10 bucks (they're now 11). But the price includes shipping and handling.
The book basically has EVERY bullet manufacturer with the most popular loads (as well as unpopular..110 grain in my rifle for instance) and they're fps/velocity/powder/all bullet measurements. In short, this book is a book of books from all the big wigs (Sierra, Nosler, Speer, Hornady, Barnes, Lyman, Scot, IMR, Alliant, etc)
Some people don't deserve saving.
....the water is almost at a boil
Midway should have those as well. Maybe cheaper? That's where I got mine. Might get the Hodgdon annual reloading manual in magazine form next month? Check your powder manufacturer's websites as well for free! I use the Midway manuals. Check some of these--and don't forget Hornady and Sierra---they'll even send you alot of free stuff to help.
Yes--I've had many conversations with the techs at Hornady and Sierra, and they've always sent me what I asked for no matter what, and at no cost to me. Nosler is the same way, and I've gotten free samples from them in the past. Who could ask for anything more? Guaranteed, your laptop may not sit out in the shop with you, but things have come a long way in the past 5-6 years. Click and print? Also---make a record of your loads on your computer with any of the free programs. I used Lee Loader for a while, I may use something different in the future. Find them here:
The Loadbooks are a great resource. The bullet and powder makers gave their permission for the guys that put together the Loadbooks to duplicate their info. Glad they did.
It is a great way to start looking up data for a new cartridge you load for before buying any powder or bullets. You can compare and contrast the information at your leisure and save a bunch of money too.
You can't go wrong. I try to get all of them I load for. So far I only have four: 45 Auto, 10mm, 375 H&H Magnum, and 45/70.
Just two things on reloading. 1. FOLLOW the recommendations in what ever book you use and always start a couple charges below brown box. 2. Never shoot some one else's reloads unless you are willing to trust your life to him because you are. I lost an 1875 colt thanks to an "expert" reloader, luckly that was all I lost.
A little background to my previous post. Reloading for 15 years now and still have all fingers. Reload 9mm, 45 acp, 45 colt (ruger & cowboy), 30-30, and managed to push my 25-06 savage out to 600 yds. with nosler BT's. I use Hornady book and bullets and winchester primers and brass. Powder is more a preference to the user and if one can afford it experiment with which type works best for your weapon.
Again start low and work up to the best one for your weapon. It will tell you which one it likes. No two are the same!