January 18th, 2009 09:58 PM
New to the game.
So, I bought a RCBS Rock Chucker off a family member($100) It came with a set of .357/.38 and 9mm dies. I'm excited to get started, but have a few questions. The kit orginally came with a Speer reloading manual. It was sold by said family member. I would like a manual and want to know if you guys have a few suggestions. Is the Speer book a good resource? Also, being completly new to this stuff, I want to be AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE!! Are there any videos out there to help a guy out? I'm not trying to reload 1,000 rounds in a weekend at this point. I just want to start slowly and make sure I'm doing things right. Any other bits of advice to a novice??
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January 18th, 2009 10:18 PM
Yes, very good one. You can buy them online or at any store that carries reloading supplies. Check all the posts in this sub forum first and then come back and ask anything that may not be clear.
As for books, you can go ahead and buy Amazon.com: Abc's Of Reloading: The Definitive Guide For Novice To Expert: Bill Chevalier: Books. Maybe the best starter book out there.
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January 19th, 2009 01:27 PM
Usually, the bullet manufacturers have the most comprehensive reloading guides. The Speer book you have should be a good resource, since the calibers, you are reloading for, have been around for a while. I prefer the Hornady guides. I also like the Loadbook guides. They are little, notebook type, caliber specific, manuals with a compilation of all of the different bullet and powder manufacturers published load data.
January 19th, 2009 01:35 PM
I like to verify all my loads from two sources.
I use the Speer Manual and the Lyman manual.
January 20th, 2009 08:08 AM
I use the Speer and the Hornady reloading books and cross reference them both when working up a new load. I use W296 powder for .38/.357 and W231 for 9mm loads. Before you setout and load 1,000 rounds you may want to do some experimenting to find the right loads that work for your guns. There are many variables and it takes a while to settle upon just the right combination of ingredients. In fact, you may want to have a plinking load and a SD load for each gun. Full strength loads are wasteful for plinking especially in today's world where powder and supplies are so hard to find. Good luck, I know you'll enjoy your new hobby.
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January 24th, 2009 02:30 AM
Seriously, since you want to be safe... get some clear safety glasses! It's a safety item often overlooked.
I too use the Speer manual... I think the latest is # 14.
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January 24th, 2009 07:46 AM
Reloading manuals are great and you can never have too many. That said, I'll give you the advice I give anyone, whether new to reloading or an old hand at it. Once you've decided on the powder you want to use and are looking for actual load data, go to the powder manufacturers web site for the latest information. If you buy more than one reloading manual, the first thing you'll notice is that they all show slightly different data for the same caliber/bullet combination. The dangerous component in reloading is the powder and I'm a firm believer that the manufacturer of that powder is the one he has tested it the most extensively.
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