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300WinMagShooter  [Member]
12/29/2008 6:05:37 AM EDT
Can anyone recommend good training or instructional material on handloading? I'm very interested but would like a good scientific understanding of the process, components, and the keys to successfully handloading.

Any help is appreciated!

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gringop  [Member]
12/29/2008 7:55:48 AM EDT
Pretty much any good Reloading Manual has a section on what you are interested. My Speer #12 reloading book has the first 120 pages devoted to what you are asking. The rest of the 700 pages are the actual loading data.

I'm not sure what the latest edition is but it should have the same thing. Buy it and get your instruction and load data all in one book. If it doesn't have a load for a particualar powder, the manufacturers have all the data on their powders online.

TonyF  [Team Member]
12/29/2008 12:34:53 PM EDT
Check the NRA website for their handloading classes. You'll get some "hands on" by experienced people.
300WinMagShooter  [Member]
12/29/2008 6:45:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TonyF:
Check the NRA website for their handloading classes. You'll get some "hands on" by experienced people.

I think that would be perfect for me. I'll check it out. The hands on experience would be a real confidence builder.

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RandyDTC  [Team Member]
12/31/2008 8:08:42 PM EDT
Where in VA are you?


1903pa  [Team Member]
2/23/2009 8:04:08 AM EDT
As someone else stated start reading reloading manuals. to be more specific start with the Lyman manual and pick a few used manuals that you can likely find in a local gun shop. I personally have at least 12 loading manuals other pamphlets and data on a CD that has a ballistic computing program on it and I use all of them from time to time. You should start out by collecting brass and sizing them after you buy a good O-type press. Try to resist the desire to load for a while till you have your loading area set up and when you decide to start loading start with the starting loads that are listed in your manuals and do the best can to use the same components that are listed therein. When you begin sizing use a brush to lube the inside of the case necks on bottle necked cases and put a dab of lube on the tip of one index finger to lube only the body of the cartridge not the outside of the neck or shoulder. This is where most first time loaders have a problem, by over lubricating the case they end up with oil dents on the shoulder and the body. Lubing as I just described is the best way to control this and after 45yrs of loading its still the way I go. By the way I load at least 2,000- 3,000 rds a year.
skink  [Member]
8/12/2009 7:08:57 PM EDT

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