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Old 09-24-2013, 11:04 PM   #1
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I have always wanted to get Into reloading but I am concerned about accidentally loading a hot round and hurting myself or others. Is this something I should look past and start reloading. Or does it happen often?

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So far Fox television could never make a show with me in it called "When loads go bad"

You just have to understand the concept, and myself I visually inspect the powder levels of all cartridges before I seat the bullet. (I single stage press reload) and by following the books have never had any kind of round mishap. and remember, an underloaded rifle round is as dangerous as an overloaded pistol round.

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Buy at least one good reloading manual, such as Sierra, Nosler, etc. and follow the instructions religiously. Ignore all the: "You don't have to [insert stupid idea here] and you'll be fine.

It is a fascinating and rewarding hobby.

ps: Add Anna's advice (which you won't find in manuals). Likewise, I always look to make sure there is powder in the case before I seat a bullet. A squib load is real dangerous. It's easy enough to avoid if you know to simply have a look before seating a bullet.

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So perhaps im concerned because all my local shooting ranges have signs with exploded firearms and text that says "No Reloads"

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Do any of you all know of a good reloading press to start with? I'm looking for something very inexpensive so I don't have to commit to reloading if its not my thing.

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I would suggest that you avoid cheap. I did that at the start, ended up selling it for next to nothing and bought better. If you start with, say, the RCBS Supreme Master Reloader kit, you'll spend a bit more up front but if you don't like it, you'll have many takers for that kit and at a fair price to you. You might even find a good reloading kit like that 2nd hand?

If need be, take a second job for a month to avoid going cheap.

No comment on your shooting range signs - I've never seen such a sign up here. IMO, such a sign would be written by a drooler.

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So perhaps im concerned because all my local shooting ranges have signs with exploded firearms and text that says "No Reloads"
That is because there are idiots that ruin a good thing. Also it may be insurance. If you like to text and drive, don't reload.
Most ranges don't have such restrictions, or I would not have been reloading for forty years.
Previous posts are correct. Just watch your steps checking along the way.
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Thanks for the help

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You pay attention to what you are doing and do the right research and you will not have a "hot load" problem. It's really that simple. Get a couple reloading guides. Look up load data on the net as well. Look what companies that make components say is a proper load. Like you use powder A and slug B this is the proper load and the pressure to be expected.
Every time I've seen first hand a problem with reloaded ammo it was because the one doing it was not paying attention. When I'm making ammo I don't talk to people, I don't have a TV on, all I do is make ammo. I take breaks after a predetermined number of rounds and I go over the press settings after so many rounds (usually 250-350). I take measurements of ammo to make sure the slug is in the right place...Not too deep or not enough...
I don't like being in someone else's reloading room when they are working either. It's a distraction to the one making ammo. And I'm not going to help someone make a mistake.
When I'm on a break I leave the reloading room entirely. Take a walk around the house or outside. Taking ten minutes or so every now and then helps keep me fresh and clears my head some.

Doing this I make thousands of rounds at a time and have yet to have a problem with the first one. I'm kind of lazy so when I get to where I want or need to make rounds I make a lot!

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Never start at max or near max loads as already advised Rocky7 follow the recipe exactly!
You're dealing with very high pressures and simply changing the brand of cases can increase them dramatically, especially if your loading near the high end.
A little attention to detail and a little common sense and you've entered into a new dimension, one I expect you will enjoy immensely!

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