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ninjatoth 02-19-2013 11:18 PM

I want to reload
I been watching videos and reading info online and I think i'm going to start reloading.I have saved about 750 .44 magnum brass in the event that one day I might try it,and I think i'm going to go for it.I read that I need a press,probably single stage,dies,calipers,a good manual,powder scale or measure and other optional parts to get started.Any advice to me seeing as I never done this before?Also,I am only going to reload .44 magnum for awhile,so any caliber specific advice might be helpful too.

c3shooter 02-19-2013 11:30 PM

You will also need a shell holder- little thing that connects to your press, catridge case slides into it- change when you change calibers. You will also need powder, large pistol primers, and bullets. Some case lube would not hurt. Depending on press you may also need a priming tool.

Get a good load data manual, but for now, you can get along by going to the website for a powder manufacturer, and downloading THEIR reccommended loads.

Starting load is called that for a reason. Start there, and work up. Go find a copy of The ABCs of Reloading- used is good- and read it before buying anything.

BillM 02-19-2013 11:31 PM

Looks like you have the hardware fairly well covered. The Speer manual
(and I believe the Lyman) have a good step by step walkthrough of the
process in the front of the book. Take it slow, double check everything.

Lots if info out there on the 44 mag.

You picked a heck of a time to get started! Primers are almost
impossible to find, and when you do find some expect them to be
expensive. Bullets? Good luck. Powder? It's out there but you
have to look a bit.

CapnJack 02-19-2013 11:42 PM

I just started awile back so i kinda gathered some b4 SHTF with the supply line. Im enjoying the hell out of it and learning tons just from the good folk on here. I am havin trouble substatuting other materials because im just buying what i can get ofcourse,but im always up fora challenge. Stay safe and do ur homework, i didnt even load a full round until 2-3weeks after i got my setup. Didnt feel i was ready info wise yet.

locutus 02-19-2013 11:46 PM

Get the ABCs and Lyman or Speer manual.

Then buy equipment.

And if you know an experienced loader, ask him to be your mentor until you learn the ropes.

Check with your LGS or local gun club and see if anyone in your area offers reloading classes.

shadecorp 02-20-2013 04:23 PM

I use

Check the web site
Get a catalog.

ninjatoth 02-20-2013 09:15 PM

Thanks guys,I am going to continue to gather information and get a book before I attempt to reload,but I am an information sponge and specific things I tend to remember well,so seeing as i'm only going to reload .44 mag,maybe 44 special and 444 marlin for my buddy if it's possible with the same dies,is the large pistol primers the ones you use for .44mag/special?And,I have seen alot of videos where people use Hodgdon H110 powder in .44 mag-is that a good powder?What are some good powders and primers for .44 mag?Just any info on the .44 mag I can get now to think about would be helpful.

locutus 02-20-2013 10:28 PM

Large pistol magnum primers
H110 powder
Quality bullets (lead or jacketed)

And you're good to go.:):)

rockratt 02-21-2013 02:37 AM

I use W296 and CCI 350 primers. H110 is also a good powder for the 44. I prefer jacketed bullets(Hornady XTP's) but lead are cheaper.

aandabooks 02-21-2013 03:03 AM

I started with Accurate #5 for .44 special. Winchester LP primers with 180gr RNFP lead. Worked up a pretty mild load that makes for pretty pleasant range ammo. I'm considering moving to a slower burning powder for my next batch or when I start reloading mag cases. Those I'll be loading with a 240gr SWC lead bullets.

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