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Old 06-25-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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Ok we get a lot of I'm new to reloading what should I buy. There are some on here that like me like RCBS and Dillon some like RL357 like Lee. Some like lyman. Some don't give a darn they just buy something and load on it.

The very first thing you should buy before even comming on here and asking that question is the books below.

ABC's of Reloading

A reloading manual weather it is Sierra, Speer, Hornady, Lyman, Or any other get one maby two. I have myself 2 Sierra, Speer, Hornady, Lyman, Hodgdon, Midwayusa loadmaps for my 45acp. and Precision high power rifle loading.

Look at the powder manufactures web sites. They have tons of info on the web for FREE. Hodgdon who makes Hodgdon, Winchester, and IMR powder has a searchable database of everyone of their powder and thousands of bullets in their's.

Read these book cover to cover and then read them again.

Then come in here and ask specific questions to guys that have been reloading for many years. I myself have been loading for over 25 years. I learned starting at 7 and 8 years old.

Guys of the FTF Reloading forum add to what I have said and I will ask to STICKY this thread at the top of the reloading forum.

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After reading the book, twice, is there a test we must pass in order to ask questions here? Ooops, my bad, I didn't read the darn book cover to cover yet and I've already asked a question!

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After reading the book, twice, is there a test we must pass in order to ask questions here? Ooops, my bad, I didn't read the darn book cover to cover yet and I've already asked a question!
no, but unlike a lot of things in life not reading the manual in the case of reloading can actually kill you quite easily. for instance using pistol powder for rifle loads will turn your firearm into a bomb. not a good thing.

thats why we stress reading the manual so heavily. it really is that important.

the loading manual is like the holy text of whichever religion you prefer violate the rules laid forth and the goddess of gunpowder will reap body parts or even your life
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no, but unlike a lot of things in life not reading the manual in the case of reloading can actually kill you quite easily. for instance using pistol powder for rifle loads will turn your firearm into a bomb. not a good thing.

thats why we stress reading the manual so heavily. it really is that important.

the loading manual is like the holy text of whichever religion you prefer violate the rules laid forth and the goddess of gunpowder will reap body parts or even your life
I agree, actually. Thankfully, I've looked into the idea of reloading doing research before jumping in. One concept that has come up in about 99.1, er, make that 99.2% of the reloading threads on various forums, most every article written about reloading concepts, and even on a bathroom wall or two (?) is the need to follow a reloading manual for caliber/bullet wt/powder,etc. I like the idea I read somewhere about getting two different manuals and cross referencing them.

So, if I read two different manuals from cover to cover rather than one manual cover to cover twice, would that allow me to ask questions here? ...Damn, another unauthorized question! Sorry...
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I agree, actually. Thankfully, I've looked into the idea of reloading doing research before jumping in. One concept that has come up in about 99.1, er, make that 99.2% of the reloading threads on various forums, most every article written about reloading concepts, and even on a bathroom wall or two (?) is the need to follow a reloading manual for caliber/bullet wt/powder,etc. I like the idea I read somewhere about getting two different manuals and cross referencing them.

So, if I read two different manuals from cover to cover rather than one manual cover to cover twice, would that allow me to ask questions here? ...Damn, another unauthorized question! Sorry...
ive got about 5 different manuals i use. the reason you see different recipes for seemingly same bullets is bearing surface of bullets of the same weight but different makers may be different so the pressure profile is different takes more or less powder to reach max as the case may be.

thats generally why its a bad idea not to follow loads listed for a specific bullet.
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Yup. Just finnished a .40 loading guide and am now reading a Hornady reloading manual. On this post, I will not upset the "gods" of reloading here and ask a question. I re-read the original post and geez, hope I didn't offend anyone by asking questions already. After reading this book (Hornady reloading manual) cover to cover, I'll read it again so as to be allowed to ask questions.

There is a wealth of experience here with you guys as evidenced by some of the thread answers in here and I hope to benefit from that. However, I realize I am not qualified yet to ask questions per the OP. I'm hoping that I can read a second manual "cover to cover" rather than this Hornady manual for the second time in order to be granted the priviledge of asking questions. ...Guess I'll just have to take that chance when I get there.

I'm amazed, btw, how many people actually read a manual cover to cover and then read it again! ...A lot of people have asked questions and therefore musta read a manual or two cover to cover, twice! There are some dedicated people here, and I hope to be one of them! Either that, or they are getting away with unauthorized question asking...

Maybe it's possible, cpttango30, to get a waiver in order to ask questions here prior to reading a manual cover to cover, twice. (that was NOT in question form) No worries tho, I can wait. So, back to the manual!

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Does there really have to be a "tone" to the posts?

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Yup. Just finnished a .40 loading guide and am now reading a Hornady reloading manual. On this post, I will not upset the "gods" of reloading here and ask a question. I re-read the original post and geez, hope I didn't offend anyone by asking questions already. After reading this book (Hornady reloading manual) cover to cover, I'll read it again so as to be allowed to ask questions.

There is a wealth of experience here with you guys as evidenced by some of the thread answers in here and I hope to benefit from that. However, I realize I am not qualified yet to ask questions per the OP. I'm hoping that I can read a second manual "cover to cover" rather than this Hornady manual for the second time in order to be granted the priviledge of asking questions. ...Guess I'll just have to take that chance when I get there.

I'm amazed, btw, how many people actually read a manual cover to cover and then read it again! ...A lot of people have asked questions and therefore musta read a manual or two cover to cover, twice! There are some dedicated people here, and I hope to be one of them! Either that, or they are getting away with unauthorized question asking...

Maybe it's possible, cpttango30, to get a waiver in order to ask questions here prior to reading a manual cover to cover, twice. (that was NOT in question form) No worries tho, I can wait. So, back to the manual!
Jeezus, enough already!
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hehe I thought you guys enjoyed a razzing now and again, especially light-hearted ones!

I guess I couldn't resist taking shots at a post that showed an intolerance to newbies, even if those shots were 'friendly' I suppose it's best to let it go seeing as how the tone was apparently misread.

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