Reloading components

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by MattyT, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. MattyT

    MattyT New Member

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    Just started reloading. Are there certain brands of any components that are much better than others? How about any brands to avoid?
     
  2. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    They're all good.

    I like Remington and Winchester due to lower prices.
     

  3. gr8oldguy

    gr8oldguy New Member

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    The ones you can find are the best. I do have a preference for CCI primers, but I think that's because they were the first ones I ever used. Welcome to reloading and I hope you enjoy it.
     
  4. Apex-Predator

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    Brass: Norma/Lapua but they are pricy so I normally make due with Rem, Win, Fed, and PPU
    Primers: 210M for my 308 and CCIs in everything else.
    Bullets: Sierra is my favorite in rifle because they just shoot so darn good in every single rifle I load for, and the only way the deer could fall any faster would be if they had shorter legs, but most everybody makes a decent bullet, I load just about everything. For handgun I like Hornady XTPs.
    Powders: Alliant and Hornady powders are my favorites, RL19, RL22, H4831, Varget, and H1000 to be specific, though I have one rifle that won't shoot with anything other then Ramshot's Big Game.
    Manuals: Nosler without a doubt, second place goes to Lyman which really awesome if you are into cast bullets.
     
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  5. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    CCI is the benchmark in primers.

    I run CCI and winchester primers, they've worked well, I see no reason to deviate.

    Sierra and Hornady rifle bullets. Precision Delta and Xtreme pistol bullets.

    I use IMR, Hodgdon and Alliant powders.

    Dillon , RCBS and MEC presses.

    Lee dies for pistol, hornady and RCBS for rifle.

    Imperial sizing wax and Hornady One Shot for case lube.

    Lapua brass for precision rifle, doesn't matter what brass you use for everything else.

    I use Lee second edition reloading manual, and Sierra data to supplement.

    RCBS Uniflow and Dillon powder measures, RCBS 10-10 scale. Lyman case trimmer and crimp cutters
     
  6. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Like most things in life there is good and there is better and reloading is no different but as always better usually cost more.
     
  7. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    Lee is a decent brand. I don't reload but know of people that use their reloading brand items. Pretty good prices from what I hear! Hope you enjoy yourself!
     
  8. GilaDan

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    MattyT, my Father has reloaded since I was 6 or 7. I'm knocking on 60 and retired about 2 years ago. Reloading is a life's journey and brings up more good conversation in the family than you can imagine. Of course the women go off to discuss something else! My oldest son is close to becoming a full time gunsmith, slowly acquiring the needed tools/equipment. Like most have said, you get what you pay for. But starting out on a reasonable budget is OK. As you go along and if your interest remains, you will figure out the components that will make it easier and faster. I don't know what we would do without our heavy press (single stage) RCBS. It just makes some of the tougher tasks like sizing go better. And the Little Dandy we use for powder disbursement is just awesome - best for finer grain powders, flake powders it is not quite so efficient. Once you find a really good load to duplicate many times, consider the Little Dandy if the powder is not real flaky.
    My family are always discussing bullets, powders, etc. Buying a new powder and putting the challenge on Dad to find some good loads has kept his interest. Not sure what firearms you are reloading, but bullets are a major component. We love to use cast bullets where they can be used. Just be sure to read your firearm manual about them. For example I don't use cast bullets in my HK and Glock - highly not recommended (you can read the debates). There are sources of cast bullets where you can purchase them for $30-$50 per 500, depending on bullet weight and shipping. My CX4 in 40S&W, after extensive testing, best likes a cast 180 grain bullet with Bullseye powder.
    So many options and so much to learn, even for us 'ol timers. Enjoy the journey.
     
  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I had bad experiences with CCI primers many years ago.

    For more than 30 years I have used Remington primers exclusively and never has a single problem.

    Also, Remington #7 1/2 small rifle primers and #9 1/2 large rifle primers are MilSpec, so they are ideally suited to .223,.308, 7.62X39, 8MM Mauser Etc.
     
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  10. Apex-Predator

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    I used to use Rem Primers, my choice to switch had nothing to to with any problems, but rather an economic one. 1,000ct bricks of CCI for $30 or 100ct single packs for $5.50 each, nobody sells Rem primers by the brick around here. CCIs perform just as good, zero issues to date.
     
  11. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That's a good reason!:D
     
  12. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I prefer CCI primers but have been using some Feds. lately since CCI's have been hard to come by lately and they seem to work pretty good.
     
  13. bamashooter68

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    I like CCI small rifle primers. WLR primers in my 30-06. Sierra bullets almost exclusively but sometimes use Hornady. Sierra bullets are fantastic bullets for the money. I use W748, H335, and Tac for my 223's and IMR-4895 for my 30-06. So far all Ive needed is my Sierra manual so far but I do have 2 nosler manuals as well.
     
  14. nitestalker

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    The CCI small pistol primers have caused many problems over the years. Anyone who has used them in tuned revolvers has had problems. The skirt metal is too heavy for lower impact main springs.:)
     
  15. Apex-Predator

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    I don't load the small pistol primers in revolver but I do load CCIs for my friends Super Blackhawk 44 Mag and they work just fine, just as they do in my five rifles and three pistols. Only primer I had a failure to fire with last year was a Winchester.
     
  16. Overkill0084

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    What are your needs? I shoot a lot of cast bullets in my handguns. I have no need to pay $.19 per bullet for plinking or punching paper informally. If you are building precision rifle loads for the big match, that's another issue.
    As for what to avoid? Honestly, there probably isn't a lot to worry about there. You will need to pay attention to what your needs are and purchase the appropriate products. For instance H110/Win296 is the wrong powder for wife & kid loads for your .44 mag. In much the same way, Max loads of Titegroup are probably not the most effective use of that powder.
    CCI (pistol) Primers have a reputation for being the hardest. No biggy, unless you have a gun with a weak hammer spring and an issue with light strikes. Then Federals are probably the preferred primer for that application, as they have a reputation for being the softest.
    Reloading allows you to "Build to suit," and do so for a lot less money. It's up to you to learn the best way forward and figure out the appropriate product for your needs. Off the top of my head, I don't know of any particularly "bad" products, just stuff you don't need for what your doing.
     
  17. Apex-Predator

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    I have never used a bullet with a poor reputatuon on game, so I have never had dissapointing results, but I have tried some that did not give me the accuracy I was looking for, idealy I like loads that shoot 3/4" or better for huning, Sierra Game Kings have given me that much more so then any other bullet, I HIGHLY recommend these to any new handloader. Hornady SSTs shoot really well in my rifles that like tipped bullets, but not all rifles like them.
     
  18. locutus

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    The "kill" area on a deer is approx. 6 inches in dia. Most folks shoot no more than 300 yards. A load that produces 2 MOA is perfectly adequate

    I will gladly trade off a small amount of accuracy for bullet performance and/or increased velocity.
     
  19. oldman10mm

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    Primers I use,never seen Federal primers so haven't had the occasion to try them.
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    NO,I'm not hoarding.

    Powders I only use the IMR series,nothing wrong with the other brands.
    Bullets,Remington,Sierra,Hornady,& MILs'. Armscor(Philipines) 5.56 bullets used to be available in bulk at a good price,haven't seen them lately.
    Brass,I use virtually all brands/headstamps.
     
  20. Groundhoghunter

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    yep and it depends on what you are trying to reload for . Example benchrest reloading is a lot more precision than loading a handful of pistol bullets to go plinking with .Not to take that lighty either as you have guide lines to follow in all reloading ,shotgun ,pistol ,rifle ,benchrest etc etc