+1 RC, it seems they are the new "where can I get primers" thread. I spotted three of the buggars within inches of eachother
February 19, 2013, 11:48 PM
Hopefully the veterans here will offer advice, suggestions and reminders that will help minimize mistakes. As someone gathering equipment to start reloading, I know I'm looking forward to learning a lot from these forums.
So long as us new folk are careful, take our time, and do our research we should have lots of fun.
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February 20, 2013, 12:06 AM
With the wide spread sales of reloading gear the flew off the shelves lately I'm wondering how many of the "new to" reloaders are going do damage to themselves of equipment.
You never really know. It might depend upon how careful a person is.. with even how they ply their hands upon the/your keyboard or something like that.
February 20, 2013, 12:31 AM
...I know I'm looking forward to learning a lot from these forums.
I've been hanging out here a few years, so I'm a relative newcomer.
I believe specific questions seem to get better answers than general questions. And the specific questions should show some understanding of terminology. If possible.
As someone said, the "What's the most accurate load for xxx caliber with yyyy powder? I don't have time to work it up myself." question is tiresome.
"I'm having trouble setting up my resizing die. Some of my reloaded rounds don't chamber easily, but all factory ammo chambers just fine." is a wonderful question, which will probably get several helpful answers. Or questions to draw out more information.
I've noticed that there is a wealth of information available on these forums, but it must be carefully mined with a pan rather than expecting to haul it all away in a 10 yd truck... :)
February 20, 2013, 01:58 AM
One question I have for them is: if you dont have a book how do you know the load data given online is accurate? I am not implying someone would give out faulty data on purpose but why even take that risk.
I wanted to ask this and it does not warrant a new thread.
Also I wont get started on: ***? if you dont own a book can you not look on the powder or bullet mfg website but you can search, locate join and post on THR
February 20, 2013, 02:37 AM
I just wish new comers into the reloading world would SIT DOWN and read the Lyman manual NOT ONCE OR BUT TWICE! maybe 3 times if your a slow learner and when you have a problem in the mechanical end, stop and try fiqure it out to the best you can! then go to key board if you don't have a enough mechanical know how. WHATS your best load for what ever! do the (foot work) if you look at the load charts, pressures to velocity will tell you the performance of a powder in a certain cartridge. IT just gets old if you have problem you run to (the key board) . WE are willing to help you, but do some foot work first.
February 20, 2013, 08:59 AM
WE are willing to help you, but do some foot work first.
I agree 100%. I bought a couple reloading manuals before I bought any other equipment. It's incumbent upon every new loader to do their own homework, work up their own loads, and try to solve their own issues.
It's nice, though, to have a knowledge base like THR to bounce questions off (especially as another poster said, specific questions - as they generally have more specific answers).
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February 20, 2013, 01:33 PM
I agree with you fellers that new reloaders should be responsible enough to do some research/study. But today it's the instant gratification thinking that bring these forums a lot of basic "reloading 101" type questions. It's much easier to post a question than to find a book and read it. I've noticed the "viewing count" has doubled in the last 4 or 5 months on this forum.
Perhaps there will be a lot of reloading equipment for sale later this year at good prices (folks rushed out and bought a bunch of equipment before they research reloading and find it ain't for them)...
February 20, 2013, 01:38 PM
I'm expecting to see a lot of good deals on craigslist in the next couple months.
February 20, 2013, 02:06 PM
Im new to reloading for rifle rounds, But I think most people are buying for themselves not trying to make a quick buck like others out there. I.ve done my home work on the powder and primers for my rig. But there are some that might do damage to themselves because they dont do their home work. I've spent countless hours in researching the powders out there and my best advice is to do the research needed to be a safe reloader.. Be safe !!:banghead:
February 20, 2013, 02:44 PM
This new generation doesn't know how to have a conversation unless it is all abbrev. text. They are tought in school to use internet for faster information. Besides some can read even after graduation. Short cuts work in math usually
these kids most generally want to short cut. Myself I still go back and reread the Lyman manual if I am haveing a little trouble in a round setup. We never remember it all but atleast we older generation still reread, aspecialy in reloading.
February 21, 2013, 10:47 AM
MDI. It will get worst. This year HS graduates who have been educated under the "no child left behind" since the 3rd grade will be getting into the shooting sports. Due to the focus on testing, analytical thinking is not being taught like it should be. I am seeing it in my college students and a lack of analytical skills in reloading can be a problem.
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February 21, 2013, 03:15 PM
Some of us started reloading before the internet or even Usenet. I started reloading at age 13 and had my own outfitted bench by 15. Had only one manual, Speer, but learned most of the craft reading the popular gun magazines. It is not rocket science if a person has a modest amount of common sense. I do detest 11 "where are the primers" a week threads. If a person is unwilling to read through first page and tab to the second before beginning a new thread they are making it harder to search the site for relative info to an issue.
February 21, 2013, 03:17 PM
I'm 36. I've been reloading since I was a kid sitting next to Grandad, load a few rounds at the bench in the basement, go outside and try them, back down to the basement. Adjust the powder charge, COL, etc. Trim some cases. I always did the grunt work but I was rewarded with trigger time.
That being said, I still ask questions on here. It's interesting to me to see what others are doing and how. And I don't see any problem with asking about how many grains of powder for which bullet, etc. The help from some of these guys CAN save a lot of footwork and time. Just compare powder charges with published data for a reality check and you are fine. And you learn who you can trust and who is just throwing out numbers.
Here's an example. I've been loading for the .38 special/.357 mag for 18 years. But I'm reduced to a limited supply of primers. All I have left in small pistol is small pistol magnum. When I look at my powder shelf, the only powder I should use a mag primer with is H110 or True Blue.
I have some Nosler 158 gr jacketed bullets. I've never loaded this bullet with H110. I want some real powerhorse loads. The Hodgdon website says max is 16.7. But there are variables. That data is for a Hornady XTP. Good chance COL is different. So, here I am asking some of the fellas out there for the charge they like for this particular bullet using H110.
But please, not all at once!
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