Any simple tutorials for a beginner?


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FireInCairo
August 10, 2014, 12:34 PM
My father in law gave me a little hand-loading kit and I don't know the first thing about this. If there are any decent tutorials you know of, I would love to see. I don't have any components yet, but if it's that easy and cheap I may handload some target rounds.

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jwrowland77
August 10, 2014, 12:39 PM
There's a bunch of great videos on You Tube.

I would also suggest getting like the ABCs of reloading as well as finding a mentor like your Father-in-law to walk you through the steps if he reloads.

Potatohead
August 10, 2014, 12:46 PM
Jwrow hit it pretty well (as usual). THR, YouTube, and manuals- all by the truck load and you'll be on your way. And I'd imagine a real life mentor wouldve allowed me to skip over quite a lot of boo boos and seemingly (looking back on it now) goofy posts.

Lost Sheep
August 10, 2014, 05:34 PM
Great gift from your Father-in-Law, too. Kudos to him for reaching out to you and offering to share his hobby (I am guessing).

Number one of my "10 Advices for the Novice Handloader" is this
Use Reliable Reference Sources Wisely - Books, Videos, Web Sites, etc.


Study up in loading manuals until you understand the process well, before spending a lot of (or any) money on equipment.


Read as many manuals as you can, for the discussion of the how-to steps found in their early chapters. The reason you want more than one or two manuals is that you want to read differing authors/editors writing styles and find ones that "speak" to you. What one manual covers thinly, another will cover well so give better coverage of the subject; one author or editor may cover parts of the subject more thoroughly than the others. The public library should have manuals you can read, then decide which ones you want to buy. Dated, perhaps but the basics are pretty unchanging.


I found "The ABC's of Reloading" to be a very good reference. Containing no loading data but full of knowledge and understanding of the process. I am told the older editions are better than the newer ones, so the library is looking even better.


There are instructional videos now that did not exist in the '70s when I started, but some are better than others. Filter all casual information through a "B.S." filter.

Most of the rest of the advices focus on choosing equipment and have been posted a number of times in this forum. Do a search if you want to read them.

Here are a couple more that don't focus on equipment choices:
Advice #4 Find a mentor.


There is no substitute for someone watching you load a few cartridges and critiquing your technique BEFORE you develop bad habits or make a dangerous mistake. (A mistake that might not have consequences right away, but maybe only after you have escaped trouble a hundred times until one day you get bit, for instance having case lube on your fingers when you handle primers; 99 times, no problem because primers are coated with a sealant, but the hundredth primer may not be perfectly sealed and now winds up "dead")


I started loading with the guy who sold me my press watching over my shoulder as I loaded my first 6 rounds to make sure I did not blow myself up, load a powderless cartridge or set off a primer in the press. I could have learned more, faster with a longer mentoring period, but I learned a lot in those first 6 rounds, as he explained each step. I educated myself after that. But now, on the internet, I have learned a WHOLE LOT MORE. But in-person is still the best.


After you have been mentored, mentor someone else. Not necessarily in loading or the shooting sports, but in SOMETHING in which you are enthusiastic and qualified. Just give back to the community.


Advice #5 Design your loading space for safety, efficiency, cleanliness


Your loading bench/room is tantamount to a factory floor. There is a whole profession devoted to industrial engineering, the art and science of production design. Your loading system (layout, process steps, quality control, safety measures, etc) deserves no less attention than that.

Place your scale where it is protected from drafts and vibration and is easy to read and operate. Place you components' supplies convenient to the hand that will place them into the operation and the receptacle(s) for interim or finished products, too. You can make a significant increase in safety and in speed, too, with well thought out design of your production layout, "A" to "Z", from the lighting to the dropcloth to the fire suppression scheme.

Advice #9 Safety Always Safety All Ways.


Wear eye protection, especially when seating primers. Gloves are good, too, especially if using the Lee "Hammer" Tools. Children (unless they are good helpers, not just playing around) are at risk and are a risk. Pets, too unless they have been vetted (no, not that kind of vetting). Any distractions that might induce you to forget charging a case (no charge or a double charge, equally disturbing). Imagine everything that CAN go wrong. Then imagine everything that you CAN'T imagine. I could go on, but it's your eyes, your fingers, your house, your children (present of future - lead is a hazard, too. Wash after loading and don't eat at your bench). Enough said?


Advice #10 Take all with a grain of salt.

Verify for yourself everything you learn. Believe only half of what you see and one quarter of what you hear. That goes double for everything you find on the internet (with the possible exception of the actual web sites of the bullet and powder manufacturers). This advice applies to my message as much as anything else and especially to personal load recipes. Hare-brained reloaders might have dangerous habits and even an honest typographical error could be deadly. I heard about a powder manufacturer's web site that dropped a decimal point once. It was fixed REAL FAST, but mistakes happen. I work in accounting and can easily hit "7" instead of "4" because they are next to each other on the keypad.

Take this opportunity to bond with your wife's Father. It will be good for all of you.

Lost Sheep

herrwalther
August 10, 2014, 09:13 PM
Iraqveteram8888 has some videos on Youtube about reloading. His were the videos I watched when I started just a few years ago and my reloads have gone bang. The good bang anyway.

Walkalong
August 10, 2014, 10:15 PM
Buy a reloading manual and read it twice. Then start watching videos on you tube. If you do it in reverse, you won't recognize the crap on you tube vs the good advise. ;)

Then come ask informed questions. :)

35 Whelen
August 10, 2014, 10:52 PM
Buy a reloading manual and read it twice. Then start watching videos on you tube. If you do it in reverse, you won't recognize the crap on you tube vs the good advise. ;)

Then come ask informed questions. :)

Best advice yet. To add to that, I'd suggest a Lyman 49th Edition.

Any knucklehead with a reloading press, a camera and a 5 minutes of handloading experience can post videos on YouTube.

35W

Poper
August 10, 2014, 10:53 PM
My father in law gave me a little hand-loading kit and I don't know the first thing about this. If there are any decent tutorials you know of, I would love to see. I don't have any components yet, but if it's that easy and cheap I may handload some target rounds.
FireInCairo, I suggest you go here: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=238214
This will answer most of your questions or give you the places to find the answers.

This used to be a sticky at the top of the forum but has since been moved elsewhere by rbernie.

Claude Clay
August 10, 2014, 11:00 PM
the latest edition of the Lyman Reloading Handbook for ~~ $20

information you as a beginner need is all in there
and you will need the book for formulas anyways

once you understand the language any YouTube
tutorials for you gun may prove helpful, and you
will have some insight into which may be the better videos.

good luck

Walkalong
August 11, 2014, 07:31 AM
This used to be a sticky at the top of the forum but has since been moved elsewhere by rbernie.It is in the "Reloading Library of Wisdom" Sticky.

Lost Sheep
August 12, 2014, 05:13 PM
the latest edition of the Lyman Reloading Handbook for ~~ $20

information you as a beginner need is all in there
and you will need the book for formulas anyways

once you understand the language any YouTube
tutorials for you gun may prove helpful, and you
will have some insight into which may be the better videos.

good luck
And which videos or posts are to disregard. I have seen some that are downright dangerous to follow, thankfully very few.

Lost Sheep

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