Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by NuclearBuckshot, Jul 7, 2016.
(Unless all you ever shoot is Nosler bullets.)
BUT 'EM ALL...you will need them.
And so it goes...
Go slow, double check everything, and be safe...
The manuals tell you what is going on at each step.
Load data is the last thing to look for.
I bought it because I got a great deal on it new. However I've not nor will I do any reloading without first reading the proper guides. I just was wondering what people on here favor. Yes I realize i put the cart before the horse on this one. But it was the right price at the right time.
Some things, like presses, are subjective; you like what you like. Some things, like manuals, are objective; there are some that are better than others. Then, there are the in-betweens, like powder and bullets. Some may work better, but you can still go with something else.
Now that you have your press, I suggest at least Lyman's. By now, you have watched enough YouTube to get an idea of how reloading works. A good manual will guide you to the best equipment and components for what you will be loading. Then, you will have everything set up, and be ahead of the curve.
What reloading books date to 1898 (or earlier)? I ENJOY reading the historical ones and I thought I had one of the earliest ones, Handloading Ammunition, by Mattern, from 1926, but it appears that this book isn't even close to being one of the earliest ones out there.
BTW, you will find that handloading manuals are boring to read. Concentrate on the part about safety and proper selection of components. If your going to handload handgun ammo, skip the part in almost every manual that discusses trimming brass to length. No one trims straight wall handgun brass.
The Lyman manuals are good. I have the 48th and 49th, the 50th is newly released if you find it. I have a bookshelf full of manuals.
You need to pick which caliber to begin your reloading journey. I started with 9mm on my Dillon 550B. I use the data on the Hodgdon website and compare to my manuals. I assume the 650 came setup for something.
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