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Sundance
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Ive been cleaning brass and getting it ready for reloading most of the day. Slowly going round the bend after the first week of self isolation.

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Posted : March 22, 2020 9:46 pm
Sundance
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Going to finish off reloading the 30-30 ammo today, then its on to the 223 tomorrow. I can still get out and do a bit of shooting, I've got plenty to do up the golf course this time of the year. The place is deserted so apart from the owner I'm on my own up there. 

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Posted : March 23, 2020 11:13 am
Sundance
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So many recipes for a mix.

Has anyone sorted out a good mix with the ratios for a cleaning fluid for brass cases in a sonic cleaner?

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Posted : March 31, 2020 5:50 pm
Johnc
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@bob-powis

I tried Karcher cleaning fluid as I had a container of it for a pressure washer but results weren't that good.  Using Aldi Magnum, appropriate name, washing up liquid and that seems to do a reasonable job.

When we get shooting again I will try some Fairy Liquid, if OC Home Command isn't looking.

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Posted : April 19, 2020 5:23 pm
Stan Parker
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Hi All

Just a question, could anyone tell me where and what I need to start reloading. If you know anyone who has any items for sale Please let no know.

 

Stan

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Posted : April 22, 2020 5:51 pm
safeshooter
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@stan-parker
Good question and a question that everyone who reloads will have an opinion on.
As to where, do you mean where to get the reloading equipment, if so, you wouldn't go far wrong shopping at Henry Krank, he is always well stocked and reasonably priced, plus delivery is quick and cheap. You could ask @wpe what he has available in his shop at the range too.

What you need. Well, like everything else in shooting there are different manufacturers who supply reloading equipment like LEE, REDDING, HORNADY to name a few and each have similar equipment but wildly different prices.

I personally set up with a Lee Anniversary set which gives you what you need for the basics like a Press, Funnel, Powder measure, set of scales. You will then need a set of dies for each of the calibres for which you want to reload. You are going to need case conditioning tools to trim your cases, and a pocket reamer to clean the pockets. These things are the absolute basics.
Then, once you have all of this comes the component consumables, Brass (cases), Bullet heads, Primers and powder, the powder being the expensive bit of this puzzle and the choice of powders is personal to the shooter, we all use different "recipes", no doubt once we understand what calibre you want to reload we can offer some powder suggestions and perhaps some load data too.

Hope that helps, youtube is good for reloading tips, try there to get a feel for what you need and more importantly how to build the bullets safely.

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Posted : April 24, 2020 10:56 am
Stan Parker
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Thanks for the advice. I’ll be reloading 308/7.62 to start and then 303 when I’ve purchased the rifle. I’ve been shooting 308 for about a year and have about 100 cases of 308 

Stan


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Posted : April 24, 2020 5:07 pm
Johnc
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@stan-parker I bought a Lee Turret Press kit but have since added to it as I found I needed other items.  If I was to buy again I wouldn't bother with a Lee Auto drum as it is quite inaccurate also the Lee powder scale I found too awkward to use.  I use a little electronic scale instead.  The Lee reloading book is also more of a Lee sales brochure.

My additions are neck sizing dies for each calibre, an extra turret for each calibre and a universal decapper. An impact hammer for when I got it wrong! Plus funnels to get powder into cases, a vernier gauge to check overall length and trays for cases.

I did invest in a Lyman tumbler and walnut shell.  It did clean the outside of cases but not the inside and I found it very time consuming getting the walnut shell out of the cases.  I now have a little rock tumbler and stainless steel media that does a good job, inside and out.

I would suggest taking a look on the internet as items do appear quite regularly.  Some online companies are very competitively priced but don't forget the postage.

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Posted : April 30, 2020 2:17 pm
safeshooter
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Most of us shoot .308 and probably reload the stuff, plenty of loads to share when you need them

"it's a Fuster Cluck!"

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Posted : May 1, 2020 8:06 pm
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 Mark
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@stan-parker

 

I'm happy to share and of course I can always book you on to an Introduction to reloading course if you want.

 

Can start walking you through all the basic steps, try out some of the bits of kit and of course make your own calibre ammo that you can then take to test and confirm that your "recipe" works

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Posted : June 11, 2020 9:24 pm
Stan Parker
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That was going to be my next question, where can I get practical advice on how to start reloading. When and if we could meet to start the process. I’m looking at getting RCBS starter kit which I believe will last a few years. 

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Posted : June 11, 2020 10:07 pm
Mark
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@stan-parker

drop me a pm. will see what you need and what we can sort out for you. 

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Posted : June 13, 2020 3:08 pm
Stan Parker
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@markr Hi Mark sorry that I've not replied to you sooner. Have had IT problems . yes would like to meet up to discuss the way forward and what I need to start reloading. Have booked to be on the range on the 15 August at 1130.

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Posted : August 15, 2020 10:26 am
Mark
 Mark
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@stan-parker

Hi Stan,

can you drop me a text or call mate. 
re today.. 

07944449058

thanks fella. 

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Posted : August 18, 2020 9:28 am