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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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thinking of getting started w/ shotshell reloading

Well I am have been rolling the idea around for quite sometime now and figured I'd try to get some input from some veterans. I have read a few of the other threads with newbies just getting started and I'm more perplexed. I will mainly be loading for hunting and specifically for waterfowl loads. A couple of questions:

Will it save me any money?

Can u load shells that will give better performance than factory loads.

How long will it take me learn and start making shells that won't cause me, my gun, or my huntin buddies harm?

What reloader would you recommend starting with? I would like one that is capable of loading 3 1/2" shells.

Just from reading other posts it seems way more complicated than I imagined. But having said that it also seems like a great way to pass free time till trout season. Thanks in advance for any input! -Chris

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Re: thinking of getting started w/ shotshell reloading

MEC Steelmaster. I don't think any other reloader is made for reloading steel. It has to do with the hardness of the shot damaging the charge bar. I think you can convert a sizemaster but I'm not 100% sure.

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Re: thinking of getting started w/ shotshell reloading

At this point I would not recommend any presses. You only need a press if you are going to load a bunch of shells. The guy shooting 30 or 40 loads a year(or 100 or more) need not spend the money. You can roll your own by hand for a lot less.

The first thing I would sugget you do is look up a company called BPI(ballistic products Inc.).

Then buy their reloading manual. It is 200 pages that is full of all the information you will ever need.

This book will tell you exctly what you need to buy, and exactly how to load the specific shells you are talking about. As well as having most of the loads listed that you will need.

Read the book cover to cover twice. Then you will ready to confidently move onto loading your own shells. Tom.
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