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Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Lehigh Valley in Eastern PA
Needing some start up guidance
I'm just getting into trying my hand at some pistol reloading. My son bought me a Lee Classic Reloader kit, the simple one that uses hand tools and a mallet, not a press. The kit is for 357 mag as I have a Ruger Blackhawk with a 6" barrel (that is what it lists as, but it is shorter than a true 6").
While at the Hamburg Cabelas looking to get a scale, powder and ball, one of their salesmen helped me. I had the small reloading table that came with the reloading kit. He said that there were lots of other loads in a book he had there, a single caliber load book. He told me I wanted H110 powder, 550 mag pistol primers, and said that Berry's 158 grain target hollow points were good since I was reloading just for plinking.
Once I got home and started to do some research I realized the Berry's rounds only tolerate up to 1250fps but the H110 powder yeilds closer to 1400fps. Also, I've found lots of folks on line who warn about the sensitivity of H110 powder. Lastly, though I told the salesman I was looking for mostly light target loads, the recommended powder he suggested is a serious mag powder.
I plan on going back to see if I can return the powder and ball, neither of which I opened. I'm looking for suggestions for a someone new to this. Obviously, a bit more forgiving powder might be in order and rounds that can handle the velocity of it would also be good.
The Lee loader came with some recommended powders and round types, is it smart to just follow this? I also have the single caliber load book for 357, should I just go off one of the lines from it? I'm leaning that way. It sort of annoys me that at the store the fellow acted like an expert, steering me away from the clear line on the load data card. Then when I get home, open the book he suggested, and spend time looking on line at load data, I'm left feeling like he set me up with a wrong combination.
Somebody please set me straight. Am I over thinking this? Can I go with what I have? Should I take the stuff back and get something based straight off the load card?