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Question by Silewski11. Uploaded on January 01, 2010
You'll need a reloading manual, a press and dies, a powder scale, and a wood or plastic cartridge tray. I realize most presses are capable of seating a new primer, but I prefer to use a hand priming tool so I can "feel" the primer seat. For full-length resizing, case lube is highly recommended. Other accessories will accumulate over time or you'll define your needs with time. Major manufacturers such as RCBS provide a set for those who are beginning to handload, and you will probably find that an asset. My presses and dies are made by RCBS and Redding, but Hornady, Lee and others also make excellent equipment. If you have a friend who reloads, ask for assistance in setting up and guidance in your reloading procedure. It's not really difficult. You can begin producing quality ammunition in short order and, with practice, develop a pattern or rhythm that will be helpful and productive. You've made a fine choice in a varmint cartridge; I know you'll enjoy working with it.
Edward laid it out well there. I would add to his point about friends who reload. If you can find someone who is an experienced competitive shooter try to glean some of their knowledge. That's what I did and it not only made me a better reloader, it made me a better shooter too. On the flip side of that, if the person (reloader friend)who you are around is an idiot with other things, chances are his reloading might not be tip-top either. Reloading is very rewarding, but a minor screw-up can cost you dearly.
Learn it right and do it right, and best of luck to you in this new year.
Ask Clay, he is a walking reloading book and big time fan for the 22-250!
Of all the bullets I've used, my favorite is the Hornady 55 grain Soft Point W/C with 35 grains of Winchester 748 and it works fantastic on deer!
Listen to the above but if you use Clay's load start with say 31 grains and work your way up while looking for signs of high pressure because each rifle is different. Some can handle heavier loads than others. I would suggest that before you buy anything else get a good reloading manual or three and read them. RCBS is probably THE brand to which all others are campared. Hornady, Hogdon, RCBS and many others have good manuals. DO NOT EVER EXCEED MAXIMUM POWDER CHARGES.
Watch Youtube videos on the subject. It really will help a beginner (like me) understand what reloading entails.
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