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Equipment, products, books. Everything that is needed for doing it. EVERYTHING. I have no clue on what I'm needing. Basic stuff to get me going efficiently. I'd like QUALITY stuff, but doesn't have to be top of the line. Something that isn't going to break the bank as well. A list of everything and uses would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for future responses!

 
 
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Probably the best thing to do is to buy one of the RCBS complete kits (or another manufacturer with a similar kit) and get a reloading video to boot. I usually tell folks to go to their local gun club that has a reloading area and watch and Q&A if possible. They are usually very eager to help out and it is alot easier to understand when seen instead of just trying to figure out instructions from a manual.
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You will need

*Press -   There are several different types, single stage, turret, progressive.  for loading the 300 win mag I would go with a single. Just my opinion but unless you load in volume a single is hard to beat, it will keep you from making some mistakes that a turret or progressive would.  All teh companies have them.  RCBS has a some great ones. 
 
*Scale - One of the more important thngs  It weights you powder, don't skimp on this.  You can get combo dispensers and scales but for a beginner i would get a scale and use a trickler (something else you would need) to get my weights perfect.
 
* Dies - most everyones dies will work with most everyone's presses.  You will need a full length sizing die and a seater die at minimal.  Some use a neck sizer as well once they have fired the brass in the gun the first time. 
 
*trimmer/cutter/deburring tools - used to trim and size the brass to the right length
 
* Priming tool - will use a shell holder, something else to buy specific to each cartridge, some overlap, 
 
*Caliper - to measure case overall lenght
 
 
In a nut shell lets say you have virgin brass.  You would need to lube your brass then full lenght size, trim to length, debur the case mouth and uniform the flash hole, prime the case with the right primer, charge the case with a safe load, seat the bullet to the right depth and shoot
 
(this is just a quick overview and should not be seen as complete guide to reloading its just in a nutshell there is a lot more to it.)
 


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I think SVT meant to use the trimming/deburring tools on the brass.

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Are you speaking english, lol. Thanks for the input, I'm going to look into a complete kit, I'm guessing it'll be a safe bet for me to start it. But if I were to piece together that kit that you said SVT, what would I be looking at name-wise, and where to find it? Thank you by the way.
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Check out the book called the ABC's of reloading. It might be a good investment. 
 
Midway has sale on the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Single Stage Press Kit.
It includes the press, scale, powder measure,  manual, hand priming tool, hex wrench set, loading block, case lube kit, powder funnel, and deburing tool.  The part number is 646-599, type into the wesite to see it.  You would still need to get your dies (normally they will come with the shellholder for the press, not always), shell holder for the priming tool, trim gauge and then your components, brass, powder, primers, bullets....
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

I think SVT meant to use the trimming/deburring tools on the brass.
Thats what I saidWink
 
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Funny thing is I was looking at that exact kit from Midway just two seconds ago. Where can I get dies for the 300wm? I'll try to get this kit over the next month while in transit from Washington to Louisiana. SVT, once I start, will you be willing to answer questions without making me look like a complete retard?
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The lee reloading manual is also very informative, inexpensive and includes load data to boot.
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I seem to think you can not have too many manuals. I would recommend having a couple. I have the Lee manual, and also a Hornady manual. I would like to have a nosler manual as well.
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Mike, it really is fairly simple.  As long as you educated yourself and be conscience of what your doing, your really won't have a problem.  The main thing is that your interested and that makes the learning all the easier.

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The Lyman Handloading book is a good introduction as well.
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+1 what Roy said, and Trigger.
I started with a RCBS kit and built from there. The Rockchucker is a must for the 300 Win Mag (or similar press). Lyman also makes quality stuff, and I prefer their powder drop. A good scale is a must. If it wasn't time for me to leave and my pooter wasn't acting up I'd say more.
You have plenty of folks here who can help you with any questions.
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Many used books can also be had, sure they won't have the latest recipes, but the instructions and tools for reloading haven't changed much in years.

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Thanks gentleman, I really appreciate all the help that ya'll have provided to me, not just for this, but for everything!
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Mike,
    Hornady's number seven manual is good.  Also you can go to Hodgdon.com and get good load data too.  I am in the process of looking for some 300 saum dies.  It's just a .308 on steroids based on the old .404 Jeffery's case.  hand rolling your own will put the bug on you.  Get prepared.
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we had a thread with this info on it somewhere

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Originally posted by Steelbenz Steelbenz wrote:

Mike,
    Hornady's number seven manual is good.  Also you can go to Hodgdon.com and get good load data too.  I am in the process of looking for some 300 saum dies.  It's just a .308 on steroids based on the old .404 Jeffery's case.  hand rolling your own will put the bug on you.  Get prepared.


Boy, that is the truth!  And to think I got into handloading to SAVE money.  Naive, I know.
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Hope your committed Mike!  If not sure yet i'd start with a Lee Clasic or Anniversary kit.  They are serviceable. and a good be cheaper to purchase than the RCBS Kit.  Dies are interchangible between RCBS and LEE.  If  you go with a LEE setup you wioll be reloading for under $200 including primers and powder.
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if i could make a living loading ammo for people i would do it in a heart beat, i enjoy it that much
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Me too hunter!   I'm starting to reload for the guys at work for nothin' but them pickin' up dies and components.  That why I need the 300 SAUM dies.  I might even roll some .270 stuff.   LOL!
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heck I can barely load enough to keep me shooting, much less time to load others. 
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