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    Hi all,

    Forgive me, i realize this is off topic. Does anyone in the area reload? I really would like to get started and have heard its easier if you can find someone to teach you the basics you cant ge from a book.

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    Neural Override

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    What? No one in the Treasure valley handloads?

    Neural, don't know what I can do to help you, being way over here in Rupert. But heck! Shoot me an email, ya never know....

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    Wanting to get into Reloading Also, So Far I've found www.thehighroad.org to be a good source of info on it, lot of reloaders on that forum.

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    Allen,

    Yeah I was thinking the same thing. I have had this post up for a week and no one answered at all. I have only lived here in the state for about 5 years so I don't really know how far Rupert is.(ok wife just told me its way up north). I really hope someone around here can point me to someone who can sorta mentor me. I have read tons of web sites and bought several books however nothing beats a hands on teacher


    Neural

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    Zed wrote:
    Wanting to get into Reloading Also, So Far I've found http://www.thehighroad.org to be a good source of info on it, lot of reloaders on that forum.
    thanks for the link i will look here also, cant have too much info.

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    Zed wrote:
    Wanting to get into Reloading Also, So Far I've found http://www.thehighroad.org to be a good source of info on it, lot of reloaders on that forum.
    thanks for the link i will look here also, cant have too much info.

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    Also look at theFiringLine. TFL & THR are sister boards. Both have a reloading forum. Both are moderated by Johnny Guest. Both will give you lots of good info and help. Since they have slightly different memberships, you will get two similar but slightly different takes on it all.

    Still, the offer holds. If either of you have questions, I'd be more than willing to try and help.

    Oh... And Rupert is halfway between Boise and Pocatello.

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    Hello everyone. I ran across this site about a month ago when I was looking up info for CCW in Idaho. Anyhow, I live in the Hagerman Valley, about 100 miles east of Boise. I know about open carry, I do it all the time on the farm here, not so much once I get out of the Hagerman valley though. I have always been big into varmit hunting (rockchucks are lots of fun to kill).

    I have been reloading for 10 years now (started when I was 14). I reloaded all sorts of varmit rounds my 243 win, according to my log book, somewhere between 1000-1200 rounds. It wasnt until this year that I got into handguns. I bought a Tarus PT1911 45 auto. Since December, ive put about 100 rounds of reloads though the 45, and a have at least 150 more waiting to find some varmits the spring.

    I would recommend getting:
    - Reloading handbook. Speer and Lyman are both very good books. Read through them a few a few times.
    - Equipment, I would recommend getting one of the RCBS reloading kits, it has the press, powder scale, loading block, etc. at a reasonable price.
    - Die set for your caliber. (not included with the reloading kit)
    - Reloading bench, go to HomeDepot, Lowe's, local lumber yard and buy either the lumber to make a bench or get a very sturdy table.

    Heres some things to do and watch for:
    - ALWAYS start low and work your way up to a hotter load. You will see why very fast the difference 0.5 grains makes in a handgun (i sure did). If you go too hot, it can destroy your gun. Seen too many pics where they used a load that revolvers cound not handle and it blew a big hole out the side of the cylinder.
    - Accuracy of each load.
    - Every gun is different, what works for my 1911 might not work well in your 1911.
    - Recoil preference.
    - Different powder, powder grains, bullet, and primer combination will have different effect on what happens.
    - Use small batches at first until you find something you like. Its a bad idea to load 50 rounds, only to find out you dont like that load after the first 5-10 shots.
    - Keep a log book. Not only include the usual primer/powder/grains/bullet/howmany but also make notes on how each load performed, the likes, and dislikes. It makes it easier to look back and see why you stopped using that particular load.
    - Experiment. Try different bullet weights, bullet types, and powder. If you notice unburned powder or the powder isnt burning clean, change powder type. I had to do that with my 1911. I found that Hercules Unique powder didnt fully burn and was burning dirty, didnt matter if it was max or min loads. After switching to Bullseye, my problem vanished.
    - Dont change too many things at once, it might get confusing. For example, stick with 1 bullet, powder type, and primer while varying the amount of powder. If you dont find anything you like, change 1 thing, like the bullet or powder, and start again.

    It can be teadious working up a load but the rewards are great! I am reloading Hollow Point ammo that is just as hot as factory, performs better in my gun, and only costs about 22 cents shot, about $11 a box of 50! Normally factory Hollow Point ammo is about $20-30 for 20 rounds.

    Its pretty straight forward how it works, just remember that you are working with flamable materials and lead so be careful. (no, gun powder doesnt blowup like dynmite, it just burns fast and hot when its ignited on a table out in the open, pretty cool to watch actually)

    If you have some more questions, feel free to ask. I'm a forum lurker, comment when neccessary but otherwise just watching and reading.


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    Welcome Batx00.

    I to carry a Tauruss PT1911.



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    bourneshooter wrote:
    Welcome Batx00.

    I to carry a Tauruss PT1911.

    Thanks.

    Cool! I would be carrying around Twin Falls every day but CSI is a nazi when it come to guns, not even the campus police are allowed to have them. This is my last semester there so i'll just put up with their crap.


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    Hi guys,

    Thanks for all the responses. Since I haven't been able to find anyone local to show me the ropes, I'm gonna just jump right in and start.

    I just got done placing and order for a Lee progressive from midway. It should be here in a few days and I will be studying the manuals Batx00 suggested.

    Although RCBS was suggested i chose the Lee due to good reviews and lets be honest, price. Some one tell me if its just gonna frustrate me and make me quit.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=428284




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    There are folks who will swear by Dillon. For others it will be RCBS, Hornady, what have you. Many will tell you just how cheap Lee products are.

    Not me. Lee presses and dies are inexpensive, but for everyday loading, they just simply work. Like all the others.

    Personally, I would have went with the Lee Classic Cast. It's a single stage press and made like a tank (like everyone says about RCBS). Why single stage? Because for someone starting out, with just the books, it makes you pay strict attention to what you are doing.

    Nothing wrong with progressives, mind you. And I don't know what calibers you plan on reloading. But if you are loading for accuracy, single stage is the only way to go. (someone will be along in a few moments to tell me how old fashioned I am! )

    Loading for massive amounts of plinking, particularly straight-walled pistol calibers, then a progressive is right where you want to be. IIRC, most progressives, including the Lee can be setup for single stage loading anyway. Just start slow, pay strict attention to what you're doing, and before you know it... You'll be plinking away cheaper than you ever did before.

    Over the years, I've saved all my brass form every claiber I shoot (except 22's). This last summer, with the price of ammo going through the roof, I've even started loading 9mm. Worked up some loads that shoot really well in my P89 and in my P11. This winter, I've been loading some 10K of brass for the two guns (each likes a slightly different load in 125gr FMJ). I'm about 2/3 of the way done.

    I'm also loading my summer supply of .44, .357, .223 and .300wm.... Hey! That's what winters in Idaho are for!

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    Allen,

    Thanksagain for the reply. I cancelled the order from midway asI found the exact Lee progressive today here in cabelas. It was only $1 difference in price and with no shipping I can get started tonight!!!!

    Idid get the reloading manual as was suggested here and will start reading it tonight after I get home from the V day dinner with wife. I'm so excited to get goingI will have to leave it( the Press)in the box a few days before i try to do it and end up messing something up.

    Anyway, thanks for the advice, I will post and let you know how things are going.



    PS. I am actually loading for my P95 mostly, I want to get into IPSC and know i need lots of ammo to participate.

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    PS. I am actually loading for my P95 mostly, I want to get into IPSC and know i need lots of ammo to participate.
    That, is an excellent reason for getting a progressive press!

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    Hi Allen,

    Followed your advice, picked up a Lee anniversary kit from Cliffs Reloading and Gun safe store. I have been accumalating materials for the last weeek and all i need to do now is go shoot to generate some Brass

    Cant wait to actually reload something. Wife is buying me a tumbler for my birthday and seems to be really supportive in the effort( she sees the Visa card bill for ammo each month). I will email you if I have any questions as I go forward. Thanks again to you and all the others for your help as I get started in my 2nd firearm related hobby.

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    I am hoping to get started here in the coming months, and after doing some research I am going with Dillon Precision...

    You can find them at: http://www.dillonprecision.com

    The prices alone are enough to make me think twice about other manufacturers, look at the Options tab of each reloader...they all give you a tailored list of the items you need to get started...and they have stock of ALL those items at pretty competitive prices...

    By the beginning of summer I hope to be able to reload 9mm, .308 Win, and .338 Lapua Magnum...

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    I am hoping to get started here in the coming months, and after doing some research I am going with Dillon Precision...

    You can find them at: http://www.dillonprecision.com

    The prices alone are enough to make me think twice about other manufacturers, look at the Options tab of each reloader...they all give you a tailored list of the items you need to get started...and they have stock of ALL those items at pretty competitive prices...

    By the beginning of summer I hope to be able to reload 9mm, .308 Win, and .338 Lapua Magnum...

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    I imagine you already found what your after but my wife and I reload 45 ACP, 308, and a few others. We do live in Boise!

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    BrianEMT wrote:
    I am hoping to get started here in the coming months, and after doing some research I am going with Dillon Precision...

    You can find them at: http://www.dillonprecision.com

    The prices alone are enough to make me think twice about other manufacturers, look at the Options tab of each reloader...they all give you a tailored list of the items you need to get started...and they have stock of ALL those items at pretty competitive prices...

    By the beginning of summer I hope to be able to reload 9mm, .308 Win, and .338 Lapua Magnum...
    BTW, we live a stones throw from Cliffs LOL

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    I picked up the dillon 550B to relod my .45 308 223 and 5.7x28, only reason I picked up the 5.7 dies is to experiment with some subsonic loads when I get my Can.

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    Their are a lot of guys that reload locally at BoiseShooters.com



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    I reload 9mm, but I'm out of bullets! :?

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    another great reloading site is http://www.accuraterealoading.com I have been realoading for almost 20yrs. I dont seem to have much time anymore for anything. too many hobbies, 147 and time to do none. Anyway, if you are interested and need some help, I will gladly accept a phone call. It is rare for me to be in the Boise area. If you need to you can e-mail me and I will give you my home phone. christopher.snyder@mountainhome.af.mil

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