Getting into reloading. Questions - opinions needed please
Hello, my name is Rob.
I just recently got 2 good deals on a .308 DSA fal and a m1a. I also just bought 250 rounds of .308 American eagle ammo. maybe .45acp down the road
So I have a 3 part question will break it down.
****added later**** found this kit also. Hornady® Lock-n-Load Classic™ Kit - Or higher end Lee kits?****
Part 1) which reloading system should I go with for under $300
a). Lee's precision 50th anniversary kit. [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Precision-Anniversary-Challenger-Kit/dp/B00162RM3E[/ame]
- then buy matching dies and what not. and resizing tool from lee. I think it was like $165 for everything I'd need less the actually bullets/powder/primer.
b) Basically option A, but buying a better scale and powder dispenser
c) skip the kits, and buy each part separately from different company's ( this is where YOU come in) I want to be safe and decently fast of course, I've even thought about buying 2 presses from lee's to speed up the process since they are pretty cheap by themselves. anyways what would be the best setup for efficiency?
*****another way of asking, Lee = entry level press. what is the next step up above lee while not going up to the $1000 range
let me start off by giving you my purpose of my loads. I really do not hunt, if I were to, I would prob just buy a box of hornady for just that use. My ammo selection - I do not like top of the line, nor do I like bottom of the barrel. I always liked Federal ammo, and American Eagle seems to be their mid grade line of ammo - I like it, it seems to be affordable, and right in the middle on quality , not the best and much better than the worst.
2) What is the best Powder/primer/cases?
a) Cases, I will be reloading American Eagle .308
****Federal American Eagle .308 Win. Ammunition with Ammo Can
Enjoy shooting your .308 even more with this value-priced ammo-can package. This accurate, reliable ammunition cycles smoothly in both semiautomatic and bolt-action firearms. It has reloadable brass cases with noncorrosive boxer primers and a clean-burning powder blend. 150-grain FMJ bullet; 2,820 fps muzzle velocity.
a2) okay, would I be better off buying this ammo, shooting it , THEN reloading? Or is buying unused or once-fired commercial brass the way to go?
b) I know they say "find out for yourself" but, I figured it would be better to go to experts. Here is what I am looking for - enough powder to be safe from squibs? but not too much I could overload. Want the perfect compromise of reliability and power. That being said - what is the best gun powder, and can you order it online? - what is a good formula for grainage
c) Primers and bullets - what is the best primer for the $$. are primers one of those things you don't want to go cheap on? again middle of the road
I assume casting my own bullets would not be the best idea, or is it a good idea?
3). Cleaning/prepping brass.
a) I like the idea of putting the cases in a solution to chemically clean them since my work station has a sink to strain it in. Is this needed/the best way?
b) Tumbler? found one on amazon for like $40. is this needed and or better than the chemical solution route
c) does every case need to be cleaned or just the dirties ones?
Anyway, thanks for taking your time to read this wall of text - I do plan on reading the manuals to try and learn and be as safe as possible. I've watched a good amount of videos on youtube about reloading.
I should also mention, the 2nd purpose of ammo, is to have a good stash of ammo in case of SHTF - so any ammo I shoot I do plan on replacing - so I am stocking up on ammo cans and those packets that come in shipping to keep moisture out.
Is there anything you think I should know, and don't be afraid to tell me like it is.