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What do you consider the minimum equipment?
Aug 4th, 2018 at 5:54pm
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What do you consider is the minimum equipment you need to positively develop the perfect load for you need?

Obvious stuff is press, load data, knowledge etc. How about radar, ballistic gel for terminal ballistic experimentation, knowledge of target physiology, climatic considerations, projectile performance design parameters.....

lets see what is out there?
  

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Re: What do you consider the minimum equipment?
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its a long road to find the perfect...... depending what you are shooting and where etc. you might not need to be reloading at all. if your only hunting in the bush then you will only be shooting less than 100m. and the kill zone is say 30cm. even a really poxy rusty bent barreled pistol calibre will work and hence no need to reload. other end of the scale is shooting to 1000m in anything from sea level to alpine in all weather and wanting to hit the same 30cm kill zone and dont mind deminishing returns for time and monetary costchasing micro accuracy then that is almost infinite. very vague question really. much less your own ability to even shoot to your expectations
  
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whackamole LEE set with powder primers and projectiles..... Wink
  
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awaterelad wrote on Aug 4th, 2018 at 7:51pm:
its a long road to find the perfect...... depending what you are shooting and where etc. you might not need to be reloading at all. if your only hunting in the bush then you will only be shooting less than 100m. and the kill zone is say 30cm. even a really poxy rusty bent barreled pistol calibre will work and hence no need to reload. other end of the scale is shooting to 1000m in anything from sea level to alpine in all weather and wanting to hit the same 30cm kill zone and dont mind deminishing returns for time and monetary costchasing micro accuracy then that is almost infinite. very vague question really. much less your own ability to even shoot to your expectations

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Re: What do you consider the minimum equipment?
Reply #4 - Aug 5th, 2018 at 5:47pm
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For me - it's an old Atlas lathe to make up bits and pieces for loading (primer seater, case mouth spreader, crimper), some cases of course, primers, a mould and scrap lead to cast into bullets. Then there's some beeswax and mutton tallow for lube cookies, a homemade wad punch and the will to spend endless hours trying to get the bastard thing to shoot.
Couple that with some homemade blackpowder, some invoice paper to wrap the bullets, a sizer die (spun out of an old aluminium bronze prop shaft and the neighbours old telephone books for bullet performance tests - or 20 liter square plastic oil containers filled with water and stacked one behind the other.

Some people do all their loading with a wood dowel, but to me - that's not very scientific.

  
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