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#6307027 - 05/22/16 10:25 AM Reloading newbie, quick questions
Nivlac Offline
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Registered: 03/11/13
Posts: 217
So I've finally decided to start reloading for my .308 rifle in order to achieve consistent accuracy and save money. Due to an awesome rebate and sale price at Cabelas I've decided to get the RCBS starter kit. Anyways, I'm wondering what to look for in dies for my .308...will the standard dies work well for precision shooting or do I need the more expensive "competition" set? I'm not a competitor, I just enjoy target shooting.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/shooting/reloading/reloading-dies%7C/pc/104792580/c/104761080/sc/535998780/rcbs-reg-rifle-die-sets/731753.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Freloading-dies%2Frcbs%2F_%2FN-1113654%2B1000004440%2B4294383537%2FNe-1000004440%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_535998780%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU

http://www.cabelas.com/product/shooting/reloading/reloading-dies%7C/pc/104792580/c/104761080/sc/535998780/rcbs-reg-competition-rifle-two-die-sets/731771.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Freloading-dies%2Frcbs%2F_%2FN-1113654%2B1000004440%2B4294383537%2FNe-1000004440%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_535998780%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU

Also one more question can someone recommend a powder to use. I plan to be shooting 168gr bullets.

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#6307049 - 05/22/16 10:50 AM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
bar-d Offline
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Registered: 02/03/11
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Loc: Fisher County
Standard dies will serve your purpose just fine. All my RCBS dies are the standard set.
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#6307051 - 05/22/16 10:51 AM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
Big Stan Online   content
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Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 270
Standard full sizer dies is good enough just for target shooting. I used RCBS dies to start 25 years ago, the more you get hooked into the reloading hobby and punching bugholes then you would need to upgrade to a competition level.

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#6307054 - 05/22/16 10:56 AM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
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Registered: 04/15/11
Posts: 3076
Loc: E. TX.
I have always had good results with the standard dies. The comp dies among other things, will let you seat the bullet just off the lands. For the diff in the price I would go with the standard dies, to each his own.With the 168 I would use R12. Other's have their favs also. BTW, I not sure there a lot of savings in reloading today. When I started yes, now not so much.

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#6307083 - 05/22/16 11:31 AM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 5023
Loc: Frisco, Texas
I like the Redding dies, they have the feature of using a Carbide sizer button, cuts down on lubing necks, really smooth.

But the RCBS stuff is great. Get some digital calipers, cheap and you will use them a ton.

I love Varget or RL-15 with you chosen bullet weight but there are a TON which will work great!!

Lots of knowledge here to help you just be ready for 1000 different answers (opinions) as there are allot of "experts" here too bolt
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#6307098 - 05/22/16 11:48 AM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
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Registered: 08/15/11
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Loc: Waco, TX
Varget is one of the gold standards for 308.

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#6307944 - 05/23/16 08:11 AM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
Nivlac Offline
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Registered: 03/11/13
Posts: 217
Thanks folks. I'm going to shop around and see if I can find some Varget locally to avoid hazmat fees

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#6308068 - 05/23/16 09:41 AM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
603Country Offline
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Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 4867
Loc: Central Texas
Sometimes Varget can be hard to find, but there are plenty of good powders for 308. One good option is IMR 3031, and since it isn't one of the new 'popular' powders, it's usually easy to find. I use it for the grandson's 308, and accuracy is excellent.

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#6308388 - 05/23/16 01:35 PM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
glocker17 Online   sleepy
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Registered: 01/03/16
Posts: 167
Loc: Sugar Land
4064 has always been a good 308 powder for 168gr loads.


Edited by glocker17 (05/23/16 01:35 PM)

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#6308651 - 05/23/16 05:40 PM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
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Registered: 04/09/09
Posts: 4252
Loc: Central Texas
I'll likely get laughed at here, but I'd start off with one of those all-in-one Lee Loader setups. $30.00 and you'll learn a LOT from that little kit. Also Chapters 1-10 of the Lee Reloading manual has a wealth of information whether you use their gear or not. Sure, they hawk their wares here and there, of course, but there's some really good basic information in those pages. Have fun and be safe!
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#6308674 - 05/23/16 05:53 PM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
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#6308727 - 05/23/16 06:31 PM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
Tactical Cowboy Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 2844
Loc: Abilene
I blew up a few primers reloading with the Lee -Loader crazy
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#6308753 - 05/23/16 06:50 PM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
Blackout Bill Offline
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Registered: 03/05/15
Posts: 52
Loc: Flower Mound
Read,read and read some more. Welcome to the addiction.

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#6310912 - 05/25/16 11:25 AM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Blackout Bill]
Armalite260 Offline
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Registered: 08/24/10
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Originally Posted By: Blackout Bill
Read,read and read some more. Welcome to the addiction.


Says it all.. You might also consider looking into the below links..

http://grip-n-pull.com/
http://www.neconos.com/details3.htm - Quickload ballistic Program

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#6311150 - 05/25/16 02:10 PM Re: Reloading newbie, quick questions [Re: Nivlac]
wrknonit Offline
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Registered: 06/23/11
Posts: 321
Loc: Ingram, Texas
Be careful, be safe and don't get creative with your charges and pressures. Take your time and give lots of attention to details. It'll save you a bunch of problems. texas
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