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Getting Started

Postby micneador » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:52 am

I've been looking at getting into reloading steel loads. Just trying to figure out how to get started.
I've been loading skeet loads as well as a few pheasant loads in 20 ga. for about 4 years now.

From what I've been reading the last few weeks, steel is a whole different ball game. So any help would be appreciated.

I've got a sizemaster 2 3/4" reloaded, and about 300 AA hulls. Shooting only a browning citori o/u

Thanks in advance
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Re: Getting Started

Postby C M Wings » Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:39 am

http://www.nodakoutdoors.com/media/reloading.pdf

Before you do ANYTHING, read and digest this great piece of work put together by Rob Mack.

Then ask away - Guys here are the best when to comes to answering questions.

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Re: Getting Started

Postby Sagebrush » Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:24 am

"Shooting only a browning citori o/u".

Well you could by a "Junker" to take out in the field if you feel better with three shots ?

1. At least steel is a lot cheaper than lead.
2. most places carry Steel powder.

3. +1 on getting steel manuals to learn the difference in steel vs lead loading .
This is a MUST.

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Re: Getting Started

Postby micneador » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:04 pm

Only one question so far.

What's y'alls favorite steel reload book?
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Jim Atlas » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:07 pm

Lyman's 5th and the RSI manual.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby goosepit2007 » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:26 pm

Jim Atlas wrote:Lyman's 5th and the RSI manual.



if want fast (7/8oz,1oz)23/4 loads with asteel powder the ls2 manual is good one too. the wads used in ls2 manual are csd and or b and p wads.
these are 12 gauge loads onlY, but when on phone ask precision for loads for the ba nd p 20 gauge wads and they will give ya some.

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Re: Getting Started

Postby Jim Atlas » Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:56 pm

Get ALL the manuals. It's a good idea to cross reference.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby flyndutchman » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:19 pm

The original post indicated you are shooting 20ga, correct? If so you are really limited is to what you can reload and even more so if you want to load 2 3/4". Most 20ga steel loads are in 3" hulls. The only wads I have seen for the 20 are the RSI, VP, and B&P(CSD) with the RSI showing some of the best loadings and most versatility. Perhaps others with more experience with the 20 ga will add. I have had good success with the RSI wads. Buy them unslit and do the job yourself though. The factory split ones are very un-uniform.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby micneador » Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:46 pm

Thanks guys, this is helping out quite a bit.

If I have to, I'll get a 3" conversion or some 12 ga. dies as I still have about 500 once fired AA 2 3/4 hulls.
Also the citori is part of a matching pair, the other is a 12. I prefer to shoot a double gun, just because I shoot STRIDES better than a pump or auto.

I am very intrigued by the L.S. manuals, 1600-1700fps sound awsome.
Again, I appreciate all y'alls help.
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