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I have the press, the brass is all cleaned and deprimed. I'm ready to start putting things back together. I'm not looking for super accuracy or special ballistics, just looking for some recommendations, please, on good primers, powder, and bullets, for general reloading purposes.

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#2
Depends on caliber. You should pick up a reloading manual. Hornady makes one that worked fine for all of the calibers I reloaded. The reloading tool manufacturers, like Lee, also have manuals you can use as well. They give recommendations and specifications on bullet weight, shape, powder amount and type as well as seating depth.
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ByblosHex;150491 Wrote:Depends on caliber. You should pick up a reloading manual. Hornady makes one that worked fine for all of the calibers I reloaded. The reloading tool manufacturers, like Lee, also have manuals you can use as well. They give recommendations and specifications on bullet weight, shape, powder amount and type as well as seating depth.

My plan is to reload mostly handgun ammunition, for now. More specifically, I have .38 and .357 magnum in the works, because I have those dies, and I find those calibers in short supply. I also plan on reloading eventually, .40, .45 and then move onto rifle ammunition, .223., .30-30, and .30-06. I have the literature that came with the press, a Lee Single Stage, as well as other material on reloading. My question is, however, is geared more toward brands, or types. in essence, for general reloading, I'm guessing here, but I'm thinking Hornady, for example, is not a particular brand that is going to be cost effective for general reloading. Are there other bullets, caps and powders that others would recommend staying away from, for whatever reason? Are ther brands others would recommend for general plinking, target shooting, non-home defense type ammo reloading? Thanks.
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The manuals actually recommend certain brands for specific applications.

When I reloaded .38 I used Missouri bullet company semi wadcutters, Winchester 231(?) and Winchester small pistol primers. I never had a problem when using anything else either, you just need to change the formula when changing products.

I'm taking about actual reloading manuals, not product instruction manuals.
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ByblosHex;150494 Wrote:The manuals actually recommend certain brands for specific applications.

When I reloaded .38 I used Missouri bullet company semi wadcutters, Winchester 231(?) and Winchester small pistol primers. I never had a problem when using anything else either, you just need to change the formula when changing products.

I'm taking about actual reloading manuals, not product instruction manuals.

Thanks, no the Missouri bullet company info was more along the lines of what I was looking for. "Other material", that I mentioned previously, was a reloading manual that I have (old) and other info I have downloaded that I thought to be geared toward one particular manufacturer vs. another. Brands like Speer and Hornady are mentioned, yet when I look to price those items they seem a bit expensive for the general routine shooting (plinking) I plan on. For the rifle rounds, I might forego the extra expense, but for taking the kids and family to the range and burning up ammo, I was looking for something a bit more general.
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I didn't recommend Hornady products, I recommend their reloading manual. Manuals are a great place to start reloading as they give baseline powder charges and relatively conservative top end charges.
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ByblosHex;150497 Wrote:I didn't recommend Hornady products, I recommend their reloading manual. Manuals are a great place to start reloading as they give baseline powder charges and relatively conservative top end charges.

Understood, I just used Hornady as an example. I saw both Hornady and Speer brands mentioned, in some literature that I have, and when I looked them up on line, thought them to be a bit price prohibitive for what I was looking for. Again, I might consider them for more precise, less used rifle rounds, but not for general shooting.
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You can buy Missouri bullet company bullets in most shapes and sizes. The loading information in the book is related to bullet weight and type, powder brand, type and weight in grains. Generally Winchester and one other brand is recommended for primers.

Whether I was reloading from the Hornady or Lee manual, I used Missouri bullet company's bullets without issue.
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Great, thanks!
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I've become a huge fan of Xtremebullets and don't see myself buying anything else in the near future. You have a big mountain to climb with materials to load all of those calibers. It sounds like you have the right idea, start with just a couple and work your way up. It is not going to be easy to find everything you need right now because a lot of stuff is still in short supply. I load many of the calibers you are looking to load. I mostly rely on the Hornady books but as others will tell you they are very conservative and ultra safe. I like to cross reference against Hodgdon data when I use Hodgdon powder, Alliant data when I use Alliant powder etc. Most of my loads are middle of the road according to Hornady, but I do have a few that are above the Hornady max namely 45acp and 308. I'm not going to say you absolutely have to use these combinations but here is what I like.

38 Special
Power Pistol
125 or 158gr bullets. Xtreme FMJ, Hornady XTP FP or HP.

357 Mag
H110
158gr Xtreme or Hornady XTP. Absolutely NO 125gr or lighter bullets in a wheelgun. I still load a few 125gr for my father in law to use in his lever action rifle.

44 Mag
H110
240gr Xtreme or Hornady XTP

40 S&W
Power Pistol or HS6
165gr or 180gr Xtreme

45 ACP
Power Pistol
230gr Xtreme

10mm
Power Pistol
200 or 220gr Xtreme

5.56
Lake City brass only
H335 or CFE223
55gr Hornady FMJ/SP/Vmax, Nosler Varmint, Xtreme FMJ

308
IMR4895 or CFE223
Sierra 168 HPBT Match

Notice a general theme going with Power Pistol? I've found it to be very versatile across the pistol calibers that I shoot the most.

As for primers, I prefer CCI. I bought a lot of Tula primers during the shortage and found nothing bad to say about them. The only brand of primer that I do not like is Federal and that is because they are packaged sideways in the trays.
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