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Old September 5, 1999, 01:32 AM   #2
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The first thing you need is a good reloading manual. Guess work don't cut it and I've never really trusted those scoops. Definatly get a powder scale.
Along with dies, you'll need case lube and probably a lube pad.
Rifle and pistol primers are different and shouldn't be interchanged. Also check the manual to be sure, but off hand I can't think of any pistol powders that will work in the 30-30.
The real point of reloading is to find the right powder/bullet combination that works best in your gun. Be prepared to try several of each until you find what your rifle likes.
The 30-30 is a fine cartridge, but it does have one quirk you need to be aware of. It is a very old case design and is somewhat thin walled. If you apply just a little too much crimp, the case will bulge just below the shoulder and won't chamber in the rifle. So be very careful when setting the crimp die.
You're on the right track. Reloading is an enjoyable and rewarding hobby in itself. First read the book, then get yourself some decent equiptment, if possible, find an experienced reloader to show you how to do it right.
Welcome to the club.
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