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Old February 21, 2012, 05:43 PM   #15
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In addition to reading, reading and READING, I recommend starting with either the Lee or Lyman hand presses. (Yes, I started on a Lee Loader). However, the advantage of the hand presses is that you will use the same dies you will later use on your press, hence you get familiar with their configuration, set up, adjustment, etc. You will learn the importance of full length resizing and since you will need a separate priming tool, you will learn the importance of proper primer seating and keeping the primer pocket clean. Also if you load bottleneck cases you will leant the important of case lubrication. And when you get your press, you will find the hand tools useful for loading calibers that for whatever reason your press can't handle.
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