Basic Reloading Question

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GSmith
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Basic Reloading Question

Post by GSmith » Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:52 pm

Have a lot of experience with reloading shotgun loads but only have knowledge with what I have read about blackpowder cartridge reloading. I am working on piecing together all I need to reload while the rifle is being built. Seems all venders are out-of-stock. My question is with all the dies available which should I choose (I will be using the RCBS Rebel press). Will only have one rifle that will be firing these loads so as I understand I don't have to resize the cases each time.

Sorry for the basic question but need to learn.

Glenn

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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by mdeland » Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:06 pm

Welcome , I have used Lyman and RCBS dies for most things. I also have converted standard seating dies into compression dies . A special flat nose plug usually has to be turned for compression in leu of the seating plug in a standard die.
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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by cw50-70 » Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:11 pm

Tell us more about your rifle like who's building it, what caliber, which barrel, and what you plan to use it for. It will be fun!

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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by GSmith » Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:17 pm

The rifle is a Shiloh 1874 Creedmoor Target Rifle with a 34" barrel in 45-70. Plan to enjoy it and maybe get into competitive shooting.

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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by mdeland » Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:18 pm

What sights are you getting?

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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by GSmith » Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:37 pm

The sights are from Montana Vintage Arms. Long-Range Buffalo and Spirit level non-windage on the front.

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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by Don McDowell » Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:59 pm

RCBS, Lyman or Redding dies, and get a powder compression die from Shiloh.
Might check and see if Shiloh has a set of dies in stock.
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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by Randy Bohannon » Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:35 pm

The MVA #111 front sight has the aperature spring clip on top and have found they catch on everything inside a case or a sack up and sit taller in their dovetail . The MVA #115-16 uses a clip on the bottom with nothing to catch on and sits a bit lower in the dovetail and has a better look to me ,both have levels available but are not compatible same with aperatures. It took me a while to finally order one of the #115’s and I sure like them better than the #111’s and have been changing out my #111’s for the #115’-16’s .

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Post by Dan O » Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:08 pm

FYI, If you plan to shoot BPCR "silly wet" there is a weight limit. A 34 inch barrel will most likely be over weight. Check with Shiloh to find out for sure.

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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by beltfed » Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:07 am

Personally, I would go with a 30 inch barrel for your 45-70. Should make weight
and you will likely have fewer issues with barrel fouling
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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by gunlaker » Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:40 am

Don McDowell wrote:
Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:59 pm
RCBS, Lyman or Redding dies, and get a powder compression die from Shiloh.
Might check and see if Shiloh has a set of dies in stock.
Yeah, what Don said :-). Except I don't like the Redding dies I have for my .45-70. Mine really work the neck and size it down too much.

I like the RCBS dies the most. Not the Cowboy ones. Those look nice but I like the lock rings on the plain RCBS dies.

Chris.

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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by GSmith » Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:00 pm

Thanks to all for the advice. Have looked at the RCBS dies and have a "notice when in stock". Also will be re-examining the barrel length issue.

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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by desert deuce » Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:29 pm

I seem to recall, believe it or not, that Redding offers two different sets of 45-70 dies.
Essentially, one for smokeless loading and the other for black powder. Can't find my Redding Catalog at the moment.
Of course dies for smokeless would impart smaller/tighter necks for more bullet tension and function through tubular magazines.

Two different product numbers.
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Re: Basic Reloading Question

Post by gunlaker » Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:40 pm

desert deuce wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:29 pm
I seem to recall, believe it or not, that Redding offers two different sets of 45-70 dies.
Essentially, one for smokeless loading and the other for black powder. Can't find my Redding Catalog at the moment.
Of course dies for smokeless would impart smaller/tighter necks for more bullet tension and function through tubular magazines.

Two different product numbers.
I had no idea Zack. That would explain it. My dies nearly turn the .45-70 into a bottleneck :-)

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