reply to post by TheRedneck
You are correct ..my RCBS is not for high speed reloading. The progressive reloading machines have only gotten better over the years. I also own the
Lee three position turrent press but often just go back to my simple single position RCBS.
As to the Contender in .35 Remington. Someone at work needed some cash and sold me the Marlin 336 in .35 Remington. I was impressed with this rifle in
this caliber so I thought the same barrel for the Contender was in order. I already had the original barrel purchased for the Contender in .223.
Wow!!! In .35 Remington she is a horse in the 200 grain round nose factory load. In the 14 inch barrel the factory loads do not give good powder burn
as there is a noticeable bit left in the barrel. I began reloading for this using IMR 3031 and switching to 159 grain .357 JHP bullets. The heaviest
JHPs I tried were the 170s. Recoil is still substantial but the powder burn got better in the 14 inch barrel.
In the heavy bullets in .35 Remington I have to wear a glove as the pistol will jam my wrist into the bone and cause numbness. With a glove it is
much better. The .223 is very easy to shoot and recoil is quite manageable and the powder burn is clean.
I like the Contender as it has one of the sweetest trigger pulls of any factory firearm I have ever seen. Very crisp clean pull..no take up and no
over travel. IT is wonderful.
I like the .35 Remington caliber as it is a horse when one is needed. It is the same with the 30.30. A good work horse when needed. You just have to
get accustomed to the recoil.
For the new people out here in reloading. I also own a 7.7mm Japanese Arisaka. This is a unusual caliber in that the ammunition in factory loadings is
not offered in most stores. My first 20 rounds were factory Norma ammunition and it was expensive back then. An olde timer, who also had this rifle,
showed me how to size my own brass from 30.06 rifle cases. I size them and then cut off the extra length left over and then reload them. The bullets
used for this rifle are either in 150 grain or 180 grain in caliber .303. Same bullet used in the .303 British Enfield rifles.
When you know how to do it...reloading gives such dividends verses the expense of some of the hard to get ammunition and or brass as you learn to size
your own. I have also sized 7.7mm brass from .270 Winchester brass though it takes a bit more work and lubrication.
Like some of the posters here ...I too think that the body politic will clamp down on ammunition sales when they cannot get enough firearms off the
market. Many people have firearms ..they just don't have enough savvy to put back much ammo. In the future ..look for ammunition to skyrocket in
price and availability. It is already happening. Even reloading supplies are not immune to this.
As to the question about the Mini 14. I own one too but seldom shoot it anymore. I have also found them to be very reliable but not much in the
accuracy department. I prefer the SKS in 30 caliber to the Mini 14. The SKS too is very reliable. I can reload for both of these calibers.
I too reload for a bench rest type bolt action rifle in 30.06. This type of set up takes more time to get the ammunition to perform than factory
loadings. The bullets are more expensive and the powder charges more carefully measured. Case necks are turned, necked and also cases carefully
trimmed to the correct length. Bullets are also more carefully seated to a specific length. I load 168 grain Sierra boat tailed hollow point match
bullets. These are very accurate shooting bullets. Not much for hunting but good for target shooting.
Once again guys...be safe out there and keep them in the X ring.
[edit on 14-10-2008 by orangetom1999]