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    45-70 First run reloading...please advise

    I am getting ready to get all the things I need to reload my first batcch of brass and I am hoping I can run this by you folks to make sure I am as prepared as can be.

    I have read ABC's of reloading and Lyman's 48th edition, reviewed the Speer book and the Hogdon Chart.
    I have the Lee classic loader with the apropriate hammer
    I have a scale, cutter, chamfer, deburring tool, powder trickler, lube and pad, caliper and primer pocket cleaner.

    I am about to order materials. I plan to reload for use at the range for the moment until I become proficient with it and then move to more precise hunting loads in time for the season. The materials I plan to get are:

    Winchester Large Rifle primers #8-1/2
    Hogdon H4895 smokeless (loading 56grains)
    Hornady 45caliber (45 interlock 300 grain

    I am reusing the brass from Hornady Leverevolution 325 grain cartridges.

    Any and all feedback would be very much appreciated since this is truly my first run at reloading.

    Thanks
    #705 45-70

    336cs 35 rem

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    Hey there tg -- Have you loaded up a dummy round with your components yet? Will the shorter Hornady brass reach the crimp ring in the Lee Loader? Best regards. Wind
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    I have not actually. I should have included that question regarding the brass. I understand that hornday brass is shorter so I am guessing I may have to consider different brass possibly if the hornday shells are too short. I was actually aware of that and failed to mention it.
    #705 45-70

    336cs 35 rem

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    sounds like you have everything you need to me. and the classic lee will crimp your brass no problem, its the dies you use in a press that have a hard time with the shorter brass
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    Can new, high quality .45-70 brass be bought at Gander Mountain, Bass Pro, etc., or are on-line sources much more economical? Can brass be bought in quantities like 500? Can you tell I've never bought anything except factory loads? I'm just tryin' to hook onto goochie's tail to pick up some info? Is brass plentiful?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampDude View Post
    Can new, high quality .45-70 brass be bought at Gander Mountain, Bass Pro, etc., or are on-line sources much more economical? Can brass be bought in quantities like 500? Can you tell I've never bought anything except factory loads? I'm just tryin' to hook onto goochie's tail to pick up some info? Is brass plentiful?
    I just bought 300 pcs of 45/70 Starline brass at MidwayUSA so the answer is yes you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjeepman View Post
    I just bought 300 pcs of 45/70 Starline brass at MidwayUSA so the answer is yes you can.
    I think I've read here that you favor Starline brass, so I suspect you've loaded lots of it over the years. Do most of their casings pass pre-load inspection, or do you end up throwing away or fixin' a bunch of them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampDude View Post
    I think I've read here that you favor Starline brass, so I suspect you've loaded lots of it over the years. Do most of their casings pass pre-load inspection, or do you end up throwing away or fixin' a bunch of them?
    I have always gone with Starline for all of my new pistol brass. I do not think I ever had to throw any out after the initial inspection. I just went through 100 of the 300 pcs of the 45/70 and they all look good.

    Some members order brass directly from Starline but I was putting in a small order with Midway USA anyway, found an online coupon that covered most of the shipping, and just ordered from them. For $43.40 per 100, I considered this a good price.

    Reloading Brass 45-70 Government
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjeepman View Post
    I have always gone with Starline for all of my new pistol brass. I do not think I ever had to throw any out after the initial inspection. I just went through 100 of the 300 pcs of the 45/70 and they all look good.

    Some members order brass directly from Starline but I was putting in a small order with Midway USA anyway, found an online coupon that covered most of the shipping, and just ordered from them. For $43.40 per 100, I considered this a good price.

    Reloading Brass 45-70 Government

    Could I ask you to link the coupon you used?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegoochie View Post
    Could I ask you to link the coupon you used?
    I google for "Midway USA promo codes" and look until I find one that works because sometimes they are expired. I am not positive if this is the exact site as I have used many but here is one ...
    Midway USA Promo Codes (7 available / $12 avg savings) - Coupon Chief

    If I cannot find one that works, I just wait to place my order until I find one. I mostly use the $10 coupons that covers most of the shipping.
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