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    commercial reloaders in christchurch

    Hey guys-been enquiring about 303 factory ammo in another thread and while a hand loaded jobbie would be ideal its hard to accumulate the fundage to put it all together plus the faffing around. I struggle to get the time for a hunt let alone load development.
    It would've been Ok back on the coast where there are lots of places to sight your gun in anytime but not in Christchurch.
    Anyhoo where this is going, that being so, is there any commercial reloaders in Christchurch anymore?
    One guy I utilised years ago is out of business so no good there. I was also put onto another guy by a local gunsmith but he doesn't have the dies and I had to supply everything including the dies. Not counting the load development that's only a press away from doing it myself.
    Not quite what I was after-more hoping that someone had been doing it for years and had his own pretty good factory loads so to speak.
    And please don't get me wrong the fella was great to talk to and very helpful. He might still be in the game yet.
    So thoughts anybody as if this doesn't fly I'll just stick straight with the factory loads and be done with it.
    I put this in the firearms forum not the hand loading one as I'm not really the one doing the hand loading if you get my drift but admin please feel free to move as required.
    Cheers.

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    Have you tried Gunworks? What about one of those little Lee Loaders I think they made one for .303.

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    Actually Gunworks was the one who referred me to the reloader. Haven't seen the lee loader. Maybe in the dark past years ago but I was never really into that so knowledge base very low. There are dies and projectiles etc. around but at a guess it would cost me minimum 200-250 bucks to set up for 40-50 odd rounds. The cost obviously starts dropping after that per shot but that's around 100 factory loads and unless I get out more just don't need it.
    That's why I was hoping for someone already set up, ammo a little dearer maybe but better hopefully.

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    lee make one for the 303 all you need is a rubber mallet ,powder,projectiles and primers . they used to be about $65 for the loader not sure what they would be here about $40 us from lee .

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    Just looked up the lee reloader-Still some around-just shy of 70 bucks. Only a little banging going on lol but they would work fine.

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    The Lee Loaders make surprisingly accurate ammo. Cheapest way to reload. Either use the powder scoop or buy a set of scales.
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    Richard Wilhelm may possibly still offer reloading services..
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    While I dont load commercially, I do load for my own 303. I found the guys at the handloaders club ( New Zealand Handloaders Association | Christchurch's BEST rifle and shotgun range. ) very helpful. As a member, you have access to dies, presses and data and you do it yourself. They also have range there for load testing / practice and as a member you have access when you need it, not when they decide to open for an afternoon. It would be well worth popping out there one Tuesday evening and having a chat to some of the guys and find out a bit more.

    I could possibly walk you though some of the basics but I am not an expert so will possibly struggle with some questions.
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    While I dont load commercially, I do load for my own 303. I found the guys at the handloaders club ( New Zealand Handloaders Association | Christchurch's BEST rifle and shotgun range. ) very helpful. As a member, you have access to dies, presses and data and you do it yourself. They also have range there for load testing / practice and as a member you have access when you need it, not when they decide to open for an afternoon. It would be well worth popping out there one Tuesday evening and having a chat to some of the guys and find out a bit more.

    I could possibly walk you though some of the basics but I am not an expert so will possibly struggle with some questions.
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    That's not a silly idea timatallon. at least I could try a couple of shots to see how the loads are going. All comes down to the demon time I suppose. If I do go that direction I'll have to get some good suggestions for a load to start with. (projectiles mainly)
    I have had a great offer from another fella on this forum to help out but a little organisation needed for that to work. Not ruling anything out yet.
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    Lee The Classic Lee Loader - Hunting and Outdoor Supplies
    Just bought a 308 one second hand today on the forum for 25 bucks posted just need case prep tools and a scale very excited to get into it
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KMN2ZtCEgWk this vid tells you what you need

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    You don't need anything flash for a .303 150gr Sierras would work well.
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    stug fair call. I had the hornady interlocks in my head (maybe even the barnes coppers) but I will defer to the wise.
    Timattalon, do they have a chrony at the range? also looked up the membership and its getting up there. It would be a hard call if I had to pay that to start reloading.
    Did I get it wrong?

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    For projectiles try Sierra 150gr spitter or Hornady 150gr or 174gr roundnose. Gunworks have them for a good price.

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    Yup-Ive been chatting to gunworks about a few things related to this. very helpful

 

 

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