1. I have just about everything I need but I still have not decided on a powder. I am looking at using Hodgden Varget with 165 grain Hornady SST's. I can not find a maximum load for this combination. Can anyone give me a maximum load?
2. Do you have to tumble your brass before you reload because I do not have the money for a tumbler but I do have just about everything else that I need.
Actually tumbling is a cosmetic preference subject to your individual taste . whether you like your cases Shiny or dull either way it doesn't affect your accuracy . The Hornady manual shows varget powder with the 165 SST starts at a low of 41.4 gr and max's out at 49.4 gr . Start low and work your loads up . I find that IMR 4350 works better for me . It starts at 48.1 gr low to a max of 57.0 gr with the 165 gr SST.
The question is - what do you wish to do with this round?
My daddy, who is the tightest person in the world will tell you that for close up shots - you don't need all that fancy stuff. One of the most accurate loads is the plain old 150 gr boat tail and 58 gr of IMR 4350. You have to deduct a grain or two of power from the equation when you move up to the 158 gr bullet. For 100 years, people have been trying to reinvent the wheel - no one so far as come up with a better solution.
Personally a tumbler is a waste of time in my opinion. With all of the shooting that I once did, nothing worked better at making a old round look new then a can of Brasso and a box of old rags. I made it a habit of sitting in front of the TV with a can of Brasso and a rag - cleaning dirty rounds while watching football games that I now feel like it isn't a real football game with out it. Dirty rounds gets the pad dirty when you are rolling your rounds in the case lube. I like everything to look like brand new when I shoot it. It is easier to see case defects when the case is shiny as opposed to a old dirty case. Plus the rounds keeps longer in the box and in better shape when the case is clean to begin with. I probably have 50 boxes of empty rounds just waiting to be reloaded.
A cheap substitute is KABOOM, bathroom tub and tile cleaner. It will clean the brass, but I was told that it will attack the brass on the inside where you can''t see it. I try to make sure that the inside of the neck is as clean as the outside. I also try to make sure that there is nothing inside of the case before I reload it.
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