I do have a barreled action coming back from hart next month. Will probably throw it in a bell and Carlson m40 stock for now with pillar and skim bedding. Publisher Prior to the development of the cartridge case, shooters usually kept a possibles bag that contained black powder (often in a powder horn), flash powder or caps, a bullet mould, patches, lubricant and other necessary items to reload and maintain their guns.The demand to handload became high, and companies such as The Ideal Manufacturing Company (now Lyman) began offering tools during the 1880s, and Winchester, Marlin, Sharps and others also sold accessory tools specifically for their guns and cartridges. The most popular was the hand-held tong tool, with many variants containing a bullet mould in one end or the other.Cases could be decapped, primed, (neck) sized, neck expanded, filled with black powder and the bullet seated and crimped.These tools were practical, lightweight, compact and could be carried in saddle bags.In exploring old barns, cabins and such, I have found many of these tools, which indicates their widespread use.
In time custom bullet makers started to produce them, and factories occasionally sold them as a component, but generally their availability was not widespread.
I will get good-quality new dies I am asking only about the press to load competition rounds would the RCBS JR be OK? I used it for 30-06 as well as a multitude of other cartridges. although it is used mostly for decapping brass, forming 38-45 Clerke and 6.5x54 Mauser brass, and some trimming operations with trim dies. I used a new Rockchucker in the reloading class and would like to get new stuff but I gotta save a buck so this is good feedback.
thanks I have an RCBS Jr that I've been using for over 30 years. It would be a good starter press but if you get into reloading a fair amount you may want a new press. Dies and shell holders will work with just about any press although you will have to readjust them. If the thing is not all ratty and rusty I will get it. I used a new Rockchucker in the reloading class and would like to get new stuff but I gotta save a buck so this is good feedback.
During the black-powder cartridge era, it was common to fill the case with 100 percent volume of the correct burn rate of powder then seat the bullet.
There was no need for an accurate scale or even a powder measure, except perhaps a dipper.