Hi there. I just purchased a Tikka 300 WSM, and I want to get right into reloading. My Father-I-L has a Dillon reloading press, the kind with three or four stations. I think I know what I need to get started, but would appreciate input.
Dies - Redding makes a Full-length die set (2 dies/$55) and a deluxe set (3 dies/$88). How would one perform differently than the other?
Brass - Since I haven't purchased any factory loads of any quantity yet, I figure I'd purchase a bulk load. I've seen brass for this round made by Remington, Winchester, and Norma. I imagine other brands exist. In this area does price=quality? How cheap should I go?
Bullets - Wow, there are a LOT of choices. I think I know the size I want (150 gr for a sheep hunt in Aug, 200 gr for moose) but which kind is best? Or, which bullets are acceptable, and which really should be avoided.
Powder - I have no clue, except what I've read. Again, I assume there are several decent to excellent products, and some to be avoided.
Ballistics/technical info - The FIL mentioned above has a small library of loading books with different load formulas. However, the 300 WSM seems to be a relatively new chambering, and it's not found in a lot of the literature. I assume its different enough from the 300 winmag that those formulas aren't usable.
Practice vs performance loads - I believe I already know the answer to this question, but is it okay to have a "practice" round (perhaps less expensive) and a hunting round? (The answer is ... No, but I'm just asking for the heckovit.)