About a month ago I put a post in another getting started thread that loading was something I wanted to get into. I recently picked up a Lee Classic Turret kit and a set of dies for my 30-06. I plan on adding a powder funnel, a set of calipers for measuring case length, and still need to get a case length gauge. I have not yet purchased any bullets, primers, or powder yet, but would like to here in the next couple days. I haven't purchased any brass yet either, although I think I have several brass around or at least factory rounds I can go shoot off to get some brass.
I am planning on my first set of loads to be 200 grain Nosler partitions because I have a bison tag that expires in March that I would like to load for, and the hunt requires a 200 grain bullet. My question for all of you is how do you determine which powder you will start with? I have a Nosler reloading manual, and it lists RL19 as "most accurate powder tested," so I am assuming that would be a decent place to start, but thought I would see if someone else has a different take for whatever reason? I assume that over time I will learn the differences in powders, burn rates, etc., and be able to figure something like that out.
After that set, I would like to work up some Barnes TTSX 165/168 grain rounds as well. RL19 is one of the listed powders to use on those, although it is not listed as "most accurate powder tested." My hope is I can come up with something with the RL19 I have left from the partitions that will be accurate, but maybe I need to go buy a second batch of powder that would be better?
Thanks in advance for any advice. Can't wait to get started.