Ever since I started the AR-308 project here on Ultimate Reloader, I’ve been scheming up and crafting the “ultimate” (pun intended) reloading setup for precision 308 ammunition. I really enjoy shooting the LR-308B rifle, and I know exactly what I’m looking for in a 308 loading setup for everyday precision shooting:
- Efficiency in brass prep – Ideally I can loose sort (308 -vs- 7.62×51 military), tumble, and load!
- Efficiency during loading – I don’t want to spend a lot of time on non-match ammo
- Precision ammunition: I’m looking for consistent powder charges, and concentric bullet alignment with consistent seating depth
My answer to these requirements is to use a 5-station progressive reloader (Hornady Lock-N-Load AP shown here) with top quality dies, and a “secret weapon”. What’s the secret you may ask? It’s the Redding Instant Indicator.
This tool is quite versatile! Redding Reloading lists the following uses for this tool:
- Sort bullets for uniformity
- Sort cases fired in two or more rifles
- Sort sized cases for uniformity
- Set up sizing die correctly
- Compare sized cases to fired cases to determine the amount of headspace
- Check uniformity of shoulder bump
- Check bullet seating depth uniformity
- Sort loaded ammunition for uniformity
- Determine when cases need trimming
- Check trim length uniformity
- Supplied with one bore diameter
In the setup I’ll show here, I’m using it to check trim length – and the big deal here is that I can do this while I load in full-progressive mode!
Here’s a station-by-station breakdown:
- Redding Size/deprime (full-length sizing)
- Redding Instant Indicator with solid plug – adjusted to show “0” for optimal trim length
- Powder charge
- Redding competition seating die
- Redding taper crimp die
Here’s a video showing how this works:
Now that I have a bunch of ammo, it’s time to take the LR-308B to the range!