"Therefore, whoever wishes for peace, let him prepare for war."
-Vegetius (Writer of the Later Roman Empire)
To maximize your ability to utilize your rifle suppressors on different host weapons decide on what suppressor manufacturer you plan to buy products from. For versatility I chose the pictured Advanced Armament Blackout Flash Hider with the 51 tooth quick attach suppressor ratchet mount. Also pictured is a AAC M4-2000 and a AAC 762-SDN6 (mounted). Both suppressors can be used on 5.56 host weapons. Only the 762-SDN6 can be mounted on larger calibers such as 300 Blackout and 7.62x51 rifles. I prefer the 51T quick attach mounts due to their durability and AACs reputation for quality and customer service. For those that live in states where suppressor ownership is legal, go find a local Class III dealer and check out what quick attach system you like most. Suppressors play a critical role in hearing safety, so purchase yours today.
One of my goals this year is to increase awareness of suppressors/silencers and their role in firearms safety and hunting. Too many gun owners do not realize how easy it is to buy suppressors, and how much they contribute to hearing conservation. An informative and fun course that teaches you all aspects of suppressors from the technology used to create them, to the legal aspects of ownership is Advanced Armament's CAN-U The Silencer University at http://www.aaccanu.com/. This is an excellence interactive block of instruction no matter what your experience is with suppressors. Once you complete the course you receive a cool diploma certificate that you can hang up in your gun room. Now is the time to start the Form 4 process so you can have your suppressor before summer. Any local Class III dealer will assist you with the process. Suppressors are currently legal in 39 states, with a growing presence.
Midway USA is offering both CCI's Quiet-22 Long Rifle Subsonic brick of 500 rounds for $29.99 and their Standard Velocity Ammunition brick of 500 rounds for $39.99. For those looking for subsonic ammunition, CCI's Quiet-22 at 710fps makes it an ideal backyard plinking ammunition for your bolt action rifles. In the Midwest rural areas 22LR is still hard to get due to purchase limits and people continuing to stock up. Also, the ability to purchase 2000 rounds of 22LR in one transaction is extremely convenient. Add a free shipping item to your purchase, for a shipping rate reduction. You can never have to much 22LR.
I needed a second press for a cabin, so I decided to go with Lee's Challenger Press Kit below. This is a very well designed single stage press kit that includes most everything you need at a cost less then $135. As with many firearms related items prices are currently heavily discounted, so now is the opportunity to start getting into reloading. Lee's quality is just as good as the more expensive brands so don't waste your money buying a press that costs twice as much. In addition to the press kit, I also provided links below to additional items you'll need to get up and running. I used 5.56/.223 as the caliber due to its popularity. Stop putting this fun hobby off because of costs or perceived complexity. Start buying components on a recurring basis, before long you'll have all the components you need. For those trying buy reloading products 18 months ago, you know how hard reloading items are to find when the demand exceeds supply.
1. Lee Deluxe Die Set (see below). Die sets also include the caliber specific shell holder and a reloading data sheet.
2. Small rifle primers.
3. Powder. Purchase what's available for your specific cartridge.
4. Bullets. I prefer 55 grain or 62 grain metal jacketed bullets.
5. Case Length Gauge. This is a must for all calibers, and ensures resized brass/reloaded ammunition will chamber in commercial firearms (see below).
6. Lee 223 Remington Rifle Quick Trim Die (see below). Used with the provided Lee Quick Trim Tool.
7. Lee 223 Precision Crimp Die (see below).
8. Tumbler to clean brass (see below).
9. Reloading Book for data (see below). You can also download the information from powder manufacturer websites.
Quick detach press system. I can easily transport the press to the hunting cabin when needed.
10. Kinetic Bullet Puller (see below). This item is nice to have when you need to disassemble a cartridge.