As a beginner , which is better to work with , hot or cold rolled steel ?
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For forging, get the cheaper hot rolled.  There is no advantage to using the more expensive cold rolled steel in smithing.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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I would think, since you're heating it anyway, it wouldn't matter.  As JM said, price would be the only consideration.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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What I get for cold rolled is 1018 which is more consistent. The hot rolled is A36. Usually it is OK to forge. Sometimes it will crack or fracture if bent too hot, depends on the batch. For forging hot rolled should be fine. It may depend on what you can get cheapest and what you want to do with it..
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Thanks for the info !
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