Introduction To Reloading
Reloading your own ammunition is something most of us consider as a way to save money on the ever increasing ammo prices. Reloading allows you to shoot more, improve accuracy and gain satisfaction knowing your ammo loads. If you have just reached the point where you have decided to start reloading, it probably seems like a complicated and difficult process. However, with only a little practice you will discover that reloading is actually simple and easy to do. Care and attention to detail are required to produce safe and reliable ammunition, but the process has only a few steps and is basically repetitive.
Reloading centerfire cartridges have 4 components. The case, primer, powder and bullet. The case is the only part you’ll reuse and you should give each case a through inspection and cleaning before it’s reloaded. The remainder of your reloading components will have to be obtained from the component manufacturers published reloading data based on your shooting requirements.
The first step for the beginning reloader is obtaining an up-to-date reloading Manual and read the “how-to” material. Review the data for the cartridge you wish to reload. Then you will simply select a bullet weight, an appropriate gunpowder and the required primer size. Be sure to follow the suggestions in this document for the basic tools you will require. From all this information make a list of the items you will need and you are ready to go shopping.
- Up-to-date Loading Manual
- Reloading press
- Shell holder
- Reloading die set of appropriate caliber
- Case lubricant
- Case lubricant pad
- Safety glasses (especially for priming)
- Priming unit
- Primer tray
- Powder scale (graduated in grains avoirdupois)
- Powder trickler
- Powder funnel
- Two loading blocks
- Dial indicating caliper (graduated in 0.001” increments)
- Case trimmer with pilot
- Deburring tool
To reload centerfire cartridges you can purchase a kit that has almost everything you need to get started. You’ll also need a set of dies and a cartridge holder for each caliber you’ll be reloading. The dies are necessary to do everything from knocking the old primer out and resizing the brass to seating the bullet properly. The dies are also caliber specific (223, 30-06, 270, 44 mag…). The shell holder holds the cartridge in the press, As you get more advanced you’ll probably add a micrometer and a case trimmer.
Now that you’ve had a quick over view of reloading, we encourage you to learn more.
Here are a few good videos from GunWerks s showing you step by step the basics of reloading.
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