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Tutorial: What You Need to Get Started Reloading

So you have discovered that reloading saves you money, allows for customization of your ammo and is a greatly gratifying hobby.  Now what?  You have no idea how to get started.  First and foremost, I always recommend having at least one good reloading manual.  Manuals can provide data for hundreds of cartridges as well as powders, bullet profiles and bullet weights.  Many contain comprehensive reloading charts and in-depth explanations of internal, external and terminal ballistics.

It is important to keep in mind that as with any great hobby, reloading will require an initial investment into supplies and equipment.  However, your basic reloading equipment can be relatively affordable and your overall saving recognized within a short period of time.

You will also need a workspace free of distractions.  Reloading requires attention to detail and can be a very safe hobby if proper precautions are followed.  Your workspace should include a sturdy table for anchoring your press as well as shelving for dies and other supplies such as bullets and powder.

Now that you have your proper references and your workspace has been cleared, you are ready to buy your reloading equipment!

Here is what you need to know:

Press – This is what is used to hold the dies which are needed to process the ammo.  If you are a beginning reloader, you will want to start with a single stage press.  Later on you may want to upgrade to a progressive but for now, a single stage will allow you to focus on one thing at a time.  Progressive presses have several things going on at once and can get a bit overwhelming for the inexperienced reloader.   Hornady, RCBS, Lee Precision and Lyman all offer good presses.

Dies – Each caliber you reload for is die specific and will require a particular set of dies.  There are several die manufacturers and for simplicity, I recommend purchasing your dies along with your press.

Scales and Powder Measure – A powder measure and scales are necessary in order to load the proper amount of powder into your cases.  This is essential to ensure safety and reliability of your ammo.  Your reloading manual will come in very handy at this point.

Case Trimmer, Vernier Caliper & Lube Pad (recommended for rifle reloading) – If you are reloading rifle ammo, you will need a case trimmer as rifle cases stretch when fired.  Cases must be trimmed to the proper length and can be measured using a vernier caliper.  A lube pad is also necessary when loading rifle cases to prevent them from getting stuck in the die

And NOW, you are ready to get started with your reloading!

Feedback – We want to hear from you!  How long have you been reloading?  What would you suggest to a new reloader?  What tips and tricks have you learned along the way?

 

Shell, Bob. “How To Reload Ammunition – Basic Reloading Equipment.” Web log post. Ammoland. N.p., 25 Sept. 2012. Web. 19 Feb. 2015.

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