We hear it time and time again: “Reloading? Isn’t that dangerous?!” The short answer? Absolutely not. With the right tools and a good head on your shoulders, an accident is about as likely to happen as a meteor falling onto your house as you sleep.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher
Any source of open flame while reloading is a no-go, including smoking. If you, your family, or friends smoke, never do it in the same space that you reload. Accidents can happen, so be sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby!
Your eyes are your most important feature as a marksman. Keep a pair of decent safety glasses to put on when you’re reloading. If anything goes awry, you don’t want to lose an eye.
Keep Your Station Clean
Keep your space neat! It’s not just something to make your mother proud – it really matters when you’re a reloader. Spilled or loose gunpowder is not a safe thing to have lying around.
Make your reloading station your haven to practice the sacred art of reloading. Keep this space as a way to remove yourself from the hustle of the day and the rest of your responsibilities. Create a space that will allow you to take your time and work without distraction.
Labeling your reloading components and/or keeping a notebook or a virtual record of specific information for your cartridges for quick reference is a great way to make the reloading process quicker, easier, and safer.
It is possible for the reloader to be exposed to lead, especially since most primers contain the chemical. However, following rules and guidelines is the best way to avoid all of the potential harmful side effects. Always wash your hands after reloading, never eat and drink while reloading, and make sure your hands never touch your mouth or face during the reloading process.
So, there you have it. Following these guidelines is a surefire way to protect yourself and your environment while reloading.