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Reloading. A Definition

Reloading involves re-using and reforming brass and packing it with new bullet and powder/primer. What you need to keep in mind is that the brass is the only reusable piece in the reloading process. By far, it is also the most critical component in generating a controlled and precisely repeated expansion behind that favorite bullet.

It's All About The Brass

In a large part, then, the reloading process is reforming the brass after firing. Your brass case may be yellow colored or nickel coated silver. Either way it is "BRASS". This is no accident. You see BRASS is a metal that has a unique property about it which allows it to expand and then spring back ever so slightly. That is why we use BRASS. It allows the cartridge to go BOOM  and then TIGHTENS back for easy extraction.

To sum it up, reloading is about reforming the brass to required SAAMI specifications of diameter and length.  It is the first step of putting everything together and allows the recharging and seating of a new bullet.

For the record…..Since 1926 SAAMI has been the principle organization in the United States actively engaged in the development and promulgation of product standards for firearms and ammunition. The U.S. military, the Department of Homeland Security, and many other state and local agencies frequently require that their suppliers manufacture to SAAMI specifications. SAAMI is the only trade association whose member companies manufacture and set standards for high-performance law enforcement ammunition.


How Brass Cartridge Cases Are Formed

Precision shooters favor premium brass. It delivers better accuracy, more consistent velocities, and longer life. Good brass is always important, but many of us have no idea how cartridge cases are actually made. Here’s how it’s done.

The process starts with a brass disk stamped from strips of metal. Through a series of stages, the brass is extruded (or drawn into a cylindrical shape). This process squeezes the brass through a die under tremendous pressure. The repeated action creates the brass cartridges as we know them. (see picture above)

Brass Button Becomes Brass Cartridge Case

Final Brass Cartridge Cases