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A Personal Reference Site To Help Others Start Reloading Revolver, Pistol,  and Rifle Metalic Cartridges (UPDATED Feb 2016)

Reloading ....It's EASY, FUN, SAFE and SAVES BIG $$$$


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Safety First..... Safety Always

Reloaded ammo goes BANG. It makes A LOT of NOISE. It recoils when you shoot it.  The bang comes from the powder exploding within a brass case. So if you want to reload you must be mindful of what you are doing. Reloading involves following a prescribed set of steps that are well published and repeated safely all over the world. It involves assembling bullet, powder, and primer into a brass case. To do this, you must follow certain tried and true formulas to achieve the  results you want while keeping safety in mind.   


KNOW THY FIREARMS

Reloaders continually read that they should be creating ammunition only for “Modern Firearms in Good Condition”. In fact, you'll see this terminology used in ALL the load recipe books and references. There is a reason. Technology involving firearms has changed over time. It could be dangerous to apply the same standards to a gun that may have been made many years ago.


Hey Man, Do You Know What You Are Shooting?

Let me tell you about something that happened to me. I was talking to a guy at the office. One thing led to another and I invited him to come shooting the following Saturday. Well, we got to the range and he unloaded his weapons from the trunk. He had derringers, snub nose pistols from his uncle (a store manager), a sawed-off pump shotgun, a revolver that looked like Wyatt Earp could have owned it, and a couple of wild west revolvers made by Colt. I was floored. I mean, it was all very impressive, but the shocking thing was HE DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE GUNS.

Next, he went to the back seat and pulled out boxes and boxes of ammo. I asked him where he bought all of it. He said he had met a guy at WALMART who was very helpful about providing munitions for the guns that he'd described.

Well, all the bells and whistles went off in my head and we had a little talk. I used my experience to pick the good and operable guns from his COLLECTION and we proceeded to match the ammo to the right firearms. I only let him shoot when I was sure that the firearm was new enough to fire the ammo that he had bought.

I asked him if he had the OWNERS MANUALS for the firearms and he said "SURE!". I suggested that he take a look at them to make sure that the guns were modern and safe--that he didn’t buy munitions that were not safe to shoot with his older firearms. We both learned a lot from that day at the range...


KNOW THY FIREARMS- THE GUN OWNERS MANUAL

So get out your OWNERS MANUALS and read. Believe it or not, some cartridges might fit into your gun  but actually be very unsafe to shoot. Older guns may be made for black powder, low pressure loads. Caution. These types cannot withstand the jolt of modern smokeless powders.

If you don’t have an OWNERS MANUAL, you can go online and look up the manufacturer's web site. There, you'll be able to DOWNLOAD the OWNERS MANUAL. They really are available out there. EVEN OLDER MODELS.  And OLDER MAY EVEN BE A HUNDRED YEARS OLD!!!!


LEARN ABOUT FIREARMS SAFETY

http://www.nrahq.org/education/guide.asp

http://www.uoregon.edu/~joe/firearms-safety.html

http://www.gunsafetynow.com/

http://www.thegunzone.com/therules.html


Does The Quality and Age of My Guns Matter?

There is only one way to say this; newer guns are better. Guns developed and produced since WWII are very uniform. Steel and barrel quality and strength is much better than WWI vintage rifles. If you are uncertain about the quality and advisability of a gun for reloading, take it to a gun shop and have a qualified gunsmith affirm its suitability to shoot reloaded ammunition.


 

Safety and YOUR RELOADING

Assembling ammo involves putting together only a few components. You have your brass case and you seat the primer in the back of it. You add some powder and then you seat a bullet. It’s that simple….but what makes it SAFE?

Safe reloading is all about following formulas and recipes that have been tested by others.

You will learn very quickly that the brass case is reusable. When you shoot your ammo, the brass case expands within the gun. It must be reset to proper, published dimensions so that it can be reloaded again.

A simple set of equipment is used to resize the case and clean and refit the new cartridge. It’s fun and it’s easy to do... You just need to FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. What's nice is that you don’t need a lot of money to do it!


Range Safety

Guns demand respect. You never aim a gun, empty or loaded at anything you don’t expect to shoot. On TV they seem to point guns in every direction. At a rifle range or even practicing out back PLEASE follow firearm safety rules.

In fact, if you want to be really safe, go to a NRA safety session and learn about your gun and it’s safe operation. You and those around you will be glad you did.