Reloading

  1. Step-by-Step Guide on Reloading Metallic Cartridges

    I've written a few articles so far, covering topics from basic reloading to lead casting, Home-made Bullet lubrication, Gear needed to reload, as well as how to make cheap, but usable ballistic gelatin. My “Basics of Reloading” article was a general survey of many possible steps a person might take when starting to reload. I tried to touch a bit on everything, but not delving too deep into any one part, just an overview if you will. Recently I was asked to provide a step by step walk...
  2. The Ultimate Guide to Case Reforming

    Reforming a case is literally to change a case from it’s designed caliber and profile into a different profile or caliber. If you have read some of my other articles on reloading or lead casting, you may have noticed that when describing some procedures that I will say that some are left to more experienced loaders. Once you have reloaded for a while you will get a feel for how cartridge brass behaves when it is stressed, sized, and fired. More importantly, you will also know what to look...
  3. The Best Tools For Reloading Ammunition

    Shooting can take years to master and to become a true aficionado of the sport, there’s nothing better than learning how to reload your own ammunition. It’s a fun project that takes patience, a steady hand, and the right set of reloading tools for the job. While there are reloading kits, there are other must-have hand tools, accessories, and reloading products that you’ll want to get to help you in the process. Caliper A measuring tool that you will use to check the diameter of bullets and...
  4. How To Make Ballistic Gelatin

    Fun to shoot, not too difficult for the hobbyist to make, and if you follow the directions and calibration procedure closely, you can get fairly accurate test results. So you want to see what might really go on with the self-defense ammo you have purchased, or how your hand loaded ammunition stands up head to head vs commercial products. Just go to the range and shoot up a block of ballistic gelatin, right? Sure.. but where are you going to get it? A brief look online shows some clear...
  5. Grease : Cast Bullets, Muzzle Loading, Brass Case Resizing

    In some previous articles, I covered the Basics of metallic cartridge reloading and casting your own bullets. I briefly touched on the uses for greasing during case resizing, and for your cast bullets. As I had mentioned, it could be an article all by itself. This article will be a basic introduction to the uses of greasing in reloading.
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    Lead Casting Part 2

    In part 1 of my article I covered finding and preparing your lead for use. I’ll recap the safety warnings from Part 1: For anyone thinking they might want to get into casting, I recommend doing the same. Research, Research, Research, online and in books, thru contacts at clubs or being mentored by an experienced person locally. As with reloading, there are a few different paths you can take, and thus different equipment and styles. Above all, remember safety. Lead melts at about 622’F,...
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    Real Custom Ammunition

    Overheard at a gun show sometime in the distant past. “Where can I get bullets for that old gun? I’d sure like to have one like that!” "Well sir, to my knowledge there is no one who loads ammunition today for the old rifle. I don’t believe it was ever loaded in the United States.” The conversation carried on with the potential buyer bewailing the fact that cartridges were unavailable and how much he wanted the rifle. The dealer apologized once or twice then told the wannabe buyer...
  8. Lead Casting - Part 1

    In my last article I gave an overview of metallic cartridge reloading. Reloading in itself is a very full stand alone hobby. However there are plenty of other hobbies that can significantly complement it, and still others that could benefit from it. Lead casting for example makes a great companion hobby to reloading. ( And if you enjoy muzzle loading firearms, you will want to learn how to cast to save $$ ). Part 1 of this article will deal with finding your lead and preparing it for...
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    Reloading Basics

    This article will be a short overview of the concepts and equipment involved in reloading ammunition. The most important thing to remember is that you should take your time and do quite a bit of reading and research before you ever purchase your first piece of equipment. Reloading can be broken down into a few basic steps. Case preparation: Whether you start with new virgin brass, or have been saving and collecting your brass, you will need to clean and inspect your cases. After reading...
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