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Old School Tips For Reloading Ammo


For many shooters, reloading their own rounds is a simple economic decision; wanting the performance of the top-shelf rounds but not having the financial ability to buy them. Once you look past the cost of the start-up equipment, reloading your own brass becomes cost effective and fun. As rookies, many start off slow, simply loving the idea of reloading and creating your own ammunition. Before long, you start experimenting and learning tons of new and innovative tricks to make to process more effective. Instead learning from your own mistakes, let’s take some advice from old-timers on reloading brass.


Don’t aim too high!

No, this isn’t referring to aiming the sights. Rather, don’t let your expectations of a round’s ability exceed reality. What happens is you wind up striving for a magnum with the round simply wasn’t meant for that sort of performance. You’re left with cratered primers, erratic accuracy, and tons of wasted money and time. Instead, always keep in mind the originally purpose of your round and you will get the results you’ve always wanted; great accuracy and field performance.

Don’t discount old data

With so many new innovations on the market today for reloading brass, the information from yesteryear tends to get discarded. While the new technology is great, that doesn’t mean a tried and true bullet/powder combo from the old-timers won’t produce the same results you are looking for. There’s nothing wrong with hoarding old manuals, seeing as though the characteristics of canister grade powders don’t change. Plus, some of the newer manuals don’t cover all of the possible powders.

Remain Diligent

It’s inevitable for any reloader to become lax and let down on the amount of caution and observation given during a reloading session. When reloading brass, always treat is as though it is your first time, following every rule and safety precaution, as well as holding on to your common sense. Remove all distractions, such as your cell phone, and never try to multitask. These tend to lead to severe safety violations that aren’t discovered until you go to fire the load.

Always clean your gear

This is reloading brass 101. Clean gear will always work properly and produce the desired results. Each piece of equipment has very precise tolerances that don’t take much to knock off. IT could be the slightest amount of case lube getting mixed with tiny brass shavings and primer residue that gums up a resizing die, or the copper and lead shavings getting jammed in the bullet cup of the seating die. No matter the amount of residue, it will change the dimensions of your loaded ammo, affecting accuracy, as well as leading to feeding problems.

Each piece of equipment will have a set way outlined by the manufacturer as to how the equipment should be disassembled, cleaned, and then put back together. Never deviate from these set steps, as this could lead to severe equipment failure when reloading brass.

Keep Records

This can never be stressed enough. When reloading brass, good records are what will make or break a round. Not to mention, when you finally do find that perfect load, you don’t want to lose it by not having wrote it down. Keeping good records for each round of reloading brass will lead to greater discoveries and a higher performing load.

These are just a few tips given from many old-timers who have been reloading brass more than many of us have been alive. Keeping these in mind will help make any operation successful and effective.