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
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
of your round and you will get the results you’ve always wanted; great accuracy
and field performance.
Don’t discount old
With so many new innovations on the market today for
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.
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
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
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
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.