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How To Reload Consistent Ammo Rounds

If there’s one thing any veteran reloader will tell you, it’s that the more consistent you are, the better your results will be. There are some methods of consistency that take little time to complete, but makes a great deal of difference in the end result, while there are other factors of the process that seem to take a great deal of time but offer only a tiny improvement. It is up to you to determine the amount of time and effort that you are willing to put into being consistent when compared to your ultimate goal

Reloading Consistent Rounds

Accurate Logs

Whether you are a basic reloader simply looking to save money or are an expert looking to create the most accurate round possible, note taking should be at the top of you process. You can have all of the load data and reloading manuals you want, but if you don’t take accurate notes, you will never have consistency in your loads.

During the reloading process, your notes should include information such as: case manufactures, how many times the case has been reloaded, type and amount of powder used, bullet info (weight, diameter, and manufacturer), primer info, overall length of the case (OAL), and any changes in your process for a particular batch. However, note taking doesn’t end in the work shop. It’s important to also record the data from the range, such as velocity, accuracy, and any mishaps that occur for a load.

Standardize your Process

Admit it - reloading can tend to become a mundane task, especially when reloading a large amount of the same round. However, standardizing your process, and doing it the same way every time, can do wonders for your load consistency. For example, pay close attention to how you operate the handle for the powder charge. Any slight pause or bump when operating the handle could cause a tiny variation in the amount of powder that goes into your round which would remain unknown to you until you shot that particular round.

Also, as small as it might seem, not letting the amount of powder in the powder tube of your press get below the halfway point will ensure the powder is being pressed with the same weight for every load. As silly as it might seem, any change in how you perform a task can throw the entire load off and adversely effect consistency.

Extreme Techniques

Regardless of how good you think your reloads are, there will come a point where your accuracy and consistency will plateau, meaning you will eventually get as good as you can possibly get. When that becomes the case, it becomes time to go through extreme measures to get even more accuracy. One method: weigh your bullets.

Yes, the batch of bullets you purchase will all be within a set range of weight, but that range considered the manufacturers tolerance range. However, if you really wanting to improve accuracy to the highest degree, weighing each bullet and grouping the bullets before loading will allow you to know the bullets exact weight. Also, if you are handloading a particular batch where accuracy is a must, you can manually weigh each powder charge before putting it in the case. This requires having a precise powder scale as part of your equipment.

In the end, how consistent your loads are solely depends on how much you are willing to sacrifice and work to achieve that consistency.