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Reloading Equipment


After you have finally decided to reload your own ammunition, the next thing to do is to choose which press you are going to use and set up shop.

If you already have a workshop in a spare room at home, then you’re good to go. If you don’t already have a workspace set up, you can just look for a spot where you can safely set your reloading stuff up – it doesn’t take that much space to have an extensive set up. Just remember; safety is key.

Good Lighting and Movability

You just have to be sure that your reloading space has good lighting, as well as ample room to move around as you work. You are also going to need a sturdy table where you can mount your reloading press along with the rest of your reloading equipment. It’s always a good idea to have a shelf or other storage space nearby where you can keep your dies and other reloading supplies. This should have the ability to be locked, keeping prying hands of children and pets away.

Basic Reloading Equipment

Aside from setting up shop, you also need to pay attention in buying your equipment. You have to know what tools you are going to need for this task. Here’s a list of reloading equipment and a brief description of their use.

Reloading press: This is no doubt that most important equipment you need in your reloading kit. Reloading presses come in three major categories and it depends on your experience which type of press is more suitable for you.

Single stage press: This is the simplest and cheapest type of press. It is mostly recommended for beginners who don’t have a lot of experience in reloading ammunition. It is fairly easy to operate but it also requires time for reloading.

Turret press: This is mostly recommended for intermediate reloaders – those who have a little experience in reloading but don’t have the luxury of time to reload ammo one at a time.

Progressive press: This is the most advanced type of reloading press and only experienced reloaders are advised to use it. It is very complicated and challenging to set up, but once it is completely set up it’s only going to take seconds to reload several rounds of ammo.

Die: The die is necessary to achieve the right shape and dimension of the cartridges. The type or the set of dies that you are going to use will depend on the design of the cartridges.

Powder scales: Before you load your ammo, you have to make sure that you have the right amount of gunpowder to put in there. A simple scaling mistake can compromise the safety and reliability of the ammunition that you are going to use.

Vernier caliper: Calipers are also necessary for checking the dimensions and making sure that you’ve got the correct lengths for the ammo you’re working on.

Quick tip #1

If you are reloading rifles cases, you have to use a lube pad. Lube pads are used to make sure that you won’t have any problem removing the die, which usually gets stuck when no lube is used.

Quick tip #2

Always double-check the quality of your ammo. Pay very close attention to what you are doing in order to avoid any safety fails.

Quick tip #3

There’s no shame in asking for help. If you are not confident about a certain procedure, try to do your own research, read reloading books, or ask the experts.

The items mentioned above are the basic tools you need for reloading your own ammo. You will pick up other items that you might need as you go along. Remember to have fun; that’s why we shoot in the first place.