Steps For Reloading Brass For F-Class Competition
Now comes the fun part. Once you have fired your new brass
once, you are then ready to prepare it for reloading. Please read these steps
through, several times, before beginning.Step 1: Place your fired brass into a
tumbler for cleaning. Use a mildly abrasive media like ground corn cob.
Step 2: After removing the reloading brass
cases from the tumbler, make sure that all media is out of the case and clean
the inside of the case neck with a neck brush to remove any powder or media
Step 3: De-prime the brass with your
de-capping die (or universal decapping tool), making sure that you adequately
lubricate the case prior to inserting it into the die. A stuck case can damage
your die, not to mention the frustration you experience.
Step 4: Use a primer pocket uniformed to
cut the depth of the primer pocket to the correct SAAMI specs, as well as clean
carbon out of the pocket. Use a flash hole deburring tool to clear and clean
the flash hole from inside the case. Check the flash hole in the primer pocket
to make sure that it is completely clear.
Step 5. Full length resize the case with
your match dies.
Step 6: Measure the diameter of the case
neck with a micrometer and turn it down to original tolerances with a neck
turning tool (if needed). Here again, it may not be necessary with Lapua or
Norma brass, but will definitely be needed with the other brands. There are
several good neck turning tools on the market, ranging in price from $60 to
Step 7: Measure the case length with a set
of calipers and trim to specification. Just about any regular case trimmer will
Step 8. Debur the case mouth and slightly
chamfer the inside to more easily accept VLD or boat tail bullets. Most
reloaders have an inexpensive deburring tool @ $12, but the chamfer tool will
cost you an extra $25.
Step 9. Prime your prepared case, using
the hand priming tool. Be careful not to compress the primer, but make sure
that it is seated level in the bottom of the pocket.
Step 10. Select your powder, pick your
load and charge the cases as outlined earlier.
Step 11. Select the correct bullet for
your caliber and seat it to the desired depth, using a match grade seating die,
like the Redding Competition Seating Die. For details about bullet seating,
refer to your manual and/or seek the advice of a known expert.
Step 12. Go out to the range and practice,
practice, practice--then come home for more reloading! And yes, the order of
some of the steps can be changed. I simply laid out how we do it, because it
works for us.
For the purposes of this article, I have assumed that you
already have the tools found on most reloaders bench, such as powder funnels,
powder trickler, case neck brushes, case lube pad, case lubricant loading
blocks, case tumbler, etc. If you are just starting out, they can be ordered
along with the competition tools.
Remember, every rifle has a favorite load, so never assume
that another shooter’s accurate load will also be the best for your rifle. Be
patient and work up the optimal load for your gun. Your time and effort will be
well spent. Your reward will be consistently high scores if you do your part.