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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 residue.

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 $100 dollars.

Step 7: Measure the case length with a set of calipers and trim to specification. Just about any regular case trimmer will work.

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.