Whether you are new to the reloading world or an experienced
veteran, you have no doubt heard, and maybe even believed, many myths about the
craft of reloading. Sure, there are many tales of powder exploding or foul
loads blowing a gun to pieces. However, often the horror stories are coming
from those who are against reloading, for one reason or another.
Store-bought ammunition is better-Mainly
We are then left with the question, which is true and which
is a myth? In this article, we are going to explore some of these tales to see
which ones can be proven true or false.
It's not a secret that ammunition produced in a factory has
increased in quality from what it was decades ago. Still, does that mean that
it is better than reloaded ammo? The truth is, this statement is either proven
correct or false by the reloader themselves. Creating ammunition is an exact
science and, if left in the hands of an inexperienced person, can prove to be
dangerous and inaccurate.
However, it has been proven by many veteran reloaders that a
correctly loaded round will out-perform a factory-produced round, and here’s
why. When you reload your ammo, you can tailor that specific round for the
specific gun you plan to shoot it from. And, since each gun is different, you
are then able to take into consideration the gun’s rifling and headspace,
making for a more accurate round.
Stored powder and primers create an
explosive hazard-Mainly False
The truth, or falsity, of this statement is going to depend
on the powder being stored. Black powder is considerably more volatile and
likely to explode than any smokeless powder, which is why many cities limit the
amount of black powder you can store. However, since many reloaders now use
smokeless powder, the likelihood of it exploding is greatly reduced.
Contrary to what many believe, smokeless powder does not
explode. It operates by burning fast and creating enormous amounts of gasses
and pressure in confined spaces, like the barrel of a gun. It’s those gasses
and pressure that pushes the bullet, not an explosion. However, it can
accelerate a fire so be smart when you store it and always keep a fire
extinguisher by your
Reloading can save you money-Mostly True
This is another statement that relies on the shooter to
determine whether it is true or not. It really depends on the amount you invest
in equipment. While buying powder, primers, and even used brass is inexpensive,
the majority of the cost comes in the equipment you use. Therefore, if you are
one who constantly upgrades their equipment, you may never see a return on your
It also is dependent on how much you shoot. Some reload
because they shoot more often and others shoot more often because they reload.
If done correctly, reloading can definitely safe you money in the long run; how
long that run is depends on you.
There will always be those in the gun world that frown upon
the craft of reloading and, therefore, will always be looking to sell their own
horror stories. For experienced loaders, these are often overlooked and
debunked purely by experience and knowledge. As with anything, if you are smart
about what you are doing, and do so safely, your experience will be more
excitement than horror.