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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 False Workstation

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 investment.

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.