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Reload Brass

It’s often believed that people choose to make their own ammunition from new and recycled brass to save money. But for competitive shooters, who are lately confronted with even more targets placed at ranges exceeding 300 yards, accuracy or the lack of it is rarely consistently achieved with remanufactured .223 round. Missing even one target set past 100 yards can quickly rack up match-losing penalties.

In addition, a malfunctioning rifle round can tank what should be a quick, turn-and-burn rifle stage. When a match goes south because a round did not load properly in the rifle barrel or it failed to “pew” altogether as it should routinely scorches the psyche of even the coolest competitor. It is tough to learn that just one or two poorly manufactured rounds that ed to an ill-fated course of fire were inconsistent in length, weight, bearing surface, concentricity. These are only a few of the other dozens of gauges that distinguish good-as-gold ammunition from what those of us at the match like to call, “crap ammo.”

A shooter who just wondering when the next malfunctioning round is going to cycle into his gun is already unnerved and off his game. Shooters who reload often got started to avoid these problems and feel the confidence gained from controlling the quality of their ammunition first-hand.

If your plan is to reload so you have a nice supply of accurate, match quality ammunition that you control, keep in mind reloading for precision and match-grade quality is almost comparable to alchemy. Creating the perfect box of perfect, shiny, gold rifle rounds is labor intensive and requires that every, single aspect of the cartridge- from the neck to the primer pocket is uniform in weight, length, concentricity, and bearing surface. And this is before you even worry about the bullets.

This takes precision tools, skill to use them and an abundant well of patience and time, and both are in short supply in the 8-5 world we live in. Some precision shooters swear by pre-sorted, once-fired brass vs. the stuff randomly plucked from the range. Part of the reason is cartridge uniformity is already improved in once fired brass, vs. brass you pick up on the range. The time it takes to clean that brass and sort it combined with not knowing whether the cartridge is from a once-fired round verses one that has been shot two or three times. Each time the round is shot, it stretches and now you have to expend more effort to make those rounds uniform to the others. Nothing is prettier to the reloader or competitive shooter than a box of perfectly matched rifle rounds. But don’t tell anyone.

If you hope to achieve the best balance of time and money savings while still reloading the most accurate, quality ammunition, once fired brass allows time savings that helps most of us time-pressed shooters can channel to the patience needed to reload precise, works-of-art for our rifles.