Reloading for Rifles and Pistols

    • Everything seems that to be going up in price. Ammunition prices have increased along with the prices for guns and everything associated with it. Practice makes people better at anything that they may attempt. To be proficient at hand gunning or rifle shooting takes a lot of practice. 


    • Some say that you can do a lot of your practicing with smaller arms like the 22 rimfires and the pellet or BB gun in place of shooting the larger firearms. To become adept and know your favorite firearm, you have to spend a great amount of time with that firearm. You have to memorize the trigger squeeze and become knowledgeable with every aspect of your gun. Shooting from different angles and positions requires knowledge about that firearm.

    • Reloading is not for everyone. It needs strict adherence to safety methods and rules that will make your loaded ammunition safe and accurate. Those that are drawn to reloading will find that it is gratifying. Shooting sessions can be longer because your ammunition prices are less high due to the handloading process. You can fine-tune loads for your Particular firearm. Most guns will shoot one specific type of ammo better than others. If you can fine-tune and narrow your search for ammo components that will fit your rifle, your rewards will result in better accuracy and pride in the knowledge you have helped create loads for your guns. 


    • Pride exists because you have created a load that has helped you hit your target with better results. The load you have created for a hunting trip that enables you to bring a hunt to a quick closure can bring an immense sense of pride. Any shortcut or missed steps can result in dangerous ammunition or ammo that will not load or function in your firearm.

    • A clean and safe workplace is the first starting point. Lee sells adequate loading supplies that are relatively inexpensive and do quite a good job. Please pay attention to powders listed in the manuals and don't interchange them. The choice of primers and bullet types should also be followed according to the manuals. Maximum and minimum powder charges are listed for a particular load. Usually, the larger-weight bullets used for a specific case require a reduced amount of powder. Don't try to load ammo hot with more power than is needed in the manuals. You will be asking for trouble. Stuck cases and blown primers are some of the results of this practice. 

    • Volume powder dispensers tend to be inaccurate when large volume cases are being loaded. Single-stage presses are the best choice for those just starting. They are also a good choice for experienced hand loaders. Keep your powder and primers in a cool, dry place. Heat tends to increase pressures in specific loads. African hunters have realized for years that high temperatures can increase pressures inside of their loads which might result in ammo failure. The best policy is to obtain several handloading manuals and tailor your loads carefully and safely to your specific firearm and ammunition needs. 


    • Some guns are inherently weaker than others and need to be operated at lower pressures to remain safe for the shooter. Gun failures are not uncommon if correct reloading information is not followed. Be safe and have fun enjoying a hobby that can be both financially beneficial and rewarding. Some pistol bullets can be used safely in rifle reloading. You can create loads that might be hard to obtain in your area. Brass should last the course of several reloading sessions.


    • Always check all components before the final loading process. If any component is found wanting, discard it and replace it with a new or better functioning item. Adherence to reloading instructions in manuals and books will be rewarded with loads comparable to the ammunition created by the large ammunition companies. In some cases, the hand loads may be better. The better hand-loading equipment can last for years and can give you that much time in enjoyment. Be safe and revel in a hobby that can reward you with hours and years of positive entertainment.