Resources: Get Started Reloading

Recently I’ve seen a HUGE surge in interest from people wanting to start reloading their own ammunition! This trend isn’t surprising given current world events which is a bit of a “wake up call” for gun owners that don’t yet load their own ammunition. Better late than never! In this article I’ll share some resources to help you get your reloading pastime/hobby/craft off the ground.

Taking Inventory: What You’ll Need

A good baseline equipment and components package for reloading rifle ammunition - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

The first thing to consider is: do you want to load handgun ammunition, rifle ammunition, or both? Based on your answer to this question, you can use the following resources to help put together your shopping list:

What you need to load pistol ammunition

What you need to load rifle ammunition

What Kind of Press Should I Buy?

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After you put your basic list of components/tools/supplies together, you’ll need to decide what kind of press to buy! Here’s an article I put together that explains the differences between single stage presses, turret presses, and progressive presses:

Understanding Different Types of Reloading Presses

You can read more about types of reloading presses on this site here:

Understanding the Pistol Reloading Process

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Yes, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to reload ammunition, but FEAR NOT! I’ve put together a start-to-finish free resource here on Ultimate Reloader to guide you through the process of reloading your own pistol ammunition! You can start the training right here:

Reloading 101

Rifle Reloading End-To-End

Want to reload precision rifle ammunition? I’ve got you covered! Here’s a video and article that will guide you through the process from start to finish:

Loading 6.5 PRC with MEC Metallic Gear End-To-End

From that article:

Additional resources for rifle reloading:

Precision 224 Valkyrie Reloading Start to Finish

224 Valkyrie Progressive Reloading on the RCBS Pro Chucker 7

Reloading the 22 Nosler: An Overview

Reloading Safety

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If you are going to start reloading, the most important thing is: SAFETY! There’s an entire section of this website dedicated to reloading safety. Here are some of the links:

RELOADING SAFETY

Get the DATA

One of the most important things you’ll need when you start reloading ammunition is the proper load data for the cartridge you’re loading, adn for your combination of components. Here are some great resource for load data:

Free: Hodgdon Reloading Data Center Online

Free: Alliant Load Data Online

Free: Speer Rifle Data, Speer Handgun Data

Free: Nosler Load Data

10th Edition Handbook Of Cartridge Reloading

Modern Reloading Manual 2nd Edition by Richard Lee

50th Edition Reloading Manual (Lyman)

Nosler Reloading Manual #8

Find A Reloading Mentor/Teacher

In addition to reading tutorials, manuals, and watching videos it’s a great idea to get in-person training! Perhaps a family member, friend, or co-worker would be willing to teach you how to reload. If that’s the case, take them up on it! For some things, it’s just more effective to learn in-person from an experienced mentor and teacher. If you don’t have this kind of resource (as I didn’t when I started to reload), don’t worry, just take your time and proceed cautiously!

I wish you the best of luck in starting your own reloading journey. It’s fun, exciting, and satisfying to get “just what you want” out of your ammunition!

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Thanks,
Gavin

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