If you are thinking about reloading your own ammo, then I must tell you that it’s a good idea.
I don’t know your reason. I don’t know if you are doing it to save money or gain more control over your ammunition, but I can tell you that it’s a good idea.
If you are a professional shooter and want the best experience, then there’s no alternative to making your own bullets.
However, many don’t know much about the process. And a lack of knowledge here can be dangerous.
For this reason, in this post, I’m going to show you exactly how to reload your own ammo.
How To Reload Your Own Ammunition
Here’s a step-by-step process for making your own bullets. I have tried to describe the process in the simplest manner so that anyone can follow it. So, even if you are a beginner who doesn’t know much about this stuff, you won’t have any problems acting upon the directions.
The Alternative Method:
What if you didn’t like the method that I just described? Well, no worries, I have an equally efficient method for you. The reason that I am mentioning this method is that a lot of people find this method easier than the previous one.
So, if you are one of them, it will come in handy to you. So, without further due, let’s get to the process.
Step 1: Inspection
Here the step is pretty similar to the last method. You gotta inspect the empty cases very carefully and look for cracks and deformities. If you find any problem with it, then look for the next one.
No matter what, do not start the process with a faulty case.
Now, you will also have to see if the shell has reusable hulls.
But how to find reusable shells? Easy. Look closely at the mouth of this thing. If you see any kind of wear that is uniform and circular in shape, then it is a good candidate for the reloading process.
That said, if it seems to you that the wear is a bit too much, then you might want to do away with the shell. That’s because shells that are too worn down are unsuitable for crimping. So, if you stick with it, then you will only be wasting your time.
Also, discard the shells that are jammed. For they are known to result in faulty shells, and you should avoid them.
So, what are the ideal shells?
The ideal shells are the ones that you will find from break-open guns, which will permit you to remove the shells from the gun itself.
Step 2: Replace the Spent Primers
In order to remove spent primers, you can use a reloading machine. For that first you have to place the shell in the slot. After that, uncap the pin, which will remove the primer. In addition, it will modify the shell to the proper specifications.
And if there was some form of minor deformity, then it can also get fixed during the process.
Step 3: Getting Load Sizes Right
Now, getting the load sizes right isn’t an easy task. Unless you have some kind of experience, you gonna have a hard time while measuring the sizes.
So, what you need to do is follow a manual that will guide through the process correctly.
I’d recommend that you get Alliant Guide, which is an amazing book and would be really helpful for you. The instructions inside the book are simple and easy to follow. They have described the instructions in a beginner-friendly manner to make it easier to understand.
Step 4: Primer and Powder
Now it’s time for you to put primer and powder inside the shell with a reloader.
However, I need to warn you that each machine has a different working process meaning reading the manual before use is a must.
You’ll need to make use of the rotating plate to complete the process.
Step 6: Plastic Wadding
Next, you need to use the rotating plate again to install the plastic wadding.
Step 7: Crimping
For the final step, you need to crimp the shell. After doing that, store them in a safe place.
As you can see, the reloading process isn’t so daunting after all. But you have to remain careful all the time.
So, if you work with attentiveness, and follow all the directions properly, then I don’t see any reason for you to come across any problem. However, it needs practice and precision to come up with the best possible results.
Not only the precision will help but choosing the right equipment is also very important while you reload your own ammunition.
Go through some books and practice. This is what will provide you the best results while you load your ammunition by your own.
Joseph Fox writes on a variety of topics ranging from reloading ammunition to gun cleaning. He has been featured on various publications like thetruthaboutguns, Sofrep & many more. Joseph is also the founder of Gunloading, where he reviews different types of reloading & firearm products available on the market.