What Equipment Do You need to start Reloading (Beginner’s Guide)

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Reloading ammunition is quite interesting, and it is less expensive than buying ready-made ammunition.

This is why many shooters and hobbyists like better to reload their ammo using the equipment they got for themselves.

But where to begin?

This is by far the most frequently asked question by people that, “What equipment do I need to start reloading?” In this article, I will discuss a list of equipment that you need to start reloading with a minimum of cost.

Let’s discuss each of the equipment briefly in details that will give you a clear idea:

1) Reloading Manual:

  1. a) At first, they cover the fundamentals of the reloading system and offering the reader the primary context in internal and external science of firearms
  2. b) Secondly, reloading manuals ensure that how much powder you need to put in? Because excess powder can cause blowing up your rifle and you might get injured.

So it is better to confirm your demanding weights according to the manual when you load. I take huge notes on my reloading, including demanding weights. However, I never forget to check that load remains in the safe zone by following the manual.

Though it takes a little time, it prevents accidents conducted by my misguiding. It is safe and secure to follow the reloading manuals. So don’t forget to follow it.

2) Reloading Press:

A reloading press is one of the most important and fundamental reloading equipment that a shooter or a gun owner should have.  This is where all the activity is done. Generally, there are 3 kinds of presses. These are namely:

  1. a) Single press
  2. b) Turret press
  3. c) And progressive press

      a) Single Stage press:

A single stage press refers to a simple press that can do only one bullet at a time. It means it allows the die has to be replaced every time. One of the important side, this is the cheapest kind of press out there. However, it takes a little time to set up as you need to adjust your dies every time.

       b) Turret press:

A turret press is different from a single press. A turret is one such progressive press that can hold multiple dies that makes the reloading convenient and faster. But removing and inserting process is still a manual function as like as a single press. One advantage is that you don’t need to readjust the dies frequently. A turret press is a bit expensive than a single press.

       c) Progressive press:

The final one is a progressive press which allows for the most effective, but it needs the most amount of investment. Also, it allows for a case to be seated, crimped and sized all at once. Depending on the make and model progressive press has 3 to 5 die station.

Usually, this press takes longer to set up than any other style of press. However, once you have it set up, it will produce quality, and balanced reloads for years to come.

If you are a beginner, I recommend you to use a single press. However, many people still prioritize the quality and detail of the single press over the turret and the progressive.


3) Measuring Equipment:

You also need some quality measuring equipment to measure small items with an exactness of +/- 0.001. It means you need a very good 6-inch caliper at least. The cheap models will help you to do the job accurately.

However, you can spend more if you feel the demand for a quality set. You will find two different items: a) dial calipers and b) digital calipers.

Though both of them works fine, digital calipers come with some extra feature.  These are including:

  • They can switch between millimeters and inches.
  • They are also easy to read
  • And generally, have resettable zeros.

4) Scale:

If you want to measure powder charges you definitely need a scale. There are two types of scale out on the market:

  1. a) Balance beam types
  2. b) And digital models.

Both of them works fine, but the digital model is a little more comfortable and faster on the eyes. Many of us will find the digital scale perfect for measuring. I also use a digital scale over 20 years, and I have no complaint about it.

5) Dies:

Basically dies are what does the job step by step. They are responsible for the resizing of the primer removal, brass, and other significant levels.

If you have pistols, I strongly inspire you to have carbide die that avoids the need to lubricate the cases. For a rifle owner, there are plenty of options including bushing dies to micrometer adjustable dies. But they are little pricey.

When using turned necks, you will find the bushing dies most helpful with some advanced technique. On the other hand micrometer, adjustable dies are pure luxury.

6) Shell Holder:

A shell holder is also essential equipment that you need for reloading. You need it because of your caliber that fits the press and ability for loading.

7) Powder Funnel:

If you want to pour the powder into the cases safely, you need an easy powder funnel. You need one if you cannot throw the charges directly into the cases. They are inexpensive funnels.

8) Case Tumbler:

The case tumbler play an important role to clean up the brass thoroughly. You will find this as key equipment in cleaning the brass before the natural reloading system. If cleaning is not done completely, it may hazard the quality of the bullet.

Also, this reloading tool is highly used to produce shiny and better-looking ammunition.

9) Primers:

Next is primer which comes with a pistol. Before reloading, check the reloading manual to know which primer your caliber needs. Primers have a small amount of inflammable compound and a little anvil.

Rifle primers are made a hefty to deal with the higher pressures made in rifles. But do not substitute primers, because a rifle primer is not applicable for pistol cartridge or a pistol primer is not applicable for a rifle cartridge..

10) Bullet:

There are plenty of options for bullets out on the market. Some groups of bullets are known as:

  1. a) Match grade
  2. b) Non-match grade
  3. c) And lead

Let’s have a few words about them:

a) Match grade:

The match grade bullets seem to be the most expensive bullet type. They offer better accuracy compared to the non-match grade bullets.

b) Non-match grade:

On the other hand, non-match grade bullets are suitable for plinking. They are also less expensive compared to the match grade bullets.

c) Lead:

Lead bullets are known as the most logical option out there. But they come with some downsides. Most often firearm cleaning and possible risk of leading.


11) Safety Equipment:

Reloading might not be a risky job compared to a shooting. But still, it is wise to be safe than sorry. Moreover, when working reloading gunpowder use:

  • Safety Gloves or Latex
  • Goggles or Mask


Final verdict:

Now, you know what equipment you need for reloading.

But keep in mind, read the manual conscientiously before trying anything on your own. Besides, ask someone who has experienced it before display how it is done before you set out on your own. You never want all the lubricant, gunpowder and bullets to go to waste.

Good Luck! Always reload with caution and precision.

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