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What are steps to reloading

I was wondering what are the steps to reloading? Are there dangers during or after finished? And does it really cost less than buying factory made ammo? I also read from my outdoor life mag. that it also increases accuracy....True/false?

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Basic steps:
resize the brass
insert a primer
fill with powder
seat a bullet

It's not too complicated. There are some dangers, after all, you're dealing with explosives in the primers and powder. Accidents usually happen when someone is in a hurry or doing something dumb, though.

Is it less expensive. Well, yes and no. If you count the value of your time, then probably not. If you consider the time spent to be enjoyable and relaxing--not a "cost," in other words--then it is.

More accurate? Again, yes and no. When reloading you can create loads that are specifically tailored for your gun. As such, they can usually be more accurate than anything you might buy. On the other hand, working up such an accurate load takes considerable time and experimenting. If you don't put in the time, don't expect exceptional acccuracy.

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The best way to look at reloading is a hobby. It is something that you have to want to do and believe in. It will give you better accuracy if, like mentioned, you do the testing. Accuracy is a pretty subjective thing. I hope for sub MOA with my bolts but am satisfied with way less in my semis. As far as saving money... I save money but only because I shoot often and to some degree the calibres I shoot. If you are looking at loading a dozen cartridges a year for deer hunting then it is not cheaper when you factor in the start-up costs and components.

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I just want to add that it is NOT dangerous IF you are thorough and careful in every step.

/Peter

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your best bet is to buy a couple of loading manuals-prefer the ones whose bullets you are going to use-read and follow their instructions to the letter an you will have a very enjoyable hobby, plus you will feel great when you kill an animal with your own handloads.

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PeterM wrote:
I just want to add that it is NOT dangerous IF you are thorough and careful in every step.

/Peter

I agree. Gotta keep your mind on that one thing...nothing else. Got reminded of that 3-4 years ago. Was loading up some 45-70 with 5744 on my progressive press. Well... my neighbor came visiting with his boys. They are ones you have to keep an eye on the whole time! Instead of shutting down I kept trying to reload and watch them too. Bad mistake. Later on while shooting I found out I'd double charged some. Knew what had happened when I pulled the trigger. Haven't made that mistake again...knew better.

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Cheaper NO
You'll find yourself buying the best of component and that will equal the price of factory ammo. You will need, press,dies,scales, powder,primers and many other things too numerous to mention here( several hundred dolars) You will take pride in shooting"your ammo" and sitting at your bench going through the process on the off season nights. I atually havemore fun reloading,getting everything exactly as I want it, then I do at the range.
Reloading is very safe but GET PROPER INSTRUCTION
Proper handloads are more accuratethan the most expensive factory loads
I hope this givesyou some insight into the world of handloading.. Good luck

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I just want to add that it is NOT dangerous

The question was "Are there danger's". The answer is yes! There are danger's in everything we do. With reloading your dealing with a primer with an explosive compound and powder that is highly flamable, smokeless rifle powder is not explosive, it burns! It will, in the end, be as dangerious as you make it. Learn well and practice good habit's.

Is it cheap? Huh!!!!!!!!! I have enough invested in tool's and component's I probally could have financed the second world war!!! Think I remember a guy telling his wife he'd like to shoot trap and she wanted to know what it cost. Well he said, $5 for a round of trap and about $7.50 for a box of shell's. She allowed that that wasn't to bad and told him to go ahead. A year later he had two leather shooting jackets full of 100 straight patches, three pair of the latest shooting glasses, three Italian overunder trap guns, one each in 12ga, 20ga and 28ga., and every time it was his turn to buy was just as everybody switched from beer to Jack Daniel's! What's a round of trap cost? About $65,000.00! Talk to the Hand

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I find that the right tools make the job easier. Besides the tools and the knowledge, you'll need the TIME.

No not just any spare time, but for your own safety you'll need plenty of good quality uninterupted time. It really does require a quiet work environment, and the proper work space. I've had my equipment and bench set up in our basement and have even gone so far as to make certain that there is no phone installed down there lol .

I find myself reloading a batch of 50 rounds for rifle about every couple months or so. When it's time for a new batch I'll usually just go to work a couple hours early that day so I can leave a couple hours early and be home with about 3 1/2 to 4 hours before my wife gets home from work

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Hey Lever-Action-Lover,
I just want to add that reloading isn't one of those things that you can just take a few pointers and tips then go start reloading without any other experience doing it. While it's okay to ask for some basic steps to reloading on any forum, the best advise I can give is to take a reloading course taught by an NRA certified instructor or at least learn from someone who is very experienced at it. Yes there are basic steps to reloading and they are published in many books and manuals. There are also certain tool required for the job. While many of the members here (including myself) may be experienced reloaders......this is just one of those things that requires more than just getting some simple advise from on a forum or thread.

One of the most concering things I see on gun forums or hunting forums is folks asking for reloading data. What works in someone elses gun may not work in anothers. Some people aren't as safety concious and often push the pressure limits too. I would also caution against people asking for load data on a forum. The advise I always give first is to consult a reloading manual for that stuff.

I highly recommend learning reloading if you have the desire, the quality time ,and the workspace to do it safely. Check with your local shooting range for classes. If you have a Gander Mountain or Sportamans Warehouse where you live check their event schedule, they often have metallic reloading and shotgun reloading classes. Don't sign up for a class that someone only allowed only an hour to teach. A class that lasts for 4 or more hours is worth taking and worth your money. Hope this helps Thumbs up

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