Entering the Mysterious Reloading World

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One of the things that is slowly becoming a lost art is the art of reloading.  When many modern shooters think of reloading, they probably picture grandpa working up loads in his dimly lit garage.  Outside of the niche of competition long range shooting, many modern shooters do not see reloading as a necessity, or realistically even an option.  With ammunition wholesale sites popping up left and right, buying factory made ammunition for today’s instant gratification society pushes reloading even further from a necessity.

Starting off into reloading is scary; let’s not act like it is any secret.  If you’re thinking about getting into reloading there is going to be some fear.  After all, we’ve all heard the stories of people blowing up their guns or hurting themselves with reloads.  The reality of reloading is, quality control starts and stops with you.  If you’re very nonchalant and not precise about things, reloading may not be the best option for you.

Now that said, getting started in today’s world is probably easier and safer then it ever has been.  No longer do we only have books which you may or may not be able to find.  We have forums, YouTube, Google and websites like this one where you can learn about safe reloading practices without ever opening a book.  The wealth of information available for new reloaders in today’s world is over-whelming at times.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”  The same is true for reloading information.  When you’re first starting out it’s easy to latch on to one forum poster or one YouTuber and try to mimic everything they do.  While it may seem like everything is always super smooth and easy, that isn’t always the case.  As a new reloader myself, I’ve found being able to verify certain methods or actions from many different sources to be the best way to keep myself safe.

As mentioned previously, there is information about reloading everywhere.  One of the best things you can do for yourself as a new reloader is to try to glean information from as many places as possible.  The published books still contain solid information that has stood the test of time.  Most YouTubers and forum goers are more then willing to share with new folks practices and procedures that work for them.  What you have to do as a new reloader is take all of that and come up with a repeatable system that works for you.  The more places you can find somebody doing the same thing as somebody else, the more reliable that information probably is.

All that said, do not be afraid to question the status quo.  Just because the group of people you have found all seem to do something a certain way, don’t be afraid to ask questions or look for confirmation as to why that may or may not be a good way to do something.  As I said earlier, quality control in reloading ends with you, and if you do not understand why you are doing something a certain way, it’s a good idea to stop and re-evaluate until you do.

 

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Eagle Eye Shooting
Eagle Eye Shooting

Great article Amoozer. It’s always great to be humble and remove some pride and just ask around. I’m proud our community is very helpful. Unlike many forms who folk prey on any chance to place they’re 1up on a honest question. People here just honestly love this sport and want to see those who are trying succeed in this art

Crows
Crows

Howdy Amoozer, how does one follow you? Hmm, like the “tube” that shall not be named, so we get an update from you, that you have a new post, or the next video in sequence of a particular subject, e.g. your 6.5creedmoor series/playlist? Cheers for the work.

Loads of Bacon
Loads of Bacon

You can get notifications for all the posts on the entire site; that’s the only real option so far. We don’t have a “subscribe” or “notifications” for specific channels yet, but that is a feature I am working on.

Crows
Crows

Thanks for the reply, and for the confirmation. !st point, good to know I wasn’t going insane not being able to find something like that, underneath the video, to select. 2nd Point, good luck with the feature. You’re going great guns so far, so keep up the legendary work, one and all! Cheers.

Crows
Crows

Thanks mate.

JH586
JH586

Thanks for the article, Amoozer. Glad I’m not alone.

Thomas Pickering
Thomas Pickering

It sounds like you’ve taken about the same length of time as I have getting through the beginning stages. I look forward to following your progress as you work your way up the learning curve. I’ll be right behind you.

KFW
KFW

Very nice article. Reloading can be very scary starting out from scratch. It took me a couple years to educate myself, build my confidence and find the time to do it. I am very grateful for the information and resources available today. I am very much still learning and The Reloaders Network is a integral part in that process.

Timothy Moore
Timothy Moore

Good article. I’ve been studying reloading for more than a year and have just started actually putting together cartridges. It is so true that there is alot of apprehension surrounding this practice and though I have put together 3 groups of 10 test rounds, I have yet to fire a single one. Starting at the lowest charge in the manual I am using and then going up incrementally I find myself not uncomfortable with the idea of testing the higher charges but second guess the lowest one for concern that I could have possibly thrown to light of a charge..… Read more »

JH586
JH586

You’ll be fine, Man. I was where you are now just a year ago. I feel those thoughts. Hold your nose, swallow that medicine, and you’ll never look back. You can always inspect the bore after the first shop.

The Reloading Press
The Reloading Press

Great article brother.