Entering the Mysterious Reloading World
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.
Amoozer is a husband, father, sports fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and Navy Veteran. He has called Southwest Georgia home since 2011 and lives on two acres surrounded by active farmland. Amoozer not only hunts to put meat in the freezer, but also assists the local farmers with pest eradication during crop seasons via permit.