15Jan

What Do I Need to Start Reloading Ammo?

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information presented below is intended for introductory purposes only. Consult a local gunsmith or firearms expert before attempting any of the reloading skills discussed here. Remember, safety always comes first.

Here at Powder Valley, we’re always happy to welcome newcomers into the fascinating pastime of reloading. The first step is to know what types of reloading supplies you’ll need to get started. These include:

  • A reloading manual: This item is absolutely essential for both your safety and that of others. Deviating from the manufacturer’s specifications can lead to ruined firearms, serious personal injury, or even death. Remember, always go by the book when it comes to reloading.
  • A reloading press: You’ll be using this piece of equipment 90% of the time, so don’t scrimp when making your choice. It’s essential for replacing the primer, pressing the bullet into the casing, crimping the case around the bullet, and numerous other tasks. A single-stage press is a great choice for beginners.
  • Reloading dies: You’ll use these for sizing, decamping, seating, crimping, and expanding your ammunition. You’ll need a separate set of dies for each caliber or gauge you reload.
  • Powder dispenser and scale: These tools allow you to use the correct amount of powder needed for each cartridge.
  • Calipers: Measuring the exact cartridge length is essential for reloading safety. Calipers (both mechanical and digital) allow you to do so with fine precision.
  • Case cleaner: Perhaps the best choice is a brass tumbler, which uses walnut shells or other types of tumbling media to clean your spent brass inside and out. Using household cleaners or similar products leaves residual moisture behind, which can spell disaster when it comes to reloading.
  • Bullet puller: Every reloader messes up now and then. A bullet puller allows you to correct your mistakes and start fresh. It uses simple inertia to remove the bullet and reloading powder from the case.

Special tools for reloading rifle ammunition

Reloading rifle ammo, especially so-called “bottleneck ammo,” requires a few extra items. These include:

  • Lube kit: Important for lubricating rifle cartridges prior to resizing.
  • Chamfer: Allows you to smooth out burrs and other imperfections prior to inserting the bullet.
  • Case trimmer: Trims unneeded brass from the lip of the case to ensure precision reloading.

Looking to save money? Buy a reloading kit

If purchasing your reloading supplies separately doesn’t fit your budget, one way to spend less money and still get the essentials is to buy a starter kit. That way you have everything you need all at once.

Powder Valley is your go-to source for reloading supplies

Second best is never good enough when it comes to firearms. That’s why here at Powder Valley we carry only the finest reloading primers, powder, and equipment found anywhere. Browse our site and place your order today. We look forward to serving you.