What you need to Know about Reloading Ammunition

What you need to Know about Reloading Ammunition

Shooting is an old sport which has been able to retain a loyal group of followers. When man moved from manual labor to mechanical labor, tools used in hunting changed from crossbows and bows and arrows to guns-rifles, pistols. But this traditional sport has become a bit too expensive to indulge in. A major part of the expenditure is not in buying or repairing the gun, but in buying ammunition. The price of new ammunition usually starts from 60 dollars and goes up to several hundreds or even thousands. You need to economize on the expenditure of ammunition to be able to continue shooting. How do you do that?Primers in stock

The most commonly adopted alternative to new, expensive ammunition is to reload the ammunition. Reloading ammunition means filling the metal case of a used cartridge with gunpowder. Essentially, you are reusing the used cartridge. You may wonder if this is safe and if the reloaded cartridge is actually as efficient as the original cartridge. The answer is, yes, they are safe, and just as effective as the original cartridge. Also, using reloaded ammo enhances its accuracy. As long as the metal case is not damaged, the reloaded cartridge will be as good as new. Reloading cartridges brings down the cost of shooting considerably. This is because more than fifty percent of the price of new cartridges is for their metal cases. So if you eliminate the need for metal cases, the price of new ammunition is automatically cut down by half. So instead of paying a hundred dollars, you only have to pay fifty. Those are considerable savings. And in the long run, you will end up saving thousands of dollars.

Now that you know why you should go for reloading ammunition, the question may come up in your mind: how is reloading done? It’s actually pretty simple and can be done by anyone who has the right tools for reloading. You will need a reloading press, a shell holder, a case tray, a set of reloading dies, lubricant, powder scale and powder funnel. The names of the tools are self-explanatory. You will get the manual when you purchase the tools. Refer to the manual before you begin reloading. The tools can be bought in a set or individually. Often, it is better to purchase everything from one place as you get discounts on the purchase of a set. Also, if you face problems with two or three components at a time, you won’t face the problem of running to different stores. Now, after the buying the tools, purchase gunpowder. There are two types of gunpowder available in the ammo market- black and smokeless powder. Which gunpowder you should use depends on the kind of bullet you have. Read your manual thoroughly. After the gunpowder comes the primer. There are four types of primers. Each type of primer is used for a different type of gun. A rifle primer cannot be used instead of a pistol primer. The bullets also differ in size; the manual will give you suggestions on the size of the bullet you have to use.

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