THE RELOADING PROCESS
Reloading ammunition is a meticulous process. Decide how much ammo you want to reload and complete each step for an entire batch of loads.
- Check the cases for any defects and throw away any that have excessive bulges, dents or cracks. You also want get rid of any that have deformed primers, which is an indication of excessive pressure when fired. Use a soft cloth to rub the inside of the case to remove any dirt or powder residue. You can reach into the case using a neck brush.
- Lubricate the case so it does not become stuck in the sizing die. Use a light coat of case lube and a lube pad. Roll several cases on the pad at the same time and reapply lube to the pad as needed. Use the neck brush to add a light coat of lube to the inside of the case neck.
- Next, you need to resize the case and remove the spent primer. Put the case in the shell holder with the handle in the up position. Lower the handle to resize the case, removing the fired primer at the same time. Remove the case and repeat this step with all other cases in the batch.
- Measure each of the cases with a case gauge or caliper. If necessary, use a trimmer to trim the length. Check the length of the case again after trimming.
- Now, it is time to insert a new primer. Raise the handle of the press to the highest position. Put the primer in the cup of the primer arm and insert a case into the shell holder. Push the primer arm into the ram slot and lower the case onto the primer. Remove the case and make sure the primer is flush or slightly lower than the base.
- Next, add powder to the case. Use the type and amount of powder recommended in your reloading data. Weigh out the powder with a powder measure or calibrated dipper. Use a powder funnel to add the powder to the case. Return any unused powder to the container or discard because any powder left in your equipment can cause damage.
- Seat the bullet with the seating die, which will push the bullet to the correct length in the case neck. You can crimp the case at the same time to keep the bullet in place. Use manufacturer’s instructions on seating the bullet with or without crimping.
- Reloaded ammo can be stored in cartridge boxes and kept in a cool, dry place. Clean your dies and apply a light coating of gun oil, and lubricate any moving parts of your press.