Part 1: In The Beginning…

I started reloading ammunition in 2007.  This course will teach you how I did so for under $200.

Ever since, I have reloaded tens of thousands of rounds of pistol and rifle ammunition.

Reloading is a passion of mine I wish to help educate other shooters about.

Since I started, prices have inflated significantly, however, the path I documented in this course will offer prospective new reloaders the knowledge necessary to repeat the process, which at the time was (and still is) the most inexpensive way to learn how to reload.

I recommend starting out this way because most reloading requires developing the proper “feel” for each individual step of the reloading process.

Learning following my outline will allow you to develop that “feel,” which will allow you to safely and efficiently reload with more expensive and complex equipment setups if you choose to later.

The “feel” only comes from both knowledge and experience, both of which can be gained with the most inexpensive tools available.

Without this knowledge and experience it is easy to make mistakes that could potentially be costly (or dangerous).

This is a very basic setup that will get you from starting out with your basic reloading components to fully loaded ammunition. It will NOT be as fast as with other more expensive setups.

This is very important, because if you have equipment that can output a high volume of ammunition (such as a progressive press), but don’t really know what you are doing, you will end up greatly multiplying your mistakes.

When it comes to reloading ammunition, you want to make as few mistakes as possible and learn from them quickly.

This process will help you do just that.

For example, if you are running a progressive press that can output 400 rounds of 9mm ammunition an hour, if after 1 session you realized you used the wrong powder, you would be tempted to throw the entire batch away because the effort involved in pulling the bullets from those rounds is astronomical.

On the other hand, if you made the same mistake after an hour handloading 50 rounds with a powder dipper and bullet seating with a hand press, you’ll pull your loads and have a good laugh about it with the guys at the bar after a good range session.

(Although mixing up your powder is extremely unlikely if you hand measure your powder for every round)

After 14 years, I still have (and use) most of the equipment outlined in this guide, even though I have more expensive equipment offering more functionality.

I began reloading 9mm when I first started, however, most of the equipment in this loadout would work to reload rifle rounds as well (with a few additions).

I currently reload 9mm, .45ACP, .40 S&W, 7.62×39, .223 Remington, and .308 Winchester with turret and progressive presses, in addition to the Lee hand press setup I outline in this article.

I will cover those steps in a future article


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Nick