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  • Any advice for someone looking to start reloading?

    Posted by james on November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    I’m tired of looking for ammunition all the time. Want to start reloading hunting rifle ammo. It’s not about trying to save money, just want to craft my own. Where should I start? Thank you!

    james replied 7 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • TexPatriot68

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Watch some Johnny’s Reloading videos on YouTube – particularly the older ones which go over some of the basics.

    Also, buy a good reloading manual which will have detailed instructions on how to reload.

    If it still seems like a good idea, you can start looking for equipment (easy to find/get) and supplies (primers are hard to get).

    For hunting ammo, get a single stage press (they are all good), . The Johnny‘s Reloading video reviews on the Lee, Hornady, and RCBS Rebel reloading kits explains what you need (and don’t need) and why.

  • UstuckWHATinurAss

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Read the FAQ. Most of the info you need to get started. Buy a good manual (Lyman, Hornady) Read the how to at least twice. Hell buy all the manuals and read them, I have.

  • Traveler_AZ

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Tell your wife it will save you money in the long run then don’t actually tell her the cost of components if she doesn’t ask.. It makes it easier. It also helps that I don’t smoke, drink, or look at other women.
    In all seriousness, I have an RCBS Rockchucker which has served me for about 30 years and a Dillon 650 for almost a decade. Buy high quality tools and you will not have to regret poor quality.

  • Bwald1985

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    If you’re tired of looking for ammunition, you won’t really enjoy reloading right now. Although things are getting better, it’s been much easier (for me locally at least) to find ammunition for reasonable prices than reloading components right now.

  • jonnymobile2

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Get yourself some reloading manuals. The more the better. Lyman 50th Edition Reloading is a good start. The beginning section has a lot of the basics that you NEED to lock down to be safe and understand the process, and a lot of recipes. Watch lots of YouTube (Johnny’s Reloading Bench, FortuneCookie45LC, and others). Once you have the basics, research methods and pick one that meets your needs (i.e. single stage, turret, progressive presses). There are tons of online sources like this reddit sub,,,, etc… all great resources, but I highly recommend investing the time educating yourself in the detail. It is not (or does not need to be) complex but it is very detailed. Your safety depends on that baseline education and respect.
    There are lots of opinions and advice to be had… educating yourself will help you decipher which you can rely on.
    Come back with any specific questions… always happy to help where I can.

  • Peacemkr45

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Start collecting components; Brass, powders, projectiles and primers. While you’re building supplies, get like Lyman’s 50th ed. and read the 1st 1/2 TWICE. That will give you an idea of the hows and whys of reloading along with giving you an idea of the type of equipment you’ll need.

  • HammerBullets

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Reloading manuals will tell you all you need to know. Keep it simple. Don’t over complicate the process.

  • Q363Q

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    The Lyman manual is excellent, Berger manual chapter 1 (reloading basics) is on their site for free. Great resources.

    I have a reload video series that I did on YT a while ago. I basically show you all the tools and why I like them or why they are a waste of money.

    [How to reload basics.](

  • JBled85

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    I just went through this with my Dad and my Uncle because they wanted to get into reloading, so I gave them all the info and the things I wish I knew before I started.

    Before you buy ANYTHING, get a reloading manual, then go find the load data from all the major powder manufacturers. They’re all out there for free (Western, Hodgdon, etc). Look at the data they provide and buy your components based on established data first. This will tell you what powders and projectiles are going to be most versatile for you. When I started, I bought everything I thought I needed, then realized I could have really simplified by life by having purchased powder and projectiles based on load data which would have saved a lot of time. For example, you may buy a certain projectile and powder, then realize you’re going to have to really hunt for reliable load data.

    If you’re looking to reload hunting ammo, then I’m going to assume you’re not looking to reload in high volume. When I started reloading, I didn’t realize all the crap I would need that’s not really talked about much, so here goes my recommendations.

    Before you get started, decide what cartridge you’re going to reload. You can always branch out, but start with one and get really comfortable with the process.

    Then, find all your absolutely necessary components. You’ll first need a decent supply of brass. You can buy it new, but ideally you’ve got a stock pile of spent brass. Lookup which primers are necessary for the caliber you’re going to reload and start the quest to find them because that’s the hardest thing to find right now. You can find projectiles pretty easily. Powder is hit or miss, but it’s becoming available if you look frequently.

    Some of this may not apply to you, but I shoot about 3k rounds a month. The reloading process is time consuming, so a lot of this came from just trying to save time and headache.

    -Case Prep-
    You’ll need some kind of tumbler, vibratory or rotary, for cleaning your brass. I started with a vibratory tumbler and walnut media and quickly switched to wet tumbling with stainless media because, for me, it made the brass much cleaner.

    You can clean with Dawn/Lemishine, but I use Brass Juice because it’s great and easy.

    You’ll need a media separator if you use wet tumbling. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it saves so much time. Frankford Arsenal sells a really good one for cheap.

    You don’t absolutely need a dehydrator, you can dry your brass in the sun, but a cheap dehydrator on Amazon for $50 made my life so much easier. Some dry theirs in the oven with the door cracked.

    For rifle rounds you’ll need a case trimmer.

    Case lube. Hornady One shot or brass juice. Brass Juice smells better.

    I’d recommend a turret press, just because it’s a little faster and once you’re set up you just run without having to have charged cases with no bullet sitting around.

  • lumberjackmm

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Well, better start looking for primers.

    Jokes aside, there is an availability advantage if you shoot a lot of hard to find calibers, basically you struggle to find primers but once you have them, you can make all the ammo you need with 4-5 types of primers. You can probably snag some off midway if you check often, you will pay a lot more than many of us are used too

    Cases you should have already.

    Powder is easy to get, there are online drops often enough at powder valley and midsouth shooter supply. You won’t usually get the one you really want, but you can get suitable powder for most calibers.

    Projectiles are easy right now, if it’s not an obscure caliber.

    Overall, you won’t save money reloading, and you’ll spend 4 times as much time reloading as shooting, so make sure it’s your type of thing. It’s a rabbit hole

  • Chrisbarberous

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Also if you Have an iPhone you can buy Hornadys latest reloding manual on the books app. Lots of intro stuff there and you will also be useful in the future for on the go low data if you don’t have books on you in the range

  • brassgoblin45

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    All roads lead to Dillon.

    Buy a Dillon 550 and don’t look back.

  • moonpie57107

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Start off slow, don’t burn a bunch of money buying duplicates and “better” things till you’ve spent some time understanding what the process is and how spending more money will change it. Otherwise you’ll end up with a bunch of stuff advertised to be great that you’ll never use and have wasted the money. Big money items like Dillon Presses, Powered Trimmers, Autotricklers do some great stuff. I needed to speed things up so I bought a trimmer that trims, chamfers inside and outside at the same time. 3 steps in 1…..

  • WarExciting

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Equipment wise, start small. Get a Lee hand press, set off dies, 1lb of powder, 100 primers, 100 bullets and 100 brass. Use that up. If you still like reloading then get something larger like a single stage press or a progressive. If you don’t then your expenditure has been modest…

  • striker1625

    November 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

    My advice is be patient. You can get great results from taking the time to research and understand your intended load. There are many ways to find great results but don’t just pick some and reload 100 rounds. Find a starting point based on velocity or even projectile weight and find your guns favourite load. Much like yourself, I like the craftsmanship and learning that comes with improving. Have fun, be safe and if in doubt consult your published manuals. No such thing as too many reload manuals

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