So you want to start reloading?
Reloading is a great money saver as well as a rewarding hobby, plus you can load the shotshells you want when you want them. Personally, I purchase about one third of the shells I shoot and then reload those.
I read every article I see on reloading. I’m always amazed at how much there is to know about the process. By no means am I an expert, but here is a good starting point for those of you that may be unsure of where to start.
The first item I suggest you purchase is a reloading manual. I like the Lyman Shot Shell Reloading Manual. The reason I suggest getting this before starting is that it not only tells you which components you’ll need for the shells you want to reload, but it also explains the reloading process and gives you some confidence in what you’re doing.
The second item I suggest buying is a powder scale. The makers of reloading presses provide you with bushings and charts that state how much powder each press’ bushings might drop. I have found them to be close but not necessarily accurate, so weighing your loads is a good safety measure. Once you’ve decided on the hulls, powder, shot size and wad you want to use, you need to choose a reloading press.
Some of the people you shoot with may already reload, so they can be a big help in getting you started. Even with these people guiding you, I still recommend purchasing a reloading manual and powder scale.
After that you will find that the process is simple, but you must use extreme care in the process. Follow all safety suggestions and the instructions provided by the reloading press manufacturer.
Shoot often, shoot well and stay safe,
Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who can help you improve your skills at American Skeet and wingshooting. To contact Barry, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at (918)803-2393.