If you’ve decided to start reloading your own ammunition for your pistol or rifle, you’ve made a smart and profitable decision that could become a satisfying new hobby that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
The following list details just a few of the materials and equipment you need to start reloading.
Reloading presses come in three types for various types of reloading needs.
• Single-Stage – Generally considered the best type of reloading press for those starting out or with limited experience, a single-stage loading press requires few adjustments and is the least expensive of the three types of presses.
• Turret: With turret loading presses, users can load up to a couple hundred rounds per hour and allows you to mount multiple dies on the press. An additional hole is available on some turret presses to mount a powder measure to increase production rates. This time-saving machine is ideal for people who want to reload larger batches of ammunition than a single-stage press can accommodate.
• Progressive: Ideal for high volume reloads, progressive pulsations can produce up to 500 shots per hour. Most progressive presses require additional setup and maintenance time to function properly, smoothly and safely. Multiple die stations hold dies and powder measures for easy access.
Never reload your ammunition without consulting a reloading manual. Manuals are the recipe books needed to provide exactly what and how much ingredient to use for your specific refill application. Bullet types, powder type, and load amounts for each configuration are listed with all the reloading supplies you need.
Reloading dice are a critical component in the precision ammunition reloading process. There is a wide variety of dies on the market for any type of pistol or rifle. Whether you’re looking for accuracy, versatility, or quantity, make sure you get the right reloading socket for the application.
Electric and traditional scales are available to accurately measure the amount of powder you need for each refill. Balances are easier to calibrate and more suitable for beginners. Electronic scales can speed up the recharging process, but are at risk of electronic interference and are more expensive to purchase and repair.
Gauges measure the brass to match your specifications and are used to adjust the reloading die for the desired bullet length. Calipers come in a wide variety of quality and price.
Starter Kit Refill
A recharge starter kit is exactly what it sounds like. If you’re just getting started reloading your own ammo or have limited experience, buying a starter kit will ensure you have the reloading supplies you need to start saving money right away. You can replace or supplement specific parts or equipment components as you become more comfortable and have a better understanding of how it works and what works best for you.