Reloading basics by Nosler (11 PHOTOS)

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Here’s Nosler’s easy guide for beginner reloaders. Reloading is getting a lot more popular what with ammo availability of late. Plus, it lets you shoot more. Not save more money; you’ll just shoot more.

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In order to get into reloading, you will need the above. Then get crackin’.

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“Set up and adjust your die to your die manufacturers specifications.”

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“Lightly lubricate cases with a lube pad, your fingers, or a spray lube. Be careful to avoid excess lubrication as it will result in small dents in the case. Do not lubricate the shoulder of the case.”

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“Insert a lubed case into the shellholder in the press holding the resizing die. Making sure that the case is fully inserted into the shellholder, begin running the case into the die with a slow, deliberate pull of the operating handle. Only moderate force is required. You should feel the sizing, decaping, and interior neck sizing operations.”

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“To prime your cases, remove the resizing die from the press. If your press has a priming arm, place the primer in the cup, then push it into the recess in the ram. Seat the primer with a firm, consistent pressure until you feel the primer touch the bottom of the pocket. You should be able to feel a slight resistance as the primer is seated in the primer pocket. If the primer seats without resistance, it’s an indication that the primer pocket is worn and the case should be discarded. Otherwise, the primer may dislodge during firing.”

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“Once you have selected the proper load from the data listed in the Nosler Reloading Guide, set up your reloading scale to weigh precisely the right number of grains. Remember, your powder scale will weigh powder down to the closest 1/10th of a grain. Use a powder trickler for adding minute amounts of powder to the scale pan.”

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“Powder charges can be weighed for every case, or dropped via the use of a powder measure. When using a powder measure, be sure to periodically check-weigh the amount of powder being dropped to verify that your loads are safe and consistent. NOTE: After you have charged a loading block full of cases, “eyeball” them to spot any missed or over-charged cases.”

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“Set and adjust your seating die to your manufacturers specifications. Most bullet seating dies provide for crimping the case into the bullet’s cannelure groove, if one is present. Since most handloaders prefer not to crimp except where it is required, you should adjust the seating die to provide about 1/16″ clearance between the shellholder and the face of the die. This will assure no crimping will take place when the bullet is seated. Make sure the case is fully pushed into the shellholder to assure the case is properly aligned under the die.”

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“Place the bullet in the case mouth and guide it up into the die while you pull the handle all the way down to seat the bullet to its predetermined depth. The cartridge is now complete.”

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“When you have finished reloading your cartridges, identify them by date, bullet, powder type, charge, primer and overall length. Keep different loads separate and clearly labeled.”

After that, you know what to do…


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