10 Easy Steps to Teach a Girl How to Reload Her Own Ammunition

Written by Sierra Bullets Advertising & Marketing Coordinator Amanda Stice

Can you teach a girl to reload? I’m not sure what ballistic technician Duane Siercks did to anger our boss, but a few weeks ago he was assigned the job of teaching three of us women in Sierra’s front office to reload. Duane has been reloading for over 35 years and has two daughters that he has taught to shoot, so he bravely and enthusiastically accepted the challenge.  We were told to meet him in Sierra’s underground range at 3 p.m.

With the Sierra Bullets 5th Edition Reloading Manual, eye and ear protection, zero previous experience, and lots and lots of questions in tow, Billing Clerk Tanya Byler, and Sales Manger Betty Howard, and I headed to Sierra’s underground range for Duane’s Reloading 101 class.

Step One: We each picked out ten .223 cases and carefully inspected them.

Duane_Holding_Case Step Two: We lubed the cases by rolling them back and forth on a lube dampened pad. (This step was a bit messy – luckily Duane thought ahead and had rubber gloves and paper towels available for us so Tanya wouldn’t mess up her nail polish.)

Step Three: We sized each case and removed the spent primer in the RCBS single stage press. (This piece of equipment looks like it might require a lot of brute force, but don’t be fooled, it really doesn’t.)

Sizing_DieStep Four: We inserted new primers with the RCBS single stage primer. (We found this tool a little awkward to get used to and use but if you were doing hundreds of rounds it probably wouldn’t take too long to get the hang of it.)


Step Five: Once we had the cases all ready to go, we looked up the load data information in Sierra’s 5th Edition Reloading Manual.

Step Six: We added powder to each case with the Redding powder measure and inspected them to make sure they all visibly had the same amount of powder.

Reloading_PowderStep Seven: We seated a 52 gr. HPBT MatchKing® #1410 bullet in each of the cases. (Be careful – this machine can pinch your fingers! But all three of us walked away unscathed.)

Step Eight: Have fun shooting your reloads! We shot a piece of paper down range at 200 yards.

Shooting_ReloadsStep Nine: Send Duane (or whoever you happen to have handy) down range to retrieve your target. Then use calipers to measure your group size. This is done by measuring across the widest part of the group and subtracting the width of the bullet.


Step Ten
: Start the whole process over again!

Reloading equipment can look a bit intimidating and even dangerous. If you are looking to learn more about reloading, I would recommend you work with someone who is familiar with the processes to get you started. Duane set up the reloading equipment appropriately for us and supervised that all of the steps were done safely.  Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Trust me, it’s not as overwhelming as it looks.  If you can use the equipment in your kitchen (or even if, like me, you aren’t the greatest cook) you can learn to reload.  And if you can reload, you can spend more time at the range and having fun with other shooting enthusiasts.  The three of us girls (not sure if Duane is ready again yet or not) are already excited about our next adventures at the reloading bench and the range!

If you have any questions about getting started reloading or Sierra bullets please call our technical support team at 800-223-8799 or email us at sierra@sierrabullets.com.


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10 Responses to 10 Easy Steps to Teach a Girl How to Reload Her Own Ammunition

  1. firstriverbend says:

    Very nice article! One that more people need to see, both male and female. 🙂


    • Thanks for checking out our blog today. We too would love to see more people reloading. 🙂


      • firstriverbend says:

        Well I think with more simple articles, based on people others are able to identify with, that may happen.
        What I found refreshing was the number of pictures, the simple layout, and taking 3 inexperienced people from start to a firing and measured completion of the reloaded rounds!

        What I see is every aspect being carefully covered, mentored guidance and accurate ammunition being the result by people with no foreknowledge of reloading!
        To me one of the best ways to have more people become interested!!

        More articles like this one should have the desired effect! 🙂


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  3. alan kane says:

    Great job lady’s , and to Duane as well.            Alan Kane   Weston , Mo


  4. DAVID RUPPEL says:

    Very cool Congrates ladies. But how about the question ; How do you get your wife interrested in wanting to reload? She shoots about once a year and I would really like to see her shoot more and learn to reload. She enjoys shooting but just never wants to do it.


    • firstriverbend says:

      Give her a purpose for reloading.
      Ask her what shooting she enjoys? Look at different shooting events/competitions. See if any of them interest her. SASS interested my wife, because of the costumes involved, the very nice people helped also! 🙂
      So look around to the various shooting sports, one of them might hold your answer.


  5. Nice post hope girls are now can make their own ammo. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. John Clark says:

    Great Post, I am really happy to read such this kind of post. This post really clear that, reloading is not only for male girls also can reload there own ammo.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. peter says:

    Not only male-female also can do this great. thank you for your information in this post.


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