Tips and Tricks for New Reloaders

A while back we asked our Facebook friends what tips and tricks they had for new reloaders.  Check out their responses below:

Walter Coats – “Just because a load manual says x grains of x powder with x bullet is max, your rifle could reach max pressure a grain or two before what the book says. Start low and work up.

Keith Shively – “Read all you can about it before you start!

Mark Ewing – “I put all my primed brass upside down (primer up) and as I charge the casing, I (of course) flip it primer down.

Glen Lundgren – “Check and double check. Everything. Every time. Only one type of powder on the bench at a time.

Bill Tinsley – “If, for any reason, you have to leave the bench while in the process of dropping powder charges, turn the next case to be charged upside down in the loading block so you know where you left off.

Erik Dyal – “Be patient, don’t be in a hurry, have fun and find your rhythm. Just tell your family your putting yourself in time-out. They will understand.

Eric J Ford – “Keep your bench area clean and put items away ASAP.

Jim Caldwell – “Relaxed but concentrated attention. Have fun enjoying a great hobby and pastime but stay focused.

James A Kimery Tony  – “One powder on the bench at one time, it might save your life.

William Stanley – “FOCUS , FOCUS , FOCUS—be patient–it AIN’T a race.

Michael Conniff – “Write down on a small card what you’re loading – bullet weight, powder weight, type of powder, & primer. And put it in the powder hopper. I am unloading .45 FMJ because I forgot what type powder was in the hopper.

Peter Eick – “Never start reloading or developing a load without a specific goal in mind. Second keep meticulous records.

Andy Pynckel – “OCD is a good habit to have with your loading bench. CLEARLY label everything!

For even more tips and tricks check out Five Things I’ve learned Reloading Ammunition by .

Did we miss something?  Share your tips in the comments below.

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6 Responses to Tips and Tricks for New Reloaders

  1. Pingback: Tips and Tricks for New Reloaders | Rifleman III Journal

  2. David Ruppel says:

    I think that once you charge a case you should seat the bullet right then and there! . I always charge one case and seat the bullet so that round is finished and Iessen the chance of double charging or forgetting to charge a case.


  3. Joe Elvis says:

    Keep up with your brass. Keep records on how many times it has been reloaded. I put mine in small cardboard boxes, or empty plastic coffee containers, with the records on paper in the container. I also do this as I’m cleaning, sizing, pocket reaming, etc. As one person has said, RECORDS, RECORDS, RECORDS.


  4. Megan says:

    I keep each area separated by a distinct line (tape down the bench top) and label the area with 3×5 cards: “This brass needs to be sized/deprimed” “This brass is ready to prime” etc and the areas are stages in the process arranged from right to left with finished product ending up in ammo boxes on the far left. Each batch is clearly labelled with load details. Everything gets put away at the end of each work session, And every work session is logged/ recorded. Records are essential because my memory is not an effective database. I read up on every load I build even if I’ve built it a dozen times before. OCD is a good thing. 🙂


  5. Curran Percival says:

    Have a card or small notebook in your reloading area where you have written down the proper sequence of every step of your reloading process from start to finish (e.g. inspect and wipe brass clean, clean inside case mouth, debur mouth etc. etc.). What ever YOUR sequence is.

    Follow that list every time. Add or delete steps as necessary. Have one list for Full Length Sizing. Have another list for just Neck Sizing. One for rifle reloading, one for pistol. Make notes if something is special for a specific caliber etc. etc.

    This way you don’t have to rely on memory of what to do next. It might help you from forgetting a step. I know it has me!


  6. OneEyeOpen says:

    As Always, Safety comes first. No distractions. If you question anything, do it over.


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