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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by pontiac163, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. pontiac163

    pontiac163 New Member

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    Someone please tell me what reloading is. I've been going through treads trying to find out but no luck. I'm guessing its making your own ammo. But how would you do that?
     
  2. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    The easiest way to find this out would be to check YouTube.

    But basicaly, you buy the bullets, powder, primers and casings and you put all the pieces together....it's a little like a puzzle almost.
     

  3. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Pssssh.....not even a single picture?
    Guys gonna die of boredom.

    Haha
     
  4. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    As pointed out above, you need to do some research to get an appreciable understanding of what reloading is. Basically it involves taking the different components of a cartridge and putting them together to make ammunition. The components include the cartridge case (brass), propellent (powder), ignitor (primer) and projectile (bullet). This is a science, and by this I mean if you do certain things you will get certain results. There are many variables involved in this process that will have an influence on the results.

    If you are interested in getting involved in reloading you need to start from the beginning and learn about the process. There are many books and other literature to read and lots of great videos available on Youtube and other sites.
     
  5. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    Another good way to learn about reloading is to find an experienced reloader and ask him to show you how it's done. It shouldn't be too difficult to find a willing teacher as most guys who reload are proud of their accomplishments and are willing to demonstrate their skills to a novice. Hang around a few gun shops in your area and ask about reloading and it won't be long before you find a willing tutor.
    cottontop
     
  6. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Casings are used to make sausage. Cases or brass are used to make cartridges. A puzzle? Wow! When it comes to things that go BOOM, don't eqaute it to a puzzle. Please.
     
  7. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    This is how I learned to reload. I watched an experienced reloader do this before I tried it while he watched me. I also read a lot about reloading.
     
  8. Jared

    Jared New Member

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    casings plural of cas·ing (Noun)
    Noun:
    1. A cover or shell that protects or encloses something: "a waterproof casing".

    cases 3rd person singular present, plural of case
    Noun:
    2. A container designed to hold or protect something.




    I believe casing would be the best choice based on the definitions.

    Also considering the amount of reloading suppliers that call them casings I would say that your attempt at being a smart ass was an epic fail.


    Oh by the way its equate, not eqaute.
     
  9. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Reloading is not simple. But simply put, it is taking a fired round, knocking out the primer, puting in a new one, puting in powder and a new bullet. It can be very complex depending on what you plan to reload. It is not something to be taken lightly. The amount of powder used in a case is very small. If you filled up the case even half full, it would blow up your gun and take a few fingers. If you are really interested go buy a book. You will invest $25 or $30. Then if you decide to do it you have a little knowledge. If not maybe you saved a couple if fingers or a whole hand.
     
  10. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I hear everyone up here calling brass "casings" or "cases", just depends on who you ask I suppose.

    I know it's not like a puzzle, it just seemed like it was the easiest way to put it. Especially since not everyone is a fan of puzzles and they actually (for the most part) take brain power to put together.
     
  11. Ruzai

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    Reloading is as stated above but you might be wondering WHY do it.
    For me, its a financial thing, or was. I havent reloaded stuff in 4 months now. (not much free time)
    45s are expensive, but with bulk bullets, powder, recycled brass cases, and bulk primers and my free time I can have them fairly cheap and just as good quality, just little dirtier perhaps.
    Other reasons might be accuracy from tailoring the round to your parcticular gun's likes, for the fun of it, etc.

    Reloading is best described as cooking as stated in one of the reloading books I started with. I agree with it since its pretty much like making a cake a fairly small and dangerous cake I guess..

    Its pretty much like a recipe, so many grains of powder to acheive a certain effect when matched with certain measurements of the cartridge you're essientially remanufacturing at home.

    NEVER reload without the proper tools or literature, it can get you or someone else killed if dont improperly.
     
  12. BlueTurf

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    The powder charge is one of those variables in the process I mentioned earlier. Maybe I missed something but I am a bit confused about what you were saying in reference to putting powder in a case. I reload for .44 mag and prefer the slower powders. I use four different powders that fill the case more than half full. H-110, 296, Litl' Gun and VN-110 all do this. These loads tested out in the 1300 - 1350 fps range. There are some powders that will not come close to filling up even half of the case in their recommended charges, but I don't use them. Another variable is the design of the cartridge case, which would also have an influence on the amount of powder used.
     
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  13. BlueTurf

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    I think the readers will know that we are talking about whether we say "casing" or "case" in reference to the container for the powder. I do not think anyone is going to get ammunition reloading confused with sausage making. Of course I am trying to be funny but actually I have seen and heard both terms used by people who claimed expertise in this area. I recently saw the term "casing" used on the Military Channel when discussing rifle ammunition. I use "case" but if someone says "casing" I will know what they are talking about. :D
     
  14. jpattersonnh

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    Well I guess I'm going to do a puzzle now. Fill my casings w/ powder, cause you need them close to 1/2 full or your gun will go boom, big BOOM. Sorry, I despise incorrect terminology when giving advice on something that can maim if not done correctly. No one ever claimed that the Military channel had experts. Many fubars there.
     
  15. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    Agreed. I also try to use correct terminology. I guess I was just trying to be funny after reading some of the posts.
     
  16. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I know the term "puzzle" wasn't the best to use, but since you actually have to THINK while ding them, I figured it would be an easier way then using some other term that for all I know could of confused him even more.
     
  17. jpattersonnh

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    Thats fine. I would suggest that before anyone starts hand loading cartridges that they either take a class and buy the ABC's of reloading. The recipes in it are quite low for many calibers, but it is good for basics. Lee's Modern reloading is also a VG place to start, it also has many underpowered loads.
     
  18. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    What rock were you hiding under? What is reloading? Loading a cartridge again or loading a firearm again?
     
  19. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    We all need to remember that some of the terminology is regional and not neccessarily incorrect. Case, casing, brass, hull, etc. I think we all know what it meant. Bullet, projectile, head, pill, lead, etc. I think you know what is meant. Please stop getting so wrapped around the axle of such silly sh!t. You senior members and your pointing out how a newbie is not a smart as you is really annoying. Of course they are not as smart as you, they are newbies. Can we politely suggest more appropriate words rather than essentially call someone stupid?