Starting realoading

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by SmithKid308, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. SmithKid308

    SmithKid308 New Member

    Ok I need the basic supplies and items needed for reloading shotguns shells and rifle ammo such as .223,30/30,.308 and various pistol shells and how can you tell If a shell or caseing is reload-able
  2. 1919A4

    1919A4 New Member

    When your decapping pin goes down into that case, you'll know. :p

    Meantime, there's more to know about reloading than you can learn here. Buy a few manuals and read them. And if you cannot follow directions or are prone to experimentation or shortcuts, reloading's probably not for you.

  3. alxltd1

    alxltd1 Member

    The recommendation about reading up first is very sound. Get a copy of "ABC's of Reloading" as well as a reloading manual from one of the powder or projectile manufacturers. They will have a preamble section on the basics of reloading as well. Do some homework and most of your questions will be answered. Then you will be able to ask specific questions about certain cartridges, procedures, or loads. Good luck.
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Agree w/ above.

    Shine a light in the casing. If there is ONE flash hole, and case does not have NR on headstamp, is reloadable (depending on shape it is in).

    TWO flash holes- no. NR headstamp is non reloadable- weird sized primer.
  5. ArmyGuy

    ArmyGuy Member

    How many rounds and how often does someone have to reload to make it cost effective?
  6. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    like many things it depends.

    for the 458 socom its way cheaper for the 5.56 its gonna take a few reloads to see the savings.
  7. MrGrumpy89

    MrGrumpy89 Member

    If you are loading popular rounds such as the .223 rem or 9mm you are only going to save like 5-10 cents a round. But you get to make some what "custom" loads. You get to choose the primer, powder, brand and wieght of the bullet, and get to make your own ammo. I'm like you and wanting to get into reloading, just have'nt had the money to start. I've been looking on the internet and youtube, and found lots kinds of information on reloading.
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    Reloading is not always about saving money.

    It provides the loader the ability to fine tune ammo to a specific gun.
  9. noylj

    noylj Member

    What you need to reload metallic cartridges is almost totally different then what you need to load shotshells.
    Get a couple of manuals on each and read them. Determine how many rounds you plan to reload and fire a month and determine if you need a progressive or a single-stage press.
    MEC is a good name for shotshell reloading.
    For metallic cartridges, I would generally recommend a single-stage press and one that takes die bushings so your dies can be quickly inserted and removed from the press without changing their position (look to Lee Challenger and Hornasy L-N-L Classice, or the RCBS with adaptors for the Hornady bushings).
    Loads are specific as to shell and wad, with specific powder and shot charges