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Have you tried to buy gun lately?
We can all agree that guns cost a lot of money and depending on the type you get, it can easily set you back a few thousand dollars.
Yet if you buy a gun, you buy it because you need it and guns don’t run on air, right?
Gun ammo is quite expensive and because of that, a lot of people are looking for alternatives that could help them save the few thousands of dollars they spend on bullets every year.
But what alternatives are there?
As of late, a lot of people have turned their attention towards reloading. Truth be said, reloaders are more in-tune with their weapons and more self-reliant and they are also less likely to be unable to give in to their passion because their local gun store doesn’t have the bullets they need.
1. What is reloading?
You can look at reloading in the same way you look at recycling and that is because it’s a process that allows you to use the empty cases of fired rounds and refill them with bullets that match the design of your own gun or bullets that cater to the manufacturer’s specifications. If you want, you can design your own bullets with a whole new type of primers and powder and see how effective the new ones are for your needs.
While getting the tools necessary to make new bullets is the simple part, when it comes to mastering the proper reloading practices, this will take a bit of patience and time. You need to have your work checked extremely well, carefully follow the instructions and devote one hundred percent of your attention to ensure safe reloading of any type of ammunition you want to use.
2. The benefits of reloading
1. If you’re an avid shooter, you can save a lot of money.
2. You can customize your bullets for more accuracy.
3. You can use a wide range of ammunition types.
4. You will never depend on the bullets stock your local gun store keeps.
5. Personal satisfaction that you can make your own bullets.
What is great about making your own ammunition is that in time, you’ll get to learn and become aware of many other aspects that you didn’t know before, such as the many types of primer options you can consider, powder and bullet weights, cartridge lengths and so forth. And since you’ll be able to test many kinds of bullets, your efficiency and accuracy as a shooter will continue to improve. All of this allows you to also know your gun even more and in turn increases your accuracy with it.
While for some people the use of homemade bullets is a great way to save money, others may consider it just because they live too far away from the city and don’t want to bother driving a few dozen miles every time they need a refill.
At the end of the day, no one will say no to having an unlimited supply of bullets which they can use anytime.
3. What you can do if your reload fails or jams
Even if you’re a careful reloader, sooner or later a failure or a jam will happen and that is why you need to prepare yourself for it. For example, it may be a casing that doesn’t eject, but there can also be a bigger problem that raises the risk of bodily injury or gun malfunction.
Therefore, let’s take a closer look at some of the things that can go wrong in the long run, regardless of how great of a reloader you may be.
a) Cartridge malfunction: When you’re dealing with a cartridge malfunction, this means that your primer or your powder have failed to function properly. There are a few things that can lead to this kind of issue such as the walls of the casing for example. If they are too thin or fatigued, the case will eventually separate in 2 pieces close to the head. This type of situation happens with brass that’s been reloaded for far too many times.
b) Trigger problems: If you tried to fire your gun, but pulling the trigger does nothing, it may be that your primer or powder has malfunctioned. When this happens, you need to dispose of the round properly, since it may eventually fire randomly.
c) Hang fire: A hang fire means there is a certain delay between the time you pulled the trigger and the ignition of the propellant. When this happens, make sure to keep your gun aimed in a safe direction for around 30 seconds and up to 60 seconds and then remove the round.
d) Incomplete discharge: When a shot doesn’t have enough force, this will make your round get stuck in the barrel of your gun. It’s not recommended that you fire your weapon again, but instead drop your magazine and try to remove the bullet in the barrel.
Tapping it out may be a good option, but it’s best if you see your local gunsmith and see what he can do about it. Also, don’t use the remaining magazine’s bullets.
4. Where to use reloaded bullets?
Nowadays, it seems that you can use reloaded bullets pretty much everywhere and the good news is that more and more public gun ranges allow you to do this. Just to make sure though, it’s best to ask the manager of the gun range if you can use your own bullets and if you cannot, then he’ll definitely be able to inform you of nearby shooting ranges that allow it.
5. A few tips and tricks of reloading
1. If you want to cut down on dust, then it’s best if you could add a few strips of used dryer sheet to your tumbler.
2. Don’t trim straight walled pistol brass, since this is only a big waste of your precious time.
3. If you want to see some shine on your brass, then adding some Nu Finish car polish will make that happen.
4. It’s important that you keep your ammunition as clean as possible, since doing so you will be able to minimize the potential errors and also reduce the wear and tear of your gun.
Making your own bullets is one of the best ways of saving good money and eliminating the need to go in town and buy ammunition when you’re out of it. Since this is a simple method that helps you have a large supply of bullets at any given time, there’s no reason to why you’d say no to it.
How Do You Get Started Making and Using Reloaded Bullets?
You don’t need to spend a lot of money…
We usually begin with a faction of what it costs to buy a box of ammo.
If you want to make ammo right the first time…check out our step-by-step Ultimate Guide To Making Reloadable Bullets