Reloading cartridges to make functional ammunition is a popular hobby. In addition to saving money, people have been using it to produce personalized ammunition to meet specific needs for decades. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths surrounding reloading. That is only natural for a popular hobby, but it is still best to set the record straight and make sure that everyone understands how reloading brass really works.
It isn’t Dangerous
Most reloader opt to start with used brass rather than buying cartridges that have never been fired. That keeps the cost down, but some people believe that it makes the brass less reliable. That is not the case.
While it is true that brass can sustain some wear and tear when it is fired, the cartridges can normally be reloaded many times before that becomes a problem. The number of uses will depend on the quality of the brass, but even cheap brass can last for quite a while. It is always a good idea to inspect the brass for defects before reloading it, but those defects will be rare. As long as you take your time and do everything properly, you will not need to worry about danger.
It is Reliable
Some people also believe that reloaded brass is inherently unreliable. It is true that you can produce a dud cartridge if you load it incorrectly, but even brand new ammunition comes with the occasional dud. It is not very difficult to reload a cartridge properly, so even new reloaders can be confident that their ammo will work. It’s always a good idea to check your work for defects after you finish making it, but you shouldn’t expect to have more than the occasional dud.
The key to getting it right is reading and following the instructions. You will need to do a little bit of research to get the right balance of components for your cartridge, but you can get good results by doing things by the book. Reloading your brass properly will be as easy as following a recipe in the kitchen.
Brass can Vary
One of the biggest myths is that all brass is the same within a single caliber. While it is true that most cartridges will be fundamentally similar, there will always be a little bit of variation between brands and styles. Even small differences in the brass can have an impact on how the ammo performs, so you should try to pay attention to your brass and keep an eye on how it works.
Every gun is different, so it will take some experimentation to see what is right for your weapons. Given time, anyone can figure out the combination of components that offers the best performance for their firearm. All it takes is time, effort, and a willingness to try new things!