How to Reload Pistol Ammunition For Accuracy and Price
Concentration and attention to detail are very important factors in producing quality reloaded pistol ammunition. A sturdy and organized table to mount your equipment will also make for a better end product. An updated reloading manual is needed to reference proper powder charge, bullet weight, and bullet seating depth. I will be using a single stage press on this how to. In later articles, I will go through using a progressive press.Small pistol primers in stock
After properly mounting your press and organizing work your table, you are ready to begin. I will start with the 45 ACP. It is a common and easy round to reload. If you had shot and saved your brass, often referred to as range brass or once fired brass, they will have to be processed. Reusing your once fired brass is a cost effective way of reloading that most reloaders will do. I highly recommend using your own fired brass because you can attest to the condition that they are in. If you picked up other people’s brass, thoroughly check the condition that they are in. Processing brass is discussed later, which involves cleaning, deburing, sizing, de-priming and on occasion, trimming to length. Newly purchased brass, which can be quite expensive, is ready for powder, primer and a bullet.
Clean brass is important. You can clean them with a vibratory tumbler filled with crushed walnut shells or corncob. These can be found at your local gun stores or feed stores. Inspect each casing for damage, at the same time debur the neck. Lightly rotate the deburing tool inside and out of the neck of the casing. Damaged, questionable, inconsistent, or imperfect cases should be recycled at your local recycling center. These cases should not be used. It will cause injury, damage to your firearm, and is not worth the pennies that you will save.
Most die sets will combine sizing and de-priming in one step. Insert the proper shell holder and sizing die. If you are using a carbide sizing die no lubrication is needed. If not, roll the casings lightly across a lube pad and insert into the shell holder. Actuate the press one full cycle and you have now resized and de-primed. Next, measure the over all length of the casing with a caliper and compare it to the specifications in your reloading book. Trim the casing to the proper length with the case trimmer if needed.