A shell's shoulder is sometime overlooked in the reloading process. But if special care is taken when resizing that element of the brass you can be rewarded with much more accurate ammunition and longer shell life.
A precision rifle is half the equation when it comes to accuracy. The other half, top-notch ammo. There are a few things, however, that must be kept in mind when loading ammunition that will knock the heart out of the 10 ring.
Reloading for personal defense can be a testing process, but a rewarding one. You'll sleep better at night knowing you have created ammunition you can bet your life on.
It is easy to let a reloading bench get messy and out of control. This is a BIG mistake. Getting into good organizational habits will make you reloading experience safer and more productive.
To err is human, and that goes for precision-minded folks like reloaders, too. However, when things go awry at the reloading bench there are ways to rectify the situation.
Monometal bullets can offer shooters top-notch performance, especially for hunting. But the futuristic projectiles challenge reloaders, given their unique characteristics.
Brass cases are the one component that is reusable in the reloading process. But like all good things, these have an eventual end. Here is an explanation of the damages to look for and what to do when they're found.
Of course, saving money is one of reloading's great attractions, but it's not the only one. Perhaps more appealing is the flexibility the discipline gives shooters, allowing them to tailor ammo to their needs.
Nickel brass cases are the shining gems of ammunition, resistant to tarnishing, no matter whose sweaty hands have been on them. But to use the component for reloading takes some understanding of the material's characteristics.