Crimping a cartridge is the final step in producing ammunition and it must be done. But the type of crimp used to hold a bullet in place all depends on the type of ammo you're reloading.
There are few better ways to take reloading to the next level than casting your own bullets. And learning how to create your own projectiles has the added bonus of seeing you through tight ammo supplies.
Round nose bullets should definitely have a place on a reloader's bench. They are a superior close-range option, remaining as accurate as a spitzer, while delivering more energy on target.
Brass is the one reusable component from ammo, but sooner or later they'll need to be cut down to size. This is when case trimmers become a necessity for reloaders.
When it comes to ammunition, there is no more important source of knowledge than reloading manuals. With pertinent data on nearly every bullet, powder and caliber, new and old editions of these references help create the perfect load.
Nowadays, reloaders have every type of propellent at their fingertips. But to get the most out of a cartridge, reloaders must understand the different powders' properties. Master ballistician Philip Massaro breaks down what you need to know about powder.
The reloading scale is one of the most used tools on the bench and one of the most important in producing accuracy. Master reloader Philip Massaro goes over what you need to know about reloading scales in all their iterations.
Primers are literally the spark that gets everything rolling in a cartridge. But there are some fine points about the component that must be understood to safely get the most out of the ammunition you're reloading.
From powder tricklers to bullet pullers, there are a slew of tools handloaders need. But there are none more important than the reloading press. Check out what a professional ballistician has to say about picking the right press for your bench.