How to Reload Ammo

Learn how to reload ammo with Phil Massaro. Learning how to reload ammunition at home is a great way to save money, build new skills and add another dimension to firearms appreciation. Massaro’s reloading blog explores ballistics, handloading, reloading tools and more.

Neck sizing is a snap, all that is required is a specialized neck-sizing die such as this one made by Redding.

Neck Sizing, A Bolt-Action Specialty

For those aiming to milk the most accuracy from their bolt-action rifles there is a reloading technique right up your ally – neck sizing. By only resizing the neck of the cartridge shooters can tighten up their groups in a jiff.

Classic expansion of a bonded core bullet, a 400-grain .416 Swift A-Frame recovered from a Cape Buffalo.

Bonded Core Beauties, Not Your Grandad’s Bullets

It's hard to deny the bonded core bullet has been a game changer when it comes to ammunition. Offering incredible penetration, expansion and ballistic performance, the bullets have become the go-to option for big game hunters.

40 Smith & Wesson ammo needs to be taper cripmed.

Cartridge Crimp Styles and Uses

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.

A .458 (left) and a .500 Nitro Express (right), each tipped with a 500-grain round nose bullet.

Round Nose Bullets, Too Often Overlooked

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.

Save those reloading manuals!

Reloading Manuals the Sacred Tomes of Reloading

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.

Stick powder on a scale.

Gunpowder or Things That Make You Go Boom!

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.