Reloading and handloading articles advice columns and videos from Gun Digest. Click here for a primer on getting started in basic reloading.
If you are already familiar with the basics of reloading, you probably know that non-toxic loads are a little different in composition – in the load data or recipe – and that you can never simply substitute ingredients. Find out what’s available in non-toxic shotshell loads, how they perform, keys to successful reloading for shotgun shells and more.
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It’s often said that reloading your own ammo will save money. According to one author, that probably won’t happen, but you’ll sure shoot a lot more.
Accuracy is often listed among the top three reasons for reloading your own ammunition. Handloading ammunition allows you to customize loads to draw the maximum degree of accuracy from your gun, and to tailor the loads to your needs for a particular hunt or competition.
The .45 ACP may be one of the easiest calibers to reload (perhaps tied with the .38 Special). The question is, can the ease of loading the .45 lead you to develop sloppy ammunition reloading habits? Patrick Sweeney thinks so, and he talks about it in the “Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP.”
If your ammunition reloading activities lead you to load similar calibers, extra caution is needed to keep the cases, loaded ammunition and, in some instances, bullets separate. A poster with full-size images of cartridges can help you get it right the first time.
Some people are better advised to not take up ammunition reloading. C. Rodney James, author of “ABCs of Reloading,” knows from first-hand experience what can happen.
Walt Hampton talks about factors that affect handloads – and reloading in general – in “Performance Handloading: Handloading Sensitivity,” a Gun Digest Web Exclusive.
There are many great reasons to reload your own ammunition. And, there are some people who just shouldn’t do it . . .
The world’s most potent handgun cartridge in the year 1958, its history and development, plus notes on handloading and shooting it, by the man whose dream came true!