Reloading and handloading articles advice columns and videos from Gun Digest. Click here for a primer on getting started in basic reloading.
Consistent, quality loads are the key to productive handgunning. These new titanium dies from Redding will speed things along at the reloading bench so you have more time at the range.
Whether you handload to save money, improve accuracy or just have a hobby you have lots of options.
Like anybody, Hampton has his favorite handloads. But at the end of the day, it’s best to load what you can shoot confidently.
With so many projectiles available in so many shapes and sizes, how do you find the one that’s best? It depends what you’re looking for.
With the increased prices of factory loaded ammunition, interest in handloading should also increase – and apparently it has, judging from the recent backorder situations at many manufacturers of reloading tools and components. The equipment covered in this update doesn’t cover everything available, but it should provide an idea as to what is currently available and what’s new.
The purpose of the primer is to ignite the main powder charge. However, there are more considerations than mere caliber and type when looking at the ignition end of a cartridge.
Weighing powder charges requires as much care as throwing the charge. Your powder measuring technique, no matter how careful, will be useless if you can’t weigh the charge accurately. These tips will give you a head start on accurate powder weighing and save you from many of the tough lessons I learned the hard way.
Dave Morelli, our Precision Marksmanship columnist, describes how to select powder to achieve the best accuracy for your loads in this exclusive video.
Modern powders are divided into three basic types on the basis of their use. These are pistol, shotgun, and rifle powders. But for the beginning reloader, these are but a starting point in selecting the right powder for the desired load. This article will give you deeper insights into powder selection.
One hears about several types of pressure, but for handloading there is only one pressure that you truly need to understand, service pressure. Service pressure is the maximum pressure in pounds per square inch (psi) below which you can safely operate your particular shotgun and above which you can anticipate trouble.