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METALLIC RELOADING: THE FIRING SEQUENCE

Firing Sequence

1. Firing pin strikes and ignites primer

2. Burning primer mixture travels through flash hole to ignite powder

3. Burning powder gasses expand case to fill chamber

4. Bullet is forced from case, accelerated down barrel

5. Case cools, shrinks to nearly original size, allowing case to be ejected

 

METALLIC RELOADING: THE RELOADING SEQUENCE

1. Examine cases before loading and discard any that are not in good condition

2. Fired case is held in reloading press by shell holder

 

Reloading Press

3. Resizing die sizes the case back to original dimensions and removes spent primer

 

Measuring Case

4. Case should be measured and may need to be trimmed to original dimensions

 

Priming Tool

5. A priming tool seats new primer in primer pocket

 

Adding Powder

6. Primed cases are filled with a carefully measured powder charge. You must follow prescribed data in a reloading manual

 

Seating Die

7. A bullet seating die seats a bullet into the neck of the case to the proper depth, completing the cartridge. With some handgun and rifle dies, the seater also crimps the case into the bullet, preventing bullet movement under recoil

 

 

Special Step for Handguns

Handgun Die

Most handgun die sets have a third die that expands or "bells" case mouths to accept new bullets

 

 

What You Need to Reload

 

METALLIC CARTRIDGES

Equipment:

Reloading Equipment

 

Components:

 

Literature:

NEVER ATTEMPT TO RELOAD WITHOUT CONSULTING A RELOADING MANUAL!

 

WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?

After you decide what cartridges you want to load, focus on learning. A famous rifleman once said, "Reloading takes thirty minutes to learn and thirty years to perfect." Read at least one reloading manual's reloading tips, talk to knowledgeable reloading professionals and call technical service lines if you have questions. Most importantly, reload!