Starting out reloading can be a confusing and expensive endevour.

Here are reloading products that will help you get started right.

Quality Reloading Manual, or two…

Always follow the instructions from an up to date reloading manual. They are for your protection and maximizing the potential of your firearm. Some reloading manuals are geared toward centerfire cartridges for rifles and handguns and others are more shotshell based for the scattergun fans. There is nothing wrong with reading many of them and cross referencing them for comparison. Even the big manuals make a mistake once in awhile and you might just catch it before you load up some problem makers…

Single Stage Press.

I am a huge fan of the Rockchucker. It can load small cartridges and has the leverage for bigger cartridges like the grand old .45/70. There are many other great smaller single stage presses also, along with more complicated multi-stage ones, but stick with simple. You can always upgrade down the line.

Reloading Scale.

A quality reloading weight scale is imperative for safe reloading. It will weigh your powder, and your projectiles for perfect loads every time. Make sure it weighs in “grains”.

Powder Measure.

When you are loading multiple cartridges, sure you can weigh each one and use a powder funnel. It is a slow process, and a powder measure when properly set up will drop the correct amount of powder every time. As a reminder, always check the powder height in the casings with a flashlight to be sure they all match up before adding the projectile.


Measure your projectiles, brass and your finished cartridges.

Dies and Shell Holders.

These are imperative to have in the correct size. If you are going to load for many different sized cartridges, you are going to need different size sets to get the job done.

Case Lube and Application Pad.

A lubed case will not bind and will size correctly through the reloading process. If you forget the lube, stuck cases in dies and much heartache will occur. Lube always but lightly as too much lube can lead to crinkled and warped cases. The application pad really simplifies the correct use of case lube.


Order it in the mail (hazmat charges will apply) or pick it up at the local gun shop if they handle reloading equipment. Remember, buy the right powder for the right load as stated in your up to date reloading manual.


So many sizes, so many options! Do your research, maybe even cast your own! Try many, and settle on the one that shoots the best.


Without primers, there is no bang. Make sure you pick the right size as there are small rifle, large rifle, small pistol, and large pistol primers are that commonly found for modern loads. Find them at your local gun shop or order them online (once again hazmat fees are added).

Take your time and avoid all distractions. Record all of your load data directly on the box or package you are keeping your reloaded ammo in. Be precise, stay safe and have fun!

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