For many shooters, ammunition is the shooting component over which they exercise the least control. Others remedy this situation by reloading their own ammo – a practice that is surprisingly easy, educational and economical.
There are dozens of reasons why shooters decide to take up the hobby of reloading. Here are the ones cited most frequently:
- Ammunition Savings: Clearly saving money by assembling your own ammunition is an incentive to begin reloading. Depending on the caliber of ammunition, using factory loaded ammo can cost up to 60 percent more than relaoding.
- Shooting Accuracy & Velocity: The majority of professional shooters carefully reload their own ammunition for improved shot groupings and velocity. And that means more power and consistency when it really matters.
- Customized Loads: The fexibility to customize loads that are not available in factory ammo.
- Personal Satisfaction: Loading your own ammunition is like restoring a classic car or completing a home improvement project. When you’re finished, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that they were made by you, for you.
There is a myriad of ammunition and reloading-related information available, historically in the form of commercial reloading manualspublished by component manufacturers. These books describe the process in detail and give exacting specifications as to the components used and results that can be expected.
Of course, the internet has brought a wealth of reloading information to the online shooter, and our Shooting Activity Links page provides some excellent examples.