27 October, 2009

Reloading Part 4

With the cases charged, we're ready to seat the bullet. Getting the overall length correct is critical. If you seat the slug in too far, you can cause an overpressure of your gun and cause the gun to malfunction, if not outright fail. If you load it too long, it won't cycle through the magazine and hang up on you.

The seating die in action

Set the slug on top of the case and pull the handle so that the round rises up into the seating die.

Bullet on case

It might take a few tries to get the overall length you want. So start out long and tighten the seating die a little bit at a time until the desired result is achieved.

Just the right length

And finally the finished product waiting to be taken to the range

The Finished Product

All in all, reloading can give you more accurate ammunition by tailoring a round for your gun. It can also be less expensive in the long run. You'll not notice the savings with the initial outlay for capital items like the press, dies, and powder measures. You can always add better equipment as time and funds allow. Start small with one easy caliber. Get used to everything first. But most of all have a safe fun time with it.


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Taupe of the Chain said...

I guess TopoftheChain has not been posting any new blog material because he has been feeling "icky".


Top Of The Chayne said...

By icky, do you mean that Rufus has been pounding him too hard?

Top of the Chain said...

New post coming tomorrow

Taupe of the Chain said...

I thought that you were not going to allow posts that have bad content/language or personal attacks. Wait a sec, the rules don't apply to the Gestapo, they can do whatever they want.