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Welcome to ReloadingBasics.com! The only site dedicated to containing everything you will need in one place, at one time, from the decision to reload to the completion of your first safely assembled cartridges!

This site contains LOTS of video material, highlighting everything you will need to get started safely in the exciting world of reloading your own ammunition!

We review all of the basic equipment you will need to get started.  Then we review all of the safe practices you need to follow: how to select good cases, how to determine safe loads, how to prep cases, prime cases, how to safely measure powder, and most importantly, how to assemble all of the various materials into a safe, effective round.  There is no stone left unturned for the beginner.

iStock_000002042286LargeThere is a massive amount of information about reloading in a whole host of places – on line, in books, in reloading manuals, magazines, etc.  The problem isn’t finding the material. The problem is finding it all in one place, and then in making all of the right choices for your load, that you are reloading.

To cap it all off, and to help you with that final step of actually reloading your caliber, we will have entire videos that show the reloading of a specific caliber from start to finish!  After you’ve reviewed the equipment videos and selected your equipment, and after you’ve reviewed the “safe practices” videos, you can watch and work along with the video to assemble your favorite cartridge!  We’ll start with the venerable 38 Special and 357 Magnum, 44 Special (or magnum) and 45 Colt to cover major revolver cartridges,  then to the ever-popular 45 ACP and 9 mm to cover some of the most popular pistol calibers.  In rifle, we’ll do the new standard, the .223, the old standard 30-30 Winchester, the popular .308, and .30-06 Springfield.iStock_000000235024Medium

So leave us a message, and come back and visit as soon as we launch!  (We expect to be loading the first “overview” videos and many “how-to” videos in September, 2014.  So register now and get on our email list so we can notify you every time we post something new.  There is no obligation to signing up for a fee membership, and we will not under any circumstances share, sell, or mis-use your email addresses.)

We’re even adding a “Reloader’s Marketplace”!  There will be listings from all over the United States for reloading equipment for sale.  COMING SOON!

 

34 thoughts on “Get Started

  1. Skip1960

    Thank you for the e-mail welcoming me. I’m very happy to be apart of this site and look forward to your and my continued growth in reloading and information gathering. I just started back in june of this year and already have learned so much. I’m looking forward to learning more and more. I’m 53 and I tell everyone I’ll stop learning when the good Lord takes me home. Thanks again.

  2. Stalkingbear

    Thanks for accepting me! I 1st started reloading in mid 1972. I’m retired so have plenty of time to help others. I don’t claim to be any kind of expert, & don’t play 1 on TV, but I have picked up a thing or 2 along the way.

    1. fredjr123

      Very good advise. I love reloading myself, started back in the 70’s on and off once I bought my first 223 for Varmit shooting. Then I moved up to one of my favorite’s 22-250, Then came the 300 Savage, 30-06 270-7MM Mag, then came the hand guns, 38-357-44 mag-9mm. So at 65 years old I still have a lot to learn, ” When your ripe your rotton, when your green your growing, words to live by. But I have one question, a buddy of mine reloaded some 38’s and rather then just using his seating die to crimp the case, he use the full lenght sizing die, What is your thoughts on that? He said they shoot good.

      1. jguerin Post author

        Thanks for the comments. At 66 years old, there are days I feel like I’m still a beginner as well. I started reloading in my 20s! With regards to crimping, the only standards I know of is to adjust the seating die to crimp or to use a crimp die specifically. I started using crimp dies about 10 years ago and never looked back. I love the control they give me. I’ve never heard of anyone running a completed cartridge back through the full length sizing die to crimp or for any other purpose other than full length sizing. I’m assuming he removed the mandrel first or it would have never gone in with a bullet and powder in place. I’m not a fan of using equipment for anything other than its intended purpose. Too many opportunities for unintended consequences, and reloading is something where you definitely don’t want unintended consequences!

        1. fredjr123

          I\Thanks for the membership, yes it is odd for someone to crimp in that manner, but he didn’t know from what I understand that all he had to do is remove the plug in the seating die and then crimp.
          Happy loading, be safe.

      2. farmrboy

        That isn’t a good idea. I have 34 yrs experience & admin 2 fb reloading groups.. that is a new one to me. By running that loaded round through the sizing die (apparently he’s removing the decapping stem) he is swaging the bullet to a smaller diameter. The bullet won’t properly engage the rifling and will foul the barrel. He’s got to be experiencing some accuracy loss, too. Besides, he’s not actually crimping the bullet with the sizing die, he’s just removing the flare. Which is just fine considering the low recoil of the 38spl. But he should use the seating die or a fcd.

          1. jguerin Post author

            That’s why the site is called Reloading “BASICS” and does not even imply anything non-standard or advanced, or “different.” This is all about the BASICS of safe reloading. Nothing more, nothing less. This is virtually 100% oriented towards the beginner and the ONLY thing we want to stress is those basic practices and habits that need to be learned well up front to keep the reloader safe.

  3. Stalkingbear

    NEVER trust ANY reloading data online or ANYWHERE else unless it’s online loading data from powder or bullet manufacturers or manuals! I NEVER give out data on loads I’ve worked up in MY guns & deemed safe in MY guns. Since you haven’t seen others’ guns condition or checked headspace on them, you don’t know if your loads are safe in their firearms or not. The only thing I’ll do is quote recommended loads from manuals.

  4. walter

    thanks for having me , I am a 59 year old disablied white male living in Ohio and I started getting into reloading this year . It is slow but I am getting there

    1. jguerin Post author

      Walter, that’s one of the wonderful things about reloading. People with very serious and limiting disabilities can enjoy reloading. Reloaders are a wonderful group of people very willing to help each other. If you ever need help figuring out how to do something, just post a comment requesting suggestions. Many of the reloading sites on Facebook are great places to get ideas and support as well! RB.Com

  5. Rick

    Thanks for the add I have been reloading since 1969 and load for to many rifles and pistols to talk about. And still enjoy doing so but compared to 68 loading is costly now days

  6. gary

    Thanks for having me….I think this is a great place with lots of good info…..i’m new to reloading…getting started…haven’t bought anything yet so I think I can learn a lot here.

  7. sfsd_reloader

    I am wondering what information I need if any to update the charge bar for my mec jr 600 12 gauge shot shell loader. it came with a 1 1/8 and I have a new shot charger for 1 1/4 i would like to upgrade to. do i need to change any settings on the mec jr 600? I will also be running out of powder 700x and will need to replace. any suggestions? I am currently mostly loading 7’s for skeet/clays, but would also like to be able to load 4’s both in lead. I am fairly new to the game but am looking for any help available. thanks.

    1. jguerin Post author

      I wish we could help. Unfortunately, at this time, the entire content of our site is geared towards loading pistol and rifle ammunition, and no shotgun content at this time. But thanks for reminding us we need to get around to supporting shotgunners as well! Thanks for the comment.

  8. aj45

    Hello,

    I am new to the site and seriously considering buying a reloader for starters. I own and shoot four .45 acp and was wondering if it was worth the money to reload my own? Economically feasible

    1. jguerin Post author

      Reloading can create an economy over store-bought ammunition. With the right selection of components, it’s possible to “roll your own” for 50% of factory ammo. However, the volume you intend to load and shoot has a lot to do with it. If you review our getting started videos, you’ll see that it will cost you a couple hundred dollars to get started in reloading, so you have to make and shoot a fair amount of ammo just to earn your investment back. And many reloaders begin to enjoy the hobby so much they invest in additional components and experiment with different loads. So you may find yourself someday sitting on an inventory of materials you paid for but don’t use. One possible solution is to swap, trade, or sell your excess. But the other – and we consider preferable – way to look at it is that you’ll be embarking on a life-time hobby that you’ll probably enjoy more and more over time. So that’s a great trade off for the economies you may never see!

    2. fredjr123

      I shoot a 45 also, its one of my personal carry’s. As for it being worth the cost, well let me just say I feel it is, after all I will never be out of ammo. So I look at it this way, I pay lets say 20.00 for a box of 100 Hornady xtp bullets and I know I can load over 500 rounds with a one pound can of powder at the cost of near 30.00. So I have less then 80.00 in cost for 500 plus rounds. Price a box of 50 and see what it cost. Sure we have our time in it to inspect the cases, clean them, size, deprime, load, seat bullet and crimp, but once done, we now have quality ammo made for OUR weapon. Happy loading, I look forward to helping anyone I can. Fred

      1. jguerin Post author

        Can’t say enough about the 45 ACP. Lots of fun to load and shoot! Thanks for your comments. The economies of reloading are one of the major driving forces behind the practice. Of course the numbers don’t include the cost of labor, but that’s the one thing reloaders can contribute at zero cost!

  9. SgtGreenjeans

    Dear Mr. Guerin,
    Thanks for such a straight-forward site. I can get music, snappy graphics, crazy transitions and corny jokes anywhere on the net but when I’m looking for information I want it presented in a concise, comprehensive and sober manner so I can concentrate on what I’m trying to learn without being distracted by all the ‘clever’ fluff. I’ve been in show business most of my life and I’ve always wanted to reload but couldn’t find the time until now. I’ve acquired a Lee Classic Turret and am really pumped to start the journey. Thanks again for a clear, uncluttered path to the understanding of what promises to be a rewarding diminutive cluster of tiny paper holes.

    1. jguerin Post author

      Thanks for your kind and thoughtful remarks. And you’ve hit the nail on the head. This is EXACTLY what our goal is – to provide content that is thorough, without frills and nonsense, and most of all, stresses a safe, commonsense approach to learning reloading. Please let us know if there are any topics or areas not adequately explained!

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