There is a LOT of information here!  But don’t let that intimidate you.  If you’re currently a reloader and you just want to compare your practices to mine, feel free to view the videos randomly.  Jump around and simply look at the content that’s of interest to you.

If you are new to reloading, however, especially if you haven’t yet purchased any equipment or components, I would proceed in a much more orderly fashion.  Start at the top.  View the videos about equipment and components.  You can download and keep the summary documents for easy and fast reference, especially the one about how to determine your first starting load, before you buy anything, especially components.  Your first load will dictate the components you will need.  (Why so deliberate?  I still haven’t used some of the components I originally purchased, because I wasn’t sure what I would need and simply guessed!)

And finally, then view the videos about the actual reloading process itself.  These will show you step-by-step the actual procedures you’ll follow to assemble your first complete cartridges.  Once you know what you will do and how  you will do it, then it’s time to buy equipment and components, including a couple of good, current manuals, and get started!

Of course if you already own equipment and/or components, dive in as well!  See what I have to say about the equipment and compare it to yours.  See if your components are appropriate for a good starting load.

Most of all, don’t be intimidated!  We want you to understand everything you do, exactly how to do it safely, and why you want to do it that way!  There is simply no substitute for knowledge, especially when the alternative is to “learn from your mistakes.”  Some mistakes are simply too expensive to risk learning that way. If you follow tried-and-true basic skills, you can be reloading your favorite cartridge quickly.  Then you can continue to add new components and calibers.

Videos covering all of the subjects are already recorded an uploaded where noted. Many have a downloadable document where noted, that you can keep for an easy reference. Come back often to check on our progress!

NOTE: Because of the volume of video content, all videos are hosted on YouTube.  But they are not available to the public outside of this site.

IF YOU ALREADY RELOAD: You may consider some of our content/recommendations more conservative and/or deliberate or cautious than you think we need to be.  There’s plenty of room for respectful disagreement.  In the context of our advice being directed at the true “newbie”, however, I believe you will agree that being very deliberate and extremely cautious is the smartest place to begin.  There’s all the time in the world to build economies of time into our practices, but only after those practices are truly understood.

Welcome to! An introduction by your host, Joel Guerin. Watch Video Here.

Watch ReloadingBasics Overview Video Here. (Added October 21, 2014)





            • Testing COL (Cartridge Overall Length) – COMING SOON!
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5 thoughts on “Videos

  1. jasonsch

    I just registered here at Reloading Basics and just watch a few videos. The last ones I watched were about the different reloading presses. I thought I’d also mention how I got started with reloading. I used to reload for my rifle only as I did not own a pistol. The reason I mention that is because I started with the Lee Classic hand loader. In fact, that was all I used for many, many years!! I have a bolt action rifle and I used to enjoy target shooting as wall as hunting with it.
    While the Lee Classic hand loader has everything you need to reload, I also used a beam scale to be able to weigh and try different powders (and be a little more precise!) and had a Lee hand priming tool to help speed things up a bit.
    I mention the Lee Classic hand loader, because it gets you pretty familiar with each step of the reloading process and is about the most inexpensive way to get into reloading I know of. It also is not complicated at all. It might not have kept my reloads with in 5 ten-thousands (.0005) of an inch, but it was good enough to slay many prairie dogs, as well as several deer and antelope.
    I didn’t buy a press until I started reloading pistol ammo. I started with a hand loader reloading for my pistol, but soon figured out that a guy goes through a LOT more ammo with a pistol! So the very 1st press I bought (about 2 years ago) was a progressive press. I usually shoot between 200-400 rounds when I go to the range with my pistol, and my progressive press keeps up very well. Even though I was very familiar with the reloading process, the progressive press was pretty intimidating at first, but it wasn’t long before I was comfortable with it.
    Anyway, I wanted to mention the Lee Classic hand loader. For low volume shooting, it’s pretty hard to beat. It works just fine for reloading ammo for your average deer rifle. After finding a load that my rifle liked, my reloads were more accurate than factory ammo.
    Looks like you folks have a pretty good educational reloading site here – I’ve certainly enjoyed it so far!!

    1. jguerin Post author

      Thanks for your kind words. Yes, a lot of people got their first reloading experience with the Lee hand loader, a product I believe is unique to that company. We’ll add that to a future video or product review for everyone’s benefit. Thanks for joining. And please keep the comments and suggestions coming!

    2. ofcbill

      The Classic Lee Loaders are great to try out reloading (avg cost online $29). They make them for select handgun and rifle calibers. I have three of them, it helps to re-enforce some of the concepts I learned in training. I am new to reloading myself, I took a course in reloading but I am always looking for new information. As a rifleman in the 60’s in the Army I never really considered the Ballistics. Even as a Small Arms Repairer I never really understood the science behind having a round go down range. While taking some Gunsmithing classes, I read a couple of books on reloading and the curiosity got to me. I recently added a Lee Hand Press Kit and some 3 Die Set, It probably will not be much longer before I buy a hand loading setup. I also look forward to reading Joel’s book.

  2. chad

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    I have been wanting to start reloading for a while and your series of videos have helped me over the edge. I was given, to learn, a 30 year old rcbs single stage. Can’t wait to get started.
    Now to figure out which powder and bullets to order.

  3. jfguerin

    Chad, welcome to the wonderful world of reloading! A 30 year old RCBS press will work just fine as long as there is no damage to it, and they’re built like tanks, so with a new set of dies you should be in business! Yes, the powder and bullet are your next big choices. If you haven’t already done so, acquire some reloading manuals (I use Hodgdon, Hornady, and Speer the most). If you haven’t already done so, review the video on selecting a load. It will depend on a number of factors, not the least of which is which powders and bullets are even available, given the history of shortages over the years. You’ll also want to find a virtually identical beginning load recommendation in at least two mainstream sources to help with the selection. Then you’re ready to go!

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