In the video embedded here, I show you how to deprime and size the spent brass you have cleaned for reloading.
Note that at one point I mention starting with the lowest amount of powder for a “published” load (i.e. a load that is provided by a manufacturer or a reputable reloading manual). I mention that you start low and work your way up, however I should have mentioned to not exceed the maximum amount of powder. A slight oversight, but I didn’t want to reshoot (pun intended) that segment of the video.
It’s fairly simple, and I hope the video is short and sweet. If I can do this in an apartment with no permanent workbench and the simplest press available, then this really is accessible to anyone who can legally do it. I recommend starting at whatever financial level you can, and buying one piece of equipment at a time if you have limited financial means. If you have saved and budgeted for this stuff of course, go ahead and buy a high quality press. You’ll cry once and it will last you a lifetime, not to mention you will save a lot of time by reloading with the more efficient tools.
So how does this produce freedom? Basically it saves you money. I know some will argue that you end up spending the same amount and just shooting more. If that’s true, then you’ve spent the same money but increased your security freedom as you will become a more proficient shooter if you practice effectively. When ammunition prices increase you save money by not paying more at the store if you have already purchased the components you use to reload. In my case, reloading 9mm results in very little savings since commercially produced ammunition tends to be inexpensive. I know it will be quite some time before I have recouped the cost of the equipment itself. I’m okay with that because I also enjoy this is a hobby, and I plan to expand to other calibers that typically cost more a the store.
This hobby might not be for everyone, but it is therapeutic for me. I also like that I am recycling my brass directly rather selling it to a scrap metal facility. This cuts down on the waste in the recycling process greatly. The brass does not have to be transported, recycled, reformed to its original shape, packaged, and transported back to the store so that I can have the exact same product I started with.
I have another compelling reason for you to do this – flexibility in what calibers you can shoot at any given time. Since you can use the same type of primer and/or powder for different loads, you can have relatively few components on hand but still be able to shoot a wide variety of calibers. Basically, if you buy a box of ammunition to go with ever caliber you own so you can shoot it when the want or need arises, you’re tying up money in something you may seldom use. Also, if you want a different loading of a certain caliber, you have to buy yet another box. The money that is tied up is the amount paid for the powder, primers, and manufacturing costs that went in to making that box of ammunition. Think of the cost of the powders and primer as locked inside that case, unavailable for you to use for any other caliber or any other load of the same caliber.
Essentially, option #1 is to buy all of your ammunition at the store, and end up with a certain amount of money tied up in a specific number of rounds that you have of each caliber. Option #2 is that you reload, and you have the same amount of money tied up in components, but options of what you can shoot are seemingly endless. Of course by reloading on your own, you end up with the same money being able to buy more components than boxes of ammo from the store, so for the same cash paid out you have more ammo. Another big piece of that savings (and not tying up more many than you have to) is that you can re-use the same brass a couple of times.
Since I reload once-fired factory brass at this point, I naturally have the cases I need in the right quantities. For example, since I shoot a lot of 9mm I will have lots of 9mm brass available, but since I shoot less .38 special I will have less of those available. This means that if I buy the other components ahead of time, when prices increase or ammunition becomes scarce, I can still shoot whatever it is that I would like to at the time. And if I want to have more of a certain caliber on hand, I just have to buy more brass and bullets, which can still be used to create a variety of loads within that caliber.
I currently do not have all the die sets I would need to do so, and the flexibility I talked about earlier does depend on actually multiple sets of dies, so I will be gradually expanding my equipment as I go.
I hope you enjoyed this article, and remember…
“Produce your freedom, or life will produce your chains.” -Me