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Problems when Reloading Bullets for the Shooting Range; Micro-Cracking & Dents in Cases, Excessive Powder in Cartridges & More

Most avid gun owners will spend a lot of time on the range sharpening their firing skills and getting to know their firearms. Many shooters have gone on to reloading their own ammo to help save on the cost of their frequent visits to the gun range. However it takes a lot of time to learn how to reload ammunition. In the process of learning, many mistakes are made. Shooting Range Industries wants to help make you aware of the common reloading mistakes in the hope we can help you avoid them while you begin to reload your own ammunition.

Reloading Case Problems; Micro-Cracking & Dents

As most people know, when you reload your ammunition you will reuse the cases of fired ammunition. Often micro cracks occur, mostly after the case has been reused more than once. However these micro cracks more often than not go unnoticed. This is one of the most common reloading mistakes. When reusing casings, inspect them carefully. Look for small cracks all around the case. If you see a bright ring around the base of the rim, this could be a sign of micro-cracking. Dents found in cases also shouldn’t be used. Often dents are caused by the sizing lube or by the die press. When too much lube is applied in the die press, it becomes very easy to cause sizing to build up in the die. This makes it difficult to compress and leads to many outer casing dents.

Excessive Powder Use in Cartridges

Excessive powder use is one of the scariest mistakes that can be done. Handgun cartridges often are the ones to get excessive powder charges more so than other types of ammunition. When loading with single stage presses, make sure to completely charge the entire casing tray with the charges (or powder) before seating any bullets in the cases. Use a flashlight to examine all the cartridges and make sure powder levels are correct. If you have a progressive loading press you may to spend the money on a powder level check system and have it installed with your reloading equipment to prevent over or excessive powder use.

Unseated Primers when Reloading

Unseated primers are a common problem. You can do a visual inspection to see if the primer is fully seated in the case. Check the bottom of the rim or case and see if any of the primer is sticking out. If so, your primer isn’t seated properly. The primer should be seated down inside the primer pocket. You can correct the seating by pushing gently down with a flat tool or try to remove the primer and reseat it.

Bullet Not Pressed in Properly

Is the bullet pressed to deep or not deep enough? More often than not the bullet isn’t pressed in properly, resulting in the bullet being too deep or too shallow. Before crimping make sure the bullet is in the right place. Too deep may be a sign of not enough powder, where too shallow may be too much powder or the bullet press isn’t being done properly.

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There are many reloading mistake done that could result in minor to serious consequences. It may as simple as a misfire, jamming, or even a case might break and explode inside your gun. This can damage your firearms or cause injury. Make sure to study and learn how to reload your ammunition properly and safely. Shooting Range Industries wants everyone to enjoy their range days let’s avoid mishaps from poor reloaded ammunition. Contact us for more information on your own custom indoor shooting range!

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