Basic Reloading Equipment

| September 11, 2020
basic reloading eguipment
Photo Credit: The authors' reloading bench.

I’m going to cover the basic reloading equipment needed to get started reloading. I won’t get into the why you should or shouldn’t reload.

The gist is this… If you want to reload to save money, you probably won’t achieve your goal of saving money. Its not true all the time, like with reloading premium hunting rounds or thousands of rounds, but most of the time, you won’t save money, you’ll just get to shoot more for the same amount of money. It usually takes A LOT of rounds for the average shooter to break even. Basic benefits are ammo availability, custom load development, ammo security, and volume.

Now that I’ve briefly commented on why someone might reload, I’ll dive right into the basic reloading equipment that you’ll need. Beyond the equipment, the most important things you can get, in any combination, are a mentor, reloading training, a reloading data book.

I’ll use the .223 Remington as a reloading equipment example, since its in such high demand. However, dies, shell holders, and other equipment and consumables like gun powder, for 9mm, or other calibers are all similarly expensive or inexpensive to get into depending on your perspective. My reloading equipment list also assumes a single stage press, where you only perform one reloading step at a time. Its the cheapest method to start reloading your own ammo.

Reloading Steps

I’ve broken down the functions of reloading equipment into the six steps they perform.
1. De-prime/Resize
2. Clean
3. Prime
4. Powder Fill
5. Seat Bullet
6. Measure/Adjust/QC

Equipment List for .223 Remington

This is the equipment list that you will use forever, or untill you upgrade to other presses. It excludes consumable equipment, and ammunition consumables listed further below.

Consumable Equipment List

This is equipment that lasts a long time, but eventually needs replacement.

Consumables .223 Remington

  • Bullets
  • Cases(pick them up after you shoot them, and pick up other peoples cases)
  • Powder
  • Primers
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