I want to start reloading. I have the ABC’s book, but don’t feel comfortable learning this skill (which is dangerous if not done correctly) strictly from a book.
I have done numerous online searches to no avail. Got a list from the NRA of certified cartridge reloading instructors, either the number was disconnected or no call back. Contacted many of the ranges, all dead-ends.
I live in Fort Worth, TX.
Anyone know of a shop or person who does reloading classes or instruction in the area?
@Craig158 Welcome to the community, and hopefully you’ll get answers. There are some folks here that have the information you’re looking for and I’m sure someone will chime in.
Welcome, reloading is not hard if you follow the instructions, I started when I was 15. Again just follow the instructions and you will be fine. And I did it on my own nobody showed me.
I have been reloading for a number of years, as I am sure there are probably several others in here as well that do. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Unfortunately, I am nowhere near DFW or Texas in general, so I can’t help you with classes or the like. Just be meticulous and check your powder charges and youll be fine.
Try contacting the major reloading equipment companies - web pages, customer service, help line, whatever - they may have links, networks, blogs, etc. Also YouTube and Google/Safari searches (as simple as "reloading training or instruction near me). Search also for instruction vids you can purchase. Check your local gun stores and ranges.
What are you looking to reload? Do you have a press?
I have a Dillon 550 and a X-750 reloaders and I reload 9mm, 45 acp and 5.56. I have reloaded 30-30 too! I also do 12 gauge reloading.
I do not live in Texas, nor do I know any reloaders in Texas, but I am sure they are there!
I live in Fort Worth as well and have just started looking for equipment and learning to reload.
You’re a couple of steps ahead of me!
I’m looking for .380, 9mm and shotgun. at this time. Although a friend is trying to get me back into .40 and into 10mm.
As to presses I have a RCBS rock chucker that I bought in 80, a Lyman turret that I bought in 85, and Mecs for shotgun, the 600 I got in 75 and the 650 I got in 77, plus a case conditioner. I started on a Lee hand loader for .222 that I got in 75, and I don’t recommend Lee loaders, RCBS or Lyman are the way to go unless you have lots of money. If you are only reloading only pistol or small rifle such as .222 or .223 a turret is the way to go, if you are loading large rifle you need something like a Rockchucker, but a rockchucker can also reload pistol rounds, just a little slower than a turret. I loaded many thousands of rounds of pistol on my rockchucker before I bought the Lyman turret. The RCBS book is what I learned most of my info on how to reload from.
Reloading is not that difficult or dangerous if you are organized and follow the instructions. Use manufacturer recommended loads and never use loads you get from other people unless you can corroborate with established sources. Start on the low end of the powder range and work your way up. i found that having a proper scale, calipers, and chronometer really helps. Don’t skimp on those.
You should look for groups on Facebook related to the press that you own. You can usually find someone local who will be willing to walk you through the basics.
I have a RCBS rock chucker I use for the bolt gun rounds and a Dillon 650xl for bulk 9 and 223. I need to order another powder dropper and setup my .45 acp plate. Been waiting for Dillon to release new batches of 10mm dies for over 2 years. “Carbide supply issues”… thanks covid
Hi there!! Welcome to the community! I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about (yet) but I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with some of the masters here that have patience and kindness!!
Before I changed my lifestyle I used a Hornady single stage, reloaded 9, 45, 45BM, .224 Valkyrie, .223/5.56, and 6.5CM.
It is not difficult to learn, just need to pay attention to each step.
Then comes the fun part.