These pages are intended to be part of a practical hands on course and to be used as an “Aide Memoire” for the students on their completion of the course course. The writer takes no responsibility for the information given in its content.
We must first ask ourselves the question why do we want to reload rifle or pistol calibre ammunition. The reason may be for acquiring ammunition at a reduced cost, to load a round that is specifically made to suite the rifle or pistol to improve accuracy or alternatively just to add an extra dimension to our hobby.
Firstly we must understand that when we deal with any type of propellant or explosive we need to take certain safety precautions. Any powders need to be kept in a secure dry place that is away from sources of heat, inflammable liquids, and exits of building or under stairs. It is best to kept it in a wooden box with dividers separating the individual containers. However, for the storage of Black Powder it is mandatory (for further details see appendix)
To reload we need specialist reloading equipment. I do not think it matter too much which make you use and at the end of the day it comes down to personal choice and what you can afford. Below is a basic list of what you will require.