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Accurate Reloading

Updated on February 17, 2009

Welcome to Accurate Reloading

This site is for anyone interested in reloading ammunition, varmint hunting, and target shooting. If you think that reloading your own ammunition is difficult, dangerous, time consuming and expensive, I'd like to change your mind. With the right attitude and a few simple tools, you can be up and running reloading your own ammunition with an investment of just a few hundred dollars, perhaps even less if you are a good Ebay shopper! Along the way I plan to share whatever tips I've learned, and pass on some great ideas for setting up your reloading area, building a portable reloading/shooting bench, and whatever else I think might be of interest. Please bookmark the site and come back from time to time to see what's new.

A bit about me

I've been a casual shooter and varmint hunter since the early eighties.Over the last ten years my interest in accurate shooting, particularly rifle shooting and long range varmint hunting has grown steadily. For years I resisted the urge to begin "rolling my own" ammo, thinking it would be difficult and expensive, and that it would be hard to beat the accuracy of factory ammo. That was fine when I was primarily shooting my Remington .223, since there are some outstanding factory reloads available through Ultramax and Black Hills. Once I bought my Savage 12FV in .243 Winchester, however, it became evident rather quickly that I needed to learn reloading, or I'd never be able to afford to shoot it!

After reading 'Modern Reloading' by Richard Lee, I ordered a Lee Anniversary Reloading Kit, some Lee .243 dies, bought some powder and primers from my local gun store. Why Lee? I had heard the book was well written, and it most certainly is. Also..the Lee equipment is less expensive. In very short order I was turning out VERY accurate loads, with groups routinely 1/2" or better at 100 yards. Now I'm hooked, and I hope you will be soon.

California Lead Bullet Ban

Well, it looks like California has done it again. Effective 1 July, in a huge part of the state considered to be Condor habitat, it will be illegal to hunt with lead bullets, or even posess lead ammunition while hunting. A big problem for non-reloaders, but no sweat for the reloaders among us. Too bad for rimfire shooters, though, as the ban in its original form did not include rimfires. The California Fish & Game Commission, however, decided to extend the ban to rimfires. That effectively bans all rimfires, since at the present there are no companies making non-lead ammo in 22LR, 22 Mag, 17 HMR or 17 Mach 2.

Here is a link to the state webpage that covers the specifics. Including a list of manufacturers with approved non-lead ammo. Does this law affect you? Here is the link to the map of the areas considered Condor habitat.

Build your own shooting/reloading table

I am amazed at the number of shooting tables on the market today. I've seen them in catalogs at prices ranging from $75 to almost $500. While I'm sure it's a pleasure to shoot from one of the high end benches, I wouldn't want to drop the cash on one, nor would I want to assemble & disassemble one each time I repositioned. The vast majority of the lower end tables or benches are so rickety that it would be difficult to shoot accurately from them. Heck..some of them look like SPACE ALIENS! If you have a saw and a drill, or can borrow one, Here's how to make your own portable shooting and reloading bench for about $50 to $60. Start with a 3/4" plywood panel, available at Home Depot or other lumber yards for about $15.  Pay a few bucks more for a birch or other nice veneer, it will look fantastic if you plan to varnish the table. The panels come  48" by 24". You will also need some wood glue, and about 15 #10 wood screws, about 1-1/4" long.  Check out my video on how to build the bench using an awesome set of folding sawhorse legs that make a great shooting table.  If you opt for standard banquet table legs, which are cheaper but heavier, you will need about 20" of scrap 2x4 and 4 to 6  3" lag bolts with washers and nuts to bold the 2x4s to the table top.

Shooting bench?...or SPACE ALIEN!!

Oh my God!! It's coming TOWARD us!
Oh my God!! It's coming TOWARD us!

A simple shooting/reloading bench

A great day in ground squirrel country
A great day in ground squirrel country

How To Build Your Own Shooting Bench

Protect Your Paint & Arms!

Here's an idea for you varmint & target shooters who occasionally have an opportunity to shoot over the hood of your truck. Check with the laws in your state, as it may be illegal to do so where you live. Anyway, to prevent scratches in your paint, or perhaps even burns from muzzle blast, pick up a soft backed throw rug. Ideally, one about 3 feet by 4 feet, with soft rubber backing like you'd find on a bathroom or kitchen rug. Regular carpet can have a rather rough backing that can scratch paint. With a knife or box cutter, make two cuts along three of the edges. Next, locate some bungee chords, preferable with plastic hooks. Cut the bungee chords to the appropriate length, pass the cut ends through the cuts, and knot. Chords on the short sides hook the rug to the wheel wells, and the long side chords secure the front edge to your grille. In a pinch, you can also toss it on the ground to use as a prone shooting mat.

My Hood Protector

Introduction to Reloading

Step 1: Resizing & Decaping

Step 2: Trim & Chamfer

Step 3: Priming

Step 4: Powder Charging

Step 5: Bullet Seating


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      kurt 2 years ago

      Nice bench. At location 7.33 on the video the bench is pictured folded, the legs are seen and one of the legs has a collar about 3/4s of the way from the bottom of the leg. What is that? it isn't described in the video and is not present in all the bench photos. thanks

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      Cmdr.Lee 2 years ago

      Good idea for easy to build portable bench. Have seen some with doubled thick top and added brace under. Some might want little more width for extras.... ammo, timer, chrono,etc. Shelf underneath could help. Have made bench with clamp-on top over portable work bench to provide room for those extra items when sighting-in and/or esp. developing loads. Re reloading: using known/respected losing manuals best to start and stay with (I started in1970).

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      Bob in Wis 5 years ago

      Built your shooting bench. Good video.

      Only thing I did different was doubled up on the table. Two pieces of ply wood instead of one. Added to the weight and a little to the cost but sure isn't going to give a inch.

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      JimboTN 5 years ago

      Great videos. I have a buddy that is interested in reloading but wanted to see what all was involved. He didn't want to sit through the whole process of reloading 50 or 100 rounds, just wanted to watch me load a few... now he can see what goes on from start to finish in just a few minutes at his leisure.

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      Art Ingle 7 years ago

      I made your shooting bench with the Rugged Buddy legs but, added a small shelf using the scrap cutout plywood. I attached it to the table and trimmed it with some scrap trim.

      It comes in handy for loose ammo. If you send me an email address, I'll send a picture.

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      Anton Human 7 years ago

      Hi guys.

      Great hub.

      Raeloding .375 H&H refers.

      An exceptionally accurate reload combination which I found, was in my rifle. Heavier barrel Musgrave with 4 x 32 Schmidt and Bender:-

      1. 300 grain Rhino bullets, Loaded with 67 grains of Somchem 335 smokrless propellant, 62 to 68 grains are advised, -especially starting off with thicker walled cases- I used Winchester or Remington cases using CCI 250 primers. 2290 fps and on a tickey,

      Into dry sifted sand in a container with the two shots one inch apart. The first bullet retained 273 graind and the second which went into the finer material with 274 grains remaining. This at a hundred meters on a range and the mushromong in excess of 16mm.

      2. For loading 380 grain Rhino bullets, 50 to 57 grains of

      335 is sugested. I used 56 grains with magnum ptomers. Again spot on BUT 4 inches lower than the 300 grains at 100 yards. Muzzle velocity I do not recall but the pick of the mix is reloading 380 Rhinos with 31 grains of 335 and 31 grains of 365 in duplex using 200 primes. This rendered 2100 muzzle fps, groups in the same hole with astounding weight retention.

      Happy reloading.

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      AABULLIT 8 years ago

      Hey, thank you for the helpful how to videos. Please keep them up and kindly continue with the high production values.

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      Vieranas Safaris 8 years ago from Africa, Nambiia

      Excellent hub!!

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      Butch45 8 years ago

      hay this look s good I reload but noy for lite rifle any more as there is not much for varmets this far north in BC

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      clemdog 9 years ago

      Ed, had a music soundtrack that Youtube denied. I'm working on a repost without any tunes.

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      Ed Kahl 9 years ago

      No audio on portable bench video