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CLAYBUSTER100's Shotshell Reloading Page
Instructions Page

On this page, I'll include one or more sets of instructions that may help others get involved in or become more proficient at reloading.

RELOAD!
SHOTSHELL RELOADING:
THE RELOADING SEQUENCE

SHOTSHELL RELOADING: THE RELOADING SEQUENCE

1. Hull is placed in shellholder in a multi-stage reloading press. Hull is advanced to each station by various methods

2. Spent primer removed

3. New primer inserted

4. Carefully measured powder charge added

5. Wad inserted over powder

6. Carefully measured shot charge added

7. Pre-crimper starts crimp

8. Crimper completes crimp




Where You are Going to Reload

A STURDY PLATFORM

Reloading tools and presses must be mounted on a sturdy platform because loading exerts considerable leverage pressures. The best place to load is a well-designed reloading bench, though the family workbench will often suffice. (Plans for such a bench are available from places like the NRMA web site.)



Terminology

ABBREVIATIONS AND MANUFACTURERS' TRADEMARKS
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FEDERAL
Shotgun Shells: Hi-Power*, Gold Medal*, Paper Champion*.
Abbreviations Used Trade Names
FC Fiber Cushion Wad
SC Shot Cup
*Registered trademarks of Federal Cartridge Co., Minneapolis, MN
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REMINGTON* AND PETERS*
Shotgun Shells: "Express," "RXP," "Premier."
*Registered trademarks of Remington Arms Co., Madison, NC
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WINCHESTER*
Shotgun Shells: Double A*, Super-X*, Upland*.
*Registered trademarks of Olin Corp., East Alton, IL



From IMR Smokless Powder
Reloading Data

IMR Smokeless Powder

Tools and Materials

What You Need to Reload SHOTSHELLS

Equipment:

Shotshell reloading press-some accommodate one gauge, some more than one
Powder and shot bushings and/or charge bars to dispense desired powder and shot charges
Wad guide fingers for shells you are loading
Powder scale to check-weigh powder and shot charges


Components:
Empty hulls of the gauge, length and type you want to load
Shotshell primers
Cup-type shot wads-check reloading manual for correct type
Powder-check manual for compatible types
Lead shot-choose the size for your shooting needs


Literature
Reloading manual(s) from powder companies
Powder and shot bushing or charge bar guide from the maker of your reloading tool


NEVER ATTEMPT TO RELOAD WITHOUT CONSULTING A RELOADING MANUAL!

WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?
After you decide what gauges you want to load, focus on learning. Read at least one reloading manual's reloading tips, talk to knowledgeable reloading professionals and call technical service lines if you have questions. Most importantly, reload!


CAUTION: This web site is NOT designed to be a reloading guide. Do not attempt to reload until you have received competent instructions or have read and understand a reloading manual.

Live to Shoot Another Day
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Don't be stupid!
Careless handling of explosives can kill you. Do three things:

Wear safety glasses;
Check your powder charges with a reliable scale that can disclose variations in powder weights; and
Use the exact loads recommended by powder manufacturers such as Hodgdon, Winchester, Alliant and IMR.

DISCLIAMER

CAUTION:
This web site is NOT designed to be a reloading guide. DO NOT attempt to reload until you have received competent instructions or have read and understand a reloading manual