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How To

Make Your Own Ammunition
When Store Shelves Are Empty

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How to Make Your Own Ammunition When Store Shelves are Empty

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charge (sometimes expressed as starting load and maximum load) . What
most novices don’t understand is that the load is something you develop at
first, for what works in your gun . Here is what you need to know:

Starting Charge or Load: This is the minimum amount of powder of a
certain brand that can be used within the cartridge . Wait – minimum? Why
would there be a minimum? This is because using too little powder causes
a dangerous condition when you fire the round . Have you ever heard how
a gasoline tank that is mostly empty of gas (but full of fumes) represents
more of an explosion hazard than a full tank of gas? It’s the same with a
cartridge that has too little powder in
it . What could occur here is that the gun
could blow up rather than sending the
bullet downrange! The starting load
will be given in every single data book,

Never exceed the maximum
charge load expressed in
the manual.

Too much or too little powder in a
cartridge can cause catastrophic
accidents such as this!

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and varies by powder manufacturer, caliber, and bullet weight used .
LOAD! This can result in a bullet stuck in the barrel and/or a catastrophic
rupture of the cartridge which may injure/destroy the gun and/or injure,
or even kill, the shooter or bystanders .

Maximum Charge or Load: Means just what it says . Never exceed the
maximum charge load expressed in the manual . If the maximum charge
is stated as 40 grains of a certain type of powder, for example, that means
40 grains on the nose, not 40 .1 or 40 .2 grains! NEVER EXCEED THE

Often, there will be a range of acceptable loads between the starting load
and the maximum load . For example, on a .308 Winchester using a 175
grain Sierra Match King bullet and Hodgdon Varget powder, the starting
load is 42 grains while the maximum load is 45 grains . Any powder
combination between 42 and 45 grains works in the gun safely . What exact
load you put in there depends on what your gun “likes” best, which we will
discuss later . On pistol ammo, since the cases are smaller, the range
between starting load and maximum load can be as little as a single grain
(not very much at all), which means you have to be quite a bit more vigilant
and precise as to your powder loadings .

Step 8 – Starting a Batch: Thus far we have been speaking of reloading
individual cartridges, but in reality reloading or handloading is a batch
operation job . Usually, you start with a tray of fifty brass cases, and reload
all fifty before moving on to the next batch . It’s not a true batch operation,
however . You will prime all fifty cases at once, but not charge each case
with powder at the same time because that could lead to spillage . Still,
working with batch sizes of fifty keeps everything manageable . Most
ammunition trays are made to hold fifty cartridges at a time, by the way .

Step 9 – Priming the Cases: Wearing a pair of safety glasses, begin
by priming each case . Assuming you are working with new brass, what

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1 . Load five rounds at the starting charge .

2 . Load five more rounds in half grain increments for rifles, and tenth
of a grain increments for pistols . This means that if your starting
charge for a rifle is 42 grains, and your maximum charge is 45
grains, you load five rounds at 42 grains, five rounds at 42 .5 grains,
five rounds at 43 grains, and so on and so forth until you reach the
maximum charge .

3 . Take your test rounds and your rifle or pistol to the range . Shoot the
rifle from a bench or prone at a fixed distance target (usually 100
yards) . For the pistol, consider borrowing a pistol rest or vise such as
a Ransom Rest to hold it steady, and shoot at twenty-five yards or less .

4 . Fire off one group of charges at a
time, all five rounds, as carefully and
precisely as you can . Mark where
those rounds impact on the target .

5 . Fire each subsequent group of five
rounds, and as you start to increase the powder, look at the expended
casings for signs of overpressure .

6 . When you have shot and marked all rounds in each group, examine
the target closely .

Here’s what you will see—a certain powder charge will result in a tighter
group than the other charges . This is because the amount of powder creates
a chamber pressure that’s favorable to the harmonics of that particular
rifle’s or pistol’s barrel and will result in a more accurate shooter . This
blend of pressure and accuracy is referred to as an accuracy node, and
you will most definitely be able to tell when you have found it just by looking
at your target . Note that more powder doesn’t necessarily result in a more
accurate round .

More powder doesn’t
necessarily result in a
more accurate round.

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Using this method, you can find precisely the amount of powder that your
pistol or rifle loves to shoot, based on the bullet weight you are using .
When you find this number, simply continue to reload that charge with that
bullet, knowing that you are shooting the most accurate powder and bullet
combination for your gun .

Reloading is a fun hobby that puts the power of making ammunition back
in your hands, where it belongs . Not only is it cost-effective, it is also a
great way of producing super-accurate and reliable ammunition . Finally,
it’s a hedge on a despotic government and the effects of new laws that may
arise in the future .

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