When purchasing firearm accessories, you may have thought about re-loading bullets for a variety of reasons. There are several reasons to do this, such as saving money as well as helping the environment by recycling. Before purchasing brass, there are a few important questions to ask yourself in order to make sure you receive the most benefit.
Will It Be Cost Effective?
Brass reloading equipment and materials are excellent investments for those dedicated to taking the time to use them properly. Especially in the beginning, prepare to lose some money in the form of brass as you learn.
If you don’t fire your weapon frequently enough to justify the cost of reloading, this won’t be very cost-effective. However, if you are at the range often and go through bullets quickly, reloading your own brass is a good way to save money.
Should I Buy Used or New?
Brass generally lasts a long time, so used materials won’t necessarily be an issue. However, it will degrade after several rounds. If you’re going to buy used, make sure it’s only been shot once or twice. Another way to ensure longer-lasting used brass is to fill it to medium pressure. Higher-pressure fires cause faster degradation.
On the other hand, you may feel better about purchasing brass new. This is also a legitimate option. It may cost more, but you will have peace of mind. There is really no wrong choice.
Is It Legal In My Region?
This depends on your location. If you are living in the United States, you are allowed and even encouraged to reload brass. In Canada, you may reload, but there are limits on the amount of powder you can store. In Europe and South Africa, you can reload with proof of skill and the successful completion of a training class.
Do I Have Easy Access To Supplies?
This question is mostly about saving money on the brass. If you have a supplier located nearby, you are able to support your local dealer while saving money on shipping. Reloading brass is still possible if you have to purchase online. Simply make sure you do your research before purchasing. You want to purchase supplies that are high enough quality to get the job done, so don’t skimp too much here.
Am I Reloading for Pistols or a Rifle?
It’s important to make sure you purchase reloading supplies for the right type of firearm, as the proper pressure and material will vastly differ based on the weapon. Again, it is recommended you research this subject thoroughly before beginning.
Brass reloading is a great choice for the firearm enthusiast that shoots frequently. It can save money while improving the quality of your shooting. As with all investments, make sure you purchase materials and equipment that will enhance your experience.