As you might imagine, explosive substances demand the utmost caution and responsibility. We’ve compiled a list of important safety information, so you can reload with confidence. Browse and select topics in the submenu to be safe – and never sorry.
For starters, here are the basic reloading precautions outlined by the National Rifle Association of America (NRA):
- Modern ammunition uses smokeless powder as the energy source. Smokeless powder is much more powerful than black powder or Pyrodex®. Never substitute smokeless powder for black powder or Pyrodex®, and never mix it with either.
- Follow loading recommendations exactly. Don't substitute components for those listed. Start loading with the minimum powder charge in the loads shown.
- Never exceed manufacturers' reloading data. Excess pressures caused by excessive loads could severely damage a firearm and cause serious injury or death.
- Understand what you are doing and why it must be done in a specific way.
- Stay alert when reloading. Don't reload when distracted, disturbed or tired.
- Set up a loading procedure and follow it. Don't vary your sequence of operations.
- Set up your reloading bench where powder and primers will not be exposed to heat, sparks or flame.
- DO NOT smoke while reloading.
- ALWAYS wear safety glasses while reloading.
- Keep everything out of the reach of small children.
- Keep your reloading bench clean and uncluttered. Label components and reloads for easy identification.
- Do not eat while handling lead.
- NEVER try to dislodge a loaded cartridge that has become stuck in the chamber by impacting it with a cleaning rod. Have a competent gunsmith remove the round.