Equipment required for Reloading Ammunition 

 You should consider the following basic and essential loading equipment when planning to reload your own ammunition:

1. Up-to-date Load Data 

xxl-reloading.com offers extensive load data for bullets and powders of various brands in one place. This is more powerfuö and more comprehensive than any printed reloading manual: Comfortably search an ever-expanding database of loads by using multiple filters and sorting criteria such as caliber, bullet weight, bullet diameter, bullet manufacturer or propellant. Re-loaders compare key characteristics of various loads for a specific bullet and caliber combination such as powder charge, load ratio, standard maximum pressure, velocity and powder conversion. Also see how loads perform for different barrel length which is particularly important for regions where silencers are used with shorter barrels. All the loads are developed and reviewed by our pro staff. They regularly add new loads to the database. 

2. Reloading press 

This component is required for mulitple reloading steps: 
  • Press a brass case against a decapping pin to push out the old primer. 
  • Press a casing into a resizing die that jams the brass back into it’s original dimensions. 
  • Press the casing against an expanding die that opens the mouth just a tad so you can insert a new bullet. 
  • Press a new primer into the now empty primer pocket (can aöso be done with a dedicated priming tool). 
  • Press the bullet down into the casing. 
  • Crimp the casing around the bullet to remove the bell from the expansion step. 
Beginners should start with a single-stage press. Single-stage means the press does one thing at a time. To perform the different steps listed above, you’ll need to reconfigure it and then process the cartridges in batches. For example, you’ll size all your cases, then prime them all, then add powder, then seat the bullet, and finally crimp the case. 

3. Shell holder 

 The shell holder typically goes into the reloading press to hold the case. There are different sizes available. Check what you need for your specific caliber. 

4. Reloading die set of appropriate caliber 

The dies will also get mounted to the reloading press and typically consist of two different ones. The first die is to push out the primer and to resize the brass back into it’s original dimensions. The second die is typically used to set the bullet and to crimp the casing. 

5. Case lubricant & Case lubricant pad 

 In order to get the cases back out of the die after resizing it, you need to apply lubricant to them. The best way to do so is using a lubricant pad. Lubricant might not be required when using a carbide die with some handgun calibers. 

6. Safety glasses (especially for priming) 

Use them for safety first, especially for priming.

7. Powder scale 

A good and consistent scale is a necessity. Charging cartridges with too little or too much powder is dangerous! Either a mechanical or electronic scale is used to make sure your powder dispenser is releasing the desired amount each time. 

 8. Powder trickler/dispenser 

While you can weigh each powder charge for each cartridge by hand, you’ll quickly grow old reloading your ammunition. A powder measure is a device that lets you specify a certain amount of powder to dispense with each pull of a lever. 

9. Two loading blocks 

We suggest to use 2 loading blocks, one for empty cases and one for completed cases to keep things in order. 

10. Dial indicating caliper

A caliper accurately measures things. Calipers are available in analog dial or digital dial. The most important measurement you’ll need to worry about is the overall cartridge length (OAL). It’s critical to make sure that your bullets are seated enough to feed reliably, but not so much that you reduce interior case volume and risk dangerous overpressure. Our website and load data will tell you how deep to seat each caliber and specific bullet type.