Reloading Supplies & Equipment
Making your own ammunition is one of the best ways to save money at the range or in the field, and also allows you to control the quality and components of your ammo. At Hinterland Outfitters, we pride ourselves on having the best selection of reloading supplies and reloading equipment from your favorite brands at the best possible prices.
We carry all the major brands of reloading equipment for sale including:
Unprimed brass, or reloading brass, are high quality brass casings used to contain the powder that fires the projectile (what is commonly referred to as the bullet). When loading and reloading brass casings, you’ll need bullets, powder and new primers, as well as a variety of equipment and tools such as reloading presses, scales, powder measures and dies. The brass or case is the only reusable part of a fired cartridge, which is an advantage for anyone considering reloading their own ammo because brass cases are also the most expensive component. However, only brass and nickel-plated brass cases are reloadable, and used steel or aluminum cases are not. Be careful to sort those out, and watch out for cases that look like brass but are not, such as nickel-plated brass. Over time, you will get better at sorting brass and determining when reloaded brass has become worn out.
Reloading bullets are either purchased or cast by hand from scrap lead, such as old wheel weights from cars. Casting your own bullets can be another great way to save money in the reloading process, but it also takes much more time and effort.
Many people choose to cast their own bullets as it gives them more control over the ammunition’s performance, and casting bullets is very popular among competition shooters, who take pride in making better-than-market bullets. If you aren’t the type to mold and cast your own bullets, reloading bullets can easily be purchased in any caliber and style you need, and they are often cheaper than cases.
Reloading dies are used in conjunction with a press during the process of reloading and shaping cases. They are generally sold in sets of two or three, and you need to pay particular attention to the dies you need because they vary depending on the size and shape of the casings you have. For example, a two-die set is usually used for bottlenecked cases, while a three-die set is used for straight cases. Additionally, there are bump and neck dies used to help shape the neck of bottlenecked casings so that they chamber properly. Most dies are made from hardened steel and require lubrication in order to slide in and out of the shell casings properly. However, there are some more expensive dies crafted from tungsten carbide, which is slick and doesn’t need to be lubricated. You’ll also need to purchase a shell holder to keep the shell in place while you use the dies. Popular die brands include Lee, Hornady and Redding. RCBS is also well known for crafting great Carbide dies.
Calipers & Micrometers
When handloading and reloading cases, you’ll need to use calipers and micrometers to make precise measurements, such as measuring the length of a used brass casing and trimming off any bit that has stretched. Depending on your preference, you’ll find a variety of digital and dial calipers to choose from, as well as micrometers with vernier scales for extra precise measurements.
The most basic necessity to the reloading and handloading process is the reloading press. Through compound leverage, the press pushes the cases into the dies. There are three major categories of presses, represented by the letter of the alphabet they most resemble—O, C and H.
Single stage presses are typically O or C-type and are the most common, with O-type single stage presses additionally suitable for bullet swaging.
Turret presses, usually C-type, allow for the mounting of all dies for a single cartridge. Sometimes, they even allow for two sets of dies to expedite the process. Turret presses function just like single stage presses, but allow you to pivot the press to another die without having to manually switch them out.
Progressive presses are the most complex and work with several shells at once, while each pull of the lever applies a different step on all cartridges. In other words, they work like an assembly line, with each cartridge being rotated to the next step and each lever pull working all the cases at once. Progressive presses allow you to load whatever dies you need, as well as spaces for your powder measure and primer feed. Many progressive presses also include a powder level checker to prevent over or under-charging cartridges. Additionally, many progressive presses utilize case feeds, so the user just needs to hold the bullet over the correct case and pull.
You’ll also find many presses come as reloading kits, including everything you need for a specific shell such as dies, shell plates, powder measures and priming systems. These kits are often more affordable than buying everything separately. Popular reloading press brands include Hornady, Lee, Redding and RCBS.
Powder Measure & Funnels
Powder measures and funnels allow you to safely measure out the correct amount of powder when charging your ammo. During the reloading process, they are used in conjunction with the presses and dies. Most powder measures come with the funnel attached, a popular example being the Hornady Powder Measure.
Every load and case is going to require a different measurement of powder, so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with your loads before beginning. Most beginner reloading kits come with a weight-to-volume conversion chart for many common powders, as well as powder volume measures graduated in small increments. Powder lots can vary in density and usually multiple measures of powder are needed, so a scale accurate to 1/10-grain is recommended to ensure safe and consistent loads.
Resizing lubricant is necessary to use with reloading dies to ensure that the proper sizing is achieved while a large amount of force is used. Lube will often be sold in a sizing kit for specific calibers, as it’s used in conjunction with the dies.
For both short- and long-term storage, ammo boxes are great for keeping your ammunition organized and safe. Ammunition is an investment, and you owe it to yourself to store it properly in a cool, dry and dark place. Ammo boxes will help you achieve the best ammo storage.
Reloading blocks and trays help keep your ammo secure and organized throughout the reloading process. Think of them like an ice tray, but for ammo. Many blocks and trays are universal, meaning that they are able to hold many different calibers and shells.
Another necessity for loading ammo is a scale. You use scales to weigh out precise loads of powder. It is possible to simply use a powder feeder and conversion chart, but a scale is the safest way to achieve a maximum load. Overloaded cartridges are dangerous, so we strongly recommend using a scale in combination with a powder measure to achieve the safest and most consistent loads. It is recommended to have a scale that is accurate to at least 1/10-grain, or 6.5 mg.
Case Trimmers & Shell Tools
During firing, cases will often stretch, and they will need to be trimmed back to the appropriate size when reloading. Various case trimmer and shell tools are available to assist in this process. Die-based trimmers allow you to trim the cases during the loading process, while manual trimmers are used separately, either with a hand crank or power drill attachments.
Bullet feeders and bullet feed kits make the reloading process more efficient and safe. They allow you to speed up the reloading process by attaching to your reloading press, ensuring a consistent bullet feed.
Handloading ammunition is no easy task, and certainly mistakes will be made. A bullet puller helps you correct those mistakes by allowing you to disassemble loaded ammunition without damaging the components. There are essentially two types of bullet pullers—hammer-shaped hand-held pullers and collet pullers used with a press.
Molds & Accessories
Bullets and shot are the most expensive part of a load that you can’t salvage. For this reason, many frugal gun enthusiasts choose to mold and cast their own bullets from quality scrap lead, such as old car wheel weights. This is a time-consuming process that requires a furnace for melting down the lead and creating stronger alloys, but it also allows you to have more control over the design and make-up of your bullet, which is integral for improving the accuracy of your cartridges. We have a variety of molds and accessories to aid you in this process.
A companion to your powder scale, a powder trickler allows you to slowly trickle powder onto your scale when weighing charges, so you are able to achieve consistent, safe loads.
When reloading shotshells, charge bars or charging bars ensure the correct amount of powder and shot is loaded into the shell. Most charge bars are designed to only accept one type of load, called fixed charge bars. For example, a fixed charge bar could be rated at 1-1/8 oz. of lead shot with a powder bushing that drops fixed amounts of precisely measured powder. Other charge bars are drilled to allow different amounts of both shot and powder, so you can use them for a variety of shotshell loads. Another thing to remember is that fixed charge bars are only rated for either lead or steel shot, and never both.
Various priming accessories and priming tools, such as a shell holder, can be added to a reloading press to make priming easier and often a single step. However, a more consistent priming tool can be used separately as another step in the reloading process. Primers come in two different sizes—large and small—and come in two basic types—handgun and rifle. Rifle primers are a bit taller than handgun primers, as they have a thicker cup for operating at higher pressures with a stronger firing pin. There are essentially four types of primers available based on the size and type combination, and you need to make sure you’re using the right primer for your brass. If it’s not the correct primer, however, it should be obvious. For example, a rifle primer would stick out the back of a handgun casing.
For reloading shotshells, we have .410 bore and 12-, 20- and 28-gauge Mayville wads available to choose from. These are recommended for use with a 600 JR reloading press.
Use reloading labels to quickly identify the ammunition you made and stored for later use at the range or in the field.
For all your other reloading needs, we have a number of reloading accessories to help you clean, dry and separate cases as well as shell plates, oil gauges and lead test kits.
Buy Reloading Supplies and Equipment from Hinterland Outfitters
When shopping for reloading supplies online, you can’t find a better source than Hinterland Outfitters. We have all of the reloading equipment you need to get set up and reload ammunition quickly, so you can get back out to the range or field. Contact us today to get a price quote or speak to one of our renowned customer service team members today.