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Recent Entries. Selecting the right die set for your needs Category: How do I start reloading? Here is what you will need:. Reloading ammo requires several tools. Fortunately, many of these can be used with many different calibers. I will include a list of these reloading essentials below, but for more explanation, check out my article, Essential Reloading Equipment, by clicking here. If you are just starting out, buying a kit is the best way to get most of these items all at once.
You can find my best picks for the best reloading presses and kits by clicking here. You will need a set of caliber-specific dies for any caliber that you plan to reload. If you are reloading 9mm Luger then you will need to get a set of 9mm Luger dies. I strongly recommend getting a 4-die set, such as this one by Lee.
Sets like this include a full-length sizing die, an expander die, a bullet seating die, and a crimp die. Having these will allow to you perform all the steps that you need to create safe, reliable ammunition. A case gauge is simply a piece of metal that has been machined to reflect the proper dimensions of the caliber that you will be loading.
Like dies, case gauges are caliber-specific. Having a case gauge will allow you to quickly make sure that your resized brass cases, as well as finished rounds, are in-spec. You can find them by clicking here. You will need a set of calipers to measure the overall length of your reloads. Doing this will ensure that your bullets are seated to the proper depth. Seating bullets to the proper depth is important whenever you reload but is especially important when reloading 9mm ammo.
This is due to excessive pressures that can result when bullets are seated too far into a case. When you are reloading 9mm or any other type of ammo, you are adding different parts, or components, together to create a complete ammunition cartridge.
Components include:. The brass cases that you use should be for the caliber that you are reloading. Other components can be found in your reloading manual. The first thing that you will need to do when reloading 9mm ammo is to clean your brass. Cleaning your brass will help you spot potential issues and help ensure that your reloads cycle properly in your pistol.
I prefer to clean my brass by using a case tumbler and some ground-up corn cob media. While other methods may be faster or make the brass shinier, this will get the brass clean enough to cycle reliably and look good. Both rotary and vibratory case tumblers work fine.
Before you place your brass into the tumbler, try to remove as many cases as possible that could be of the wrong caliber or have defects. Cases that have noticeable cracks should be discarded as well. Click here for reloading equipment and components from Natchezss. Cleaning the brass will expose more potential flaws in your cases and can help you spot potential issues. The next thing that you need to do to reload 9mm ammo is to resize your cases.
This is due to the pressures involved when the powder burns and propels the bullet forward. Resizing a case returns it to its original dimensions, helping ensure that it will cycle properly. Insert the sizing die and shell holder into your press and calibrate it according to the instructions that came with your die. Your sizing die will likely have a decapping pin that will knock the old primer out while you are sizing the case. Make sure that it is set up properly as well.
If you are using a carbide sizing die you will not need to use case lube on the cases prior to resizing them. However, non-carbide dies do require you to lubricate cases prior to inserting them into a sizing die. Most new-production sizing dies for pistol calibers do have a carbide insert. Insert a case into the shell holder and lower the press handle to raise the case into the die. Lower the handle all the way and raise it back up to remove the case from the die.
The case should have been resized and should have its old primer knocked out. The next thing that you need to do when reloading 9mm ammo is to inspect your cases after they have been resized. I do this after each round rather than all at once when I am finished resizing. I inspect my cases by using a case gauge to determine if they are in spec. They do this much quicker than a pair of calipers. To use a case gauge, simply insert the brass case into the gauge. It should fall right in without having to be pressed.
The case rim should be at least flush with the case gauge but not go past the top of it. It should fall right out when the gauge is turned upside down. I will generally toss any cases that are too long or short. Trimming pistol brass can get tedious really fast.
The next thing that you need to do when reloading 9mm ammo is expand the case necks. A case mouth should only be expanded enough to accept a bullet without shaving it. Over-expanding the case mouth can cause the brass to split or wear out faster. This will reduce the number of times that you can use that particular case.
Insert the expander die into your press according to the included instructions. After setting up the expander die, insert a case into the shell holder and raise it into the die. You should feel a lot less resistance here than when you resized the case. After you lower the press handle, remove the case from the shell holder and run your finger over the case. You should feel it curve slightly towards the end. If the case is split or looks like a pair of bell-bottomed disco pants, your die is expanding the case too much.
Back it out slightly. Note: Some expander dies, such as those made by Lee, are designed to allow you to charge the cases with powder as well. I wait to prime cases and charge them with powder until after I expand them. This prevents wasted components if a case neck splits. The next thing that you will need to do to reload your 9mm ammunition is prime the cases.
To do this, you will need a primer pocket brush, primers, and a priming tool. I always like to remove any residue from my primer pockets before seating a new primer. This makes it easier to insert the primer.
It also reduces the chance of a misfire due to something plugging the flash hole. The flash hole is the small hole at the bottom of the case between the primer pocket and the rest of the case. Use your primer pocket brush to clean out the bottom of the primer pocket. Hold the case up to a light to make sure that nothing is blocking the flash hole. If there is something in there, use a straightened paperclip to remove it. Next, determine which size primer you need to use.
This is important for two reasons: A You must use the correct size primer B Many priming systems have both large and small rods or plugs to use, depending on the primer size you are using. Always check in your reloading manual to make sure that you are using the correct size and type of primers.
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