Reloading can be an enjoyable safe hobby, as long as your follow these simple rules:
Only use published load data from a reputable source. You are working with highly explosive materials when reloading, if you are like most of us, you do not have access to expensive pressure testing equipment. Leave the experimentation to the reloading component companies and always follow the charge weights in a good manual.
Reload only when you can give it your undivided attention. Many accidents have occurred when a reloaded leaves the bench to attend to something else and inadvertently picks up in the wrong spot upon his/her return. Only load when you have free time and are without distractions.
Do not allow children to play in or around your reloading area.
Read and understand all information that comes with each piece of equipment you use. Most of the information provided from one manufacturer to another is very similar, but read it anyway, some pieces of equipment have safety features you need to understand how to use.
Wear safety glasses whenever your reload, a tray full of primers blowing up can do more damage than you think.
Limit the number of components in your reloading area to those that you are working with, for many it is impossible to tell them apart.
Store all components in original packaging only.
Store powder and primers away from sources of heat.
Always start with the minimum published load and work your way up.
Never exceed the published maximum load for the cartridge you are working with, even if signs of excess pressures are not present.
Always reduce loads when changing components.
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