How to Reload Shotgun Shells

News | Mar 23, 2021


Reloading is a great way to save money, especially during this time of high ammo prices.  It is most common to reload rifle and pistol brass shells, but you can also reload shotgun shells.  The experts advise to always follow a recipe to avoid accidents and always wear protective eyewear.  They also suggest inspecting the hulls and discard any with flaws.  As long as they’re in good shape, you should be able to use them about a dozen times.
According to an expansive guide on Range365, “To start reloading shotshells, you will need a press, a scale, and a solid bench to bolt or clamp the press to.”   You will need “hulls, primers, plastic wads, powder, and shot.”  You can either use a single-stage or a progessive press model.  The single-stage models are cheaper and you can only press one shell at a time, while a progessive press allows you to work on multiple shells at once.
There are 7 steps to reloading: 
1. Size and Deprime the Case
2. Seat a Primer
3. Charge with Powder
4. Seat a Wad
5. Charge With Shot
6. Start Crimp
7. Finish Crimp
Each step has its own set of important details.  Refer to the sources linked below for a more in-depth look at exactly how each step works.  The most efficient way to collect the hulls is by using our Shotgun Shell Ammo-Up.  Although you cannot reuse the wads, our machine will pick them up also, which is a nice clean up feature.  
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