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4 Basic Tips Every Reloader Should Know

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Whether you’re a professional marksman or a weekend warrior, reloading ammo has countless benefits and it’s an activity that the whole family can enjoy. And while the fundamentals of reloading are easy to learn, there are always ways to improve the process. Here are four basic tips that every reloader should know.

Don’t Get Carried Away

One of the foremost benefits of reloading is the ease with which different bullets, powders, and casings, can be tested. This testing is particularly useful for competitive shooters because it allows them to improve the accuracy of their rounds by testing each component individually. Similarly, many hunters prefer to reload because they can increase the power of the round by adding more gunpowder than comes standard in factory-loaded rounds. The ability to try various combinations of bullets and powder levels is advantageous, but it’s easy to get carried away and, in doing so, stray beyond the manufacturer’s guidelines. Failing to adhere to these guidelines can compromise the integrity of the round, creating a potentially dangerous situation. Therefore, always follow the guidelines and specifications set forth in the manual.

Keep Records

Record keeping probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of reloading, but tracking your progress is essential for improvement. After all, it can take a lot of loading, shooting, and adjusting to find that sweet spot, so once it’s found, it needs to be logged. Likewise, it’s important to note when things go wrong, such as a lousy powder/bullet combination that results in a misfire or a load that builds up a dangerous amount of pressure before firing. Best of all, record-keeping is easy. All you need is a pen and a spiral notebook, and you’re ready to go!

Maintain Clean Equipment

Reloading involves working with precise tolerances, and if a bit of case lube or some metal shavings get in the way, it can cause problems down the line. The resizing die and setting die are components commonly compromised by dirt and grime. Fortunately, this issue is preventable so long as you’re willing to spend a few extra minutes cleaning your reloading equipment and reloading supplies after use. Ultrasonic cleaners work wonders for this task, but if you don’t have an ultrasonic cleaner, you can use cotton swabs dabbed in a copper solvent.

Stay Safe

Becoming a skilled reloader takes a lot of practice, but you’ll be pumping out rounds with confidence before you know it. As you familiarize yourself with the process, it’s easy to become complacent, and when working around gunpowder and live ammunition, complacency can lead to a dangerous situation. Therefore, you must always adhere to safety protocols, like wearing safety glasses and keeping the area free of clutter.

Becoming a Better Reloader

There is no doubt that reloading is a great way to save money and increase the reliability of your ammo. Not to mention, it’s a lot of fun. The reloading process is relatively simple, and assuming you have the correct reloading supplies, you’ll be turning out rounds in no time. But before you get started, take heed of these four basic reloading tips, as they will help you become a better reloader. For further information and/or to shop our online store please visit www.TitanReloading.com or contact Titan Reloading at 262.397.8819 with any question.

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The 4 Components of a Loaded Round of Ammo

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One of the first steps in getting started as a reloader is understanding the four basic components needed to create a loaded round of ammunition: brass case, primer, powder, and bullet. Each of these components plays a crucial role in ensuring that the loaded round performs as it should and doesn’t misfire. Understanding these basic components will help as you continue to learn more about reloading supplies and equipment.

Brass Case

If there is one component on which the other components rely, it’s the brass case. Brass case acts as a container for the powder while holding the primer and bullet at varying ends. There are many different reputable manufacturers of brass casings, so whether it’s for a pistol or rifle, you shouldn’t have a problem finding cases for the caliber you need.

Primer

The primer is a small cap-like device that ignites the powder initiating the combustion required for propelling the bullet. Primers come in an array of sizes so always check with a reloading manual or contact the manufacturer to ensure that the primer fits correctly. Surprisingly, primer performance varies considerably by manufacturer, and therefore, it’s best to stick with a brand you trust.

Powder

The powder, or reloading powder, is a substance that acts as the propellent for the round. Once ignited, the reloading powder turns into a gas, which creates tremendous pressure inside the casing. Eventually, the pressure becomes too great, forcing the bullet from the cartridge at an astonishing speed.

Reloading powders are typically divided into three categories: pistol, rifle, and shotgun powders; however, there is some crossover between them. Nonetheless, these categories offer good starting points for novice reloaders. It’s always best to buy a small amount of powder at first, and if it meets your needs, you can purchase a larger quantity.

Bullet

There is a seemingly endless variety of handgun and rifle bullets on the market, but some of the most popular types include:

  • Lead Round Nose (LRN)
  • Semi-Jacketed (SJ)
  • Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
  • Hollow Point (HP)
  • Hollow Point Boat Tail (HPBT)
  • Soft Point (SP)

Each of these different bullet types has its own set of designated uses, such as for target shooting, hunting, or self-protection, and each is available in an assortment of weights and calibers. One of the main advantages of reloading your ammo is that you can easily and affordably test different types of bullets.

As with brass cases, there are numerous manufacturers of bullets, and so to avoid getting low-quality rounds, you should only use trusted brands, such as Hornady or ACME. This will help ensure that the bullets are made to strict tolerances with the optimal ballistic coefficient.

The Components of Reloading Success

As a novice reloader, it’s important to understand the individual components used in creating a loaded round of ammo, and how they function together. This will help increase the probability that the round will fire properly and safely. And while this is only a small part of reloading, with the right equipment and reloading supplies, you’ll be an expert in no time.

Titan Reloading is dedicated to helping novice and veteran shooting enthusiasts safely and properly reload their own ammunition every time. Let us hear about your ammo reloading tips and experiences via email. You’ll find updated stream of insights and tips on our blogs, newsletters, help videos, and FAQs.

Titan Reloading is a Master Distributor of Reloading Supplies& Equipment online. For further information and/or to shop our online store please visit www.TitanReloading.com or contact Titan Reloading at 262.397.8819 with any question.

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ACME’s Hi-Tek “Lipstick” Bullets

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With the introduction of their Hi-Tek coated bullets, the ACME Bullet Company has raised the bar on reloading and shooting. Commonly referred to as “lipstick” bullets because of the red coating in which they are encapsulated, the benefits of ACME’s coated rounds are unmatched.

What Is ACME Hi-Tek Coating?

The Hi-Tek coating used by ACME is a specially designed substance that forms a molecular bond with the bullet, or, more simply, the coating and bullet become one. This bond prevents the Hi-Tek coating from peeling or chipping, even under the most extreme of conditions. ACME uses a 92-6-2 alloy for its bullet casts, which, in this case, means that 92% of the round is lead, and the remainder is tin and antimony.

What Are the Benefits of Using ACME Hi-Tek Coated Bullets?

Several outstanding benefits make ACME’s coated bullets a top choice for reloaders and shooters alike, including:

1. Eliminate Lead-to-Bore Contact and Leading

When a lead bullet is fired it creates an incredible amount of friction. This friction is typically reduced using a lubricant, such as wax or oil. In addition to decreasing friction, the lubricant forms a barrier between the bullet and the metal gun bore to help prevent leading. Leading occurs when alloy from a bullet is deposited inside the bore. Over time, leading can compromise the rifling in the bore and the overall integrity of the barrel. The durable coating on ACME Hi-Tek coated rounds eliminates the possibility of lead-to-bore contact, thus eliminating the possibility of leading or damage to the bore.

2. Less Smoke, More Range-Friendly

Since the ACME rounds are coated, there is no need for wax or oil lubricants, and this is great news for range shooters. After all, bullets lubricated with wax or other lubricants create a lot of smoke when they are fired, and if you’re sighting your gun or target practicing, the smoke cloud can become quite thick. With ACME’s coated rounds, there is no lubricant and, therefore, no smoke, making them perfect for the indoor shooting range.

3. Bullets Feed Easily

If you’ve spent any amount of time firing semi-automatic handguns, then you’re probably aware that they are prone to jamming. This happens when the rounds get hung up on one another and fail to load smoothly, and it can be very frustrating, to say the least. The coating on the ACME bullets promotes smooth feeding and drastically reduces the chances of a jam occurring. And less jamming means more time spent sighting your gun for hunting season.

4. Reloading Is a Breeze

The next time you purchase reloading supplies, you’ll want to try the ACME Hi-Tek Coated bullets. Aside from the other great benefits, they make reloading a breeze. Moreover, they work seamlessly with standard reloading equipment, so you will not have to buy any specialized tools. Best of all, they are available in an array of calibers, so you can start using ACME bullets in all of your guns.

Titan Reloading is dedicated to helping novice and veteran shooting enthusiasts safely and properly reload their own ammunition every time. Let us hear about your ammo reloading tips and experiences via email. You’ll find updated stream of insights and tips on our blogs, newsletters, help videos, and FAQs.

Titan Reloading is a Master Distributor of Reloading Supplies & Equipment online. For further information and/or to shop our online store please visit www.TitanReloading.com or contact Titan Reloading at 262.397.8819 with any questions.

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Setting Up Reloading Supplies and Equipment

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Ammo reloading is and should be an enjoyable, rewarding, and money-saving hobby. It is all of that and more… as long as your process is safe and reliable. At the heart of an error-free process is proper handling of reloading supplies with special care given to powder and primers. Combining that with trusted manuals and precisely following the instructions for reloading supplies assures an error-free process that delivers desired results.

A clean and organized workspace is a productive and safe workspace. Start by clearing any remaining equipment and reloading supplies from a previous project off your workbench. That doesn’t mean pushing things to the side of your bench. It is best to have a storage place for everything and put everything in its place. Make sure powder and primers are well labeled, properly packaged, and stored apart from each other.

Next, go through your manuals, notes, checklists, and other instructions to identify what you need for the reloading project you are about to begin. Make sure only the equipment and reloading supplies that you are going to use are on the bench and then double-check everything.

Once everything is ready to go, run one round through your setup. Check that round for accuracy and recheck your setup. Pay particular attention to your powder load. Run nine more rounds through your setup and check everything out one more time. If everything is good to go and you have a clear mind, you are ready to do the job. It’s also smart to check more rounds on a regular interval such as one out of every ten. After seating a bullet and before the completed round is ejected from the press, you want to visually inspect it. Just a glance is all you should need to see if something is off the mark.

Know When to Stop

If you start pinching fingers or cases, your mind isn’t on the task at hand, and it’s time to stop. Same thing if bullets or primers are misaligned. Too tired? Something else on your mind? It’s time to walk away until you’re in the right frame of mind.

Your process should not be redundant. You should get the same results every time. If something goes wrong, stop to reexamine your setup and process. For example, spilling powder on a progressive press indicates a powder bridge, with heavy and/or light charges. Examine the powder trails. What happened? Why? How do you fix it so that it doesn’t happen again?

Have a Step-by-Step Sequence

Ask 10 experienced reloaders their exact reloading process and you’ll probably get 15 or 20 good answers. Customizing ammo to your specific needs is more valuable than you might realize. Experimenting with various reloading supplies, powders, and bullet types/weights enables you to find the most accurate combination for your firearm and application.

With research, practice, and experimentation, you’ll fine-tune a step-by-step process that performs to your expectations for each cartridge that you reload. You want to start with a basic documented process and document each and every change that you make until your results meet your expectations. Don’t expect to remember every detail about a load unless you document it. There are many ways to keep your documentation organized. You might consider a spiral notebook for load research and field notes but a separate composition book for your finished master notes.

Tip: Starting with a loading manual from the same manufacturer as the bullets you use will take you step-by-step through the entire process. Having a second manual on your bench allows you to cross-reference load data.

Titan Reloading is dedicated to helping novice and veteran shooting enthusiasts safely and properly reload their own ammunition every time. Let us hear about your ammo reloading tips and experiences via email. You’ll find updated stream of insights and tips on our blogs, newsletters, help videos, and FAQs.

Titan Reloading is a Master Distributor of Reloading Supplies & Equipment online. Choose from Lee Precision, Dillon, Hornady, Redding, Mec, & Lyman. For further information and/or to shop our online store please visit www.TitanReloading.com or contact Titan Reloading at 262.397.8819 with any questions.

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Is Reloading a Safe Hobby?

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Many beginning shooters use nothing but factory rounds. At least until better precision and lower costs become a concern. That can be years down the road or in a mere few months. Eventually, these beginners make friends and acquaintances with guys having many more years of experience and know the ins and outs of reloading supplies and ammo. That’s a good thing about our hobby and Titan Reloading also wants to help you shorten the learning curve.

Be as Precise About Reloading as You are with Your Shooting

At Titan Reloading, we highly encourage everyone to practice precision reloading. Just like it takes time on the practice range, it takes time to learn about reloading supplies and the process. Life is not without risks and mistakes can happen when loading ammunition whether the mistake happens at a factory or in your garage.

Inspect your casings.

The two things you are most likely to come across are dents and micro-cracking. Neither should be reused. Dents can happen during the reloading process if too much compression is applied which sometimes leads to outer casing dents. Look for cracking everywhere but particularly around the base of the rim where they might appear as a bright ring. Dents and cracking don’t often occur unless a case has previously been improperly reloaded.

Primers not properly seated.

The primer is properly seated when it sits down inside the primer pocket of the casing. Inspect the bottom of the rim or case to verify the primer is not protruding. If the seating is not correct, remove it and reseat it or use a small flat tool to gently nudge it into the pocket.

Be precise with your powder loads.

With a single stage press, load powder into all the cases in the tray before moving on to seating bullets. Before pressing the bullets, examine the powder loads in the case with a flashlight. What you are primarily looking for is that you did not mistakenly double load any of the casings. With a progressive press, you can use a powder level check system to prevent over or excessive powder loading.

Press the bullets to the right depth.

Before crimping, examine your work to be sure all bullets have been pressed to the correct depth. If the bullet is too deep, it might be that you don’t have enough powder in the case. Too shallow indicates too much powder. Neither is desirable and neither matches the manual specs.

Here are a few testimonials from experienced shooters:

  • Dave H. I count myself among the many shooters I know that reload for cost savings. I keep a healthy amount of reloading supplies on hand for both hunting rifles and handgun target practice. I have a couple of expert reloader friends that taught me how to do it right when I was getting started. After 12 years, I have no complaints and have only experienced the rarest of dud rounds. While other buddies are having a tough time finding the factory ammo they need, the reloading supplies that I have on hand continue to fill the bill with big savings.
  • Duke T. For economic reasons, I first started using reloaded rounds that I bought from a couple of different small businesses. I got decent results but couldn’t always get exactly what I wanted or had to wait a long time for custom loads. About six years ago, I bit the bullet (so to speak) by investing in the reloading supplies and equipment I need to do it myself and have never looked back. Not only do I get the cost savings, but it enables me to tailor my loads to my specific needs. I’m a bit fussy. Not only do I customize rounds for specific purposes, but I also fine-tune for things like the time of the year and how weather affects performance. Self-loading is the only way I’ve found to account for all the variables.
  • Bill W. I have hand loaded at least 12,000 rounds of 9mm and 380 – NEVER HAD A PROBLEM.
  • Frank B. In almost 43 years of loading my own, I’ve only had one fail to fire during a match. I set that round aside to look at closely later. I found the primer had gotten into the pocket upside down. I redoubled my diligence when installing primers and never expect to have it happen again.

Put Trust in Yourself

If you can use power tools, you can reload your own ammo. With reloading supplies, you need to educate yourself, exercise caution, and check your work as you go. By doing your research before getting started, reloading ammo becomes a fun and safe hobby.

Titan Reloading is dedicated to helping novice and veteran shooting enthusiasts safely and properly reload their own ammunition. Titan Reloading wants to be part of your reloading experience. You’ll find a constantly updated stream of insights and tips from our blogs, newsletters, help videos, and FAQs.

Titan Reloading is a Master Distributor of Reloading Supplies & Equipment online. Choose from Lee Precision, Dillon, Hornady, Redding, Mec, & Lyman. For further information and to shop our online store please visit www.TitanReloading.com or contact Titan Reloading at 262.397.8819 with any questions.

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Lee Reloading Products

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Since the launch of Titan Reloading, we have become the master suppliers of the Lee Reloading supplies. We provide every service and product part that is contained in Lee Reloading catalog at the most competitive prices.

The success of Titan Reloading is attributed to two principles; service and support. Indeed, Lee Precision has had a remarkable reputation in the industry for decades. All our seasoned reloading clients enjoy sharing their personal experiences with us. The friends that we make are the most rewarding part of our business.

A brief overview of Lee Reloading products and why they are the best

  1. The products are of the highest quality

    We are expert reloading suppliers and can assure you that, Lee Precision provide the highest quality products in terms of safety, reliability, accuracy, and cost. We are the leading distributors of the brand new, quality reloading products that are supplied directly from the Lee Precision Company. Hence, all our reloading supplies have passed the strict high-quality control tests of the manufacturer – Lee Precision Factory.

  2. The Lee guarantee

    Lee Precision always provides the best guarantee that any smart reloader will maximize. All Lee Reloading supplies that you buy from Titan Reloading are unconditionally guaranteed for a 2-year period. In addition, all our customers are entitled to full refunds within 30 days after purchasing the products—no questions asked!

  3. History of Reloading excellence

    Lee Precision Business was started in 1958. And over the years, the business became popular as the main source of innovation in reloading industry, developing reloaders for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Currently, Lee Precision reloading products are used by many nationwide.

For further information about Lee reloading products or about Titan Reloading please visit www.TitanReloading.com and make us your trusted partner for the best reloading supplies. Contact Titan Reloading with any questions and our expert staff is always available to help and guide you at 262-397-8819.

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Why We Work with Lee Precision

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As most of you will know by now, Titan Reloading is a master distributor of Lee Precision reloading supplies. You may be wondering why we work so closely with this famous supplier. The short answer is because they are the best in the business. In this article, we give you a brief overview of Lee Precision products and how they stand out about over others.

Highest Quality in the Market

At Titan, we know the reloading market inside out and Lee Precision products represent the best quality available in terms of accuracy, safety, reliability and most of all cost. We only supply brand new reloading products that are shipped directly from the Lee Precision factory and that have passed strict quality control tests.

The Lee Guarantee

Lee Precision offers a market-leading guarantee that smart reloaders will make the most of. Every Lee product that you buy from Titan Reloading is unconditionally guaranteed for a period of 2 years. What’s more, you are entitled to a full refund within 30 days after purchase – no questions asked! Further, any Lee product purchased from us also holds a lifetime warranty (in addition to the initial 2 year guarantee).

History of Reloading Excellence

Lee Precision started out inside the workshop of Richard Lee in 1958. Over the decades, the company became known as a major source of innovation in its field, developing loaders for shotguns, pistols and rifles. Today, Lee Precision is a household name and its products are used by millions across the United States.

If you are interested in producing your own ammunition, then make Titan Reloading your trusted partner for all your reloading supplies. Our excellent customer service, fair pricing and expert staff are all reasons why we beat our competitors – time after time! For further information or questions please visit www.TitanReloading.com or contact us at 262-244-7023.

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What is the Advantage to Reloading?

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New reloaders are often brought to the hobby by a family member or friend who mentions that reloading is the best way to go when it comes to saving money on ammunition. However, there are many more advantages to investing in reloading supplies beyond the cost savings. While it’s true that reloading represents a lower cost than buying factory ammunition, it’s possible you may find yourself attracted to some of the other main benefits.

Consistency

Factory ammunition is relatively consistent, but not to the degree that professional shooters require. This is why many competition shooters choose to reload their own ammunition. When you reload yourself, you’re fully in charge of every round. This gives you the ability to ensure greater consistency across the board and yields reliable ammunition that performs exactly as you expect.

Accuracy

With greater consistency in your rounds comes greater accuracy. The more consistent your ammunition, the tighter your spread. Working with different load recommendations to find the set up that yields the most accurate ammunition is one of the great joys of the reloading hobby. With the right reloading supplies, you can create ammunition that far outperforms factory ammunition in on-target testing. Reloading is the only way to directly ensure the accuracy of your ammunition.

Sustainability

If there’s ever an issue with the ammunition supply chain, you won’t be left out in the cold. Owning reloading supplies and knowing how to use them ensures you always have access to reliable ammunition regardless of external circumstances such as an ammo shortage or new legislation. Reloading is the only way to be truly self-sufficient as a shooter and as a firearms enthusiast.

Reloading can save you money, but that’s just one of many perks and benefits to this rewarding hobby. For further information or questions about our reloading supplies or kits please contact us at 262-244-7023 or visit www.TitanReloading.com.

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Deciding on the Right Reloading Press for Your Needs

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Before you start looking at reloading supplies and the accessories you may need, you need to choose the right reloading press. Anyone starting out with reloading rifles or pistols will need to take a few minutes to figure out which press makes the most sense. Here is a breakdown of the three main types by Lee Precision.

Single Station Press

If you don’t mind a slow-going system for reloading and want to hit between 40 and 60 rounds in an hour’s work, you could choose a Lee Precision single station press. This press does the job the old-fashioned way, providing beginners with a way to learn the system at a very affordable price. There is no sacrifice in quality when using a single station press. If you plan to work in small batches, this press will do the job.

Turret Press

A turret press has either 3 or 4 dies rotating above a single casing and offers a more efficient system for reloading. By pulling the lever once per die, you get a full round reloaded. Once you get the hang of the job, you can load 200+ rounds per hour using the Lee Turret Press.

The Value Turret Press reloads pistol calibers and also works for rifles up to 2.312” long. Anything longer can be reloaded if you disable the auto-index and rotate the turret manually. The Classic Cast Turret Press handles reloading in rifles up to 3.060” long before you need to disable the auto-index. Reloading supplies are available for each of these presses from Titan Reloading.

Progressive Press

Like the turret presses, a Lee Progressive Press has a minimum 3 dies (as many as 5 dies) depending on the type you choose and the dies are stationary above rotating cases. The difference comes when you pull the lever. Rather than pulling the lever for every die, a Progressive Press does the operation for 3-5 dies at once, giving you an entire round with every pull of the press lever. Using this system, you can reload as many as 400+ rounds per hour.

Once you decide on the right press and have your reloading supplies, you are ready to begin. For more information about any of our presses or reloading supplies please visit www.titanreloading.com or contact us at 262-244-7023.

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A Note on Brass Etiquette

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One of the best things about having a full stock of reloading equipment is that you’re free to reload your own ammunition at any time, saving money and taking greater control over the precision of your shots. But even with reloading equipment set up and ready, you need brass to start reloading. The brass you use is critical for your firing results; high quality brass with few firings will always work better than low end brass that’s been through the ringer.

Now, it’s true that collecting brass at a firing range is one way to increase your brass reserves without spending money. But it’s important to take into account some key bits of range etiquette before you start filling bags with spent rounds:

Observe Range Rules

Every firing range has different rules regarding the collection of spent brass. Some allow you to pick up brass fired by others, while some prefer you only collect your own brass. If you’re unsure about the rules at your particular range, ask an employee before you make assumptions. Always be respectful to your range, its employees, and your fellow shooters.

Stay Safe

Even if your range allows you to collect spent brass, you shouldn’t be wandering around collecting it while the range is hot. Collect brass at the end of the evening or when no one is actively shooting. Your collecting of brass should never create a safety hazard or inconvenience for the other shooters at the range. And don’t forget that brass is often hot!

Check Your Brass Later

Don’t waste time at the firing range inspecting every piece of brass you see. Collect the brass that looks good and wait until you’re home with your reloading equipment to check it out. Once again, your gathering of brass should never annoy or inconvenience the other shooters on the range; stopping to inspect every piece of brass could distract other shooters or cause other annoyances.

Titan Reloading is an industry leading supplier of reloading equipment. For more information about our brass collection or reloading please visit www.TitanReloading.com or contact us at 262.244.7023 with any questions. We also offer free monthly reloading clinics so be sure to check that out!