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Basic Rules of Reloading Safety


1. Exercise care and common sense at all times.

2. Don't become distracted when you are handloading.

3. Never load in haste. A careless mistake can be serious.

4. Use equipment as manufacturer recommends. Never take shortcuts.

5. Store powder in a cool, dry place at all times.

6. Never use a powder unless you are positive of its identity.

7. Never substitute smokeless powder for black powder.

8. Never use powder data for any other powder types with similar numerical designations.

9. Keep powder away from heat and open flames.

10. Never smoke while handling powder.

11. Keep powder out of reach of children.

12. Don't mix powders.

13. Don't keep more powder in an open container than you need.

14. Observe all maximum load warnings in handbooks.

15. Work up all new loads starting 10% below the recommended charge weight.

16. Examine every case before loading to ensure it is in good condition.

17. Watch for indications of high pressures in establishing a new load.

18. Never use smokeless powder in firearms designed for black powder.

19. DO NOT use steel shot in any of the shotshell loads listed in this guide.

20. Use of safety glasses while reloading is recommended.

21. Clean up any powder spills immediately. Use dust pan and brush to clean up powder. Dispose of it in accordance with recommended procedures.

22. Make sure powder container is empty before disposing of container.

23. Consult suppliers of components if you have any questions about their use.

24. Check powder charges regularly to insure using proper powder charge weight.

25. Develop a routine for reloading to guard against mistakes.


From IMR Powder.

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I'd add a couple:

Never reload over a carpeted area. (the vacuum cleaner can cause a flash of powder in the fibers of the carpet)

Never mix powder between containers. (you lose the traceability to a particular lot/container in case of trouble)

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One more safety point that should not be neglected...


I would sometimes reload at the end of the day before retiring for the evening. Guys, don't do it! This is when you are most susceptible to making errors. Little errors can make for big disasters.



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