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Reloading Components

  
  

The components (or parts) of a round of ammunition consist of a primer, case, smokeless powder and bullet. The only re-usable item is the brass case which must be cleaned, de-primed and resized for each use.

 

Reloading Components - 9mm Luger

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During the reloading process the primer is first installed onto the case, which is then filled with the correct amount of smokeless powder. A bullet is then place on top and pressed into the case to the correct depth.

 

Here is a picture showing the components and their relative positions to each other for a 9mm Luger round of ammunition. If you hover over the image you will be able to click on each item for more information regarding what it is and how it works.

 

9mm Reloading Components

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Smokeless Powder

 

Storage & Handling of Smokeless Powder for Reloading Ammunition

Storage & Handling of Smokeless Powder for Reloading Ammunition - If you reload ammunition you probably have a small quantity of bulk smokeless powder (gun powder) in your home. It is essential that know and use safe handling and storage procedures for the safety of your household and neighborhood.

 

Winchester AutoComp Ball Powder with 115 Gr. 9MM Luger FMJ Bullet

Winchester AutoComp Ball Powder with 115 Gr. 9MM Luger FMJ Bullet - Looking for Winchester AutoComp Ball Powder Reloading Data for 9mm 115 gr. FMJ Bullets? Trying to find it can be frustrating. The Hodgdon Data Center only lists..

 

Hodgdon TiteGroup Smokeless Powder Review

Hodgdon TiteGroup Smokeless Powder Review - Great smokeless powder for 9mm ammo.

 

Dangers of Reloading Ammunition

Dangers of Reloading Ammunition - What is so dangerous about it? If you are considering reloading your ammunition to save money, consider the dangers involved.

 

Brass Cases

Brass - Brass refers to the brass case that holds the primer, powder and bullet that make up a round of ammunition.

 

Primers

 

How Does A Primer Work?

How Does A Primer Work? - What is an ammunition primer and how does it work? Bullet primers, ammunition primers, pistol primers and rifle primers. Their just different names for the same thing. Here is a brief explanation of what a primer is and how a primer works.

 

Wolf Primers Review

Wolf Primers Review - There has been a lot of talk about whether Wolf Primers from Russia are any good and whether you should by them. Here is a review of Wolf Small Pistol Primers.

 

Winchester Primers Review

Winchester Primers Review - Here is a review of Winchester Small Pistol Primers.

 

Small Pistol Primer Testing & Review

Small Pistol Primer Testing & Review - I crushed some Winchester Small Pistol Primers in a vise to see if they would fire (detonate) because I reload ammunition and want to have a better understanding of primers and how they work.

 

9mm Luger Primer Failure (Misfire/Dud)

9mm Primer Failure (Misfire/Dud) - Pictorial analysis of a reloaded 9mm round of ammunition that misfired at the shooting range. The misfired 9mm Luger round was photographed, weighed, disassembled and examined in an effort to determine the cause of the misfire.

 

Bad Primer (Small Pistol Primer)

Bad Primer - This is not really a bad primer, just a bad primer installation into a 9mm casing. Mistakes do happen.

 

How To Safely Remove A Live Primer From A Brass Casing

How To Safely Remove A Live Primer From A Brass Casing - There are two suggested methods for safely removing a live primer from a case. The first it to use your press and simply "de-prime" the case.

 

Bullets

 

Plated or Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Bullets for Reloading?

Plated or Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Bullets? - If you are about to reload your own 9mm ammunition you need to buy bullets. Among your choice of bullets you are faced with the choosing to buy full metal jacket (FMJ) bullets or plated bullets.

 

Removing a 9mm Bullet Using Pliers and a Vise

Removing a 9mm Bullet Using Pliers and a Vise
DON'T DO IT! I have this 9mm round of ammunition that was found on the shooting range floor that I would like to disassemble in order to inspect it's component parts (the bullet, powder, case and primer..

 

Cost Of Reloading Components (January 2012)

  1. Bullets: $.076 each

  2. Smokeless Powder: $.013 per charge

  3. Small Pistol Primers: $.02 each

  4. Cases: Range Pickups (Free)

 

Total cost of components for one round of 9mm luger is about $.10 each as of January 2012.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Coviello is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.
 


 

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RELOADING AMMUNITION

Reloading Equipment
1. Equipment
The Components Of Ammunition
2. Components
Cleaning Brass Cases For Reloading
3. Brass Cases
Making Reloads On A Press
4. Know How