This blog is not an expert source of information about reloading, handloading, bullet casting or shooting.
I am not normally one to shy away from personal responsibility. I have no control over what you do with what I present so I accept no responsibility for your actions. If you choose to join me in this exciting hobby, I expect you to be personally responsible for your actions and their consequences. I will not present anything that will intentionally hurt you or others. Understand that I am not a professional. The views I express are personal and mine alone. There may be steps or precautions that have kept me safe for these many years that I am not consciously aware of. I will make every effort to explain my actions and the reasons for what I am doing and what I am not doing. The procedures and processes I describe have worked safely for me using the tools and supplies that I have.
Reloading, using recommended procedures and paying attention to what you are doing, is safe. Reloading is not foolproof. If you are inclined to be foolish or take foolhardy chances, choose another hobby.
Read the manufacturer's manuals and follow their directions. Take seriously the warnings and safety guidance. Don't do things that are prohibited. Don't reload when you are stressed about anything. Don't use reloading tools for anything other than reloading. Nothing I write about is intended to give you license to deviate from manufacturer's instructions, procedures, recommendations, or restrictions. Doubt is nature's way of protecting our species. If you have doubt, stop. Consult an expert source and think things through before proceeding. This blog is not an expert source. The Darwin Awards (www.darwinawards.com) is an interesting place to read about people who have improved our gene pool by removing themselves from the pool in some stupid, foolish way. I never want to read about someone getting such an award while reloading. Obviously, I have no control over what you do, how you do it, or what you do with it. I accept no responsibility for your actions or their consequences. Be careful out there.
There are times and situations when reloading is not safe or appropriate. This list is not complete, nor could it ever be. My hope is to spur you to think about what you are doing and the conditions, mental or physical, influencing you. Here are a few of the “ifs” that should warn you reloading needs to be postponed.
If reloading ceases to be fun.
If you find yourself willing to break the basic rules of safety and prudence.
If you find yourself willing to leave out steps just to save time or increase your production rate.
If you find yourself unable to concentrate on the task at hand.
If you allow interruptions from spouse, children, cell phone, or ball game, TV, etc. at critical times.
If you find yourself thinking a beer or alcoholic drink at the reloading bench is okay.
If you think just a little more powder than the maximum recommended by a reputable, published, reloading manufacturer can't hurt.
IT IS TIME TO STOP RELOADING, at least for now. Reevaluate your situation and proceed with prudence and caution.
The phrase, “Keep your powder dry.” is attributed to mountain men of the early American West. It meant to protect important things like guns, powder, and tools that could not easily be replaced. Wet powder would do you no good if you were threatened by man or beast. It meant to be careful and prudent. Their advice is good today as it applies to reloading.
Reloading and shooting reloaded ammunition is safe and satisfying, as long as you follow the rules.