Unlike competition shooters and hunters, the law enforcement community has traditionally avoided reloaded ammunition primarily over legal liability concerns. One can only imagine the potential lawsuit against a department if a bullet from one of its reloaded handgun or rifle cartridges hits an innocent bystander after over-penetrating a felon. The same event occurring with a factory-loaded round might, in theory, transfer some of the liability to the ammunition manufacturer.
While liability issues rule out reloads for use on the streets, there are substantial benefits to using reloaded ammunition for training or practice. Properly tailored reloads are reliable, safe and can replicate or exceed the performance and accuracy of factory ammunition. Moreover, the capability to reload assures a department or agency of a quantity of ammo for training and qualification – an important issue in these days of ammunition shortages.
Reloading Tools & Equipment
Fundamental tools of the reloading process are the reloading dies and reloading press. Dies are steel cylinders machined out inside to accept the case of a particular cartridge and they perform the functions of sizing, depriming and bullet seating. Dies are normally mounted in the reloading press, a device that, through a mechanical linkage, powers a vertical ram and is capable of pushing cartridge cases forcefully into a die.
Unlike competition shooters and hunters, the law enforcement community has traditionally avoided reloaded ammunition…
by Rob Garrett / Jan 13, 2010