How to Reload 9mm Ammunition

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How to Reload 9mm Ammunition
Reloading your own 9mm rounds can help improve your accuracy. (9mm 2 image by Lee O'Dell from Fotolia.com)

Austrian gunsmith Georg Luger first developed the 9x19 mm Parabellum, or 9mm, round in 1900 as an alternative cartridge for his Luger pistol. Today, a number of handguns and submachine pistols fire this round, including firearms made by Beretta, Glock and Heckler & Koch. Its widespread use by NATO militaries and police forces has made it a relatively cheap round. For this reason, shooting enthusiasts don't reload spent 9mm cases very often. However, competition shooters can improve accuracy by reloading each round, as this will ensure consistent grain weight and powder charge, leading to improved consistency in muzzle velocity.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Brass cases
  • Ground corn cobs
  • Tumbler
  • Case lube kit
  • Progressive (automatic) reloading press
  • Case care kit
  • Hand priming tool
  • Number 5.5 small pistol primers
  • Reloading die set for 9mm Parabellum (including powder charging die)
  • Powder
  • Bullets

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clean the brass cases in the tumbler. Put the brass in the tumbler with ground corn cobs and run it for six hours.

  2. 2

    Lubricate the brass cases on a lube pad. Open the pad case, squirt case lube on its surface and spread the lube out evenly on the pad with your fingers. Place the brass on the pad in a straight line and roll them under your palm to lubricate the cases.

  3. 3

    Remove the die plate and indexing bar from your progressive press.

  4. 4

    Remove the primer from the case and resize each brass case. Place the brass in the holder of your press and crank the handle until it punches the primer out of the bottom of the case. This step will also resize the brass so it is ready to fit a new bullet.

  5. 5

    Clean the primer hole in each case with the primer pocket cleaning tool in your case care kit. Screw the primer brush into the cleaning tool. Insert the brush end into the primer hole and twist it until you have removed any soot or grime.

  6. 6

    Re-install the die plate and indexing bar into your press.

  1. 1

    Place Number 5.5 small pistol primers in the feeding tray of your hand priming tool.

  2. 2

    Place a brass case in the shell holder.

  3. 3

    Squeeze the handle of your hand priming tool to insert a primer in the brass case. Repeat these three steps for the remaining empty brass.

  1. 1

    Add powder to the powder charger of your press. The type of powder you use will depends upon the desired muzzle velocity for your bullets, the weight of the bullets and the type of pistol you use. See Resources for a reloading data chart.

  2. 2

    Place the bullet capping die into the next station of your rotary press. Adjust the bullet seating depth so that the overall cartridge length does not exceed the specifications for your firearm. Place the crimping die into the next turret station.

  3. 3

    Place a brass case into the shell holder of your rotary press after you have rotated the die to the powder charger position. Crank the handle to load the powder.

  4. 4

    Place a bullet into the now-charged brass. Crank the handle again so that the capper presses the bullet into the case. Crank the handle again to crimp the brass so that it holds the bullet tightly in place.

  5. 5

    Remove the reloaded bullet. Repeat Steps 1 to 4 of this section until you have reloaded all your empty cases.

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