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The Insanely Practical Guide to Reloading Ammunition: Learn the easy way to reload your own rifle and pistol cartridges. [Kindle Edition]

Tom McHale
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you’re thinking about reloading your own ammunition, then you need this book!
If you want to learn to play the guitar, ordering sheet music isn’t the best first step. First, learn the basics, then get sheet music.
It’s the same with reloading. You need a reloading manual for recipes, but this book will teach you the steps, equipment and process the easy way.
Loaded with pictures and simple and useful illustrations, this book will get you started reloading your own ammunition in no time!
Topics Include:
- Why take up reloading?
- Is reloading right for you?
- What equipment do you need?
- Cleaning and processing brass.
- The reloading process: step by step.
- Pistol caliber reloading.
- Rifle caliber reloading.
- Buying reloading components.
- Advanced equipment options.
- Introduction to advanced topics.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8636 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Insanely Practical Guides (March 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JD5BF3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book, but pricey for the actual content. July 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I borrowed this for free with my Amazon Prime account. This series appears to essentially be a "Dummies" guide for firearms related topics. As a strictly introductory book, it's not bad, though $10 seems a bit excessive for what's actually in it. Having reloaded pistol ammo for about a decade now, there wasn't that much in there that I didn't already know. While there were a few tidbits here and there I didn't know, the time spent reading it, even being that it was free for me, almost wasn't worth it.

For someone interested in getting into reloading, this may be a good book to get them started, assuming they aren't able to find this same infomation easily online. On that basis alone, I'd probably rate it 4-stars. But the non-stop attempts to be funny and witty, most of which are pretty weak, get very old, very quickly. Enough so to be the primary reason I only gave it 3-stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners book June 3, 2014
By Les D
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This was a good book for a beginner. There was enough information to entice a beginning reloader to start and look further into the hobby/sport/etc. It was a little light on the specifics of handloading. Mr. McHale did a good job about the need for safety and precision. This is not for the sloppy or undisciplined. But can be a rewarding and economical way to enjoy more shooting and hunting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! May 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm new to reloading. I learned hands on from someone who has done it for years. But before I started learning I wanted to atleast have a foundation to work with. So I read this book along with the Hornady Loading Manual. This book was great! All of the questions that I was trying to look up online, were right there. I couldn't find strait answers to general questions on forums, so was a little frustrated. I read this book, and found out that it had about everything I needed to know when I started loading. I felt comfortable when I started and my teacher was impressed with my knowledge. I loaded my first 50 rounds and am very happy.

I love this book. It was well written, very informative, had everything I needed with some extras.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Introduction to Reloading October 29, 2014
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This book is definitely for the person entertaining the thought of loading your own. If you are not considering of loading your own ammunition, the book adds meat to the Basic Pistol Course where the instructor spends 5 minutes talking about ammunition. Food for the mind.

I have found basic reloading information on the Internet of Things, but this books presents it in a simple yet thorough manner. McHale's humor and practical approach were added bonuses. From the book, walked away with a sense of "I can do this!"

McHale took the unusual yet sensible approach reloading equipment and supplies. He divides "the stuff" into the categories of essentials, making life easier, advanced and hooked.

The was on thing which would have made this a five star review--a section on how to read load tables. I have yet to see this in anything I have read but it is such an important part of discussing safety of loading pressures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 15, 2014
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Husband loves it
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This is an excellent book. It is very process oriented, and covers every step in the process of reloading both pistol and rifle ammunition, doing so in clear and concise language. Anyone reading this book will be well prepared to reload ammunition with knowledge and confidence. The only thing I did not like about the book was the title. The word "Insanely" made me question whether the book was a serious guide, but after reading the reviews, I decided to get it. I'm glad I did!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for starting out June 26, 2014
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This is a good guide for learning the basic terms and processes involved with reloading. I would have liked to see more info die adjustment. But over all I'd recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome introduction to hand loading April 17, 2014
By Miles
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Loved this book. Well written and easy to understand. Also lots of very useful tips that will save a lot of stress downstream.

I also liked the advice on gear where has my credit card gone....!

I would consider this book a must have for beginner hand loaders.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point
This is a good book for someone just getting the itch to reload. It manages to explain the process in an informative, but fun to read way. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Bob Legg
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Excellent, well-written guide for beginners, chock full of valuable information but also an entertaining read, with tips that even experienced handloaders may find useful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Ogden
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for beginners
Very good book for beginners, full of good information. Bought it because I was interested in starting to reload, now I really want to go out and buy a press and reloading manual.
Published 2 months ago by Jeremy P. Ruopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading and very informative
I am a fairly new reloader and have read several good books. This one is informally written, easy to read and has some great tips and information. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mm
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good basic presentation on reloading for the beginner. Will give to my nephew.
Published 2 months ago by Michael H Jank
4.0 out of 5 stars Bood reads well and has some great information
Im not much of a reader but i read this book cover to cover in one afternoon. It has some fantastic tips and notes even for experienced reloaders. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tool-Uzer
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY PRACTICAL
If the title didn't give it away, this is a VERY PRACTICAL guide. I loved it. Unlike reloading manuals this book read very well, making it an easy read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Bess O'Brien
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More About the Author

Hello, my name is Tom McHale. I'm the creator and primary author of the Insanely Practical Guides series of how-to books. You can find them all right here on Amazon and more information about what's in them at

I also write lot's of articles for various shooting related magazines and websites. You'll find my work at,,,,,, and Shooting Sports Retailer Magazine.

I help explain complicated things to people in a fun and easy-to-understand way. I believe that life is a bowl of fruit loops and that things don't have to be so complicated, although I suppose excessive techno-jargon keeps lots of well-intentioned lawyers in business.

There's no need to feel ignorant or shy when you're embarking on something new. We'll help you feel comfortable and acclimated in no time at all.

If you want to learn about the world of guns, shooting and the American way, check out some of my books. Have a laugh or two. Life is too short for boring books.

My personal website,, is a half-cocked but right on target look at the world of shooting and all things related. If you want to learn with a laugh about guns, shooting products, personal defense, competition, industry news and the occasional Second Amendment issue, visit me there!

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