A Word
About Safety

Let us be blunt. Firearms can kill you. A modern rifle cartridge will routinely generate over 50,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. Think about what that means when you're sitting behind your favorite bolt action rifle. When you touch off a round, the bolt is being pushed towards your face with a force of approximately 8,000 pounds.

If you choose to hand load, there is a right way and a wrong way. Do it the right way. There are several good reloading manuals on the market written by experts in the industry. Buy one (or more), read it, understand it, and follow the instructions! They are there for a reason - to save your life or the life of someone else near by. We recommend the Sierra loading manual. The books by the other manufacturers are also good. We highly recommend taking an NRA Handloading class. Personal guidance from a qualified instructor is invaluable.

This is what happens when you are careless or stupid while reloading. The cause of the damage was traced to a negligent reloader not properly cleaning out the powder measure when changing calibers. The result was some pistol powder mixed in with the rifle powder. Someone could easily have been killed.

Always follow range safety rules. If you don't know what they are, take an NRA sanctioned class. Are you seeing a pattern here? Training is important.

Do not tolerate others on the range who are not acting in a safe manner. It could be you or your loved one that gets hurt. Speak up and educate those who are not acting safely.

The shooting sports are an awful lot of fun. Let's keep it that way.