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READ FIRST

Post by normsutton » March 4th, 2010, 7:53 am

Please read and familiarize yourself with the following safety information, portions of which have been obtained from an RCBS reloading equipment manual.

SAFETY
Reloading is an enjoyable and rewarding hobby that can be conducted safely. But, as with any hobby, carelessness or negligence can make reloading hazardous. When reloading, safety rules must be followed. By observing these rules, the chance of a hazardous occurrence causing personal injury or property damage is minimized.

GENERAL
• Use all equipment as the manufacturer recommends. Study the instructions carefully and become thoroughly familiar with the operation of the product. If you do not have written instructions, request a copy from the equipment manufacturer.
• Don’t take short cuts. Attempting to bypass established procedure is an invitation to an accident.
• Observe “good housekeeping” in the reloading area. Keep tools and components neat, clean and orderly. Promptly and completely clean up primer and powder spills.
• Reload only when you can give your undivided attention. Do not reload when fatigued or ill, or under the influence of medications or alcohol.
• Develop a reloading routine to avoid mistakes which may prove hazardous. Don’t rush - load at a leisurely pace.
• Always wear adequate eye protection to protect your eyes from flying particles. You assume unnecessary risk when reloading without wearing safety glasses.

LOADING DATA
• Use only laboratory tested reloading data. There are many lab tested manuals available. Always follow the load data exactly as it is published in any reloading manual.
• Never substitute components
• OBSERVE ALL WARNINGS ABOUT THE USE OF MAXIMUM LISTED LOADS, PRIMERS AND POWDER.
• Store primers and powder beyond the reach of children and away from heat, dampness, open flames and electrical equipment. Avoid areas where static electricity is evident.
• Do not use primers of unknown identity.
• Dispose of unknown primers in accordance with applicable local regulations.
• Keep primers in the original factory container until ready to use. Return unused primers to the same factory packaging for safety and to preserve their identity. Primer packaging is designed to provide safe storage.
• DO NOT store primers in bulk. The blast of just a few hundred primers is sufficient to cause serious injury to anyone nearby.
• DO NOT force primers. Use care in handling primers.
• DO NOT have more than one can of powder on the bench at one time. Powder cans should be stored away from the bench to avoid picking up the wrong one.
• DO NOT use any powder unless its identity is positively known. The only positive identification is the manufacturer’s label on the original canister. Discard all mixed powder and those of uncertain identity.
• When you finish a reloading session, pour any remaining powder back into its original factory container. This will preserve the identity and shelf life of the powder.
• DO NOT smoke while reloading.

RECORD KEEPING
• Keep complete records of reloads. Apply a descriptive label to each box showing the date produced, and the primer, powder, bullet, case, wad or shot used.
• Never attempt to guess at the identity of your ammunition.

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Re: READ FIRST

Post by gunneyrabbit » June 19th, 2010, 12:42 am

Great rules NORM, thank you.
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Re: READ FIRST

Post by jonbw » April 13th, 2012, 8:48 am

Excellent list Norm.
I have not done any loading for 15 or more years so it does need reviewing.
I will print out a copy and have it handy for a quick review prior to any part
of the loading process. Even if you are experienced, it is still a good reminder
that one needs to on top of things to avoid problems.
Your efforts to write up this list are appreciated.

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Re: READ FIRST

Post by trustingman62 » February 22nd, 2013, 2:38 pm

Great advice

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