Every shooter knows the feeling of self satisfaction when shooting your own reloads. The increased accuracy, consistency and often times the reward of saving money, brings a great deal of pleasure.
A day at the range shooting your favorite weapons can lead you to a bunch of empty brass. Collecting this brass and bringing it home to clean is the first step to your own reloads. There are many DIY options, however these are the three things I use and found them to be an imperative part of reloading.
1. Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Hand Deprimer $29.99
This is the first tool to your arsenal . This too allows you to deprime your empty casings. I love this tool for it's ease of use and the fact that I can deprime any caliper from a .20 cal all the way up to .338 lapua. This deprimer can even deprime pistol and military crimped primers. This can all be done in four simple steps.
2. Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Rotary Tumbler $149
This rotary tumbler provides a liquid bath to get the brass very clean in a short period of time. The drum can hold up to 1000 pieces of .223 brass, so for high volume shooter this is a great tool. The tub has a molded rubber lining to protect brass and dampen noise during operation. It also has a timer so you can throw your brass in it, turn it on and forget about it.
3. Frankford Arsenal Wet/Dry Media Separator $43
This is used to separate brass and media. It's perforated sifter allows media to fall through while retaining cleaned brass. The two strainers separate while the spill proof tub fully captures water, dry media and stainless steel pins.
Now I know this may look like some kind of promotional article for Frankford Arsenal, but I can assure you this is based just soley off of my experience. Reloading is such a great way to kill time but also ensure quality in your ammunition for shooting.
When these three tools are used in conjunction with each other, your brass will come out looking like new and with little to no effort involved.