What's The Deal Reloaded, Remanufactured and New Ammunition?

One of our common customer service questions is what’s the difference between reloaded ammo, remanufactured ammo and new ammo. Well, the answer is, if done correctly, not a whole lot, performance wise anyway.

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You can think of the brass case of the cartridge a lot like the gas tank in your car. There’s no need to buy a new one every time it’s empty, just refill it! So let’s talk about reloaded vs. remanufactured first. In essence, it’s the same process, but boils down to scale and thoroughness. The term reloading is generally considered
something done by an individual for personal use. Remanufacturing is done on a much larger scale for commercial resale. Whichever term you use, the process follows the same general principles. The case is re-sized to the proper dimension to ensure proper chambering and then loaded with a new primer, powder and projectile. With reloading, all of this is generally done on one machine. Our remanufacturing process at Freedom Munitions incorporates several additional steps to ensure you get the best performance, including wet washing the brass to make it shine like new before sending it through a final hand-sorting and inspection process, and then being re-sized and checked for other defects on a Scharch Rangemaster machine. Only after it passes all of those checks, will it be sent over to our loading area, where we use state-of-the-art AmmoLoad Mark X and Mark L machines and the same X-Treme bullets, powder and primers as our new ammunition, to deliver a product that looks and performs like new, but at an even better price.

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“If your remanufacturing process is so good, why do you even make NEW ammo?!” You ask? Well, there are some applications where using new brass is more desirable. For example, I will generally use new brass for my competition ammo. Matches are won and lost by hundredths of a second, so having the consistency of one manufacturers brass to be absolutely sure my gun is tuned to work with one set of dimensions, or that I won’t see any accuracy variation, is worth the additional cost of new cases. Another examples might include cartridges that most shooters don’t shoot that much, so there is a much smaller availability of fired brass, so loading new ammo is the only practical option.

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