[SHOT 2016 Range Day] Reloading Made Easy by the BrassGuys

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I’m that guy. The one that picks up his steel casings on the range, but leaves his brass for some enterprising reloader to come claim. Despite a number of friends that do it, and harangue me about “getting into it”, I’ve just not gone down the reloading pathway in my firearms career. I’ve certainly thought about it, and even worked out the math on what it would take to break even on costs for equipment. Currently it is just one more thing I don’t have time to get into.

BrassGuys LLC is a Nampa, Idaho based business whose focus is providing components for reloading ammunition. They offer premium once fired brass casings in popular sizes including .223, .45 ACP, .40 S&W, 9mm, and 300 AAC Blackout. All of the rifle brass is once-fired military (Lake City), and the pistol is a mixture of military and commercial.

Two more offerings that they have related to reloading are “Brass Butter” (case lube) and their brand new (as in just this week) TSP (Target Series Projectiles) bullets which are available in 30 caliber round nose, 9mm round nose and hollow point, .40 caliber flat point, .45 caliber round nose and hollow point, and .38 caliber flat point and hollow point.

The Brass Butter was developed out of necessity to eliminate the tackiness that occurs with other products that have a short working window once the lube is applied (some as short as 15 minutes). Previous lubes they used during the remanufacturing process were getting them one in a thousand jam ups. Brass Butter has allowed them to go to four million (and counting) with no problems.

BrassGuys is billing the Target Series Projectiles as “Match Grade Quality a Plinking Round Pricing”. Their spokesman, John Kitson (USPSA Grand Master), discussed his experience with the projectiles and extolled their performance.

I have a sample of Brass Butter which will be going to a buddy that reloads and I will report back with his thoughts in a future lightning review.



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • SpazC

    It truly baffles me when I see a gunwriter that doesn’t reload. Even on 9mm the savings are nuts. I’m loading 147gr loads for $5.80/box… and it just gets better from there!

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      I would say its like he said, not enough time. Takes time to learn and takes time to do in any practical capacity. I really want to get into it to save money, learn more about what I enjoy so much, and become more self sufficient.
      I’ve watched a couple of YouTube videos on it and it always makes me feel really ignorant. Same as math makes me feel ignorant.
      I still hope to have the time and the startup money to jump in one day.

      • Greg Thompson

        It does take a lot of time, but mostly that time is invested in up front learning and then the curve flattens out quickly as you get more experienced. I’ve read over 1200 pages of reloading info across various books and watched many many hours on YouTube before I learned everything I needed to know to feel confident and not do something stupid, dangerous, or both. That time could be shortened considerably if someone explained things well enough on YouTube with proper production values, however currently no such videos really exist unless you count Gavin Gear’s videos which look good but lack the ultra detailed info that is needed.

      • nova3930

        yep. I did it while I was in college, but then I was flat ass broke and had a lot of time. Now that I work full time, am married and have two kids, I’ve got a lot more $ than time. That and trying to reload while you’re distracted intermittently by the kids is a recipe for disaster. I’d have to do it at 2AM to get any quiet….

        • Hensley Beuron Garlington

          See, I was thinking of using kids for my assembly line. Speed and efficiency after they are trained.

    • USMC03Vet

      Oh yeah? What sort of investment is required to get started in 9mm only? I shoot a lot and get 20 cent/round, but if I can get to nearly half of that reloading I might consider it. I have no clue about reloading nor where I would even start looking to get into it.

      • Greg Thompson

        It costs only marginally more to get into multiple calibers as it does for just 1 due to how most of your equipment cost is going to be in things other than the reloading dies. Adding a few sets of $45 dies is actually pretty cheap compared to everything else. I find much of the reloading stuff on YouTube informative but pretty Micky Mouse as far as explanations and production values go. Makes me wonder if it would be worth my time to start my own.

  • Colin

    Tfb take up the challenge. Produce a high class informative video of complete step by step detailed idiot proof hand loading for beginners . So complete that no tfb can complain about anything being wrong or left out .Try to leave your mark in firearm history .Go on ,Go on ,x100 times .