Reloading the 50 BMG – How to Start

Reloading the 50 BMG – easy and saves money

Reloading the 50 BMG is just like reloading any caliber except its bigger.

The .50 BMG has become more and more popular as more 50 BMG rifles appear on the market and the price tags are getting more affordable. 50 BMG ammo is a little expensive but you can reload the 50 BMG for a whole lot less. Reloading ammo can usually reduce the cost by over 50%.

So what do you need in order to reload the 50 BMG? The major difference between reloading any caliber and reloading the 50 BMG is the press. You need to have a 50 BMG reloading press for this operation. The 50 BMG is a large case and will require more pressure to resize it. Larger presses have more leverage and make it easier or possible to resize large cases. There are a number of 50 BMG reloading presses available. RCBS, Lee Precision and Hornady make presses for reloading the 50 BMG. Let’s review a few of them.

Lee Precision Classic Cast 50 BMG Reloading Press

Lee Precision makes some really nice presses. They are well made, load accurate ammo and last a long time. I have owned and used many Lee Precision reloading presses for many years and love them. They are very affordable too.

The Lee Classic 50 BMG press is the most affordable reloading kit. This is not just the press but the entire kit that includes the press, dies, shell holder, ram prime tool and case lube. There is also a shell holder insert, large and small primer arms and a die reducer bushing to accept standard dies with 7/8 – 14 threads. This press is very versatile and will reload any caliber up to 50 BMG. (Buy at

This is a large and heavy duty cast iron press that has the leverage to resize just about any brass case you will run across except for the 20 mm Vulcan. It will resize 600 Nitro, 700 Nitro, 4 bore and of course the 50 BMG. With the adapter bushing you can reload anything from .223 to 30-06 or .44 mag. This press is not just for reloading the 50 BMG. You can never go wrong with Lee Precision products. I have used them for over 30 years.

If you need 50 BMG dies for your press then you might want to take a look at the Lee Precision dies. They are well made and will last for many years.

Hornady Lock-N-Load Press

The Hornady 50 BMG press is a single stage press with enormous power and strength. Hornady makes an excellent press with its famous Lock-N-Load technology in the ram that allows you to change from reloading dies to ram prime quickly and easily. The press features solid construction that provides the leverage power to resize large cases like the 50 BMG. It is very similar to the RCBS AmmoMaster Press.

This press has a huge opening to accommodate the long 50 BMG case. You can also reload other large cases like the 505 Gibbs, 600 nitro, 700 Nitro, 4 Bore, etc. Any 1.5″ die will fit in this press. This press is pretty inexpensive when you consider the cost of factory 50 BMG ammo which is about $5 – $10 per round. You can cut that cost in half by reloading. So you will get your money back in as little as 100 rounds. This is a great investment if you shoot the 50 BMG.

RCBS AmmoMaster Press Kit

The RCBS AmmoMaster reloading press has been around for many years and is one of the best presses made today. It is heavy duty with powerful leverage. The ram is 1.5″ of solid steel. It can size any brass case up to and including the 50 BMG easily. This is a single stage press which means you perform one reloading step at a time like sizing or bullet seating. It accepts all 1.5″ dies like for the 505 Gibbs, 500 Jeffery, 600 Nitro, 700 Nitro and 50 BMG. You can save a lot of money with this press or make money by reloading for other 50 BMG shooters.

This is the AmmoMaster 50 BMG Reloading Press Kit and includes the AmmoMaster Press, RCBS 50 BMG dies, shell holder, ram priming unit and a trim die. This kit includes everything you need except for cases, powder, powder measure, case lube, primers and bullets.

50 BMG Brass Cases


50 BMG Reloading Dies


RCBS 50 BMG 1-1/2in. Die Kit – 88705