i've long thought that i could recreate just about any part of a cartridge myself, with the exception of primers. i mentioned this to my grandfather and was very surprised when he explained how they used to reload primers. (take the anvil out, clean, put new compound in it, which they made from the white parts of match heads, and then reseat the anvil) has anyone ever reloaded primers? how did you do it? as a practical matter, primers are so cheap, that even if components were free, it wouldn't be worth my time to reload them. but it's still an interesting subject.