Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MDC offers Basic Reloading: Metallic Cartridges classes in Mid-Missouri

The FREE classes will teach you the basics of reloading safety and techniques.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Reloading cartridges is a great way to enjoy your firearms. Now that factory ammunition costs have risen, it may be worth the time and effort to learn how to reload your own rifle ammunition.  Join the staff of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to learn these skills at one of two Basic Reloading: Metallic Cartridges classes on the following dates:
  • Thursday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at MDC Conservation Regional office, 3500 East Gans Rd., Columbia
  • Thursday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Runge Nature Center, 330 Commerce Dr., Jefferson City
Whether you want to enjoy more time on the shooting range or develop a special load for your next hunt, this class will teach you the basics of reloading safety and techniques. Classroom lessons will be mentored by an experienced ammunition reloader. Participants will learn the basics of safety, techniques, equipment and much more. 
“Whether your goals include squeezing out additional accuracy or shooting more for less money, this class will give you the foundation needed to start making safe cartridges right away,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Brian Flowers. “Our Discover Nature programs are designed to help Missourians explore nature and master outdoor skills together.”
This program is open to adults age 18 or over. There is no cost for the program, but pre-registration is required.  All equipment is provided.
To register for either class, or for more information, contact Flowers atBrian.Flowers@mdc.mo.gov, or 573-815-7901, ext. 3388.
The E. Sydney Stephens Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center is conveniently located off of US Highway 63 just west of the Discovery Parkway exit on the south side of East Gans Road.
Runge Nature Center is located on Hwy 179 in Jefferson City approximately .5 mile north of Hwy 50. Building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The building is closed on Sunday and Monday. The outdoor trails are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
For more information about this and other Discover Nature programs, go online tomdc.mo.gov.