Sonoran Desert Institute

This non-credit course combines tried-and-true SDI curriculum with industry leader Gun Digest's content to deliver a truly unique certificate program.


The Ballistics & Reloading Certificate combines SDI’s tried and true curriculum with additional info from our partners at Gun Digest to give you a comprehensive course that covers ballistics, reloading, casting and swaging.  The program includes a top-of-the-line Hornady Lock-N-Load ® AP ™ Reloading Press, along with your curriculum and additional materials. We believe that this is one of the best values for a practical learning reloading program available nationwide.

This non-credit program is designed to fit your schedule and budget, all while providing you with the education you need to make a living doing what you love.

Certificate in Ballistics and Reloading

Ballistics and Reloading Certificate

LESSON Basic Ballistics
LESSON Development of the Modern Cartridge
LESSON Advanced Ballistics
LESSON Metallic Cartridge Reloading Fundamentals
LESSON Reloading the Bottleneck Case
LESSON Reloading the Straight-Wall Case
LESSON Shotshell Reloading Fundamentals
LESSON Reloading the Shotshell
LESSON Casting
LESSON Introduction to Bullet Swaging
LESSON Bullet Swaging

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For tuition information, please click HERE. No-interest payment plans are available. Please contact the Admissions department for more info at or (844) 238-0165.

Additional Program Information

Program Objectives

With the successful completion of this program, a student should be able to do the following:

  • Understand reloading techniques with various types of ammunition
  • Understand the basics of ballistics and techniques to develop more accurate ammunition
  • Course Descriptions

    For full course descriptions, please click HERE.