When l was a kid in the early 1980s , l remember going on a trip with my dad and granddad to India . We were in the shipping business even back then so l got to travel a lot ( still do , but l don't like it much anymore , except my dream of going to Africa ) . Now India had some stupid rule , (if l recall correctly) about all permitted arms and Ammunition having to be locally made and imported fire arms being prohibited ( unless it was grandfathered in ) . A family friend was loading shells for his locally made 12 gauge side by side shotgun ( which they call 12 bore DBBL gun , if my memory serves me right ) . These were home made cartridges loaded with local powder which he was filling them with . One of them detonated and some of his face got burnt . I guess witnessing that subconsciously made me avoid handloading for the next 30 years of my life . Of course , now that l think about it as a grown man , my fear seems irrational and stupid. Using proper loading techniques and good quality loading components ( which that Indian guy was surely NOT using ) chances of a dangerous accident are unlikely. I do have many family members who are passionate hand loaders. One guy even reloads 5mm Remington Magnum cartridges which l didn't think was possible due to the Rimfire design. I could definitely benefit from handloading.