Savage Worlds explains how some weapons take longer to reload, but the reload time on "standard" ranged weapons and some special weapons isn't as clear. Some settings have special rules for reloading (like Deadlands), but to clarify and specify the baseline rules for reloading, we wanted to provide this. Lock and load!
Reloading Ranged Weapons
(These clarifications apply to those weapons listed under “Ranged Weapons” specifically; reloadable “Special Weapons” are described afterwards.)
Ranged Weapons with a listed Reload time work as stated to reload a single shot.
Reloading a single shot of ammunition in any other weapon is a free action.
If the ammunition is particularly small (like a bullet) or the weapon a bit tricky to reload, the GM may require an Agility roll to reload the weapon though it still remains a free action. Loading a bow is generally a free action with no Agility roll (unless the character is in some awkward position).
If a character wants to reload more than one shot in a weapon (and the weapon allows it) or just take their time to reload, they may reload up to a number of shots equal to half their Agility as a normal action. If the weapon is extremely unwieldy or difficult to load, the GM may require an Agility roll to successfully load the shots. Failure means no shots are reloaded.
Some weapons use replaceable magazines for ammunition. One magazine can be fully replaced with another as a normal action. Some revolvers can make use of speedloaders that work the same way.
Reloading Special Weapons
Special Weapons with a listed method of reloading work as stated. Single use Special Weapons (such as grenades) require readying to use (page 63 of SWEX).
Rocket Launchers require one action get a new rocket (a free action if the character has Quick Draw) and one action to reload. A second person with a rocket in hand can reload in one action. The Panzerfaust, M72 LAW, and AT-4 are all single use weapons and cannot be reloaded.
Flamethrowers use about 5 lbs. of fuel per shot. The amount held in a fuel tank varies according to the specific style (30 to 50 lbs. is common). Fuel tanks typically have to be taken off, unsealed, and resealed after fueling; each of these takes a separate action. It takes a further action per 5 lbs. of fuel refilled in the tank.
This is the topic for asking questions about how the core rules officially work. Only the official answer guys can reply in this topic. Please read the rules in the first thread.
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