Why do or why would you reload?


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kellyj00
July 20, 2007, 12:21 PM
I'm doing a little research. As I've recently gotten into reloading to keep my costs to shoot down, I'm wondering how many other folks are reloading the cheapest possible way.

I don't buy new brass, I shoot the cheapest cast bullets I can find, I'm using Wolf brand primers and I drive down to winfield kansas every now and again to get components from Powder Valley Inc. My total cost per 50 rds of 45acp and 9mm is about $8 per 100 rds because I'm using free brass.

Please select your PRIMARY reasons only, not all the secondary benefits of reloading. I'm using this information to gather market data for my future gun shop. ;-)

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W.E.G.
July 20, 2007, 12:33 PM
all above

Steel Talon
July 20, 2007, 01:04 PM
Same here

"All The Above"

Peace
Steel Talon:cool:

MCgunner
July 20, 2007, 01:07 PM
Uh, all of the above.

Neophyte1
July 20, 2007, 03:34 PM
Seems all the good/best answers are taken:

GRIZ22
July 20, 2007, 03:38 PM
me too

harbinger_j
July 20, 2007, 03:46 PM
Yes.

Walkalong
July 20, 2007, 03:57 PM
Started out to reload as cheap as possable. It does not stay that way. :D

Sistema1927
July 20, 2007, 04:04 PM
All of the above, and I find it to be fun and relaxing.

BBQJOE
July 20, 2007, 04:13 PM
This is just plain silly..............

kellyj00
July 20, 2007, 04:28 PM
What is your PRIMARY reason for reloading.
I know that all these are BENEFITS of reloading, but most folks shouldn't checkbox them ALL as the REASON why they STARTED RELOADING in the first place.

I'm Not yelling....just emphasizing.

BigSoundRacing
July 20, 2007, 05:27 PM
All of the above!

Too many good reasons:

To learn and experience. Costs. Making rounds is very peaceful. Technical and applicable science as well as "old school" ways to make something better than the lowest bidder.

Primary Reason:
I enjoy it!

Be safe, BSR
Dillon 650xl for Win .308

nitesite
July 20, 2007, 07:20 PM
Okay, I'll play.

I don't buy the cheapest gasoline and I don't buy cheap components for any of my reloads (all nine chamberings). I also pay extra to purchase Remington Hard Magnum shot and Remington Fig-8 wads rather than cheaper chilled shot and knockoff wads when I make my shotshells.

I want to have high quality ammunition but at a cost far less than what's available commercially.

ArmedBear
July 20, 2007, 07:28 PM
With shotshells, I like to mix and match.

Remington's hulls and their STS shot are great stuff. But Winchester's primers have never failed me. I like Claybuster 1 oz. wads, even if they are "knockoffs", and I started using Windjammer 1 1/8 oz. again for handicap loads and they just powdered the birds from 25 yards back, really nice.

I can't buy those loads anywhere, at any price. The money I save is a bonus; it's probably not "worth" the time it takes. The good feeling I get from shooting what I loaded myself helps my score. I can't say that the loads I've worked up really work better than off-the-shelf STS's, but trap is a mental game. Loading them myself helps me focus, somehow.

xjer
July 20, 2007, 08:37 PM
None of the above.

I am just getting started on reloading. I just think it might be
something good to know. It may come in handy sometime down the road.

Mike

nitesite
July 20, 2007, 09:06 PM
With shotshells, I like to mix and match.

Remington's hulls and their STS shot are great stuff. But Winchester's primers have never failed me. I like Claybuster 1 oz. wads, even if they are "knockoffs", and I started using Windjammer 1 1/8 oz. again for handicap loads and they just powdered the birds from 25 yards back, really nice.

I can't buy those loads anywhere, at any price. The money I save is a bonus; it's probably not "worth" the time it takes. The good feeling I get from shooting what I loaded myself helps my score. I can't say that the loads I've worked up really work better than off-the-shelf STS's, but trap is a mental game. Loading them myself helps me focus, somehow.

You're right, ArmedBear. While STS hard magnum shot is about as good as it gets, and Remington wads are pretty good, I use other brands like Winchester and Federal primers. I could save money with Cheddite or some other cheaper primer and Promo Powder. But for the same price of a box of cheap-cheap Rio or Fed or Win shotshells I have the same ammo as $7/box Nitro Golds or STS Premiers!

I don't want to shoot the lowest grade shells I can get away with.

So therin lies one of my motivations for handloading. I get more psyched by paying a little bit more and and making up a load that is maybe even a little bit better than what's on the shelf.

Or getting satisfaction by making premium hunting ammo that has the same components for ⅓ the price. Like my pet .243 loads... Hornady V-Max 58-gr Moly bullets over Varget that would cost me $30 per twenty but only cost me $9; Combined Technology 95-gr Ballistic Silvertips over H4350 and Win primers cost me under $10/box but are over $30 at Wal-Mart!

I would rather spend more money to make a standard pressure .38-Spl hard-cast BBDEWC that has a MAX powder charge than get cheaper hollow-base WCs and load 'em real wimpy!

(And by the way, when the Remington wads dry up I will be getting the same wads you are now using to try out. I know they are outstanding as well.)

Otto
July 20, 2007, 09:10 PM
As much money as I have invested in equipment, components and accessories it's almost mandatory that I reload.

koja48
July 20, 2007, 10:03 PM
All of the above.

Hawk
July 20, 2007, 10:47 PM
I'll give ya something other than "all the above".

Number 2.

But for several revolvers that followed me home, I wouldn't have bothered with metallic reloading. One needn't even bargain hunt components in .41 mag: virgin Starline and Hornady XTP still saves 60%.

I haven't yet found a point in reloading for the semis - I recover about 2 cases out of 50 and virgin Starline that would only get loaded once doesn't make a lot of sense - especially since I don't have any interest (yet) in un-jacketed bullets in the self-stuffers.

However, there's a 45-70 / .457 WWMag on its way down from Alaska at the moment so the single stage showed up just in time to be put to use.

Dang addicting.

jmorris
July 21, 2007, 12:18 AM
when I first started out it was because I was a kid and could make ammo I couldn't buy much less afford to buy (pistol). Later it was for the accuracy end with rifles. Now I mostly reload because no factory ammo exists for my needs (IDPA, USPSA, 7mmBR, etc.) It's certainly not because it's any cheaper.

Redneck with a 40
July 21, 2007, 01:11 AM
Primary reasons for reloading are.....

1) Cost reduction...I'm saving 60% on my 40 S&W ammo. Factory ammo = ~ $13-$16/50. My reloads = $5.25/50.:D Same thing with the 357 mag, even bigger savings. Factory Rem soft point ammo, 158 grain = $30/50.:eek: My 357 reloads, using Rem SJHP's, 125 grain = $250/2000 or 12.5 cents/round, or $6.25/50 with equals an 80% savings!:D

2) I can put together better high performance ammo in 40 S&W, using Hornady XTP's and Speer Gold Dot's.

3) The simple enjoyment of it, its a great, relaxing, rewarding hobby.

Valkman
July 21, 2007, 01:14 AM
I started to save money but it turned into a great hobby!

Jim_M
July 21, 2007, 01:16 AM
More bang for my buck.

Bitswap
July 21, 2007, 01:46 PM
None of the above. I reload so I can put a unique serial number on each and every bullet I seat. Just getting ahead of the curve here for new liberal regulations :(

But seriously, all of the above, with a focus on accuracy and economics.

mc223
July 21, 2007, 05:13 PM
My original thought for reason for reloading was to save money. Now i find myself searching for the magic load. Have not realized much saving yet.

SoCalShooter
July 21, 2007, 05:19 PM
Because I can create 185gr HP .45acp rounds that kick like .38 special :)

dcloco
July 21, 2007, 05:21 PM
Returned last night from a vacation in northern Montana. Why do I reload? When my younger brother is smiling ear to ear....and will NOT leave the prairie dog field.....after sending multiple pdogs to heaven....at 520-530 yards with my Savage 223. THAT is why I reload.

The Bushmaster
July 21, 2007, 05:33 PM
A very good reason dcloco...I couldn't have come up with a better one...

ArmedBear
July 21, 2007, 05:41 PM
nitesite -- I've known some people who have had perforated Cheddites. Not good for the firing pin!

I do use Promo, but that's because I like it also. Cleaner than old Red Dot. New Red Dot is supposed to be cleaner, but I have to finish a big keg of Promo first.:)

tbtrout
July 21, 2007, 08:00 PM
All of the above

Kevin108
July 22, 2007, 12:28 AM
I reload because I got it's cheaper and I actually enjoy banging out my own rounds with my Lee Classic Loader while watching TV.

fulloflead
July 22, 2007, 01:12 AM
"I am constantly researching to develop a better recipe that I can call my own."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

.

gandog56
July 22, 2007, 01:14 AM
Bercause I shoot the fun cartridges?

.400 Cor-Bon
357 Sig
10mm
.454 Casull

GunTech
July 22, 2007, 02:18 AM
I am amazed that accuracy placed last as a reason to reload. It is the only reason I reload.

P-32
July 22, 2007, 02:36 AM
I started reloading to lower ammo costs. Now I reload so I can drive tacks at 600 yards with my service rifles. See you at Perry.

Even my huntin' ammo shoots good.

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