do you reload?


May 10, 2009, 12:34 AM
i realize i could have posted this in the reloading forum, but i really want to get an idea from everyone, including those who do not.

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May 10, 2009, 12:36 AM

but working on it

May 10, 2009, 12:37 AM

but working on it

very good.

May 10, 2009, 12:39 AM
admins, can i put a link to this poll in general discussions and autohandguns?

id like a nice sample size

May 10, 2009, 01:22 AM
gotta clear out the garadge and buy a started kit and I'll be ready:)

May 10, 2009, 01:44 AM
Same boat here...just got a new BPCR and ordered a new long range I need to get started quick. Just have to save up the cash to get everything.

May 10, 2009, 05:11 AM
Bryan better buy lots of 4895 or 4064 the CMP ship is sailing :uhoh:

May 10, 2009, 05:39 AM
Yep, I reload ... I've been reloading since '92 so that puts me somewhere in the middle of the pack ... not an ol' timer but not a newbie either. Luckily my wife doesn't realize how much money "we" have invested in reloading tools and equipment not to mention firearms. Then again, I have no idea how much money "she" has invested in jewelry, handbags, shoes, makeup and clothes! Suddenly I feel the urge to place an order .... :D

Since others are listing the calibers that they reload for I'll do the same:


.38 spl/.357 mag
.44 spl/.44 mag
.45 ACP
.45 Colt (for rifle too)


.223 Rem
.308 Win
.300 WSM
.300 WM
.45-70 Govt


May 10, 2009, 06:29 AM
i handload...

it started at first because i couldn't afford my prairie dog shoots (volume of ammo) or to shoot my 7 mag w/ any regularity.

from the time i brought that rockchucker kit home, the trip has been a puzzling, fascinating odyssesy of developing loads, sorting out problem rifles, trying to understand internal and external ballistics, and exploration of my own ocd and ability to be anal... all in the (impossible) quest of finding the pinnacle of accuracy for every gun i own...

but mostly, i just enjoy it.

well, it is 5:30 am on sunday morning where i am at... and i am headed to the range to wrap up my testing and development of loads for my 270. this is exactly what handloading does to you... turns you into the ultimate range junkie. the rest of the house is sleeping getting ready for a lazy sunday morning... and i am packed and getting ready to hit the door. looking for the 1-hole-at-200 yards load (i'll get it this morning...) out of a winchester 70 featherweight...

can't everybody see how much they are missing by not loading your own??? who has time for sleep when there's loads to be developed? geeze... you non-handloaders - - don't know how i would handle all the extra time in my day...

May 10, 2009, 06:36 AM
Yes, I reload. Got into in cuz I like cowboy action shooting. On a average shoot you expend 120 rounds of pistol/rifle ammo. (45LC for me.) 25 or so 12 ga. I have a friend who does that for me. Then came the 'casting' bug. Thats another story. In the three years I have reloaded (newbie) I have also loaded for 45-70,30-06,30-30,45acp, and my fav the 45LC. All this with my Lee anniversary kit, with a few additions of course. Bob

May 10, 2009, 07:26 AM
Yes, I inherited a Bisley Colt in 1956, ammo was $5.30 a box. Old cowboy up the canyon reloaded same cartridge for his Colts and Winchesters, got me started. Been at it ever since, cast bullets, form wildcat cases, duplex loads. Do some every day that I'm home, which is most days, shoot several times a week, refuse to go south for the winter, I'm retired and loving it.

May 10, 2009, 08:56 AM
just started

May 10, 2009, 09:08 AM
.38 spl, .45 ACP, .30-30, .30-06
Very enjoyable way to spend snowbound winter evenings, and much the same satisfaction as growing a garden or building a wood pile.


Rollis R. Karvellis
May 10, 2009, 09:12 AM
Been at it since 1992, thow this drought we are in is putting a crimp in to my life.
King Ghidora, what part of S>E> Ohio are you in there is a small shop not far from me with just about all the normall calibers, but no reloading stuff.

May 10, 2009, 09:19 AM
Yep. I've been a casual reloader since 1978 with the Lee "whack a mole" kits, but now I have a 550B and I'm getting into the hard stuff.

It may become a serious addiction.

May 10, 2009, 09:21 AM
.45 ACP exclusively

May 10, 2009, 10:03 AM
Absolutely; it adds so much more to the hobby. My wife likes it too, because I've convinced her it's recycling. :D

May 10, 2009, 10:21 AM
Just restarted after a gap of 20+ years.

Luckily, I kept all of my equipment. By selling off the stuff (dies, mold, bullets, cases) for a caliber I no longer have, I was able to update my old Lee turret press to a 4 hole indexing one, and buy some dies, powder, and primers at no additional out of pocket expense.

Between aquiring a gun that uses unusual and pricey bullets (38-40, $45-$70/box), and the general run up in the price of ammo, it's definately worth my time to reload.

May 10, 2009, 10:23 AM
Been reloading handgun rounds for mabye 30 years. Some of my handguns have not fired A factory round. I recently started shooting 45-70 so I have now bought dies for that. If the prices for .223 and .308 don't come down I will set up for them as well.
I don't know how some of you guys actually have fun while shooting with the prices on ammo. But then I am cheap!

May 10, 2009, 10:31 AM
I reload 22 different pistol and rifle calibers. Some calibers I don't bother because I either don't shoot it enough (like the 380) or factory/milsurp ammo is too cheap to bother (9mm).

I have two rifles that are a bitch to feed. One is a wildcat requiring God-awful expensive cases (like $5 each) that need substantial modifying to make work and the other shoots a long obsolete caliber resulting in the same situation. I will never, EVER buy or build another gun in a caliber for which cases can't be bought off the shelf at a reasonable price.

Redneck with a 40
May 10, 2009, 10:46 AM
Yep, I reload.:) I load 40 S&W, 38 spl, 357 mag, and .308 winchester. I started back in 2005, when the price of 40 S&W ammo started its march upward from $175/case, once it hit $200/case, I was done with factory ammo. My 40 S&W ammo is running me $6/box.:) I've got a pretty good supply of 38 spl and 357 mag as well, which you can't even find right now with the ammo panic.

.308 Winchester is my latest endeavor, man is it fun!:) I recently aquired a Remmy SPS Tactical and spent darn near $40 on my first 40 rounds.:eek::mad: So I ordered a set of dies, got some powder, 168 grain Nosler HPBT's and went to work.:) Fortunately, my dad had a brick of Remington 9-1/2 primers from the 70's, when he was in Alaska, he sold me half of them, so I was very fortunate to score some primers for cheap.:) Now my .308 rounds are costing 42 cents/round.:)

With today's ammo shortage and rediculous prices, reloading is the only way to fly, its the only way I can afford to keep shooting.

May 10, 2009, 12:29 PM
It is on my list of things to do!

May 10, 2009, 12:37 PM
Only for the calibers where is less expensive to do so and that gap is narrowing.

May 10, 2009, 12:42 PM
Yup, started about a year ago. I currently load .223 Remington, .32 ACP, .380 ACP, 9mm, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, 10mm, .45 ACP, 45 Colt and .454 Casull.

Mounted my 550B in my car, so I can load during my commute. :evil:


May 10, 2009, 04:17 PM
Been saying I was going to start for a long time... and finally have!

May 10, 2009, 04:40 PM

.45 ACP
.223 Rem
30-30 WCF (Win)
7mm-08 Rem
.308 Win
280 Rem
30-06 Sprg

May 10, 2009, 04:45 PM
No, but most of the stuff is getting shipped tomorrow. Backorder for a while....

May 10, 2009, 04:46 PM
when my rifle runs empty, yes I reload it.

May 10, 2009, 07:29 PM
I'v been reloading since I was 11, back in 1954. My uncle returned from Korea and lived with us on the farm for a couple of years healing some wounds. He took me out shooting and taught me to reload. I had a 410 and he got me a Lee loader and I was hooked. To me that was unlimited ammo. My next was A 22 hornet at age 12 AND an old Marlin 32-20 for deer and other critters at age 13. I soon took over my dads old 30-40 Kreg carbine. I still have all of those guns. I bought most of my supplies mail order from Herter's.
I was just down in the basement for 3 hours pulling the handle on the Dillon 550 for about 3 hours.
Best to All,

May 10, 2009, 07:35 PM
Seeing as I get all hot and bothered over such things as .35 WSL, and .32 Remington I guess it's kind of required....

May 10, 2009, 07:52 PM
Seeing as I get all hot and bothered over such things as .35 WSL, and .32 Remington I guess it's kind of required....

lol @ hot and bothered.

gotta kik outa that.

May 10, 2009, 07:58 PM
Well, seeing as I now have an ex wife, and fiance.... I figure obscure rifle rounds are less trouble in the long run.... ;)

May 10, 2009, 08:14 PM

but working on it

gotta clear out the garadge and buy a started kit and I'll be ready

Same boat here...just got a new BPCR and ordered a new long range I need to get started quick. Just have to save up the cash to get everything.

It is on my list of things to do!

No, but most of the stuff is getting shipped tomorrow. Backorder for a while....

well to you guys who are gearing up to get started,,,,,,,excellent!!!!!!

be warned, you will be shooting a lot more.

i really started to save money, but now i have to be honest.

now that has absolutely nothing to do with it.

after hundreds of different loads, with different powders, bullets, o.a.l, roll crimps, taper crimps, factory crimps (the latter of which is my fav.) my groups with all rifles have literally been cut in half, even when compared to premium stuff like black hills. in some cases even less than half.

to you guys that have started already, or have been for years,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,well, you know this already i would suppose, lol.

May 10, 2009, 08:42 PM
Reloading doesn't save me any money.

I just shoot more for the same money :D

I started doing it to save money, but being able to squeeze every last little bit of accuracy out of my firearms is fun. Now I reload for consistancy.

The never ending presuit of consistancy in one loaded cartridge to the next is addictive.

Other than .22 LR, my firearms don't see factory ammo.

May 10, 2009, 09:02 PM
.45 colt
.38 special
.30 carb
7.62x54r(for hunting surplus for regular shooting)
im probably forgetting 1 or 2

May 10, 2009, 11:21 PM
Oh yes! Get r done!

May 10, 2009, 11:23 PM
I'd like to get into the latest Dillon group buy but I don't know if I have the cash to.

May 11, 2009, 12:40 AM
I reload and feel comfortable that I keep components on hand to load a goodly of .30-30 should the need arise. Started out with a Lee hammer kit for the .30-30 and moved onto a Lee Classic Cast press.

Haven't done much loading or shooting lately due to school. What shooting I do do is limited to .22LR for now...

Coal Dragger
May 11, 2009, 01:10 AM
Yes I reload, and as mentioned by others it can become an obsession in its own right. You will find yourself lusting after pieces of equipment, like powered case trimmers or a new improved press, or competition seating dies....

May 11, 2009, 03:40 AM
For everything I own other than 12 ga, and .22 Lr.

May 11, 2009, 06:35 AM
I haven't started reloading yet since I'm out of the country too much to leave any amount of powder in my garage for an extended amount of time.

I do save my brass, though. I don't count it as a start but I know some might.


May 11, 2009, 10:03 AM
Yep, and for a good many years now.

.38spl / .357mag

If you have a .38spl/.357mag handgun, I recommend you get started right away. That is a good round to cut your teeth on. Otherwise, the groups you shoot, your pocketbook, and the terminal ballistics on game, will all benefit from the rifle cartridges you shoot.

May 11, 2009, 11:18 AM

The three rifles that I have currently have not seen commercial loads just handloads.

I reload 223 and 308. I do not like case prep! Maybe I will send out my 223 cases and have them prepped. I don't mind tumbling and sizing. I just don't like trimming.

Also to save money I have been picking up lots of brass at the range.

May 11, 2009, 11:35 AM

45 colt
204 ruger

May 11, 2009, 11:35 AM
started wiht 44mag (couldent afford ammo)now 30-30,30-06,38spc&357mag,9mm(IDPA junky)30carbine,and now 7-30waters next on the list is 22-250. and ive onley been into it for a year now no wife so what i do is what i want.AINT LIFE GRAND.

May 11, 2009, 01:21 PM
I reload every centerfire caliber I own, but the list is too long to enter here.

I was strolling through Gander Mountain this past Saturday, and checked out the ammo supply.

I like .45 Colt, so I picked up a box. 50 rounds for $49.95! I found that hard to believe, it was nothing special, just some Cowboy loads, no radical HPs.

I know Gander's prices are nuts, but that's over the top.

Luckily I both cast and reload for that caliber, so I put the box back and went on my way.

When I buy a new gun in a caliber I didn't have until then, my next purchase is a set of dies. Then comes the mould once I find a bullet I like.

Nowadays, I'm sure glad I've been doing that.

Ed Wagner
May 11, 2009, 02:21 PM
Every 8 to10 rounds depending on mag capacity

texas bulldog
May 11, 2009, 03:00 PM
i would if there was even one inch of unclaimed space in my house that is too small for its current number of occupants. as soon as we build in the country (when, not if), a reloading bench is high on the list of priorities. actually, i'd say it's number one on that list. hopefully it's still legal by then...

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