How many guys


February 21, 2011, 01:17 PM
Just wondering how many of you load for family members and what are your rules, if any.
I load for my two daughters and son-in-laws and really don't charge much, they will give a me a few bucks here and there, but I don't mind---it's just fun to shoot with family.
Thoughts?? Thanks, Floydster

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February 21, 2011, 01:35 PM
I load for family for presents or them buying me equipment. :)

I got a Lee Pro 1000 setup with all the accessories for $150 to me, I just have to load 1000 45 ACP rounds for my brother. (He's even paying for consumables, I just do the labor.)

Gonna load a few boxes of .357 for my dad for a new case trimmer. I also loaded up 3 boxes of .357 for my dad for Christmas as well.

I will load for anyone, as long as it is known that I cannot be held responsible for any damages that may occur. So if I tell them to watch out for a squib for example, they should check the barrel, and if they don't, that is their problem. We all know there is only so much we can do to try and ensure perfect loads, but nobody is perfect.

February 21, 2011, 01:59 PM
My old boss would load for me. He only charged me what it cost in materials. Most of our shooting was done together, so I'd help pick up his brass, he'd let me shoot his guns, and I'd let him shoot mine. Guess we both made out on the deal.

February 21, 2011, 03:06 PM
My sister-in-law just bought her first pistol, a SA XDm 9mm. So my brother -in-law (who is a shooting buddy) tells her;

"now you need to wait for a good sale and go get yourself 250-300 round to put through it to get used to it."

to which she replied

"can't you just reload bullets for it?"(which means me, as I have the loading equipment)

to which he replied

"sure we(me) can, but you need to buy bullets first so that you have the brass to load when you are done shooting"

to which she replied

"well doesn't he have a bunch of brass?, can't he just reload it for me?" (which I do, but it is mine!)

I think that my SIL thinks if you reload bullets, evidently everything about them is FREE!!

I am sure I will end up loading for her, but she is still going to pay for it somehow. Unless Dillon is coming out with a new press that will magically make all the components out of thin air, and then make bullets. Now, I don't own any Dillon equipment, but it is my understanding around here, that if anybody was going to do that, it would be DIllon.

February 21, 2011, 04:09 PM
I reload for myself and my wife. To anyone else asking, the answer is: "You buy the components and come on over and I will let you use the equipment, and look over your shoulder while you load your own ammo."

February 21, 2011, 04:29 PM
My immediate family, wife and daughters, shoot my reloads. But, they don't shoot very much.

As rule, I prefer not to reload for other folks. I'll help them get started and let them learn on my equipment, but they are stroking the handle.

February 21, 2011, 04:39 PM
Just for my sons and even then, I'm there when they shot them.

February 21, 2011, 04:43 PM
I reloaded for the family for the family as we competed in matches quite a bit in the past. They don't shoot that much any more so they are all mine!! ;)

Never had anyone give me money for any of my ammo. I'll give it to a fellow shooter if he needs it with the understanding it is free and all I want is the brass.


Old krow
February 21, 2011, 04:44 PM
I use James2's method. My friends are more than welcome to come over and load some with me, or they can load on their own and I'll hang out and watch. As a rule, I typically do not load for anyone.

I have had 4 or 5 friends that have asked about coming over to load and learn, but none of them have ever asked to have it loaded for them. I wish that I had have had a friend that reloaded when I started and I could have been mentored.

My g/f is scared of reloads and my son shoots whatever I have. I'm there when he shoots, but they were never really intended for him.

Border Hopper
February 21, 2011, 04:55 PM
+1 to James2

February 21, 2011, 05:20 PM
I load for every family member and if they toss me a few bucks for my trouble or the components it's a bonus. My primary reason for being so easy about any expense is, I want them shooting the best that can be had for both hunting, and self defense.

February 21, 2011, 05:30 PM
As a general rule, just me.

Lately, I've become really good friends with a couple guys and I've been loading for them (I do labor, they buy components). Pistol only and I try to to it only once or twice to get them hooked...then they have to come and pull the handle from then on. ;)

Both of them have already bought presses, benches, scales and all the required gear for pistol loading.

I still see them occasionally for rifle or to use my Giraud. ;)

dave from mesa
February 21, 2011, 05:35 PM
+1 James2 and cfullgraf.

February 21, 2011, 05:52 PM
I shoot mine, they can shoot theirs !

I`ll let anyone who is interested load on my tools with supervision !

If genuinely interested & they buy their own equipment I`ll help set it up & get em started !!!

I do load for immediate family though !

Steel Talon
February 21, 2011, 06:03 PM
I never charge family or friends. Even fellow shooters at the range matches if they run out or have a problem I have no problem sharing it always comes back to me in aces later down the road..

Family tends to give me a bottle of powder or primers here and there. With friends they do the same. if a friend asks for a special load or help in re-loading They bring all the components and I get them set up on my equipment, teaching / helping them.

When my girls bring their boyfriends to the range with us they always have them bring a value pak of 22lr.

evan price
February 21, 2011, 06:19 PM
I give away boxes of triple-checked, carefully prepared handloadsed pistol ammo sometimes to friends or family members. IF I have the brass and components. For example I reload some medium 454 Casull for a buddy @ 1100 fps & plated slugs. I load some 38 spl for my dad and brother. I load some target 357 Mags @ 1000 fps & plated slugs for another friend. I give them as gifts and triple check every measurement.

I would never, ever load up full-bore magnum loads or quick & cheap target reloads for anybody but me.

February 21, 2011, 06:20 PM
My two sons, son in law and wife shoots my reloads. Wife and I usually purchase most of the supplies. Youngest son and I shoot the most and usually shoot together most of the time. My youngest son (now 20 and in college) will also reload when he is here. I trust his loads as much as my own.

February 21, 2011, 07:23 PM
I load for my father in law only---and then I stand nearby him when he shoots. I've had plenty of buddies offer to pay me for boxes, but won't do it. Heck, I'll go online and put them a shopping cart together at Midway (which I've done!), but I ain't loading for them.

February 21, 2011, 09:28 PM
I reload for my son and my daughter. I gave them each single action revolvers when they started college - a .357 for my daughter and a .45 Colt for my son. I gave them each 150 rounds of ammo that I had loaded up for them. I told them that as long as they were in college I would gladly keep them supplied in ammo. The only provision is that they have to give me the same amount of brass as I give them loaded rounds. It'll keep them in the habit of saving brass - especially the .45 Colt! That stuff is hard to come by. They are both familiar with reloading and occasionally they will help me when they pass through if they have the time.

They really don't have a whole lot of time to shoot very much while in school. I probably give them 100 or so rounds per year. Usually, they shoot when they are visiting me on vacation. Hopefully, they will continue to like the shooting hobby and perhaps get into reloading for themselves when they are gainfully employed.

February 21, 2011, 09:42 PM
I have reloaded for my son, but he reloads now.

I've also let a few other range friends fire my gun using my light reloads while I'm watching. They have done the same for me.

February 21, 2011, 10:04 PM
I KNOW my handloads are safe so what I do depends on how I feel about the individual.

If it's someone I really like and want to help I'll load for 'em.

If it's someone I like but know or suspect will be a leech, I tell 'em to pick up the components they want to try and come over, I'll show 'em how to load and let 'em use my tools. In 46 years and a few dozen such requests, I'm yet to have one of them follow up. ONE guy did bring over a brick of primers some empties for me to store a few years back, he was supposed to get powder and bullets "soon" but I still have't seen him again.

It's rare for anyone I don't care for to even raise the subject but when it does I just say I can't do that due to the potential liability.

Jesse Heywood
February 22, 2011, 12:56 AM
How many of you have offered to reload for your ex? :evil:

No, I don't have one. And none of my sisters shoot, either. :neener:

February 22, 2011, 02:12 AM
If nothing else, you can just load em some hot glue bullets. Pretty low liability there!

February 22, 2011, 03:57 AM
I reload for my dad and mom. All of my kids are still to young to shoot but when they are old enough they will be shooting my reloads.

February 22, 2011, 06:14 PM
It is a liability issue for sure. I will reload for my family with no problem but for good friends or coworkers they have to come over and work WITH me at least and we will load up some fun. The thing is then, did I load that particular round or did they do it? Kind of stops the finger pointing if there ever was to be a problem. Also I know if they are doing it correctly. Some of them even go on to buy their own setups. I like setting the hook.:D

February 22, 2011, 11:59 PM
I just load for myself and my brother,less liability that way. I've reloaded for a buddy once, he'd shot some,then traded the gun and gave the guy the cartridges too,end of that deal. Another guy asked me if I reloaded, I told him yes, the he asked if I'd reload some Win. .375 cartridges for him. He said if I'd load him 5 boxes of them, and they shot alright, he'd pay me for them........ I think he's still on that hike I told him to take!:evil:

February 23, 2011, 12:36 AM
I'm pretty good, but I'm not perfect. I don't load for others. Occasionally I'll let someone shoot one of my milsurps at a range, even if I'm using my loads, but only after I've fired a few.

Hondo 60
February 23, 2011, 01:16 AM
My nephew (17) likes to come to the range with me.
So we usually go once a month or so.

But no one else in the family shoots with me,
so no one else gets to shoot my reloads.

If any one ever asked, I'd be more than willing to
show 'em how to reload.

February 23, 2011, 08:28 AM
I'm guilty of loading for family members and a couple of friends. But that was years ago and a one time deal until they got their own presses.

February 23, 2011, 04:47 PM
I bring new people out to the range quite a bit, and as a friendly gesture I provide the ammo. Whether or not I end up getting paid for it is no big deal to me. But I also don't take a single person often, so I never feel anyone is leaching off me.

So friends and family do shoot my reloads, but only in my presence. I have only given away one box of reloaded ammo to a more experienced friend, but that is generally not the norm.

February 23, 2011, 05:24 PM
Oops, repost.

February 23, 2011, 05:39 PM
My wife and I load for each other...whoever has more time.

Since doing this I've had a couple friends reload me their "special recipe" and "gift" them to me...they sit in a closet....

I'll shoot my wife's co-worker's reloads without hesitation...well the first shot without hesitation...he's on THR

February 23, 2011, 09:22 PM
I've reloaded for my father...sort of a desperate move to cover for the fact that I didn't have birthday/father's day gifts. I made sure to use a powder check/lockout die and made them VERY mild loads (about 650 FPS). Other than that, if you shoot my reloads, it's because you're at the range with me.

February 23, 2011, 09:33 PM
I've given a box or two to family or friends, with the instruction to "pick up the brass when you're done, and any other brass you can get, too"

Liability be damned. If it's good enough for my gun, it's good enough for any gun. If you don't like that, then don't shoot it.

February 23, 2011, 09:34 PM
I have friends all the time ask me to reload for them, but they don`t understand the cost of equipment and supplies plus my time, they can do just as well buying from a professional reloader at a gun show, plus I don`t want any of my mistakes to hurt someone. The only people who have shot my reloads are my brother in laws from out of state, when they come to visit during the holidays, we have "guys at the range day" while the girls go shopping.

February 24, 2011, 04:02 AM
I load for any friend and family member. They buy the components and if I need a set of dies to do their rounds, they buy them, and I get to keep them. The return the favor in other ways. One took my oldest out hunting last deer season as I was here and couldn't. Others have helped my wife out while I was away. just things like that. Of course, my girls just have to be good, help me out, and use their allowance for theirs if they want some special bullet or such. My oldest will be doing her own this year when I get back.

February 24, 2011, 06:21 AM
No other shooters than myself in the family.
Just as I will not shoot anyone else's loads no-one else should expect to shoot mine.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
February 24, 2011, 06:37 AM
Don't load for anyone but myself. If a family member wants to learn reloading I am pretty patient and am a great teacher and would teach them the art. Other than that, no one else will ever touch my reloading equipment unless I die.

February 24, 2011, 08:21 AM
Wow. This is not an area that I have gone into yet. This is all a liability issue? No matter how cautious and exact reloading one by one. I should have my best friend come over and throw the handle if he wants some loaded? Or am I one of those people who is willing to wave the liability issue because of my confidence. I think maybe this early in my carear of reloading( 2 weeks) it would behoove me to have another set of eyes, no liability and a couple dies for free. Never thought of all this. Good thread. Good information.

February 24, 2011, 12:29 PM
My son uses my equipment and loads for himself. I do reload for my brother-in-law, I only charge him for the components.

February 24, 2011, 05:20 PM
I load for my girlfriend and my best friend, both of which help me load from time to time. Seems I buy all of the components, but Ive heard rumors of a new press coming around my birthday :D

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