Buying Reloads at Gun Shows


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BBDartCA
July 7, 2011, 10:34 PM
I've routinely seen people selling reloads at gun shows. This always seems to be a questionable practice from a safety standpoint. But if people are always selling them I suppose people are buying them. Any reason buying reloads would be OK? I got some in a bulk ammo buy and half would not cycle though my Remington pump 30.06.

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ColtPythonElite
July 7, 2011, 10:35 PM
I have no problems with reloads from a commercial loader. I'll pass on reloads some guy through together in his basement.

Marlin 45 carbine
July 7, 2011, 10:38 PM
don't do it. not worth the risk

JoeMal
July 7, 2011, 10:46 PM
I'm going to say what 99% of the followers are going to say; don't do it. You have no idea how those are loaded

GCBurner
July 7, 2011, 11:00 PM
I buy commercial reloads from someplace like Georgia Arms, but I wouldn't buy any from Joe Blow Basement Reloads.

BBDartCA
July 7, 2011, 11:07 PM
Besides Georgia Arms, who else (reputable) sells reloads or manufacturered ammo?

ColtPythonElite
July 7, 2011, 11:10 PM
Mastercast...You can buy loaded ammo from them or send them your brass for exchange.

J_McLeod
July 7, 2011, 11:31 PM
BVAC. http://www.bvac-ammo.com/

They have good prices and decent quality.

hAkron
July 7, 2011, 11:38 PM
Remanufactured ammo from a licensed ammo manufacturer is probably fine. Reloads from just "some dude" with a table at a gun show is a mistake and probably less than legal on the sellers part. I have seen loaded ammo sold with the stipulation that it was being sold to be pulled and broken down into brass and projectiles, and if it was something odd ball that I needed, I would buy it and pull the bullets and reload it myself, but that's probably not what you are talking about.

john16443
July 7, 2011, 11:42 PM
I have no problems with reloads from a commercial loader. I'll pass on reloads some guy through together in his basement.
Same here, and I've had excellent results in both 9mm and 45ACP. LAX range is who has the best ones at the Crossroads gun shows in So. Cal.

nyc71
July 8, 2011, 12:26 AM
Same here, and I've had excellent results in both 9mm and 45ACP. LAX range is who has the best ones at the Crossroads gun shows in So. Cal.

I had a different experience with their reloads. Before I started reloading I bought 500 rounds of 9mm & none of them cycle in the Glock I had. I was lucky they shot fine out of my friend's XDm, we end up trading rounds. I wouldn't recommend buying reloads.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"- Benjamin Franklin

Sav .250
July 8, 2011, 08:49 AM
Different strokes for different folks... From a friend I trusted....maybe.

68wj
July 8, 2011, 08:55 AM
Besides Georgia Arms, I have heard good things about Good To Go Ammo in Texas http://goodtogoammo.com/public_html/index.html

jcwit
July 8, 2011, 10:27 AM
From a commercial reloader "maybe", from an individual "NO". and I might add I refuse to reload for anyone.

bigfatdave
July 8, 2011, 10:37 AM
From a commercial reloader "maybe", from an individual "NO".
Ronnie Reloader and Danny Dremel have a lot of stuff at the local shows.

In one word ... "noooooooooooope!"

Just because the guy sitting at the table looks professional doesn't mean it wasn't loaded by a drunken blind monkey ... and the surplus/steel-case ammo isn't much more expensive if you're willing to haggle a bit.

Dapperdan
July 8, 2011, 10:39 AM
I, for one, won't do it. Just asking for trouble. Reminds me of a fella we met at the range one day. He had a Walther P-38 and had bought some "9MM reloads" at a show. Turned out to be 9MM, but it was Makarov, not Luger. They wouldn't fire. I gave him some of my Lugers that I had with me for a Smith M&P 9c and it was all good.

243winxb
July 8, 2011, 01:01 PM
who else (reputable) sells reloads or manufacturered ammo? http://www.black-hills.com/

Jesse Heywood
July 8, 2011, 03:31 PM
I have bought a few thousand reloads at guns shows. One problem that I never had was with loads being too hot. Most have been with faster burning powders, and charges in the light to moderate range. Lighter charges mean less cost. There were a bunch loading for cowboy action shooting.

RandyP
July 8, 2011, 03:33 PM
Cabelas sells I believe it's Ultra-Max? reloads.

Other than a name brand, licensed reloader's offering I'd take a pass.

mdemetz
July 8, 2011, 03:50 PM
Precision Cartridge (http://www.precisioncartridge.com/)

Overkilll0084
July 8, 2011, 03:54 PM
I figure if I'm going to damage my gun with reloads, it might as well be one of mine. Why pay someone else for the priviledge?

rcmodel
July 8, 2011, 04:08 PM
I have no problems with reloads from a commercial loader. I'll pass on reloads some guy through together in his basement.+1
I also would draw the line on any loads, or reloads, in zip-lock bags, brown paper sacks, or old cigar boxes.

:scrutiny:

rc

lono
July 8, 2011, 10:38 PM
I don't shoot reloads unless I reloaded them, chances are you would be fine but it is not worth the risk. IMHO

1SOW
July 8, 2011, 10:52 PM
Locally our gun shows have 3-5 reload vendors.
Before I started reloading, I got a card and email site from them (if they had one). I found a pretty good one.
I found this guy (http://www.cccammo.com/) who is a licensed commercial dealer who supplies a lot of Old West pistol/rifle ammo plus more at fair prices. His reloading equipment is impressive if you check on the sight. http://shop.cccammo.com/wwwcccammocompage2.aspx
Do some research and ask questions about the ammo 'before' you buy, or you're taking a big risk.

Redneck with a 40
July 8, 2011, 11:07 PM
I'll buy reloads from a commercial outfit. I absolutely would not buy reloads from an individual, the only reloads I trust are my own.

BBDartCA
July 9, 2011, 09:31 AM
another source here http://www.deadzeroammo.com/Remanufactured-Ammunition_c15.htm but prices are nearly the same as new??

mrbro
July 9, 2011, 10:31 AM
Any reason buying reloads would be OK?

No.

jhansman
July 9, 2011, 07:27 PM
All I can say is "Yikes!" My peace of mind will only allow me to shoot my own loads and factory.

kimbernut
July 9, 2011, 08:45 PM
Before I started reloading I bought a couple bags of reloads at a gun show. Beautifully polished rounds that if I didn't know better I would have sworn they were factory. Neither bag would fit my chambers. Never again.

tekarra
July 9, 2011, 08:50 PM
A few years ago I bought some 38 spls from a reloader at a gunshow. After shooting two cylinders, the revolver was black, my hands were black and I could taste the smoke in the air. Asked the range master if he could dispose of the stuff. Never again.

Dnaltrop
July 9, 2011, 09:04 PM
bought them once before I had my own reloading setup... 100 rounds of jacketed and lead .45 colt.

Oily residue... squib after squib.... I've never had them before in my life, None stuck in the barrel but I cracked it open and checked the chamber each time.

I'll screw my own guns up thankyouverymuch. ;)

bbq fan
July 9, 2011, 10:08 PM
I'd say no thanks...

ac398
July 10, 2011, 12:29 PM
LAX Firing Range reloads work great for me. There from Los Angeles but I buy them in Phoenix at the Crossroads of the West gun show, dont know how far they go around the country. Ive used them in 40 and 357 Mag and they worked great. Also I randomly was talking to a couple of guys at gun store out here and I mentioned buying reloads and they immediately brought up LAX but they owned 9s and 45s, so for pistol ammo they seem to be good but I havent heard from anybodys whos tried them in their assault rifles or hunting rifles so I cant speak to those.

S$W66
July 13, 2011, 12:02 PM
If i didn't reload it i don't shoot it. Then if have kaboom is my fault and not because someone else messed up.

HK SD9 Tactical
July 13, 2011, 01:21 PM
Not from a gun show table.

ErikO
July 14, 2011, 01:12 AM
I'd say that if the price is good and the bullets and brass look ok, just yank the powder and reload it with your own stuff. Unknown powder makes good fertilizer.

Ignition Override
July 14, 2011, 01:21 AM
Seeing how some sellers don't disclose some basic facts about guns they sell, now that I reload, I would never buy anybody else's reloads, unless they is from several experienced shooters I trust very much.

The guy selling the reloads might only barely know the other person who reloaded them.
I read a comment on whichever website where three potential buyers of handgun reloads at a gun show were appalled, and quickly left the table of a guy who described his careless methods used.

The seller's comment was something like, "Aww, this brass can handle anything and a lot more powder than other fellers use...".

Funshooter45
July 14, 2011, 12:03 PM
About 25 years ago, long before I even thought about reloading my own stuff, I bought 50 rounds of .270 Win from a guy at a gunshow. The accuracy was phenomenal. I saved the last 20 of them for my "go-to" hunting rounds until I eventually traded the rifle off. So that one worked out well. But a few years later I acquired about 200 44 mag reloads thrown in with purchase of a pistol. But after 40 rounds shot with 3 squibs and bullets lodged in the barrel, I threw them away. Never again for me.

popper
July 16, 2011, 05:39 PM
I wopldn't reload for anyone except relatives and then if something happens, I'm in as bad shape as they are. For MONEY - NO.

Hondo 60
July 17, 2011, 07:28 PM
I wouldn't do it for money.
The liability isn't worth it.

And as far as shooting someone else's reloads.... just don't!

That's my 2

XxBulletBendeRXx
February 27, 2012, 09:01 PM
I figure if I'm going to damage my gun with reloads, it might as well be one of mine. Why pay someone else for the priviledge?
LOL... Good Humor, with a quick delivery of a valid point.. Kudos!! LOL.. :)

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