Thinking about getting into shotgun reloading


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ccsniper
September 5, 2011, 10:56 PM
I noticed literally thousands of empty hulls at my range and began wondering, would it be economical to collect these reload them and then sell them at a low price? I went ahead and collected them just in case if I don't I can always sell the hulls. What do yall think? Should I make the plunge? I was going to use the lee load all since it is rather inexpensive and I have seen them used.

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rsrocket1
September 5, 2011, 11:19 PM
I don't think you can sell reloads without a license. You will be liable for any kabooms, although it happens way less frequently than with metal cartridge reloading.
The Lee load all is OK for small quantities, but you need a progressive for big volume loading. The Lee would be a good way to get into low volume reloading for yourself.

cfullgraf
September 6, 2011, 12:03 AM
Mec 600 jr is way better than the Lee Load All.

Shot shell loads are fairly specific by components. One load in one hull may not be suitable for another brand of hull. Also, frequently, the loader needs some crimping adjustment between different brands of hulls. This does not promote high volume loading.

While I shoot mostly reloaded shot shells, it is difficult to match the price of some of the "gun club" loads sold at Wally World, etc. But my reloads' performance are not normally available in the cheap shells, or are shot shells like 28 ga and .410 bore.

Not advisable to sell reloads commercially without the appropriate paperwork.

ccsniper
September 6, 2011, 01:47 AM
drats, didn't realize there was red tape. Still can sell the hulls with no problem right? I have been collecting brass and have several hundred casings in various calibers I intend to sell eventually

billyjoe
September 6, 2011, 02:03 AM
Some hulls you can sell very well and some are dumpster material. Winchester AA and Remington STS are the ones you want to keep. The Remington Gun Clubs are ok but not worth as much as the other two. Everything else is pretty much garbage. As far as loading shotshells for a profit, that's a no go. I'm not sure of any body that sells reloaded shotshells or if it's even legal. Loading componets are so high for shotshell their would be no profit anyway and even the best of loaders has a dud shotshell now and then. They just don't seal back 100% when reloaded.

glenns
September 6, 2011, 02:10 AM
You can get .05 for each once fired STS hull. About .02-.03 each for the gun clubs. The 'old style' AA hulls sell for about .05 but the new style are not very popular.

Why don't you reload them and try trap shooting?

ccsniper
September 6, 2011, 03:00 AM
Why don't you reload them and try trap shooting?

The thought occurred to me.

1SOW
September 6, 2011, 03:18 AM
oops

FROGO207
September 6, 2011, 07:54 AM
I find that there is no profit in selling hulls. Also I reload for my own use and it costs about the same as cheaper 12 and 20 at WM. BUT I can reload my hulls with #4 or buckshot for a lot less than if I purchased them. Also the 410 is really cost effective to reload. You use way less materials and it costs more than 12 GA when you buy finished ammo??? This always made me scratch my head.

oneounceload
September 6, 2011, 11:50 AM
You use way less materials and it costs more than 12 GA when you buy finished ammo??? This always made me scratch my head.

Called supply and demand and volume production.

I noticed literally thousands of empty hulls at my range and began wondering, would it be economical to collect these reload them and then sell them at a low price?

Without the proper paperwork, selling reloads is a Federal crime and will get you 10 years in Club Fed and no more guns. Depepnding on the hulls, some might be worth a few cents each - those from wally world, Rio, Estate, etc., are not worth it. Remington STS and Winchester AA are the two best, and in 12 gauge can get you about .05 IF they are once fired that have not gotten wet from sitting outside

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