Reloaders, what caliber(s) have you never bought factory loaded ammunition


December 11, 2012, 11:50 AM
What calibers have you reloaded but never had to buy factory loaded ammo for your arsenal?

My list is: .22 Hornet (the reason I got into reloading in the first place) bolt action
.300 Whisper/300-221 Fireball (AR upper) and hever had to buy brass for it either
.44 S&W Special (revolver)
.308 Win (bolt action)

I wish I could say I didn't have to buy brass for the others, sometimes you can't just find .44 Special lying around the range.

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john wall
December 11, 2012, 12:00 PM
I don't buy factory ammo. If I were to get a new caliber, (I have the calibers I want), I buy 1000 rds new brass (handgun) or 200 rds for rifle.

OF is okay if it is available at the right price (1/2 price of new brass), but often new brass is close in price to what folks think fired brass is worth.

December 11, 2012, 12:03 PM
.32 H&R mag

December 11, 2012, 12:10 PM
40 the police did give me around 500 once fired brass.

December 11, 2012, 12:15 PM
480 Ruger

Kyle M.
December 11, 2012, 12:16 PM
.45-70 Gov't., .357 Mag I think thats it.

December 11, 2012, 12:36 PM
38-45 Clerke, 7mm International Rimmed, and 6.5 x 54 Mauser. The first two are wildcats and the last one is obsolete and not currently in production.

I like to buy a little factory ammunition for my firearms and shoot them over a chronograph for comparison with my reloads.

December 11, 2012, 12:42 PM
That 7mm International Rimmed sounds like an interesting one.
I've never bought any ammo for my 30 Herrett either, or any brass for that matter, made every piece myself. :evil:

December 11, 2012, 12:59 PM
300 winmag, 38 S&W, 40 S&W, 357 mag, 38 spec, 30-06

December 11, 2012, 01:07 PM

December 11, 2012, 01:16 PM
38 spl. First lot I bought was 1000 SWC reloaded in Atlanta, still using that brass.

Arkansas Paul
December 11, 2012, 01:18 PM
.45 Colt
My Blackhawk has never fired a factory round.

December 11, 2012, 01:20 PM
None. I always shoot factory ammo first in any new gun I acquire.

December 11, 2012, 01:57 PM
W/e calibers I acquired after I started reloading.

December 11, 2012, 02:06 PM
My 44 mag has never tasted a factory round.

Not one.

December 11, 2012, 02:34 PM
Quite a few now that I think about it. The most interesting one for me is the 44 Magnum since it was the first handgun I ever got. I've never bought or shot any factory ammo out of it. And actually my list would be a lot longer, but I always buy factory ammo for any gun I keep for self defense.

7.6520mm Longue
38 Super
44 Magnum
45 Colt
454 Casull
455 Webley
475 Wildey Magnum

338 Winchester Magnum
458 Lott
460 Weatherby

December 11, 2012, 05:09 PM

I bought exactly 20 rounds each of .308 and .223 just so I could chronograph them and compare them to my handloads.

December 11, 2012, 06:11 PM
That 7mm International Rimmed sounds like an interesting one.

Similar to, but predates the 7-30 Waters. basically a necked down and fire formed 30-30 case.

I probably have a couple handguns besides those cartridges listed in my first post that have not ever shot a factory round. i shoot several cartridges that I have multiple handguns, after the first one, I may not shoot factory ammunition is the subsequent purchases.

Rifles are a different story.

December 11, 2012, 06:50 PM
I know the 7-30 Waters, hadn't heard of that International Rimmed before though. I like my 30 Herrett, but a little work forming cases.

Bull Nutria
December 11, 2012, 07:32 PM
I haven't bought factory 30-06 since 1976 when I started reloading, I bought a 7mm08 a few years ago and have never bought factory for it, I don't buy 44mag or 38 special either, I did buy a couple of boxes of 44mag to test a handi rifle, but don't buy any metallic ammo except for my 22 and 22mag!!


December 11, 2012, 07:41 PM
I have never bought any centerfire rounds for any of my guns except my shotguns. One of my Buddies got me into reloading from the get go.

What I reload.
7mm rem

December 11, 2012, 08:33 PM
.45 Colt and .270WSM at this point.

I've bought .357 but not .38spl though I've loaded and shot a great deal of it.

December 11, 2012, 08:43 PM
7mm STW
308 Win
270 Win, except for 2 boxes of Hornady Custom that was given to me
7mm08, I have bought for this one, but not in a long time
300 WSM
325 WSM
30-30, it is a bolt action and the first metallic cartridge I loaded for as I wanted spitzer bullets and not flat nose, have never ever used factory ammo in any 30-30 since

And hopefully soon a 22 K Hornet and a 220 Swift AI

December 11, 2012, 08:45 PM
The only ones that I HAVE fired factory ammo in are rimfire, 7.62X39, and 7.62X54. But I have a few ammo boxes of assorted factory ammo in some of the calibers I do reload (37 different ones presently) that friends/family have given me or I acquired in trades over the years that I never bothered to shoot up yet as I know my hand loads are much more accurate.:D Just sayin.:cool:

December 11, 2012, 08:48 PM
The only one I can think of that I've never bought factory ammo for is the .41 Magnum. Everything else I've bought some factory ammo somewhere down the line. I like reloading, but if I find a good deal on factory ammo I'm not against using it.

December 11, 2012, 10:48 PM
22-250, 223, 7mm-08. I've never purchased a centerfire rifle cartridge, come to think of it.

December 11, 2012, 11:26 PM
.458 Lott.... I had a rifle rechambered to it before it was cool. As such, there was no factory ammo, let alone factory brass.

December 11, 2012, 11:37 PM
22 Hornet, 220 Swift, 45 Colt.

December 11, 2012, 11:40 PM
I have never bought 357 mag, 44 mag, 45 colt, or 40S&W. Reloaded from round 1.

December 11, 2012, 11:45 PM
7.7 Japanese
.380 acp

Hondo 60
December 12, 2012, 02:26 PM
44 Spl & 44 Mag.
I looked at the prices & thought "fergetabodit"! :eek:

When I bought my 44, the seller threw in a set of Redding dies & 150 pcs of 44mag brass.
Then I bought another 100 pcs of mag & 100 pcs of 44 Spl

December 12, 2012, 02:34 PM
The only ammo I buy .22 rimfire.....

I reload ....9mm, .40S&W, .45 acp, .38 spl, .357 mag and .44 mag...
and I reload 12ga, 20ga, 28ga and .410 shotshells...

December 12, 2012, 02:45 PM
I have only been reloading for three years now. So I did buy factory ammo for all my weapons.

Since I started reloading, I have not bought a factory round except .22 LR n mag. I load 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, 38/357, 44 mag & special, 30 carbine, 30-30, 30-06, .308, 7mm-08, .223, and .270 win.

I have never fired a factory round out of my .460 S&W mag though. Only hand loads for that cannon. Factory 460 rounds were $2-3 a piece...!

I was never much of a shotgun shooter so I never thought of shotshell reloading.

I did NOT save any money reloading when I added it all up. I do shoot ten to twenty times as much.

I also really enjoy making my own custom ammunition.

December 12, 2012, 02:50 PM
The only ammunition I have ever purchased is .22 RF

I usually have dies, brass, and bullets beofre I have a new caliber that uses them.

December 12, 2012, 06:40 PM
35 Whelan.
338-378WBY. this one really save me alot of $$$$
.308win. dont know how i managed this one, probably cause of all the brass I find.

December 13, 2012, 07:24 AM
458 win mag, 458 Lott & 450 Watt's. Now I'm swamped with them.

December 13, 2012, 09:48 AM
Hi I'm new to the forum but I've been reloading for 30 years. I have a 45 Long Colt, 7MM TCU and a 22-250 which have never fired a factory round. The rest of my guns have fired factory ammo at some point, but I prefer to reload for all of them.
My favorite gun to shoot is a 270 winchester with 57.9 grains of H4831SC behind a Hornady 140 grain bullet. This is not a max load per the Hodgdons Data manual, and is very accurate in my Remington Model 700.

December 13, 2012, 11:01 AM
44 Magnum.

I have been loading and casting for 44 Spl for years, so when I got the Mag, I just bought brass. Didn't even need to buy dies.

December 13, 2012, 12:04 PM
Never is a long time. Occationally I would buy factory stuff for my handguns, but very rarely (I bought a box of Blazer Brass in 45 ACP about 6 years ago when I got a new 1911). I bought a box of 38 Specials when I got my wife a new 2" .38 mebbe 5 years ago, but other than that, nuttin except 7.62x39 stuff for my SKS.

FWIW, I reload for my 5, .44 Magnums, 3, .38 Specials, 1, .357 Mag., ,2 9mm, 2, 45 ACP, 2, .223, and one 30-30. Been a few years since I reloaded anything else, I just settled on these.

December 13, 2012, 02:16 PM
My daughters Rossi single shot .223 has never seen a factory round. I'm sure any new guns that I will be getting wont ever see a factory round either.

December 13, 2012, 02:16 PM
That would be

.222 Rem
.223 Rem
22 Hornet
22 Pipsqueak
243 Win
6mm TCU
6mm Rem
270 Win
7-30 Waters
7-08 Rem
.280 Remington
7mm Mag
7mm STW
7mm Ultra
300 WinMag
.338 WinMag
.38 Special
.35 Whelan
.416 Taylor
45-70 Government

And hopefully more to come!

December 13, 2012, 02:20 PM
O, yes, and 25-06 Rem as well.

I buy/collect brass for each rifle I buy and reload it accordingly. I never buy factory stuff any more. Not since the late 1980's.

jolly roger
December 13, 2012, 02:25 PM
257 Roberts
264 Win Mag
303 British
7.5 Swiss
41 Magnum
44 Special
44 Magnum
45 Colt

December 13, 2012, 06:51 PM
45/120 Sharps

December 13, 2012, 06:59 PM
41 Mag
7.62 x 39
.357 Sig

December 13, 2012, 07:57 PM
7mm-308, 7mmTCU, and 30-223 for me.

December 13, 2012, 08:03 PM


.44 special

December 13, 2012, 08:07 PM
.45 acp, .300 win mag, 7.62x54r

david bachelder
December 13, 2012, 10:41 PM
I have never bought any .38 Special.

I haven't bought many .40's or .45 Colt.

December 14, 2012, 03:24 AM
All of my firearms have had at least a box of factory ammo ran through them before reloading just to test them out and avoid buying components and dies for a potential lemon in a caliber I might not own again. That's usually the only box I buy, though.

December 14, 2012, 09:39 AM
.45 Colt
.41 Magnum
38 Super

December 14, 2012, 12:44 PM
218 Bee,30 Herrett,357 Herrett,375 Win,7.7 Jap.I usually buy a couple boxes of factory ammo with a new rifle,then reload everything after.

December 16, 2012, 11:43 AM
That would be

.222 Rem
.223 Rem
22 Hornet
22 Pipsqueak
243 Win
6mm TCU
6mm Rem
270 Win
7-30 Waters
7-08 Rem
.280 Remington
7mm Mag
7mm STW
7mm Ultra
300 WinMag
.338 WinMag
.38 Special
.35 Whelan
.416 Taylor
45-70 Government

And hopefully more to come!
Do you reload or buy for those?

December 16, 2012, 05:43 PM
.40 S&W


Neither gun has ever seen a factory round. Of course, only two companies make factory rounds for 6mm, Lapua and Norma. I've never seen it in person, only online.

So I had dies in hand not long after buying the rifle. Bought Lapua brass, and some Berger bullets, and away I went.

The .40 happened by accident. I had the pistol, and a friend gave me some brass he had, so I bought some bullets. As it turns out I never did buy any factory brass for that gun.

December 16, 2012, 11:30 PM
None technically. I've only bought 1 box of 380 just to use as a comparison on the chronograph. everything else that I currently reload for I had before I was reloading so I had purchased quite a few factory loaded rounds. None lately though!

10 Spot Terminator
December 16, 2012, 11:40 PM
6.5x55 Swede
.264 Win Mag
.300 Win Mag
.41 Mag

December 17, 2012, 12:00 AM
357 Herret... They don't make factory ammo. Thinking about buying a mouser in 8mm-06, another one you have to load for. I like making odd stuff like that

December 17, 2012, 12:12 AM
.41 Magnum.

I bought one box of .45 Colts when I first got the gun (intending to keep the brass), and quickly realized the commercial ammo was loaded down so far it's embarrassing. I haven't bought another box.

I haven't bought any .38 S&W, but I've reloaded so little of that one it doesn't count yet. :)

December 17, 2012, 01:29 AM
I always break in a new gun with factory ammo. I'd like to be sure the gun functions like it is supposed to without worrying about voiding the warranty by using reloads. I'll also run a variety of brands and bullet types through it while breaking it in. Long guns I'll sight in with factory loads, then adjust when I switch to reloads.

Pistols - the first 300+ rounds will be factory.

Rifles - the first 100+ rounds will be factory.

After that, I usually only shoot reloads. I don't reload shotgun shells (I really don't shoot that much of it to make it worthwhile), so those are all factory.

I just picked up a new .308. I have 100 rounds of different factory ammo to run through it, and 1000 pieces of brass waiting to be reloaded. Now I just need a nice day to go to the range.

December 17, 2012, 01:40 AM
What calibers have you reloaded but never had to buy factory loaded ammo for your arsenal?

223 Remington
243 Winchester
35 Remington
9 MM Luger
45 ACP
40 S&W
357 Mag
357 Sig
38 Spl


December 17, 2012, 02:36 AM
I only have one handgun that hasn't seen the horrors of factory ammo- 357/38spl. I bought an AR two months ago before prices went through the roof and availability to the gutter. I thought I was going to get my dies, bullets powder and primers in before i got that itchy trigger finger but I broke down a couple days after buying it and ran some dirty tulammo through it :(

December 19, 2012, 03:36 PM

I either currently reload those calibers , or have reloaded for them in the past.

All the calibers I listed were the ones I never bought factory ammo for.

I simply collected/purchased brass or formed the cases to reload for them.

I also forgot to add 6mm Ackley Improved to my list.

Chuck R.
December 19, 2012, 05:27 PM
These are the calibers I reload for, that Ive never bought factory ammo for:

7.65 Luger
.357 Magnum
.45 Colt (3)
.44 SPC

.223 Rem / 5.56x45mm (2)
6.5 X 57mm
.270 Winchester
.308, 7.62x51mm
.300 Win Mag
8.15 x 46R
8x68S Magnum
.350 Rem Magnum
.40-70 Winchester (2.4")
.45-90 (2.4)
.45-100 (2.6)

The majority of my firearms other than rimfires have never seen a factory round except for HD/SD ammo, or some reliability testing.


December 19, 2012, 06:07 PM
I bought a Ruger in 45 colt and a RCBS reloading kit in 1973. I have never bought 45 colt factory loads for it. I now reload for over 10 differant rounds. The only 44 mag rounds I ever bought were a couple of 20 round box's of "Super Vel".

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