When you reload, what do you reload for?


Skip Sackett
January 9, 2013, 05:47 AM
Just a quick question:
Those of you who roll your own ammo; when you do roll your own, what do you load for MOST?


Inquiring minds have to know!

Thanks in advance!

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January 9, 2013, 05:49 AM
Pistol (.357 revolver) primarily.

January 9, 2013, 05:55 AM
I load about the same for two rounds. .223 rifle and 9mm.

January 9, 2013, 07:53 AM
I reload for both but far more pistol rounds. They are cheaper to shoot and it's easier to find a place to shoot at handgun ranges. I reload mostly .38 spl and 9mm. The next most reloaded is .30 carbine for my M1. Then some hunting rifle ammo.

January 9, 2013, 07:56 AM
Rifle (.308) for now. Soon to be evened out with .32S&W Long and 9mm

January 9, 2013, 08:41 AM
I load more pistol caliber ammo, but a lot of that ammo is shot in rifles. I load more varieties of rifle calibers though, and spend more TIME reloading rifle calibers.

January 9, 2013, 08:42 AM
I load pistol the most because that what I shoot the most. Mainly 9m and 45acp.

January 9, 2013, 08:48 AM
Year in, year out, more pistol. It's a 45 minute drive to my farm with my personal ranges, 30 minutes to closest public rifle range and due to having to reconfigure it is now 85 yards. The local gun club is 1k per year and 3 year wait list. I have a 75 ft indoor pistol range at work but do shoot my .22lr there. Local indoor range is really cheap if I want to shoot full bore magnum pistols. (Afraid to send 335 gr .454 casull toward my bullet trap) Thus logistics have me in position where pistols are much easier to work in range time. When make it to the range I shoot almost exclusively rifle. I do sometimes set up a pistol lane to keep me occupied while a barrel cools. Considering building a 75 yard range at work but think neighbors will freak out. No legal issues but gotta keep the peace too. So all said, just way easier to shoot pistols for me. Get to shoot them 4 or 5 days a week.

Skip Sackett
January 9, 2013, 07:04 PM
ALRIGHT! Keep it going folks!

January 9, 2013, 07:19 PM
pistol by far... I only bring my ar maybe once every three weekly range trips. pistol is cheaper to load, and I believe much more fun and challenging. maybe 100 rounds a month for my AR. For pistol... I probably load 800-900 a month.

January 9, 2013, 07:49 PM
What do I reload for??? FUN:)


January 9, 2013, 07:54 PM
quantities?.. pistol. Varieties?... rifle

Master Blaster
January 9, 2013, 07:55 PM
Both. But I reload more pistol as I shoot it more. Most of my rifle shooting is .22lr.

January 9, 2013, 08:01 PM
9mm is the only cartridge I reload..... so far.

But I do help a buddy out with .40 S&W from time to time. He uses my press.

January 9, 2013, 08:21 PM
I reload for both so didn't answer the poll. I load pistol in 9mm, 45 acp and 45 colt, rifle is 45 colt and 45-70 with 20 and 12 ga shotguns also.

January 9, 2013, 08:25 PM
.357 Mag and .45 ACP, though I have the dies and supplies to do much more. I guess I'll go back to loading 9mm now that it's hard to find (and too expensive).

Adam the Gnome
January 9, 2013, 08:28 PM
9mm, looks as if I'm going to learn .223 sooner than later.

Steel Horse Rider
January 9, 2013, 08:48 PM
Depends on what I have been shooting. I seem to vary from time to time but usually I shoot a lot more rifle rounds than I do pistol, although I probably take more shots of one caliber from pistols. When I go shooting I usually take 3 or 4 rifles with me but only one pistol.

January 9, 2013, 09:04 PM
mostly pistol for me

January 9, 2013, 09:12 PM
Recently doing mostly 300 AAC Blackout. Much cheaper to roll your own..
Current stock of pistol reloads still enough to keep from having to open a box of factory loads for a while.


January 9, 2013, 09:15 PM
rifle vs pistol?? .357mostly

12ga is far and away what I load most of.

Arkansas Paul
January 9, 2013, 09:20 PM
More pistol by far, just because it's so much cheaper for me. I cast too, so I'm shooting, .45 Colt, .40 and .38 Special for darn near free. The primers are the most expensive part. I have ammo cans full to the brim with handgun rounds. I prolly shoot 350-400 centerfire rifle rounds a year. Pistol is prolly 5 times that at least. And I shoot a lot less than some people.

January 9, 2013, 09:28 PM
I reload to make ammunition out of bullets, brass, powder, and primers.

Just kidding! I mostly load for pistol, but that will change when my 300blk dies arrive tomorrow!

January 9, 2013, 09:40 PM
I load for six rifle cartrages (6.5x55, 270 Win, 270 WSM, 7mm-08, 308 and 30-06) and only three handgun cartrages (9mm, 40 S&W and 44 Mag) I end up loading alot more rifle because I enjoy shooting them more then any handgun.

January 9, 2013, 09:43 PM
I am set up to load .380, 9mm, 38spl, 38spl WC .357, .40S&W, .44spl, .44mag, and 45acp both hardball and swc. I have full setups w/powder measures set to go at all times. I load mostly .45acp swc. I load about 4,000 rounds a month and have today ordered the full setup to load .223. It got too expensive and hard to get. Dillon 550B is an awesome press.

January 9, 2013, 09:52 PM
Pistol, by a long shot (pun intended). 9mm and 38spl

January 9, 2013, 09:54 PM
in order..

January 10, 2013, 12:52 AM
At present pistol mostly.

In the beginning....... many years ago........ only rifle at first then pistol, but much more rifle than pistol at first. That was mainly because way back then there were some critters to shoot. Jack Rabbits, squirrels, prarie dogs, chucks. Now not many critters around, or else the properties are no longer accessible. I also hunted big game when there was some, but you only shoot one or two rounds a year at big game animals.

Now I shoot loads of pistol just plinking. I take the rifles out now and then and shoot enough to be assured the sights are still on.

January 10, 2013, 01:00 AM
I actually checked pistol because when I reload rifle it isn't in as large of quantities. But as for when I reload I spend more time working up rifle loads than I do with pistol.
Example would be 2 days ago I sat down and did 50 rounds of .357 mag which involved about 1-1/2 hrs., where as my most recent rifle load developement was putting together 20 rounds for range testing. But those 20 rounds kept me busy for hours and hours.


January 10, 2013, 01:20 AM
I mostly reload for pistol, but my rifle reloading is starting to creep up.
I got ahold of some berdan primers a few months ago, so I am working on a load for 7.62x39 with 155gr lead bullets. So far, it has been interesting.


January 10, 2013, 01:40 AM
I reload for my pistols more because I shoot them more than the ole deer rifle.

Skip Sackett
January 12, 2013, 08:47 AM
I reload for my pistols more because I shoot them more than the ole deer rifle

This is quite true if you only have a "deer rifle"! Some of us have those black, politically incorrect ones though that need to be fed!

Oh, and don't forget about the good old M1 Garand that I bought several weeks ago! :)

Thanks for the info and keep it coming!

January 12, 2013, 09:26 AM
We talking round count or time spent or number of sessions or what?

January 12, 2013, 09:45 AM
Retired 13 years--gives me something to do

January 12, 2013, 10:11 AM
Pistol. .380, 9mm, .38/.357, .40 S&W, .44 spl/mag, .45, .500 S&W. No rifle yet, but
I've got dies, brass, primers, and powder to get started on .308 Win.
Small primer on Square Deal B, large primer on RL 550b.

Skip Sackett
January 12, 2013, 10:36 AM
We talking round count or time spent or number of sessions or what?
I don't know, how would you like to categorize it? Just explain it in the reply, friend! ;)

Honestly, two situations could apply. Rounds per session, which is what I do now because I can, or, because of needs, competition.

The time spent would be more determinate on HOW you reload those rounds which is a different poll on the forum right now started by Rule 3.

This thread goes with it, kind of. I believe that folks on this forum reload at a different ratio than say, a forum dedicated to a certain kind of firearm, pistol or rifle, and, that is holding true but not at the ratio that I thought. :D

January 12, 2013, 01:28 PM
I do way more reloading for revolvers (and for more chamberings) than I do rifles and zero for shotguns.

January 13, 2013, 05:35 AM
Rifle (25-06)
Pistol 45acp, 45 Colt, 38 special, 357 magnum.

January 13, 2013, 07:44 AM
Well, OK.

Round count: Pistol by a good margin. 1k rounds in an evening of 9mm, .38, .357 etc. isn't that uncommon for me; however I only reload pistol every 6 months or so.

Number of reloading sessions: Rifle by a good margin. 75-80% of my time at the bench is spent loading for the various rifles. Normal session is 20-40 development rounds these days as I have several rifles that I'm trying to find a load that I like for. Every once in awhile I'll crank out a couple hundred rounds of .223, .204 or .300 BLK.

January 13, 2013, 11:03 AM
.380, 38spl, & 357.mag

January 13, 2013, 11:13 AM
It depends on what I am shooting at the time. Currently, I am shooting more rifle, so that gets reloaded the most. I have several projects that I am working on.

But, it will shift and I will shoot more handgun in the future.

January 13, 2013, 11:15 AM
I'm with 'graf... it varies especially by time of year.

January 13, 2013, 01:54 PM
Mostly rifle, most of that is .223. I don't shoot my handguns as much as I used to. And when I want to, I can crank out some pretty good volume on the Dillon 550 for the 9mm and .357 Magnum.

January 13, 2013, 04:35 PM
.308 mainly with .45acp coming in a close second.

.38/.357 when needed with .40 collecting dust.

January 13, 2013, 04:59 PM
Primary reason for handloading: .260 Rem

Also reload 5.56, 9mm, and 35 rem.

January 13, 2013, 10:21 PM
Pistol: 9mm, 44mag and 45 ACP
Rifle: 223
Both on Dillon XL650
Soon to start handloading 30-30 on Lee turret.

January 13, 2013, 10:31 PM

But mostly pistol.

January 13, 2013, 10:39 PM
What do I reload for?


useless signiture

Big JJ
January 13, 2013, 11:43 PM
What---38 special, 357 mag. and 308win.
Why----Custom loads for me and the wife.
Cost factor is about 40% of shelf price for the revolvers.
I have to shoot non lead when hunting in Cali so I save about $1.50 a round for the 308.
Never out of stock and no waiting for shipments.
If I’m out it is my fault and no one else’s.

January 14, 2013, 12:58 AM
I started on .223 and decided to save some extra cash so I began loading 9mm as well. I just recently started loading 300 blackout and casting 230gr and 155gr for it. Turned out to be a perfect choice because I can't find .223 bullets for plinking anymore! Next thing on my list is 12 gauge

Skip Sackett
January 14, 2013, 04:34 AM
I have often wondered about shotgun reloading. With cheap ammo at $3 a box though, not sure I can load cheaper and I shoot maybe, 10-20 loads a year, maybe.
That was the only reason I left that out of the poll! ;)

January 16, 2013, 12:24 PM
rifles only: 300rum, 7mm-08, 25wssm, 243win. I've never even owned a pistol.

January 17, 2013, 12:55 PM
I reload all "pistol" calibers even though I use some of them in rifles. 45 Colt, 45 Schofield, 45 ACP and 38 special. I also load 12 ga brass shells which use pistol primers. The reloading set up has alread paid for itself in savings on 45 colt alone.

January 17, 2013, 01:32 PM
i reload for 19 rifle calibers excluding several obsolete calibers that loaded infrequently. A friend with a commercial reloading machine takes care of my handgun ammo needs.

P5 Guy
January 17, 2013, 02:42 PM
44spl, 38spl & 357mag

January 17, 2013, 02:50 PM
.40 S&W, .45 ACP, .380 ACP

Just getting into .223 Rem & 30-30 Win for rifle

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