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Rodahayes51
March 3, 2013, 01:18 PM
Have you ever bought a gun.....just because you had some brass? I inherited a bunch of reloading equipment from an old guy who passed away a year ago. That was the reason I gave my wife for getting into reloading! Anyway, his thing was the 22-250 and I wound up with 500 22-250 cases, including 100 new cases. I've been looking at them for 10 months, and finally went to my LGS and bought a stevens 22-250 plus a new set of dies(the old ones looked pretty rusty). So now I've got one more caliber to load. As an aside, getting into reloading has become my new passion. What a great hobby! And I'm saving so much money making my own(ya, right).

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horsemen61
March 3, 2013, 01:20 PM
I don't save money I just shoot more and yes ive been in your situation :D :D just make sure you keep the misses happy.

J_McLeod
March 3, 2013, 01:21 PM
Part of the reason I bought a XD40 was because I was picking up so much 40 brass with my 9mm. Won't happen with a .45 though.

cfullgraf
March 3, 2013, 01:56 PM
You always saves money reloading on a cost per round basis, what you do with the savings is up to you.

I have bought a gun just because of the cartridge that it shoots was new to me.

I cannot say that I ever bought a gun just because I had some cases on hand.

kerreckt
March 3, 2013, 02:33 PM
You lucky guy! Now you have to buy a 22-250 or you will anger the reloading gods.

clocker
March 3, 2013, 02:52 PM
Been there, done that. Unfortunately I had a bunch of buckets with mixed brass from a local range. It started with brass then dies and then firearm :evil:

The only one that I refuse is the 380 :cuss:

Elkins45
March 3, 2013, 03:12 PM
I bought a set of RCBS 22-250 dies 10+ years ago because they were on sale...eventually I will buy a rifle to fit them!

2@low8
March 3, 2013, 03:28 PM
Yes. I mentioned to the president of our shooting club that I was thinking of getting one of those repatriated M-1 Carbines (Blue Sky something). At the following monthly meeting he gifts me with 2000 once-fired LC brass.

I immediately (in 1988 or 89) purchased two M-1 Winchester Carbines for $169 each.

Within a year I also bought an IAI 30 Automag (very cheap) that is incredibly accurate and reliable despite the bad rap it had been getting.

RustyFN
March 3, 2013, 03:36 PM
Have you ever bought a gun.....just because you had some brass?

Yes I bought a 1911 because I had around 2,500 cases I picked up at the range and didn't have a gun that shot 45 auto.

kingmt
March 3, 2013, 03:38 PM
The last three gun purchase was because of the brass I had a pile of. That is why I get rid of that 40 brass as fast as I get it.

david_r
March 3, 2013, 03:52 PM
I had everything I needed for 357 mag except for the taurus revolver I gave to a GF. Now I have a S&W 65-1 sitting in gun jail. I guess that gives me some time to turn those components into rounds.

At $28 a box for factory versus about $8 for a box of reloads, I only have to load 1200 rounds to pay for it. Oh shoot, I guess I need more components now :banghead:

Miata Mike
March 3, 2013, 06:03 PM
I immediately (in 1988 or 89) purchased two M-1 Winchester Carbines for $169 each.

Boy, do I wish I would have done something like that. I have always admired my Father in laws M1 carbine, but it has the stock filled and the front sight protectors files off. :(

tomrkba
March 3, 2013, 06:09 PM
I refuse to confirm or deny the accusation.

9w1911
March 3, 2013, 06:15 PM
funny you should ask I have been collecting .38,.357 and .45LC, do I own these yet, um nope. But I will.

Joatmon
March 3, 2013, 06:25 PM
Short answer: yes. Picked up a lot of stuff for .45 Colt a while back. Couldnt wait to get something that I could fire it in. Now it is one of my favorite handgun calibers.

Kachok
March 3, 2013, 07:05 PM
YEP, that is how I ended up with a 30-06. Already have enough to justify a 270 win and almost have enough to convince me to get a 243 and 45 ACP :D Have not run across much 22-250 around here though, just a couple here and there, I throw them in the miscellaneous bucket by the door, so I'll have enough in about 40 years. I also have not found cause to start reloading 380, in Alabama I can wear my XDm 4.5" loud and proud (open carry state) I don't need to hide any little 4oz pocket pistol.

Rodahayes51
March 3, 2013, 08:09 PM
I loaded up 2 batches of cartridges, using varget, and H380. I was able to shoot 1/2, 3/4 inch groups with both. I think I'm going to enjoy my " inheritance "!

splattergun
March 3, 2013, 09:32 PM
22-250 is a necessary and natural inclusion of any rifleman's arsenal. It was simply a matter of 'when'.

2@low8
March 4, 2013, 01:28 AM
Miata Mike - "Boy, do I wish I would have done something like that. I have always admired my Father in laws M1 carbine, but it has the stock filled and the front sight protectors files off."

It’s not as good as it sounds. These rifles were given to the South Korean government and were subsequently brought back to the USA.
They were truly Winchesters, but the barrels were stamped “Blue Sky Productions” (IIRC). That would severely reduce the collector value unless it could be rebarreled with the correct period replacement.

I gave one to a friend for his birthday. I refinished the stock on the one I kept because it was in such poor condition and that’s all I did to it. It’s accurate enough and completely reliable. I often take it on my walks through the woods because it is such a fun gun…..Frankie

gamestalker
March 4, 2013, 01:33 AM
And what could be better than a 22-250 to match brass with. Those are super nice varmint guns. Add a nice 18x piece of glass to it, and you'll be able to shoot the wings off fly's at 500 yds. with that rig!
As for the wife, I recently got a really nice gun for mt wife, good trade!

GS

jim243
March 4, 2013, 02:31 AM
So now I've got one more caliber to load. As an aside, getting into reloading has become my new passion. What a great hobby! And I'm saving so much money making my own(ya, right)

At least you can make some, that is better than trying to find some to buy now.

I have just the reverse problem, last year I got rid of 2 357 Mags that I sold off, last month I found that in my stock I have 800 rounds 357 and 500 rounds of 38 spl that I loaded long ago. Now I will have to buy another 357 Mag just to use up the rounds. Maybe next summer I will start looking for something to shoot them in.

Jim

Walkalong
March 4, 2013, 08:42 AM
Yep. .44 Special. Never regretted it. :)

Certaindeaf
March 4, 2013, 10:29 AM
I'll never sell my .44 magnum dies or brass. Haven't had a .44 for decades but I'll get another one of these days.

kingmt
March 4, 2013, 10:57 AM
And what could be better than a 22-250 to match brass with. Those are super nice varmint guns. Add a nice 18x piece of glass to it, and you'll be able to shoot the wings off fly's at 500 yds. with that rig!
As for the wife, I recently got a really nice gun for mt wife, good trade!

GS

I'll say. I'd trade my wife for a cheap gun.

CGT80
March 5, 2013, 04:41 AM
I had a bunch of 45 colt brass, dies, and bullets. I also was in awe of the Smith 500 magnum. I didn't own a revolver either, but had borrowed a few and reloaded for them and made cast bullets. What does all this lead to..........Smith and Wesson 460 Magnum XVR.

It was made for me. My dad and grandfather both have 45 1911's, so I had bullets and molds. I had 45 colt components. I liked the X-frame. Full power 500 loads stung my hand a bit. The 460 seemed like a great compromise. I can shoot hot loads for just because I want to and can, or I can shoot medium loads that are easier on the shooter, or light loads that can be shot all day long. I know some people wouldn't think of downloading a magnum, but this gun is awesome.

A 200-270 grain bullet at 1000+ fps is very accurate for me. I can play with the big gun for $8.80 per 100 rounds if I use my own cast boolits, assuming I actually pay for the lead. Hot loads are 70 cents per round. After a year, I still shoot this gun every time I go to the range.

evan price
March 5, 2013, 06:11 AM
Yes. I got into 32 caliber revolvers and 38 specials because of having brass. I had 357s and figured why bother with wimpy 38? Wow glad I came to my senses. That led to trying 32 s&w. And longs. And mags
Now its an addiction. Id rather shoot and load revolver now.

huntershooter
March 5, 2013, 09:26 AM
Yep.
Found a bag of .41 mag. brass under the loading bench. Had sold my only .41 15 yrs. prior.
Took it as a sign from God I was to obtain another .41.
Now have six of them...

Rodahayes51
March 5, 2013, 10:01 AM
There is a 10 step program for that!

hey_poolboy
March 5, 2013, 10:43 AM
I've been accumulating 308Win brass so that I can eventually have a reason to get the rifle to go with it. I've got a junk brass can with several other calibers in it, but not enough to do any good and mostly calibers I don't care for anyway.

rdhood
March 5, 2013, 10:57 AM
I have never bought a gun because I had brass.

I DO/HAVE collected brass for calibers that I hope to own one day. When I ordered my AR15 in Nov, I already had 500 .223 cases. That came in handy. By the time my AR had arrived, Sandy Hook had just happened and ammo was not to be found. So I am reloading on the cases that I collected ahead of time.

tahoe2
March 6, 2013, 01:57 AM
been buyin a box of 16 ga shot shells every once in a while (425 rounds so far), gonna have get me a Citori pretty soon !!

Matt 357
March 6, 2013, 01:25 PM
As the name implies, I have a 6" 357. I started shooting 38s with it and have a crap load of 38 brass. Now I shoot just 357 with it.

So I'm in the market for a 38.

GCBurner
March 6, 2013, 02:23 PM
Yes, I wound up with a bucket of .380, and a bucket of .40S&W that got sorted out of my range pick-up brass, so I eventually got reloading dies and something to shoot them with.

medalguy
March 6, 2013, 08:08 PM
I've done that several times. Last year my wife was with me at a gun show, and we walked by a table with a lot of military vehicle parts, and I picked up a headlight and asked what it was for, looking for one for my Jeep. The vendor said "M35 truck" to which my wife replied quickly "Put it down right now. We don't need another vehicle." She knows me. ;)

Grassman
March 6, 2013, 08:30 PM
I've been wanting something in 270, maybe I'll buy the brass and dies first. That will get the wife on board right?:D

Hondo 60
March 6, 2013, 10:32 PM
Have you ever bought a gun.....just because you had some brass?

Well, sort of.
I had a box of .357 Magnum ammo follow me home one time.
So I had to go buy a gun.
And the cool part is that it can shoot 2 calibers.

Same reason I bought a 44 Magnum. :what: :rolleyes:

PhotoBiker
March 6, 2013, 10:47 PM
My next pistol will be a .40 since I keep nabbing so much brass at the range. I've put a number of them on hold at the LGS but been distracted by other things (like SPP & Mausers).

Cleftwynd
March 7, 2013, 03:59 AM
I once found a bunch of reloading supplies in a garage sale, there was 1,000 once fired 30-06 brass in the mix. Finally bought an 06 this last fall to go with the brass, lol. I tend to stick to wildcats or semi-obsolete rounds and had never really wanted an -06.....

zeke
March 7, 2013, 09:00 AM
yes After picking up .40 brass for years that no one wanted, bought a heavily discounted S&W brandy new S&W 646 that no one wanted. Rationalized it by the cases being fully supported in the cylinder. Then decided there was a need for semi. Bingo .40 BHP.

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