Do you reload?


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larryh1108
January 28, 2014, 03:50 PM
This is posted here because the reloading forum would have skewed results.

Do not consider any rimfire ammo as far as reloading or in your total shooting. This is for centerfire ammo only. For this poll, rimfire ammo does not exist.

It seems like a lot of the members here reload, from reading the posts. So I wish to ask a very simple question. Do you reload for more than half your shooting needs. I know it's not always practical to reload everything you shoot.

*Now, do not answer yes if you plan to reload in the near future. (even if you have the stuff but haven't started yet)

*Do not answer yes if you used to reload but do not anymore (unless you are still shooting your own reloaded ammo).

*Do not answer no if you reload but have been buying ammo because you cannot get components and buying ammo is a short term answer. If you could get components, you would use your reloading equiptment.

*If you used to reload but your stuff is packed away until you ________ (move, get married, get divorced, get a job, find more time, etc) and you mainly shoot purchased ammo today then you are not presently reloading.

If you reload for some, but not all calibers (e.g. 9mm is bought) then estimate if you shoot more ammo purchased or reloaded in total. (Some reload only rifle and shoot 1000 rounds a year but purchase 5000 rounds of centerfire ammo. This is specialized reloading).

Seriously, I'd like to know the percentage of THR posters who reload. I'm guessing 1/3 do reload but that's just a guess. Hopefully a poll will tell us the real answer.

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alsaqr
January 28, 2014, 03:55 PM
Do you reload for more than half your shooting needs.

Yes, i've been reloading since the 1950s. This year i will reload about 10,000 rounds of center fire rifle ammo.

PJSprog
January 28, 2014, 03:55 PM
Yes. I load all of my centerfires. 100%. Only on very rare occasions do I buy factory centerfire ammo.

almostfree
January 28, 2014, 04:04 PM
No. I reload, but not for half of my ammunition needs. I only reload practice pistol ammunition in .45 ACP and 10mm at this time. I want to expand, but I am unable to find components.

larryh1108
January 28, 2014, 04:06 PM
I reload all of my needs. Until the ammo crunch, I did not load 9mm because it was <$10 a box of 50 for target ammo. Once I started reloading for it (9mm) I realized it is well worth it. Even if it ever cost the same I'd still reload for it.

I reload .25ACP, .32ACP, .380ACP, 9mm, .40S&W, .45ACP, .38/.357Mag, .44/.44Mag and 30-30. No shotgun. I don't own or shoot any of the "oddball" calibers but would have no issue doing it if I ever bought a gun that was "different".

The retail prices of .25/.32/.380 is so far out there and often hard to find, it would be hard to shoot these fun, little rounds without reloading.

a 10mm gun is on my list to have as well as .38Super. Actually, I have the parts to build them, I just haven't found the time to do it yet.

Potatohead
January 28, 2014, 04:12 PM
Si Senor

Devilfrog
January 28, 2014, 04:24 PM
Probably reload 95% of all my ammo for the range. I use factory ammo for my CCW and stockpile.

burrhead
January 28, 2014, 04:29 PM
I've reloaded for nearly 40 years. With the exception of shotgun shells (less than a box per year) and 22s, I haven't bought 10 boxes of ammo in my life. I've never fired a factory loaded rifle round in one of my guns. I only shoot about 3-4,000 rounds a year these days but, I keep a well stocked larder of components. When folks complain about "the component/ammo shortage" I shake my head in bemusement. It's a situation of the grasshopper vs. the ant.

Ks5shooter
January 28, 2014, 04:32 PM
100 % for 25 years :):):):)

doubleh
January 28, 2014, 04:32 PM
Yes. I do not purchase loaded centerfire ammo.

TennJed
January 28, 2014, 04:37 PM
99.9% of everything (non rimfire) I shoot is reloads. I have not bought factory ammo in years. I have gotten a few boxes in trades, but that is it

M2 Carbine
January 28, 2014, 04:51 PM
Been reloading most of the ammo I shoot since 1961.

Why waste time watching the talking heads on the TV news, when you can spend that time loading inexpensive ammo?

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/hotweatherreloads.jpg (http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/Bell-helicopter-407/media/hotweatherreloads.jpg.html)


When it get's to this point I consider I'm running out of that caliber. (I heard there is an ammo shortage.........really?)

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/45and38reloads.jpg (http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/Bell-helicopter-407/media/45and38reloads.jpg.html)

Grassman
January 28, 2014, 04:53 PM
I reload maybe 75% of my ammo. The other 25% are guns I rarely shoot and/or are not practical(at least to me) to reload.

Grassman
January 28, 2014, 04:55 PM
And I buy most of my brass from the classified section here.

Arkansas Paul
January 28, 2014, 05:08 PM
I handload for WAY more than 50% of my shooting. If it's not rimfire, I load for it.

Now going to school full time and working full time, I don't have as much time to spend at the range as I'd like so I only shoot probably 3k rounds a year right now. But I only bought 3 boxes of ammo last year off the shelf. They were all 9mm during the time you couldn't find any components.

I have a couple of guns that have never fired a single factory round.
Lately I have also gotten into shotshell loading as well.

So for me its probably 95% handloaded.

horsemen61
January 28, 2014, 05:12 PM
yep I reload for just about everything i own

redneck2
January 28, 2014, 05:18 PM
I have some factory stuff, but never shoot it. My reloads are cheaper and more accurate. Other than .22's, I haven't shot much factory ammo in maybe ten years.

floydster
January 28, 2014, 05:23 PM
Does a frog have waterproof ears??:):D

Dr. Sandman
January 28, 2014, 05:23 PM
It seems to me that most who have opined not only reload, but are passionate about reloading. I believe that your poll has the selection bias of polling individuals who I would consider "firearms enthusiasts".

Ignition Override
January 28, 2014, 05:24 PM
Correction.
Despite having reloaded a fair bit, primarily to reduce costs, with 7.62x39 fairly cheap at .22-.25/round for commercial, less than half of the shooting is with .303 Brit. and .308.

tightgroup tiger
January 28, 2014, 05:26 PM
I reload 100% of my Ammo and have since 1972. 13,14 calibers, I lost count.

ngnrd
January 28, 2014, 05:33 PM
I'm set up to reload for a dozen+ cartridges - everything I own except rimfire and shotgun. I even have dies for cartridges I've never owned, but thought one day I might.:o

At this point, I probably shoot about 80-90% homebrew - which, coincidentally, is about the ratio of components to factory ammo I have at any given time, too. The factory stuff is a good source of brass, and it gives me baseline velocity/accuracy data to compare with the handloads.

dagger dog
January 28, 2014, 05:38 PM
More than 50%, like Arkansas Paul, I have several centerfire firearms that have never had a factory round fired through them.

Comrade Mike
January 28, 2014, 05:46 PM
I reload about 90% of my ammo
Needs. I can't remember the last time I shot factory center fire ammo.

JohnBT
January 28, 2014, 05:49 PM
I'm a firearms enthusiast, but I have other things to do, like fishing and working on my 1916 house. I also stock up on stuff, which is why I'm still shooting when I like.

Last summer I learned how to do slate, soldered copper and hand-seamed standing seam copper work by working as the helper for a friend who was in the business for 25 years. We worked 6 or 7 days a week for 4 months redoing the entire front of my house and I didn't have to pay a helper for him. It was fun. Well, taking all the slate off 35 feet up in the air was interesting. So was putting it back on with copper flashing. Roofing with rocks is all it is. Very, very sharp rocks.

I can save more doing my own plastering, double-hung window rebuilding, tile work and roofing than I ever would reloading.

For example, my friend charged $110 an hour for just him and his truck when he was in business. I got a deal. Skilled labor - with the true skills to do the job the hard way - is expensive around here if you can find it at all.

John

My 10' x 21' front porch roof with built-in gutters on 3 sides. In this pic he has just begun seaming the first 3 pans. After they all go in, the bottoms are folded to the gutter and soldered. The copper pans run $9 per sq.ft. when you have them made. The installation is the expensive part.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj80/JohnBT3/033_zpsecb63fb4.jpg (http://s269.photobucket.com/user/JohnBT3/media/033_zpsecb63fb4.jpg.html)

Okay, no more coffee for me today. :)

lykoris
January 28, 2014, 05:52 PM
Reload everything from .25acp to 8x57

JohnBT
January 28, 2014, 05:52 PM
What the heck. I caught this 9.25# largemouth on a chartreuse spinnerbait and trailer the beginning of last Feb.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj80/JohnBT3/925bassatolsens_zps3b6dfd06.jpg (http://s269.photobucket.com/user/JohnBT3/media/925bassatolsens_zps3b6dfd06.jpg.html)

mboe794
January 28, 2014, 05:54 PM
I only got interested in firearms a few years ago. It became apparent rather quickly that ammo is expensive! I soon found this forum just like I have found others to match certain interests/hobbies. I had heard about reloading prior to actually purchasing any guns but I never gave it much thought. After much reading and research, the wealth of information available on the internet showed me that reloading isnt actually that hard to get into. Now I barely remember the last time I bougbt factory pistol ammo other than 22lr.

larryh1108
January 28, 2014, 06:24 PM
I listed this in the General forum so it wouldn't get skewed results. I am very surprised that over 80% of this forum reloads. That's amazing.

SASS#23149
January 28, 2014, 06:33 PM
I can't recall the last time that I bought factory center-fire ammo,been reloading all my ammo for about 20 years. .38/.357, 44 special,.45ACP, .45 Colt,30-30,and 38-55...to name a few . lol

Kuyong_Chuin
January 28, 2014, 06:35 PM
I have a couple of guns that have never fired a single factory round.

To be accurate maybe you should have said. I have a couple of guns that "I" have never fired a single factory round.

I do believe all firearm manufacturers are required to test fire the firearm before leaving the factory. Also in some states they require a spent shell casing be turned in to the law enforcement agency before the gun can be sold and registered in that state.

To answer the question now that I am reloading I will not be buying factory ammo unless I have to like for CCW class and rat shot.

orionengnr
January 28, 2014, 06:38 PM
Yes. I got started rather late (six or seven years ago). Since then I have gotten myself set up to handload for all of the pistol calibers I shoot.

Since I have not shot any rifle rounds for the last ten years (until about two months ago) that puts me at about 100% hand loading. I will start hand loading for rifle cartridges soon. :)

mugsie
January 28, 2014, 06:42 PM
I reload everything except rimfire. In fact, I even cast my own for pistol as well.

jr_watkins
January 28, 2014, 06:44 PM
Yes, vast majority of the 9mm, 40S&W, 38 spec, 357 mag, 44 spec, and 44 mag that I shoot I assembled. Maybe half the 30-06 as well.

I do shoot factory 308 (because my CETME destroys the brass on extraction) and 22LR.

I don't load shotgun shells either. Maybe someday...

sappyg
January 28, 2014, 07:34 PM
Nice fish!

Hardtarget
January 28, 2014, 07:49 PM
I'm not a "high volume" shooter. I rarely shoot factory ammo...I just don't shoot very much when I do a range trip.
As time passed, I bought a few guns. If it was center fire, I also bought dies and supplies. I'm loading for eleven now. Not so sure I'll be adding many more.

Mark

the list... .38 special, .40s&W, .357 mag., .45 acp, .30 carbine, .30-30, .30-06, .303 Brit. ,7.5x55 K-31 Swiss, 8x57 Mauser. .223. Not extensive but it keeps me loading!

375supermag
January 28, 2014, 07:50 PM
Hi...
I have been reloading for more than 35 years.
For the last 6-8 yrs I have reloaded in excess of 6000 handgun rounds per year in various calibers from .38Spl to .45Colt. My son happily fires well over half of them out of various .357Mag, 45ACP and .44Spl handguns. He graciously allows me to shoot the leftovers.
I do buy .22LR, shotgun shells and the vast majority of rifle cartridges.

CZ223
January 28, 2014, 07:57 PM
I have loaded everything from 32 short to 38-55, to 45 Colt to 45-70. I would be willing to bet that I have loaded for over 50 different calibers.

Wildbillz
January 28, 2014, 08:17 PM
I load for most everything I own. I have a couple of old hand me downs that I have never gotten dies for but then I haven't shot them in 20 or more years either. I don't reload shotgun shells but will be getting the equipment to do them some time soon. One of the first things I get when I buy a new gun (if I don't all ready have them) is reloading dies for that caliber. Heck I even have dies for calibers I don't own cause they might come in handy some day.

I really want to start casting my own bullets so I can take that end of the supply chain out a bit.

WB

theotherwaldo
January 28, 2014, 08:24 PM
I've reloaded about 500 rounds of pistol ammo so far this week, about half with poured lead bullets. I'm about to start on my backlog of .270, .30-30, .303 British, and 8mm Mauser brass.

BTW, it may SNOW tonight down here on the Lower Rio Grande! Loading keeps you warm!!

EchoM70
January 28, 2014, 08:26 PM
I reload most of everything I shoot. Right now I'm not currently reloading .22-250 rem, 44 Rem mag and .223 rem. I however have plans to reload these cartridges.

Steve CT
January 28, 2014, 08:38 PM
My honest answer is that I have spent the last year turning all my "store bought" ammo into brass. I am reloading more all the time, but I had a lot of store bought ammo. I still have close to 1k of .223 to convert to brass, but I am working as hard as I cam to get that done

CoalTrain49
January 28, 2014, 08:48 PM
Yes. I reload 90% of my ammo.

hartcreek
January 28, 2014, 08:59 PM
Not only do I reload for several dozen calibres I also cast my own and load 12 gage shotgun and in a week I will be loading 2 1/2 inch 8000 CUP loads too.

taraquian
January 28, 2014, 09:03 PM
Right now I am shooting just over half reloads. I dont reload for 7.62x54r or .38 spcl but I probably shoot less than a hundred a year. About 50% of my .223 is store bought, but thats just my preferred way to buy brass:)

dalv
January 28, 2014, 09:06 PM
Yes, pistol ,380 - 44 mag and rifle 32/20 - 30-06 Started 35 yrs ago, put it away and got back into it 8 years ago when the kids were grown.

Only thing I like about Northeast winters anymore is going down to the barn on weekends and makin boolits!

Also load shotgun in the past but not so much anymore - lead shot is too pricey for the amount I shoot = I can buy Wallyworld 4 paks for less.

iwilc2
January 28, 2014, 09:06 PM
I reload all my handgun ammo except for my carry rounds






Len

SharpsDressedMan
January 28, 2014, 09:07 PM
Reloading components have comprised 80-90% of what I have spent on ammunition in the last 5-6 years.

RussB
January 28, 2014, 09:08 PM
I started shooting in 1992. I bought my first press at that time as well.

USAF_Vet
January 28, 2014, 09:28 PM
No. I'm only set up to reload 12 gauge shells.

witchhunter
January 28, 2014, 09:38 PM
Yup, something like 40 sets of dies on my shelf. And Yup, that is well over half of my calibers. Oh, and nice bass JohnBT!

03fatboy
January 28, 2014, 09:44 PM
Yes I do and love it

threefeathers
January 28, 2014, 09:45 PM
absolutely! I reload both for convenience and for relaxation.

vongh
January 28, 2014, 09:54 PM
Absolutely. For .223,30-06,9mm,.357mag. I also cast a lot of my bullets

gamestalker
January 28, 2014, 10:40 PM
I shoot upward of 90% my reloads. In fact, about the only factory I shoot any more is if someone gives me a box of this or that, which doesn't happen often. A week or so ago someone gave me a full box of factory .223 Gold Dots LE.

And I also usually shoot factory bird shot loads for dove and quail. Lead has simply become to expensive, so about all I load in the way of shotgun any more is for turkey, pheasant, and some SD magnum stuff, the rest of factory unless I stumble on a good deal for lead, which still happens from time to time.

GS

aladdin
January 28, 2014, 10:54 PM
Yes 38spl. and 45 colt. Because I shoot these the most.

CHEVELLE427
January 28, 2014, 10:57 PM
i reload ALL my center fire ammo except for my personal protection carry ammo

forindooruseonly
January 28, 2014, 11:20 PM
I reload the vast majority of what I shoot. Aside from rimfire and a few calibers that don't interest me in reloading, like mil-surp calibers, I generally reload it.

It's the only way to get an economy of scale that allows me to shoot as much as I want. It also allows me to control my loads, and work up specific ones for my guns. You know, the usual reasons.

montanaoffroader
January 28, 2014, 11:48 PM
I reload over half the ammo that I shoot in a year. I don't reload for my shotguns, and I don't yet have dies for a couple of my other guns. But I load for all of my hunting rifles and most of my handguns.

I do occasionally buy a box or two of factory ammo when I find it on sale somewhere, mainly for the brass. I try to keep a few years supply of components on hand, mostly because I hate having to run to the store every time I want to load something.

Twiki357
January 29, 2014, 01:29 AM
Absolutely. The only time I buy factory ammo is when I acquire a “new to me” caliber.

Inebriated
January 29, 2014, 01:44 AM
If we're counting total cartridges, no, most of my ammo is imported surplus, or shotgun ammo that I don't reload. But, of the ammo I shoot that ISN'T shotgun, surplus, or rimfire, it's 100% reloaded.

blarby
January 29, 2014, 03:17 AM
I looked.

I have exactly 14 factory cartridges in my house- and 2 of them are 54r for my buddies hunting rifle from last season.

.357, 44, 45, 30c, .308 win( gas guns and bolts), 7-08, 7 rem mag, 300 win mag, .410, 20, 12, and hopefully soon, 10.

Casting for 24 caliber to 1.5 oz slugs.

Casting 24 caliber roundballs is a major PITA. I'm not doing that anymore.

Lj1941
January 29, 2014, 03:33 AM
I reload 90 % of my ammo. The only caliber I have but don't load is 7.62x38R. I don't shoot that enough to make it sensible.I have a large stock of 7.62x54R surplus but have dies for it and also 762x39. I shoot mainly 38SPL and 45ACP and that is my main focas in loading.:)

skiking
January 29, 2014, 03:41 AM
Been reloading for 5 years. Probably 95% of the ammo I shoot. Only buy shotgun shells but that is gonna change this spring.

DSAPT9
January 29, 2014, 04:36 AM
Yes ,for more than 25 years.
I reload but because of stuff not always being available not as much as I would like.
9mm and .308 are the main ones

Also 30-06, 5.56, 45acp,38/357, 6mmTCU, 7mm mag and 375H&H but haven’t done much with them in the last few years as I have been focusing on 9mm and .308.

chris in va
January 29, 2014, 05:12 AM
223, x39, 9mm, 45 and 30-06. I also cast three of those.

The only factory ammo I bought in the past three years was a box of Golden Sabers for my 9.

tuj
January 29, 2014, 05:18 AM
No I don't, mainly because the wife has seen what a double-charge can do. I'm well aware of powder cop dies and the like, but that risk has her preferring for me to have a professional loader load up my ammo for me as per my specs. But we also shoot mostly rimfire so this isn't a big problem.

bannockburn
January 29, 2014, 06:36 AM
If I reloaded rifle ammo then it was the would be more than half. As it is though I only reload .38 Special, 9mm., and .45 ACP.

CHEVELLE427
January 29, 2014, 06:44 AM
No I don't, mainly because the wife has seen what a double-charge can do. I'm well aware of powder cop dies and the like, but that risk has her preferring for me to have a professional loader load up my ammo for me as per my specs. But we also shoot mostly rimfire so this isn't a big problem.

this is what got me to start reloading caught a dbl charge in a 45acp 35 years ago figured i could do as good of a job as them

herkyguy
January 29, 2014, 07:21 AM
just getting started, but i do meet your criteria.

dodge
January 29, 2014, 08:20 AM
Been loading for the past 40+ years. The only thing I don't load for is rimfire and shotgun. I don't shoot enough shotgun to warrant reloading for them. If you looked into my ammo supply you would see very little store bought and that is usually self defense loads.

On An Island
January 29, 2014, 08:53 AM
No. Well not yet. I'm still reading/absorbing so I won't be too ridiculous with questions once I start (this summer I hope).

Grassman
January 29, 2014, 08:59 AM
No. Well not yet. I'm still reading/absorbing so I won't be too ridiculous with questions once I start (this summer I hope).
You just gotta jump in, there is a wealth of knowledge on this board that is glad to help you out. I know, because I've only been loading for 5 or 6 years now, and boy did I have some stupid questions in the beginning. Heck I still do.

targetshooter22
January 29, 2014, 09:18 AM
Yes, the only centerfire I don't reload is 9mm and 12 gauge smokeless. All others are my own, and several rifles have never fired a factory made round.

donaldspark
January 29, 2014, 09:22 AM
I started to reload when I was shooting a lot more then I'm currently able to do. I got into it to save money which I did. It gave me more money to put back into reloading so now I can reload for all the weapons I own.
I know the feeling of watching groups get tighter or finding the perfect mix for a target load. For me the best is taking game with loading I worked up just for that purpose.

Ranger Roberts
January 29, 2014, 09:24 AM
I would say I reload for most of my calibers. I have some oddball calibers that I can't find components for. I also have some oddball calibers that I can find components for and I reload for, but if I come across ammo for a decent price I scoop it up because it is hard to come by. Then I have a few calibers that I don't shoot often enough to bother with reloading (i.e. .25 & .32).

I answered yes but I have since confused myself.

P5 Guy
January 29, 2014, 11:59 AM
I handload nearly all my center fire ammunition.
The exception is 7.62x39.

FROGO207
January 29, 2014, 12:46 PM
Well lets see---------I reload for 40+ different cartridges so far. 22 Hornet/25 ACP to 500 NE/500 S&W MAG. Yes I also have some dies for cartridges I do not yet own firearms. There are some like 7.62X54R that I have 20K surplus rounds to shoot before I reload for it other than making accurate hunting rounds. But I CAN reload for it if need be at any time. I also have many firearms that have never seen a factory round fired since I have owned them. FWIW anybody that shoots with ANY regularity should be a reloader already. Cost per round as well as accuracy is most often better when using hand loaded ammo versus buying factory---at least with MY firearms and pre panic purchased reloading supplies. YMMV

claiborne
January 29, 2014, 12:56 PM
for all my center fire calibers

Warp
January 29, 2014, 01:04 PM
I voted wrong.

I went spaz and voted yes based on the thread title, just before reading and comprehending the actual question.

So if you want to look at numbers, switch a yes to a no.

Arkansas Paul
January 29, 2014, 01:07 PM
No I don't, mainly because the wife has seen what a double-charge can do.

Do you not drive because the wife has seen what an auto accident can do?
Better not walk across the room. Lifetime odds of dying from a fall are 1 in 184 according to Forbes. Don't let her find out about that.

Warp
January 29, 2014, 01:23 PM
Do you not drive because the wife has seen what an auto accident can do?
Better not walk across the room. Lifetime odds of dying from a fall are 1 in 184 according to Forbes. Don't let her find out about that.

Risk can be mitigated. Wear a seat belt, buy a safe car, drive defensively, install hand railings when and where required, shoot factory ammo...

Double charges sure seem to be more common and more likely with handloads/reloads than with factory ammo.

That said, if you pay attention and use good practices and procedures, and you are an avid enthusiast and/or you shoot a lot, and have some time at home to spend on it, it sure seems like it is worthwhile.

Which is why I reload.

Arkansas Paul
January 29, 2014, 01:28 PM
Risk can be mitigated.

Very true.
And good reloading practices mitigate the risk of a double charge. I certainly don't advocate half assing it.

I have double charged one case in the 4 years I've been handloading. Due to solid reloading practices, it didn't even come close to getting a bullet seated on it. It was caught and corrected way before then.

At the factory how many individual rounds to you think goes through a hands on QC?
1 in 10,000?
1 in 25,000?

Ever single one of mine do and they all do it more than once. They are hand inspected when they come out of the tumbler. They are inspected after priming. They are inspected with a light shone into them after charging to make sure each case was charged and the volume of powder is consistent. They are hand inspected again when the final seat and crimp are applied before being put into a box.
My handloads are as safe or safer than any factory ammo out there and with good solid practices anyone's can be. If someone is a "throw it together and hope it works" kind of person, that person should certainly not handload their own ammo.

howlnmad
January 29, 2014, 01:35 PM
I would say that 90% of my centerfire ammo is handloaded by me and 100% of all my shotgun ammo.

Warp
January 29, 2014, 01:47 PM
Very true.
And good reloading practices mitigate the risk of a double charge. I certainly don't advocate half assing it.

I have double charged one case in the 4 years I've been handloading. Due to solid reloading practices, it didn't even come close to getting a bullet seated on it. It was caught and corrected way before then.

At the factory how many individual rounds to you think goes through a hands on QC?
1 in 10,000?
1 in 25,000?

Ever single one of mine do and they all do it more than once. They are hand inspected when they come out of the tumbler. They are inspected after priming. They are inspected with a light shone into them after charging to make sure each case was charged and the volume of powder is consistent. They are hand inspected again when the final seat and crimp are applied before being put into a box.
My handloads are as safe or safer than any factory ammo out there and with good solid practices anyone's can be. If someone is a "throw it together and hope it works" kind of person, that person should certainly not handload their own ammo.

"At the factory" I think over charged or double charged rounds are exceptionally less-common than on the reloading bench.

Of course individual practices are the deciding factor.

Arkansas Paul
January 29, 2014, 01:53 PM
BTW, I agree that double charges are more common in handloads. I don't think anyone could dispute that.
But I'm not going to stop because the wife tells me to, that's for darn sure.

NapalmMan67
January 29, 2014, 01:54 PM
Only been reloading a few years, but it's way more than 50% of what I shoot- I really like the savings over factory made. I have been using my factory ammo stockpiles and reloading the brass.

I only load for a handful of calibers- 9mm, 357, 45 ACP/Colt and .308. Ok, just over a handful since I do load for 7.35 Carcano too.

Relaoding is like a sore pecker- you just can't beat it.


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whipper
January 29, 2014, 02:39 PM
I reload all of my center fire ammo.

460Kodiak
January 29, 2014, 02:41 PM
I plan to, but have absolutely nowhere to set up in my home.

hartcreek
January 29, 2014, 02:52 PM
No where tpo set up in your home.....that is a load of crap. Go down to your local Sears store or a good hardwar store and you will find a folding type bench. Some even have wood vices built in. Mount a press to it and get reloading.

Arkansas Paul
January 29, 2014, 03:09 PM
460Kodiak, take a look at that sticky "Show us a picture of your reloading bench". There are some very creative benches for folks that don't have much extra space. Some of them are pretty incredible.

You may still not have room, I don't know your exact situation, but some of those guys sure do make the most out of a little.

larryh1108
January 29, 2014, 04:44 PM
When I cracked my bench when I had a stuck 44 Mag casing, I went and bought this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00162RW66/ref=s9_simh_gw_p200_d31_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-5&pf_rd_r=1SVCRK77Q2QAVTF1BA0M&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200322&pf_rd_i=507846

I have to say, it works better than I expected and sits in a corner when not in use. Handy little stand.

chig56
January 29, 2014, 05:28 PM
Yes, I reload for all my centerfires because I love doing it. And yes, I have more loaded ammo than I'll use today or tomorrow but possibly not the next day.

ETXhiker
January 29, 2014, 05:47 PM
Welcome, Chig56.

I have been reloading over 30 years and reload everything except rimfire and shotgun. I love it so much, I would do it even if it didn't save money. :)

huntsman
January 29, 2014, 07:08 PM
Do you reload for more than half your shooting needs. I know it's not always practical to reload everything you shoot.

I reload all my shotgun ammo(buck,bird) no clay games just hunting and shooting. I buy all my handgun ammo and shotgun slugs.

wankerjake
January 29, 2014, 07:19 PM
~98% of my ammunition is handloaded by me. Best thing I've done regarding firearms. I shoot what I want, when I want, and a fraction of the cost per round.

larryh1108
January 29, 2014, 07:44 PM
I am amazed that after nearly 300 votes, almost 85% of the people here handload/reload. Never in my wildest dreams would I have figured that many people reload. My OP stated I thought it was 1 in 3 who reloaded. Who would have thought.....

Warp
January 29, 2014, 07:50 PM
I am amazed that after nearly 300 votes, almost 85% of the people here handload/reload. Never in my wildest dreams would I have figured that many people reload. My OP stated I thought it was 1 in 3 who reloaded. Who would have thought.....

There is a bias at work here.

You are only polling people who are actively participating on a firearms related forum.

I think that at any given time, especially over the short term of single digits of days, the type of people who see the thread, click on it, and vote, are far from representative of the hobby at large.

Also, people seem more inclined to click and vote when the thread title does apply to them than when it does not. So, reloaders are more likely to visit this thread than non-reloaders

larryh1108
January 29, 2014, 07:56 PM
I suppose you are right. That's why I didn't post it in the reloading section. Also, the title is simple... do you reload?. I wanted to get the fliers with a simple title and poll. However, I am still surprised although it's in a forum of gun lovers, not just guys who like guns.

Warp
January 29, 2014, 07:58 PM
I didn't expect as many yes votes either.

UKWildcats
January 29, 2014, 08:22 PM
I have a stache of Commercial Ammunition in the following
45acp
9mm
223 Rem/5.56x45
7.62x51
30-06

However I have not shot any commercial ammunition in a few years -- everything I have shot is my reloads off of 1 of my Dillon 550's or Lee Single Stage.

Got into reloading because of a Prairie Dog hunt and could not find (or afford) varmint bullets which I can make on the Dillon for $0.30/round.

And a great hobby -- which supports the shootoing hobby.

UK

snapshot762
January 29, 2014, 08:48 PM
Had to answer no, I reload but for less than half of my ammunition needs.

heycods
January 29, 2014, 09:12 PM
i started reloading in 72, I load all handgun , rifle and shotgun callibers I own and a few I dont. I cast my own bullets rifle and pistol. Also do the black powder thing.

bldsmith
January 29, 2014, 09:50 PM
I would say I reload for 90% plus of my center fire needs. Just too cost effective not to. Plus gives me a reason to stay in the shop a bit longer.

22plinker
January 30, 2014, 10:57 AM
I actually started reloading due to the prolific .223 brass left at the range.
I run a Hornady Classic lock & Load single stage .
I was 70 yrs old and am beyond careful. I now load for .223 , 30-30 .and 45/70 . I have enough .308 brass now that a H&R single in that chamber is getting a strong look. lol The short 2 years of experience have been enough to convince me that safe reloading practices has been paying off.
The many reloading forums are a wealth of information, but I never stray beyond data listed in reloading manuals as tested. ALWAYS develop loads starting at the published bottom .
I really enjoy reloading .:cool:

2zulu1
January 31, 2014, 12:44 PM
Yes, since about '65, I have dies and components for all the calibers I own. :)

fourspeed2
January 31, 2014, 12:51 PM
I started in 2009 and have been collecting components and dies since. I now reload 100%. Took my first deer with my own load this year 300wsm. pretty cool. A good feeling to say the least and maybe a little proud. One shot, He went down and never got up.

Onewolf
January 31, 2014, 12:53 PM
I estimate that since I started reloading a year ago I have made the following rounds:

5.56 = 3700 (plinking)
260 Rem = 3000 (LR precision)
260 AI = 500 (LR precision)
6.5 Grendel = 500 (LR precision)
35 Rem = 150

7850 rounds

So far I reload only for my rifles except for one test batch of 50 rounds of 9mm. I shoot far more rifle rounds than pistol rounds.

larryh1108
February 5, 2014, 11:52 AM
Any other voters? We show 85% of the voters reload. I did not think this general population would be this high even though we are gun enthusiasts.

targetshooter22
February 5, 2014, 12:16 PM
I think the topic draws reloaders, so you have some response bias in the survey. However, there has been some pretty massive growth in reloading over the past 4-5 years. I started sometime around 2000 or so, and never looked back for center fire (other than 9mm). At the time, I was kind of unusual among my shooting friends. In the last 12 years I have taught 5 people to reload and at least of them took the same approach of loading almost all their own ammo. The reasons in these cases are reduce cost per shell, improve ammo availability, and in the cases of rifle shooting, improved accuracy.

armoredman
February 5, 2014, 01:01 PM
Do I reload more thn half? I buy defensive ammo about once a year...anything else I make myself. :)

km101
February 5, 2014, 01:33 PM
I have reloaded since the late 60's and now reload for every centerfire rifle caliber that I own. (9 calibers)
I have not bought commercial ammo in years!

Also I cast bullets for all of the handgun calibers that I reload. (7 calibers)

gamestalker
February 5, 2014, 04:57 PM
I load 99.9% of everything metallic I shoot. I used to shoot 100% reloaded shot shells, but I have backed off of that a bunch since lead got so expensive. I still load shot shell, just not as much as I did when lead was cheap.

GS

scythefwd
February 5, 2014, 06:07 PM
Unless I can get ammo as cheap as I can load it, I don't fire factory ammo. I have 1 factory loaded center fire round in the house. I did just buy 267 pieces of 357 mag for 60 bus though to help a kid afford oral surgery

Shimitup
February 5, 2014, 09:35 PM
I've been reloading for everything I own since the late 70's, all on the same old Rock Chucker. I can't seem to wear it out.

spanishjames
February 5, 2014, 09:56 PM
I only reload 38 special, though I shoot 9mm as well. Started about two years ago before the panic. I'd seen what happened in 2009, and knew it'd happen again. Thanks to all the helpful people on these forums, I got started with a single stage press, and online supplies. I bought 1000pc of brass from a forum member before I had anything else. It's very satisfying knowing I only spent $6-$8 on a box of 50 38s. The clerks at the range usually look puzzled when I go, and don't need to buy any of their ammo.

gspn
February 5, 2014, 11:06 PM
Yes.

Calibre44
February 7, 2014, 03:10 PM
Yep I load all of my .44
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Deanimator
February 7, 2014, 04:24 PM
I couldn't afford to shoot without reloading in 1980.

Ammunition hasn't gotten cheaper (or easier to get) since them.

V-fib
February 8, 2014, 12:34 AM
started rolling my own a few months ago, tired of the lack of available factory ammo and high prices.

Walter
February 8, 2014, 12:50 AM
I started reloading .45acp in 1973 with a "Lee Loader", graduated to an RCBS single-stage press in 1978. I now load 4 different handgun cartridges and 5 rifle cartridges.

I will still buy a box or two of factory-loaded pistol ammo occasionally, but I haven't bought any factory-loaded rifle ammunition in 25 years, maybe more.
I certainly appreciate the money saved by reloading, but accuracy is my main goal with my rifle ammo. I just can't seem to get the pinpoint accuracy from any factory loaded ammo that I get with my finely-tuned handloads.

So I just keep reloading.:D

Walter Joe

xfyrfiter
February 8, 2014, 12:39 PM
In short yes. Started reloading in '84, cause I couldn't buy a good predator load for my 270 (100 gr hp) does a fine job on coyote and bobcat, just makes one tiny hole and no exit. I now load for all my cf rifle and pistol, also have a MEC 9000 progressive 12 ga setup.

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