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reloading for friends question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by myFRAGisFUBAR, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. myFRAGisFUBAR

    myFRAGisFUBAR Well-Known Member

    I have been doing some searching about reloading for close friends and it looks like making any kind of profit will cause the government to get <deleted>.:cuss: However if said friends buy all the components I am allowed to reload them and give them back with no worries as long as no cash trades hands.

    Did I understand all that I read correctly or am I still missing something. Thanks again I just wanted some confirmation.

    On a side note if said friend just accidently bought an extra box of bullets and didn't need them, could he pay it forward? :rolleyes:
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 25, 2013
  2. Muddydogs

    Muddydogs Well-Known Member

    You have components that you reload into ammo and your friends help you shoot it up, whats the problem here? They might even contribute a couple dollars to the ammo fund. I'm sure the ATF is setting right outside your door just waiting for you to give your buddy a couple boxes of bullets.

    The bigger question in the whole reloading for friends is what happens if you make a mistake and there firearm or they get damaged. How good of friends are they at that point? One of my buddy's uses my stuff to load hunting rounds, I help him out but when it comes down to powder he weights each charge and loads the case, he knows the dangers and realizes that he is doing the important part of the process.
  3. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    Exactly. What happens if a friend loses an eye or worse and can't work any longer. Who do you think will be supporting him and his family then. I am more than happy to teach my friends to reload and even let them use my gear but they don't get to shoot my reloads.
  4. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I have a very short list of friends who participate in my reloading and share the results.
  5. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

  6. kerreckt

    kerreckt Well-Known Member

    I don't reload for anyone but myself. I don't sell reloads. I don't give away reloads. Come shoot with me and I will supply all the ammo with no expectations for anything but a good time.That is my reloading policy.
  7. JC98

    JC98 Well-Known Member

    I have let my friends use my press before. Especially since finding ammo to go shooting is about impossible. I walk them through the process and supervise as they do the labor to make sure they don't make any mistakes.
  8. joeschmoe

    joeschmoe Well-Known Member

    You can also make your own firearms. You can't make them to sell to your friends. If you want to do these things for others get a business license. Its only a hobby for personal use. You personally.
  9. Lost Sheep

    Lost Sheep Well-Known Member

    I don't gamble with friends

    I don't gamble with friends. If I win, I feel badly for them. If I lose, I feel badly for me.

    I don't load for friends. If the unthinkable happens and ANYTHING goes wrong. Even if he just misses a target at an important time, or a moose, I would wonder, "was it me?".

    Call me a pessimist if you will. I still feel badly about my chronograph my friend shot (with factory ammunition). He insisted on buying me a new one. We settled on half a new one. But he refuses to shoot over my chronograph ever again. That's how badly he feels.

    My chronograph wears armor now. But he still won't shoot over it. When he wants to clock his loads, I do the shooting.

    Sorry to go on so long, but I just want to stress that it goes beyond what "big brother" thinks about ammo and sharing/selling.

    Would you pack your friend's parachute?

    Lost Sheep
  10. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    What I've been informed of by an expert in this area, is that the ATF is focused on individuals that are perpetrating a business without the necessary FFL permits and other pertinent licensing. So as for reloading for a friend or two, even if they give you some form of gratuity, your fine, no worries in that regard. But of course there is the liability concern, which is a completely different issue.

  11. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    Ask yourself this " could I live with myself if said friend,brother,sister,dad,mom,gf,bf,wife,husband anyone was injured in any way because of my reloads" if you can't truthfully ask yourself that then you could be an accident waiting to happen :( Now saying that I have helped a couple of friends get started In Reloading and I also have let them use my equipment they paid for components Under my eye where every charge was triple checked now some will say overkill I say none of my guns or theirs have had a koboom.
  12. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    You are correct.

    From the ATF standpoint, the threshold is "livelihood and profit"

    Trading : OK

    Doing it for them : OK

    Giving : OK

    Receiving $1.00 = Not OK

    FWIW, I've spoken to my local ATF branch at length regarding this, as well as consulting an attorney. The "profit and livelihood" is where it gets murky, and you can twist and squirm to your belief or pleasure.... But accepting cash is the definite line in the sand.

    All of those kaboom pics suck. They are obviously the result of someone not doing what they were supposed to. Bad as they were, unless I missed something, none of these failures would cause any kind of lasting injury if you were wearing required eye and ear protection.

    The 338 with the crazy load of lil gun gave 5 stitches. Thats about the worst one there, and thats a very hot load. I would have never pulled the trigger on it.

    I'm not at all surprised that the number of kabooms from factory ammo - nothing in this world is perfect, and they do it every day.
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  13. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    We do not try to help people skirt the law here at THR. You can give away reloads, but you cannot sell them. If you are receiving compensation for the reloading, it could easily be conceived as breaking the law. But yes, if they supply the components, and you load them up for free, which means no compensation, it's legal.
  14. sbrader

    sbrader Well-Known Member

    I am happy to work with a new reloader to help them learn the ropes. I am also happy to let them reload on my press; even with my components for a couple of close friends who are in a bit of a financial pinch right now. I'll stand beside them and talk them through step by step, but I don't load ammo for them.

    Now, with that said, we all try out each other's reloads when we're at the range together so the line gets a little blurred. My conscience keeps me from specifically reloading for other people, though.

    That's just my opinion, of course.
  15. 40-82

    40-82 Well-Known Member

    When you consider the cost of powder, primers, and bullets against the cost of factory ammo with someone else doing the labor(you.) Then suddenly you will find friends coming out of the woodwork who will allow you to reload for them.

    Consider this scenario, which I read once in a magazine: two fellows at adjacent shooting benches on a public range, the reloader and the friend he reloads for. A fairly large crowd is at the range. The friend pulls the trigger on his 270 and blows it to smithereens. The friend turns to the reloader and loudly announces, "Your reloads." The reloader examines the rifle and quickly determines that it was not his reloads in the rifle, but a 308 cartridge, which will blow any 270 up.

    If you reload for someone aside from saving them money, they will assume that you also take on every problem they ever have in the future with that gun. If you're willing to do that, go ahead.
  16. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    I understand peoples concern over liability but I don't understand their lack of faith in their own work when they will buy or recommend the purchase and use of commercial reloads that are done on the same or similar equipment by commercial reloaders who might have a minimum wage worker manning the press.
  17. myFRAGisFUBAR

    myFRAGisFUBAR Well-Known Member

    Well that is all I needed to know. Time to drag the friends over for a reloading session and a cookout. Thanks for the advice and I hope I didn't step on anyone's toes.
  18. Bovice

    Bovice Well-Known Member

    I've been loading for a good while and I always let others shoot my guns. The ammo in the gun is also mine, it doesn't worry me. I trust my QC process enough that each round will safely go bang, insofar as shooting safety goes. I have given ammo away to friends. It's all been checked and rechecked, just like anything else I load. It's never been more than 50-100 rounds at a time, though.
  19. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...as long as no cash trades hands..." Yep. However, the ATF can still decide you're loading commercially without a licence. And you can run into liability issues.
  20. 119er

    119er Well-Known Member

    I help friends load components that they have purchased by giving them instructions and the use of my equipment. I supervise the session and try to have them learn the quirks of the press and what is normal and what is not. I go to the furthest degree of safety that is possible and checks are made frequently.

    Just as when someone accompanies me to the range using my ammo they are told that the ammunition is reloads created by me. The risk and dangers are made well known. When reloading they must be present and looking at the levels and watching the powder cop/lockout die. Speed takes a back seat to safety. At the point that they understand the process they are taking no more risk than I am. I also am very specific to who I will teach and allow to load on my equipment. This isn't a hobby for everyone.

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