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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Satasaurus, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    $7-$8 per 50rds with commercial cast bullets.
  2. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    Why not? I load my 9mm and .45ACP for about half the cost (or better, figuring current prices) of factory ammo. Better still, I HAVE ammo right now. Wife & I went to the range today & burned about a hunnert rounds each. No drama. Plenty more where that came from. ;)

    And I can load up powderpuff .45 for the wife. She loves her some 1911 goodness but can't really do much recoil.
  3. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    I *have* ammo. People that don't reload, unless they stockpiled, don't. Those who stockpiled factory ammo spent more than I did/do.

    Getting primers is a challenge right now, but I already have some.

    Hunting rifle rounds cost me about .25-.30/ea, vs. $1+/ea. Pistol rounds are much less, too. I don't actually spend less money than I otherwise would, though. I just get to shoot more, and more often, and can afford to feed more of my guns than I otherwise would be able to do.
  4. 35 Whelen

    35 Whelen Well-Known Member

    Last time I saw .35 Spec in Walmart it was $17 or $18 per 50 for the 158 gr. RN lead. I load the same load with cast bullets for under $2 per box of 50. If I had to buy lead bullets, it'd probably add $5 or so to a box of 50 (just guessing)

  5. Driftwood Johnson

    Driftwood Johnson Well-Known Member


    Try loading your handgun rounds with Black Powder sometime and you will quickly see that it is worth your time.
  6. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    No offense intended and I'm sorry if I said anything to upset anyone. When I do the math there is not enough savings to justify the time involved in reloading for the handgun rounds I shoot. For one thing, I simply don't shoot as much handgun ammo as rifle ammo.

    That is not the case with rifle ammo. I save enough money to justify the time involved. The greatest advantage for me is being able to not only load a much more accurate round, but be able to get a little more veloctiy from the loads. Even if I were not saving money it would be worth the time.

    I can buy FMJ 9mm in bulk pretty cheap and it does what I want it to do. Seveal years ago I ran across a lifetime supply of Hornady 124GR+p dirt cheap. I will never live long enough to shoot it and have no need to load premium bullets.

    Not many black powder loads in 9mm or 45 ACP.
  7. kimbershot

    kimbershot Well-Known Member

    why reload--cause i can

    45 acp!

    free brass, free lead and i cast my own bullets, primers 3.5cents, powder--penny? lgs--selling boxes of 45's at 25.00 :eek:

    right now i can shoot my 45' cheaper than you can shoot a 22--if you can find 22 ammo.

    (ps--still have about 8k of 22 bulk at 13/pack :D)

    (pps-got the time-retired :))
  8. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I spend most of the time required while I watch TV. I can size, de-cap, bell, and prime while I watch TV on my Lee hand press.

    And I for one, am endlessly fascinated by the process.
  9. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    It largely depends on how you reload and whether you insist on high-end jacketed bullets or you can be happy with home cast or commercially cast bullets. And don't believe that hype about not being able to drive cast bullets to full magnum velocities. It can be done without leading...but you usually have to pour your own, because commercial cast bullets are often a little too hard.

    The biggest advantage to reloading is the ability to make your ammunition when shortages occur. As long as you've got primers and powder in stock...and lead and a means to melt it...you've got ammo when other people are hurting.
  10. Gtscotty

    Gtscotty Well-Known Member

    Even not getting especially great deals on my components, and not buying anything but bullets in bulk, I can still load mid range (240gr lead @ 1100 fps) .44 Mag for $11.70 a box. When I start buying primers and powder in bulk, that price will go down significantly.

    The financial benefit of reloading doesn't really come into play with some of the most common rounds like 9mm... that's why I don't even bother loading them. If, however, you want to shoot some of the more exotic rounds like .44 Mag, 10mm, .454 Casull, etc. and dont have piles of excess money laying around your house, you pretty much have to reload to spend any decent amount of time at the range. The advantage only increases from there when you start looking at pretty much any full power rifle round that's not .308 or .223.

    Even beyond the cost savings, one of the most interesting things about reloading is it lets you tailor loads to your specific rifle. A lot of folks have rifles that are sub MOA with their hand loads, that aren't terribly close to MOA with most factory loads.
  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I think we reload even the "lowly" 9mm so we can shoot. It's about impossible to find in stores etc. at any price, same with .22's. It's also nice to shoot them for like $30 or so per thousand.
  12. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    If I had that mindset, I wouldn't load at all. Handloading is every bit as much a hobby for me as shooting is. I ENJOY it. I don't calculate my time when I want to play golf, watch football or go fishing, so why would I with handloading?

    I always get a laugh when people say you have to take your time into consideration when participating in a hobby. That's like saying, "Well, I would go hiking today, but my time is worth something, so I'll just sit here on the couch."
  13. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    Because I am still going to the range and shooting and you are not.

  14. palmetto99

    palmetto99 Well-Known Member

    I just kind of enjoy the time spent in the shop with some music on and no one bothering me.

    Plus, as someone stated before, if you want something other than 130 grn fmj plinking rounds, reloading is the way to go. I can imagine that if one were reloading .44 spl or .45 colt other than .38 spl, $$ can be saved.

    BTW, I have seen more split revolver brass than auto. Maybe it's just me.
  15. kbbailey

    kbbailey Well-Known Member

    My father and I competed shooting ATA trap years ago. We were shooting 600 12ga /wk.
    Our reloads performed as well as new shells and was a bunch cheaper. It was a ritual to reload those hulls during the week to be ready for the wknd.
    I find reloading enjoyable, almost as much as shooting lol.
  16. Satasaurus

    Satasaurus member

    After reading this thread I would kick myself in the face if I could for not reloading for the entire time I've been shooting. I've shot thousands and thousands of rounds over the last several years and just never looked into reloading enough. To think I could have shot triple what I have really hurts. I haven't shot more then 100 rounds at a time because of how much factory ammo costs. If I would have saved all the brass from the factory ammo I shot I probably would have had a lifetime supply.
  17. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    Well, if ammo is all sold out from stores... reloading and saving money while doing so means you have ammo?
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2013
  18. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I started reloading around when I was 16 (9mm was the first, heh). That was a ways ago. I didn't have much money back then, that's for sure. I shot a bunch. Then I got paid to shoot up lots of ammo for years. that was fun. Then I got my old stuff out and got some new stuff to shoot some more. shooting is fun
  19. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    I now shoot more shotgun than metallic - but I couldn't have over 250,000 through one of my shotguns without reloading for cost savings
    Whether shotgun or metallic, my reloading costs have always been 1/3 of whatever factory ammo costs
  20. Zoogster

    Zoogster Well-Known Member

    People that reload like to encourage it but it is not for everyone.

    I enjoy reloading, it does not save much on less expensive rounds, and for the additional time it takes if you compared it to how much you get paid professionally per hour you would probably save money buying factory ammo in in a larger number of calibers if you just worked an extra few hours and bought some factory ammo. So it is something that you need to also enjoy to really be a savings.

    Reloading can also be dangerous. While it can be done in a perfectly safe manner, being absent minded on a single round can cause catastrophic failure, your gun being damaged or destroyed, and hand or face injuries.
    With factory ammunition that is very unlikely.

    I would be cautious encouraging a bunch of people you don't know to take up reloading.
    It deserves a certain quality of attention, which can become lacking in some people after they load round after round and start to get casual with it and let other things take thier attention during reloading.

    As far as positives beyond what has already been mentioned such as cost and tailoring your own rounds:
    Reloading still depends on factory produced components. Which means you are not really any more self reliant, and your ability to shoot still depends on purchase of items you are merely assembling (with some measuring, weighing, resizing, trimming, tumbling, inspecting, and otherwize reconditioning brass.) With bullets being the only component some even produce.
    However reloading makes you familiar with those components, and for myself has resulted in me thinking even beyond just purchase and towards being capable of making my own as well.
    Causing me to think about homemade primers, homemade propellants, and homemade or makeshift 'brass'. I feel fairly confident that even without the ability to buy anything from the factory I could still manage to produce ammunition in certain calibers with even more time invested per round.
    Without reloading I would not have arrived at that point.
    So reloading is certainly a progression towards better understanding and self reliance of what is necessary to exercise a right that has and can be restricted by governments around the world limiting access to such things.
    So even if the day came that I couldn't buy ammunition I feel confident I could still have ammunition.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2013

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