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Will you learn to reload now?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by shuvelrider, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. shuvelrider

    shuvelrider Well-Known Member

    After reading so many posts here and elsewhere about ammo shortages , it still amazes me that more people do not start reloading. I am a small time reloader that started around 6 years ago, and do around a dozen calibers as I need them. My supplies are usually 3-5 thousand primer of each type I use, brass I've accumulated and of course bullet and powder as needed.
    I cannot remember the last time I actually bought commercial ammo out of necessity, as I usually roll my own and just put it away. Some for range time/hunting and other I just keep for preparedness. I am doing this with a LEE single stage press too, just relaxing time for me sit at my table and roll ammo.
    My latest project is .308 Ball for my FAL rifle, I have 700 primered cases I found online before the "scare". Then on to ammo for the AR or some of the other rifles and pistols I own. What I'm trying to say to some of these people who are wringing their hands over lack of ammo, it doesn't take that much to get started at reloading and keep yourself supplied with ammo.
  2. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Well-Known Member

    Probably not. There is a ceratin level of risk involved with reloading that I personally don't want to assume. I will increase my minimum reserve number but I will leave the loading to factories with better technology than I can afford.
  3. heavydluxe

    heavydluxe Well-Known Member

    I'm on the cusp of buying a Lee single stage press or turret, myself... Just trying to decide how cheap to walk in the door. I don't feel a real rush in that components for the caliber I want to reload (.223) are basically nonexistent.

  4. SigSour

    SigSour Well-Known Member

    OK, so I wasn't brought up around firearms (damn you NYC and your restrictions!!!) and I've been REALLY interested lately about reloading (been to the Bass Pro Shop here in CO. and checked out a few reloading kits) and have and I'm sure will have a questions that I'm positive you fine folks here on THR will be able to answer. The first being, is reloading as simple as youtube videos make it out to be or are there any "gotchas" or dangers in the process to be on the lookout for?

    I have this image in my head of firing my first reloaded cartridge my gun blowing up in my face like Elmer Fudd... only it won't be nearly as funny.:what:

    Any videos out there anyone could recommend on the proper reloading procedure? And what would you say the cost (per round) of reloading is compared to purchasing?

  5. ngnrd

    ngnrd Well-Known Member

    The process is simple. The devil is in the details.
  6. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    Been reloading since about 1961 when I got my first 1911 and 38 revolver.
    There's just no way I'll pay the cost of factory ammo.

    Can you imagine what this would cost if it was Wal Mart WWB? (costs me about $3.50-$4.00 and 8-10 minutes of my time for 50 rounds.




  7. shuvelrider

    shuvelrider Well-Known Member

    There is risk in everything we do on a daily basis Mr. Plan, if you stay within the parameter's of the reloading books for your chosen caliber------then no problem. To Mr. Heavy I suggest to jump in and buy the press you want and then pick up supplies as they become available.
    Just a matter of taking your time, reading, ask questions, and double check your work. It's not a race, it's a hobby you learn and continue to learn more as you go along.

    M2, that is impressive. I imagine you have a progressive press by now:)
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  8. Certaindeaf

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  9. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    I started reloading before the panic so I will continue to do so.
  10. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

  11. Steve CT

    Steve CT Well-Known Member

    I resumed reloading a year ago, my previous reloading experience was 30+ years ago. I use a Lee Classic Turret, but currently as a single stage press.

    Reloading is straightforward and fairly easy, but requires patience, precision, and attention to safety, just like shooting. I find it to be relaxing and it keeps me connected to shooting even when I am not shooting. Fortunately, I was already in acquisition mode for components, so I am pretty well set. Between factory ammunition (or, as I now refer to it, "future brass") and components I am good for about 10K rounds in 9mm, .45 ACP, .357, and .223. And I'm picking up 10K in .22 lr tomorrow as part of a group buy.
  12. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    Reloading is a hobby for me that extends my enjoyment of shooting. I have been at it for 32 years.

    Reloading, like anything, is not for everyone. That is ok. No one should feel pressured to reload. No one should feel pressured to not reload.

    I do have my idiosyncrasies. I hate football on TV and I have my cars serviced even though I have a fully equipped automotive repair shop at the house.
  13. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    I began reloading in the 60s and learned that reloads were typically a higher quality than a lot of factory stuff. When I went into LE, reloading allowed me to practice with a lot more rounds than factory ammo, especially as a Patrolman with a growing family.

    Buy several good handloading manuals, follow proper common sense protocol and your good to go. :)
  14. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    A lee hand press costs about $30.00, and a set of dies are about the same, for just about any caliber you want, Lee's Modern Reloading book cost me $8.00. You can easily get into loading your own ammo for $100.00, or less.
  15. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I have no records to prove this, but taking into account the ratio of the number of reloads I've shot over the years compared to the number of factory rounds I've shot, there has been a good percentage more factory failures than reloads.
    Just this past Sunday a couple lady students were shooting my .32 ACP reloads and 9mm factory ammo. They had two dud primers in the factory rounds.
    Yesterday I had 4 Remington 22LR cases that contained no priming. This is very common, especially with Remington.

    Last year a friend was shooting a .223, using Remington ammo. The accuracy was terrible. You could hear the variation in the sound indicating a rather large difference in the powder charges.

    I can go on and on. "Factory loaded" does not necessarily mean correctly loaded.

    30 years ago a bad factory round was very unusual, not now days.
  16. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

  17. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    Just a heads up...you're too late. If you plan to get into reloading now because of the ammo shortage all you'll be left with is the expense of the equipment...and still no ammo.

    That's because almost all the components have been sucked up by panickers/hoarders.

    If you are considering reloading do yourself a big favor...order your COMPONENTS first...you'll always be able to buy a reloading machine...but right now you can't get any primers, powder, and dang few bullets.
  18. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I've had this old 450 Dillon for many years. No telling how many hundreds of thousands of rounds it's turned out.


    The press is set up all the time and ready to go. I can be turning out loaded rounds seconds after I sit down.
    That way if I have a little time with nothing to do I can turn those few minutes into loaded ammo. I seldom have to take time away from anything else to reload but next thing there's another 50 cal. box of loaded ammo.:)
  19. cal30_sniper

    cal30_sniper Well-Known Member

    What he said. This shortage caught me with my pants down and only a few hundred primers. Now I can't get anymore. Reloading is about to come to a smoking, screeching halt for me unless supplies start to catch back up. I imagine it will stay that way for quite a while.
  20. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    Clearly know nothing about reloading.

    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013

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