Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Rockrivr1, Jul 17, 2020.
Thanks. Where did you leave them? It must not have been around here recently.
I've done that too. It's cheaper than buying a new gun just so that you can work up loads for it, but not quite as much fun.
But the reality is that is isn't so bad. They will be much worse if the Libs take over our country. If that happens we will not be able to even find ammo reloading supplies.
It seems many reloaders absolutely LOVE reloading... and approach the subject with a religious zeal. And they cannot fathom how anyone could possibly not LOVE it the way they do.... and when presented with an unbeliever, then proceed to attempt to proselytize the uninitiated to the wonder that is reloading.... it's the same with hammock campers...it's a strange phenomenon...
I'm fascinated by the process, and when I start reloading for a particular chambering, will spend a bit of time researching and buying appropriate powder, projectiles, etc. Once I have a pet load and have loaded several hundred or thousand of them, it is somewhat of a chore and a bit less enjoyable, but I still do it because I tend to buy enough components to be supply-chain independent for a while, and therefore have a ready source of ammo for a fair bit of time.
And when Ii set up the press for a certain chambering, I tend to crank out 500-1000 at a time before resetting the press. And when I do a bit of loading, I'll do a number of chamberings in a couple-week-period. So i can/will crank out several thousand rounds in four-five-six chamberings in that time frame.
So...do I enjoy cranking out 1000 200-grain.45 acp SWCs? No, not really, but I enjoy having 1000 .45 acp rounds to shoot before having to start again, and 1000 9mm, and 1000 .380, and 1000 .357, and 1000 .45LC, and...you get the idea...
* But the main factor was that I had limited desire for that much .303 in an Enfield or .308 in the Spanish FR8.
Cheap Russian-made stuff is plenty of fun for spray-painted bottles and concrete at 25-50 yards in an imported AKM or VZ-58. I had became Very honest with myself, beginning at a buddy's funeral, and also after my unknown, 100% blocked heart artery ("Widowmaker") quite easily--statistically-- should have killed me. Hey-tell somebody if you became short of breath etc. Don't delay this.
What other people shoot, and at what distance, makes absolutely zero difference to me. Fashion or not.
At least the 7.62x39 ammo was cheaper while it was being added to the reserve, over the last few years--for truly bizarre times like This, or even times with only a >>single factor<< causing anxiety among the novice shooters.
I enjoy it much more now that I have a progressive press that cranks ammo out that is reliable and more accurate compared to factory ammo.
I can sit at the reloading bench for hours. I love it. The repetition calms me down. I use a single stage and have no intention of getting anything more complicated. I love managing the processes and being forced to be focused and meticulous and careful. In the world of shooting and loading, nothing makes me happier than having good results on target that have resulted from my efforts to get a good load and also practice.
I don't like cleaning up the inevitable mess the reloading area becomes or the RE organizing required to fit too much stuff in to to small a space.
It's miserable to operate. It demands complete focus and attention at every singe tedious, monotonous, and repetitive step.
The worst part is dropping the shot. I don't have a place to mount the thing, so the press is screwed to a board. If my attention has wandered a fractional millimeter, that shot will drop onto the kitchen table, and then scatter all over the entire kitchen. A few pellets can be swept up, sure, but most are found barefoot at 2:00 am. And hopefully, by me. I didn't even realize it could happen until it did.
The thing about reloading is that it all comes down to how you value your time. If you value your time at $0 an hour, it works out pretty great. If you have come to enjoy it, no wonder you are singing praises from mountaintops. If you start thinking about charging yourself what you make at work, or even assigning a bonus to not to have to sit down for an hour or two to do something you hate, you might not break even.
I kind of like the idea of a progressive press, but I'm a bit spooked about case prep, and I don't really shoot enough for it to be economical.
If you have a lawn you mow it. If you shoot a lot you reload. I think that's a given.
A Master Manipulator (like myself) has learned to say things like, "Hon, I have some cases primed and ready to go. Would you mind mowing the grass while I finish loading so we can go shooting this afternoon?" Of course having a riding, or at least a self-propelled mower, and a wife that likes shooting helps.
I don't think my wife even knows we have a lawn.
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