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Cheap surplus ammo & reloading

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by telewinz, Aug 20, 2003.

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Due to cheap surplus rifle ammo My reloading has declined by...

  1. Zero, cost & the effort are not a factor for me

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  2. 33% less

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  3. 50% less

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  4. 75% less

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  5. I seldom reload for rifle, the effort is not worth the savings

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    40.7%
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  1. telewinz

    telewinz Member

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    Do to the cheap surplus ammo thats been available for the past several years, how much has your reloading been reduced? Its almost to the point that I may stop reloading the 223 when my supply of bullets and powder are used up. I no longer load for the 8mm Mauser, 308 Winchester, 7.62X54 Russian and the 7.62X39 and although I have dies and components for about 20 other calibers I pretty much fullfill my shooting enjoyment with these four calibers and the 223. Target shooting is still a reloading requirement.
     
  2. FireInTheHole

    FireInTheHole Member

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    Reloading for 7.62/3.08 just isnt cost effective when you can (or could) buy 1000 rnds of surplus for less than $150.
     
  3. Walk Softly

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    Considering that brass is the major portion of the cost of a round, and reloading allows reuse of that portion of the cost, I just can't bring myself to stock up on Berdan primed surplus. Shoot it once and it's gone! There may come a time when the surplus isn't available any more and new ammunition will be prohibitively expensive or tightly regulated and I'm ready for that eventuality now, by virtue of being a reloader with adequate stocks of brass, and expendable reloading components.
     
  4. Preacherman

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    It applies to handgun ammo as well... with 9mm. ball available for 10c per round or less, I don't bother to reload handgun ammo. much anymore. Still have the equipment, but my time is worth more to me than reloading when bulk purchases are so cheap.
     
  5. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Member

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    I bought a set of 8mm dies a few years back, but haven't even taken them out of the box yet. And I don't plan on it until I can't get those $5 bandoliers of turk ammo any more.
     
  6. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    Surplus for fun.
    Handloads for serious.

    Pistol rounds from .32 through 45 cost us bout a nickle a round.
    But, shoot nuff that componants are purchased in bulk.

    Sam
     
  7. mattd

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    Ammo will only get cheaper.
     
  8. CZ-100

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    No reloading for Me. Just do not have the time and everything I shoot is Cheap.
     
  9. Monte Harrison

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    Especially if the import ban on Chinese guns and ammo ever gets repealed!
     
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