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Giving away my reloaded ammo

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by NVcharlie, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. NVcharlie

    NVcharlie Member

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    I know its federally illegal to sell my reloaded ammo without an FFL etc, and i never will.

    During these stressful times ive had dozens of co workers and acquaintances approach me on buying my reloads. They seem frustrated by my response of "no its against the law" and then most just ask me to give it to them. Im not a horder. Them buying me components in exchange seems to be equally difficult. They dont have time to learn a new hobby and use my press to do it themselves. Most are looking for a feel better 500rd handout at my expense.

    My generosity comes into question lately even though ive given away necessities like TP, hand soap, etc. But i draw the line at ammo. No trading for walmart chicken, no freebies, and im not selling it. Yesterday i was a "%##@^%$#" from someone who i thought was cool. Stress does strange things to good people I guess.

    So, "would you?" Give away ammo?
     
  2. Muddydogs

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    Being illegal would be the least of my worry's I would be concerned instead of the liability issue if someone blew up there firearm and or injured themselves shooting my ammo. Even if it wasn't your ammo's fault who do you think they will come after. You think stress does strange things well what do you think stress, medical bills, and maybe the loss of a couple fingers will do?
     
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  3. buck460XVR

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    I have "given" away ammo to friends and family in the past, and will probably continue to do so. I do not "give" away ammo to random co-workers and acquaintances for many reasons. I think it's no more rude to say no to folks like that, than it is for them to ask.
     
  4. mayassa

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    I've never offered anyone ammo but I have offered them to come over with their components and I would show them how to pull the handle and load ammo. It gets them into the sport more.
     
  5. buck460XVR

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    I have too, but that doesn't seem to be a viable option for the OP.......


     
  6. forty_caliber
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    I wouldn't deny a friend the ability to defend themselves. That said, giving away 100's of rounds isn't going to happen either. If they were completely out and I happen to have that caliber on-hand I wouldn't mind sharing a mag or two with them.

    Joe Blow off the street or a co-worker probably not.

    .40
     
  7. whughett

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    I supply the Ammo when ever I take family to the range, same as giving it away I suppose. It also violates the rule of “ never shoot another persons hand-loads. ”.
     
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  8. Tilos

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    What do they want the ammo for?
    If it's just for feeling good like having extra TP, no way.
    If it's for self defense, they should have had some horded away from the last "shortage", I do.
    Former gun haters that have bought guns this time around, are now knocking on the doors of gun owning neighbors begging for ammo...no way.
    "Co-workers and acquaintances", happy to see you didn't call them friends, as they are just trying to screw over you.
    "buying my reloads" I'll bet they expect to pay less than factory ammo prices too, probably have rationalized they should cost half of what factory stuff cost, that's how those type of leaches think.
    I'd say sure $100 per round,
    :fire:
     
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  9. Herman B

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    '...dozens of co workers and acquaintances...'
    Dozens? How does this topic even become a question? I surmise you've given it daylight and them hope.
     
  10. FROGO207

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    For me the biggest thing is liability should something happen. I must be approaching 3/4 of a million rounds made so far in my life. I trust mine more than factory ammo and have had zero problems so far. Still if someone did something stupid and was using my ammo when they got injured they would own me and all my stuff so no way. I have made the offer of use of my press and dies and to guide them in making their own ammo if they buy or replace the components. As noted above most are too busy at that point.
     
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  11. LNK

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    In short, "no". Anything bad happens and you lose your house. Invite them to come and make some, maybe. Anyone giving you attitude about saying no, is not really a friend. At least you found out now, and not when you are in a pickle.
     
  12. ArchAngelCD

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    Two of my 3 sons do a lot of shooting. They are the only shooters other than myself who shoot my handloads, no one else.
     
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  13. Patocazador

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    Yep, that's the problem.

    "No good turn goes unpunished."
     
  14. NVcharlie

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    Ive tried to explain but they dont understand anything after you say the magic NO word. Their mind fills up with "but I wont tell, but I wont sue you, but we're friends now right?"

    This all happened because an acquaintence of mine who is a Marine, retired Master Sgt, asked if he could use my press to run some .45acp. He has experience, but no press.. long story deleated.. He also had brass and would buy the other components before he arrived. No prob, except for the mandatory stay at home order, etc..

    I volunteered my 550 so he could run his own stuff at his house. Were working out the details and someone overheard our conversation.. Then i have alot of "friends"..
     
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  15. tightgroup tiger

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    I have made this offer also, It's funny how their never interested if it's going to cost them the same money or time it costs me. I have to buy in bulk to be able to shoot like I do. They don't care about that. They just think reloaders make cheap ammo and our time and supplies shouldn't cost them hardly anything. They must think their time is worth a whole more than my time is worth.
    I make my offers to teach reloading to a very select few these days. Only people that are truly interested. Short of that, I'm not wasting my time.
     
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  16. Mr. Zorg

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    I gave two boxes of 9mm 147 grain Winchester Ranger ammo to a concerned ex-wife of one of my friends (we all 3 are still on decent terms as friends). But if I reloaded no way I'd be handling out ammo to other people.

    OP, there are still quantities of good quality SD ammo out there if people are honestly interested in acquiring some, it's the FMJ / TMJ that's in shortest supply as far as I can see. If they're wanting FMJ / TMJ reloads from you they're not seriously interested in SD IMO. If they're honestly interested in SD, there's ammo still available for purchase on the internet for that purpose.
     
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  17. Howland937

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    Just really sounds like someone trying to take advantage of your kindness. I'll bend over backwards to help anyone I can in a time of need. The minute it feels expected or like I owe them, I'm not lifting a finger. Except the one in the middle of each hand.
     
  18. buck460XVR

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    FME.......most folks that don't reload, don't realize the amount of work it takes, and that reloads are not that cheap to produce. Can't believe the amount of folks that have told me in the past, "you must make that for almost nuttin', eh?". They laugh when I make an issue about retrieving brass at the range. I enjoy introducing friends to shooting. I don't mind supplying ammo for an afternoon of shooting with good friends and family. What gets me is when at the end of the day, when someone wants to shoot more....for free. Then I'm the jerk cause I'm done supplying them with free ammo. Thing is, it's usually at my private range, down on our private land and I've also probably fed and watered them too. Plus mowed the range and supplied the targets.
     
  19. M-14

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    Loose lips... I keep what I do to myself. The only ammo I might give away is the pointy parts.
     
  20. tightgroup tiger

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    Amen brother.
     
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  21. Nature Boy

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    Trust. Safety. Risk.

    I'd only consider it with family or those that are close enough to be considered family. That covers the trust part.

    I make the ammo that my kids shoot in competition and I take every precaution necessary to make it safe. We've had multiple talks about what to do if they have a squib or a round that doesn't seem right. I usually reiterate that before we shoot a match or have a range session. That covers the safety part.

    There's always some inherent risk to everything we do and the decisions we make. Nothing covers that completely.
     
  22. George P

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    Since you're in Sparks, tell them to go to Scheel's or Cabela's, or one of the other stores............
     
  23. film495

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    They must think your reloads are magical or they'll be getting it for cheaper than factory ammo. Sounds like they are just wanting to take advantage of you. Maybe they should offer to do something for you for free. Have any labor you need taken care of? Ask them to come over and dig a ditch for you and see what they think.
     
  24. Texas10mm

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    I can't keep my buddy out of my ammo cans. He also comes over and runs the press to load.

    Beyond that....take a hike.
     
  25. gifbohane

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    I owned a Dry Cleaning business. Some friends would ask for discounts on cleaning their clothes. I agreed.

    Eventually they decided that I should do it for free. Then their friends came around.

    Eventually one of my pressers ruined a $ 200 dress. Guess how much $$$ they demanded for all my kindness and free cleaning. Lost a friend... and $ 200. Never again did I do free or discounted work.
     
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