It's a good thing but I still hate it.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Orcon, Aug 19, 2021.

  1. entropy

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    If you were going to pick some ammo for brass, you did well. Hornady brass is good stuff, as you probably knew already.
    If you were going to pick a box of factory ammo for accuracy, it'd be hard to beat the one you picked.
    What's to hate?
    Yeah, I know, we like to think our handloads are always better than factory, but when a factory concentrates on accuracy, they can get good results. Black Hills and Hornady excel at this.

    LiveLife, I am 2c. But I know why. Nostalgia, and percieved (not entire, since I am somewhat at the mercy of the component supplires particularly for primers) self-sufficiency.
     
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  2. .308 Norma

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    In all honesty, I "belong to" both groups and several subgroups.:D
     
  3. LiveLife

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    Depending on the day?

    For me, it is heavily dependent on which foot wife steps off the bed first. :p Regardless, it's ALWAYS a great range day and I ALWAYS come back with a smile on my face.
     
  4. Virginia Jim

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    Reloading is therapeutic for me. I’m not sure which group I fit in. I probably have more reloads and components than I’ll ever shoot, but I keep loading.
     
  5. .308 Norma

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    Yes sir, AND the time of year.;)
    Hunting seasons are obviously times of the year when which "subgroup" I fall into usually changes. However, another probably not quite so obvious time of year when my "subgroup" changes is the dead of winter. Our usual shooting "range" is a county gravel pit about 2 miles south of the house. In January and February, that pit is often full of snow. And if I drove my truck down into it, my truck would probably be there until spring. So January is usually a real good month for me to spend a lot of time at my handloading bench in our nice, warm basement.:thumbup:
     
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  6. .308 Norma

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    Oh, yeah! I can certainly relate to that.;)
    Luckily, I have a wife who likes guns, hunting and shooting as much as I do. So she helps burn up my surplus handloads.:thumbup:
     
  7. GeoDudeFlorida

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    If I ever run out of.32acp, 7.62Tok, .25acp, or 9Mak, I’ll dig out my Lee dies and get some brass and reload a few boxes of each. Or maybe if it’s cheaper I’ll just buy some more; heck I may just sell those guns. But the odds of me running out of what I have already are pretty slim. Other than those caliber and rimfire I hand load every thing else I shoot. I even load for some friends and neighbors during shortages. There’s nothing wrong with factory 9mm or factory .223 but I don’t shoot those much. Factory .45auto is fine but my handloads are as good or better for half the price. Same with .38Spl and .357; factory ammunition is good for concealed carry and target but hunting ammo in .357 is pricey and hard to come by. Don’t bother with .38S&W or .32S&W box ammo. Useless garbage unless you just want to make noise. Most rifle ammo is good but the selection is limited. I guess if you’re a paper hunter in Austin or DFW, or a fall whitetailer in PA, factory rifle ammo is perfect. That’s why I load my own. :)
     
  8. Spare Parts

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    A bad day at the range is always better than a good day working. - Author Unknown
     
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  9. Spare Parts

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    I have a G17G4 that has never seen a factory round. Voided the warranty the first time I went to the range.

    And yes, I also reload for a friend - mostly personal-defense clones, and he graciously pays for components and the occasional bottle of fine Scotch whisky. :thumbup:
     
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  10. rondaxe

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    Hate buying ammo. Love making my own, except trimming brass. Don't like trimming brass.
     
  11. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I loaded up 50 .32H&R mags today with 85gr. XTP’s and 3,5gr of Red Dot. Total of 60cents each. If commercial ammunition using that bullet were available - it’s not - I would be paying closer to $2 each. And the commercial ammo isn’t nearly as good in a snubby as mine - seems Hornady uses a slow powder, probably for long barrels. I don’t handload to save money. It just usually works out that way. To the point I very rarely bother checking or keeping track of my supplies. The XTP’s and brass I could check since I got them from Midway and it’s in my purchase history.
     
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    Probably more than that, nice cost saving info there :cool:
     
  13. Bassfishing54

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    I never thought of breaking it down that way, but I fit in all the groups and several of the subgroups. I buy ammo, reload and hand load, depending on needs. For range ammo I reload most of it, along with using factory ammo for defensive drills. I use factory ammo in most hunting situations, but also have a few hand loads that perform better than factory ammo. As a shooter and hunter, it is important for me to utilize all avenues to achieve the best results.
     
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