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Reloading for caliber you own?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by spawndn72, Apr 12, 2020.

  1. Jack B.

    Jack B. Member

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    I reload for everything I own. Nine in all except, 22LR, 9mm and.32 S&W
     
  2. res45

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    Not only do I reload for every caliber handgun and rifle I shoot but I also cast all my own bullets for all those firearms as well, cheap and plentiful is fine until it's not. It hasn't been that many years ago when you couldn't find some handgun and rifle caliber with a search warrant not to mention reloading components like powder, primers and bullets, all it takes is a change in the political winds or a crisis either man made or natural and availability of all these things goes out the window.

    One of the first things I do when I acquire a firearm or firearms in the same caliber that I don't currently reload for is to get the dies, once fired brass and bullet molds so that having ammunition for general purpose shooting, hunting or SD if it comes to that is something I never have to worry about. It has served me well as none of the past or present shortage of ammo or components has ever be an issue.

    In handguns, I shoot 9 x 18 Mac. 9 mm, 38 / 357 Mag. 45 ACP. In rifles I shoot 30-30, 300 Sav. 30-06, 7.62 x 39 and 7.62 x 54r as well as a 45 ACP carbine.
     
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  3. Walkalong

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    I don't reload .22 LR, and I had stopped reloading 7.62x39. I don't even own a 7.62x39 anymore. Sold the AR & AK in that caliber.

    I load everything else.
     
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  4. Bartojc

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    I load for everything I own except .22 LR. Other than .22 I have not bought any factory ammo in about 8 years. A few used firearms have come with factory ammo which I used and of course saved the brass :)

    -Jeff
     
  5. Bill M.

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    Everything but the .22 long rifle and the 16 gauge shotguns. I do buy some shotgun shells for hunting. I load target loads and bird loads, I think I keep at least a box of factory loads for each caliber or gauge I own though.
     
  6. Targa

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    Currently I reload for my revolvers (I hate chasing ejected brass) and a buddies .450 Bushmaster ( He chases the ejected brass...:D). Everything else...9mm, .223, 7.62x39, .45acp and others I just buy in bulk.
     
  7. Steel Hayes

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    Having only started reloading a few years ago, I only load for the guns I shoot the most- .38spl, .380 and .32 S&W.

    The rest are easier to buy factory ammo for.

    But I do have a set of dies for the .38super that I ordered by mistake, eventually I’ll have to buy a pistol in that caliber just because.
     
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  8. irishlad

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    I reload for everything but shotguns and rim fire. I usually have the dies and case gauge before I get the gun
     
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  9. Targa

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    I need to try that with my wife. Honey, I messed up and mistakenly bought these dies, I don’t want to waste them so unfortunately I need to buy a gun for them..:rofl:
     
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  10. Fine Figure of a Man

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    All except 22lr, 32 acp. I buy most of my shotgun ammo other than my 12 gauge 1 1/2 oz 5 shot pheasant loads.
     
  11. BullRunBear

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    I have the capability to reload for every centerfire caliber I use and 12 and 20 gauge shotshells. In some cases I have both regular dies and Lee Loader Kits (whack-a-mole type) whenever I can find them on sale. I also have at least one bullet mold for each caliber. I rarely reload 9mm or .223 because I have so much inexpensive commercial ammo and I'm working through a lot of surplus ammo for the Mosin Nagant I got with the rifle.

    I enjoy reloading and maintain components to make at least 500 rounds of each caliber, usually a LOT more. My wife encourages this approach as she also likes to be prepared for shortages. Yes, my wife is a gem! :D

    Jeff
     
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  12. jmorris

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    I don't reload for everything I own but I do own stuff one cant buy ammunition for, it must be reloaded.
     
  13. Shanghai McCoy

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    Yep, this... :thumbup:
     
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  14. forrest r

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    I reload for every caliber I use/shoot also.

    I probably wouldn't reload blammo ammo for the 9mm's or 223rem if I didn't make my own free bullets. But I'd still reload quality match grade ammo for those calibers.
     
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  15. M-14

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    Right at the moment, I'm reloading 7.62x51 to save some money and dial in as much reasonable accuracy as I can from my service rifle. I have a rather good supply of everything else on hand, but am already trying to resist the urge to get dies and such to reload my other service calibers as well. 9mm is too cheap as well as dirty Russian steel case for my evil rifles.

    If you divide total investment x number of rounds produced, I think I'm down to about $10 a round...lol But that just gives me incentive to shoot more so I can keep dividing it lower.

    I was all in before the panic buying spree started, but it has made me think a bit more about which ones I should have loading supplies for.
     
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  16. TfflHndn

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    Everything but the rimfires, .22lr, .22mag, 17HMR. That leaves me at about 18 calibers in rifle and pistol, plus 12 and 20 gauge shotgun. I enjoy it all, save money on each round fired (we don't save money reloading, really, since most just shoot more and invest in supplies), and make ammo that I want, particularly bullseye .45 auto ammo.
     
  17. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I reload for pretty much every gun I own except .22LR/Mag, 12ga and 20ga and 7.62x39.
    I don't think I shoot enough shotgun to justify tooling up for that and the SKS rifles are shot rarely although I keep enough factory rounds at the ready in case they are needed.
    I do load for .38Spl, .357Mag, 9mm, 10mm, .40S&W, .41Mag, .44Spl, .44Mag, .45AutoRim, .45ACP, .45Colt and .375SuperMag. Rifles....30/30, .30/06, .308, .25/06, .243, .303Brit, 7x57, 7mmMag and.223.
     
  18. SlowFuse

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    I don't reload shotguns or anything rimfire, have dies for every centerfire metallic cartridge I shoot.

    Lately I dont bother with 9mm, 223 or 7.62x39 unless its something unique, factory fmj's are so cheap on both. 223/5.56 is what got me into reloading but its not worth the time involved, mainly case prep for me and sorting through the crimped primers.

    I think as with a lot of hand loaders on here I have a few guns that have never seen a factory round.
     
  19. Charlie98

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    I have the utility to load for everything I own... except .22LR, of course, and I sold my 12ga press a few years ago, the little bit I shoot these days doesn't justify the cost of components. I don't have gobs of time to stand in front of my reloading bench, so high volume cheapo cartridges like 9mm and 5.56mm get bought by the case... although I still load for them when I'm looking for accuracy beyond MOBC (Minute of Body Cavity.) Even 7.62mm blasting ammos get bought by the case, although, like 9mm and 5.56mm, I still have the components to load for them... I learned my lesson back in the Dark Ages of no ammo or components.

    I've 'bothered with it' but decided many years ago it was a diminishing return... particularly when you factor in the case prep that is required on 5.56mm and 7.62mm, unless you spend the money on tools like a powered case trimmer and such.

    I have factory ammos for everything I shoot... I use factory ammo as a baseline when I'm working up handloads, and I use them to prove things like correct chronograph setup and firearm function, but I vary rarely shoot factory outside of the general parameters outlined above.
     
  20. tightgroup tiger

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    I reload for everything I own, except 22lr. I don't have many guns, maybe 23 I think but I load for all of them.
    It's just natural for me.
    I have bought factory loads when I was younger, just for curiosity, but I never shot them for some reason. They are all still laying in my reloading room.
     
  21. 12Bravo20

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    I was reloading 223 back when it made sense to do so. I have a 30 cal ammo can full of 223 reloads. I occasionally reload some 308 for my Savage that doesn't get shot much. I reload all my pistols calibers except the fiancé's 38 special. I reload 380, 9mm, 9mm Largo, 40, and 45. I have a 12 gauge and 410 reloader but only reload 410 shells. I load both hunting (7 1/2 shot) and buckshot rounds for the 410. I try to keep my ammo cans full.
     
  22. Chuck R.

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    I reload for everything, but the rimfires and cast for the handguns and BPCRs:

    Handgun

    .30 luger
    .380
    9mm (7)
    .38SPCL
    .357Mag
    .357Sig
    .40 S&W
    .41MAG
    .44 SPCL
    .44MAG
    .45ACP (3)
    .45Colt (3)

    Rifle

    .223(2)
    .223 Wylde (2)
    5.56
    .243 Win
    6mm Rem
    6mm SLR
    .25-06
    6.5x57
    .260REM
    .270Win
    .300AAC
    .308Win
    .300WIN
    8x68S
    8.15x46R
    9mm
    .350 Rem Mag
    .40-70W (2.4”)
    .45Colt
    .45-90 (2.4”)
    .45-100 (2.6”)

    Shotgun
    20GA
    16GA
    12GA
    10GA
     
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  23. mjsdwash

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    I don't load for 25 ACP. I worry if I did, I would shoot my ultra fun 100 year old Spanish vest pocket enough to break something. Now if someone starts making a new production Baby Browning type pistol, I'll start casting, and loading as soon as I can get one.
     
  24. ATLDave

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    I reload for everything I own except for .22lr and 12 gauge.
     
  25. Axis II

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    The only thing I don't load for is shotgun ammo and 22lr. When I got my two deer rifles I said I will just shoot factory in them cause its usually only fired to sight in and hunt. WRONG! Custom dies, different bullets, different cases. I saved some money by using reloads but 50 reloads last me about 2yrs.
     
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