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Reloading for friends?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Shinbone, Apr 10, 2010.

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  1. Shinbone

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    What do you guys think of reloading for a friend or two? Good idea or bad idea? I'm sure there's liability issues.
    If you do, how much do you usually charge them? (Above and beyond the cost of material, of course.)
    Thanks.
     
  2. pcwirepro

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    Have them buy components and use a little for your rounds? Have them buy the chrony for all to use?
    Good to have someone to hang out at the range with.
     
  3. Sam1911

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    Reloading for friends

    I still load for my sons but my friends have been converted over to buying their own supplies and loading on my equipment after I feel they are ready. I'm always there for support as needed.
     
  5. RustyFN

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    What do you guys think of reloading for a friend or two? Good idea or bad idea? I'm sure there's liability issues.

    Yes, a big risk. For me taking the chance of a friend getting hurt from one of my loads and ending up in court and losing that person as a friend isn't worth it.

    If you do, how much do you usually charge them? (Above and beyond the cost of material, of course.)

    It would be illegal to sell ammo without a FFL license.
     
  6. zxcvbob

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    I've *given* a box of target reloads to a buddy; they were loaded too light to stabilize from my 4" S&W and were amazingly accurate in his 6". And I'll let someone try shooting my guns at the range if they want, but I warn them that they are reloads. Other than that, no.

    It's a bad idea from all kinds of perspectives.

    Now if somebody wants a free reloading lesson I'll let them pull the handle on their own loads, and I'll even loan them one of my spare single-stage presses afterwards if they want.

    You also have to register with the State Department (Hillary) and pay a $2200+ fee to make it legal. The appropriate FFL is not enough.
     
  7. HOWARD J

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    I reload or load for my family.
    Want to lose a friend????---start reloading for him/her.
    NO WAY BROTHER......................................
     
  8. Sam1911

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    I'll post a summation of the possible legal issues, original posted by TexasRifleman:



    Take it for what it's worth.
     
  9. oneounceload

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    As mentioned above - it's a way to get a quick trip to the Graybar Hotel

    Sow them how, let them buy components and have a reloading party where they can get to load their own using your press, etc.
     
  10. R.Clem

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    I used to reload for my friends, BUT, I had access to the firearm I was loading for (theirs) and WE spent many hours both reloading and shooting to make sure that the round was safe and accurate.
    2 of these guys come to my home and I supervise while they reload, 3 others have invested in their own equipment and now reload at their homes. The fellows who use my equipment will leave the remaining powder or primer, maybe even some bullets for the equipment use, I do not ask for this, they just do it.
    I have a chrony and most of the stuff everyone who has been reloading for 40+ years has accumulated.
    This is a winning situation. It does require much time and is handled the same as if you where loading for your new gun, starting loads and working up, that is why you need to have access to the firearm.

    Ray
     
  11. Shinbone

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    I understand. Thanks much.
     
  12. Mags

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    Me and my buddy normally shoot together and collect his and my brass. He comes over whenever he wants and loads his own on my press and just buys components that he consumes off me at cost and uses our range brass.
     
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    I have offered my Man cave & equipment to any friend or relative I have. I would teach any of them, anytime. As long as they bring over their own components. You would be surprised how many of them believed that just because I assembled my own ammunition, that it entitles them to it for free too. They learned or they bought ammo from the store. It's as simple as that. Even my Dad and brothers play by these rules.

    I make ammo for me, my wife, and my son, that's it.

    LGB
     
  14. Jesse Heywood

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    I reload for all my friends for free. Since I don't have any friends :eek: I have to shoot it all myself. :D
     
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    I reload for myself and my wife. Period. I trust her with a gun and she trusts me with her ammo. Neither one of us takes that trust lightly.
     
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    I only reload for my Dad, and I just give him the ammo for free. He only uses maybe 100 rounds of 30/30 and 3-400 rounds of .357 per year.

    I have a buddy that wanted to reload for his rifle, so he bought a set of dies and components and I showed him the ropes on my equipment.
     
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    I think many of us "MAY" reload for family and "very close" friends we shoot together, but won't admit to it for obvious reasons. :rolleyes:

    My concern grew when a new shooter at the range was complaining about too much recoil/muzzle flash with the reloads he was shooting (apparently too much powder charge) and we suggested he take them back to whoever reloaded them. His reply was he got it from another person who SOLD him the reloads - he had no idea how hot/mild the load was and willing to risk his firearm/body parts. We all have seen and heard stories of gun blowing up/not shooting right from unknown reloads they bought at the gun show for a steal of a price ... they all ended up crying about how they should never have done that (sadly, they could have bought a full reloading setup for the price they paid for several hundred rounds).

    Most of us at the range will only allow others to shoot our reloads if we are present with our reloads and we take back the leftover rounds until the next shooting session.

    Of course, we are very eager to share our sentiment about someone interested in learning to reload about how to start.
     
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    I give away a lot of loaded ammunition to family and friends. I never sell it. Most of the people that I give it to know how to reload also.....I take great pride in my hand crafted ammunition and trust my life with it. In my opinion if you can't handle that you shouldn't be reloading. The initial equipment investment really never pays off....you just shoot much more.

    I also will let fellow shooters I don't know shoot my reloads while I'm present. Factory ammo can be loaded pretty hot sometimes. When some people shoot nice soft target 38 special loads they really enjoy it. It's a good way to help combat flinching.

    Use discretion when giving permission to shoot your ammo...But remember when you reload to check and recheck everything to ensure it's safely within the limits that SAAMI has specified for that particular load.

    No legal advice here.....that aspect was very well covered in a previous post.
     
  19. Win1892

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    I don't load for friends but what I will do is give them a couple of boxes when we are all shooting. I don't want my stuff out of my sight, and to some degree, control.

    Letting someone shoot 100 rounds of my 45ACP to match the 100 they brought doubles their fun and still contributes to my brass stash. It also saves them $40-50.
     
  20. StretchNM

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    I reload only for my enemys.
     
  21. Jesse Heywood

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    So you stay up all night and never get caught up?
     
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    Bad idea. I don't recommend it.

    First, it's illegal. It's probably unenforceable if the practice is kept among friends...but today's friend may be tomorrow's enemy. That's a lesson that I learned a long time ago.

    The liability is a more pressing concern. You may trust your friend not to sue you into the poorhouse, and he probably would pinky promise that he wouldn't do it under any circumstances.

    But...

    If something goes wrong, and he's seriously injured and unable to work...and one of his cars has been repossessed and the bank is about to foreclose on his house...and his kids' college fund is evaporating...your assets will start to look pretty good to him. He may not want to sue, but knowing that the relief to his family's suffering is an appointment with a lawyer away...he'll have to reassess his priorities.

    The best way is to bring your range pard to your shop and show him how to do it, and supervise him closely while he reloads his own. Don't provide any components. Let him buy them and bring them to the shop. That way, you are absolved of any responsibility.
     
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    I don't reload per-say for my friends. I would never reload for a profit without the proper licenses and liability insurance. Would I give a buddy a box of reloads to try or would I load up a few components up for him that he has bought? Sure, no sweat. I also take many of my friends and family out and let them shoot my reloads and my guns.....and vice versa. I don't load hot and I'm careful about the way I reload. I too trust my reloading practices and I trust my family and friends. Am I taking a risk in doing so? Maybe, but in my opinion the risk is minuscule compared to the pleasure and enjoyment derived from shooting with friends and family.
     
  24. ar10

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    I took 5 relatives to the range last Saturday. all from out of town. I let them shoot my CZ527, M1A, M1, AR10, .40SW, .45GAP, .38SW, .45APC, and 9mm, and I have reload ammo for all of them.
    For them I paid 211.00 for boxed ammo from Gander Mt. They shot the boxed ammo. I shot my reloads.
    As a reminder to everyone. No gun is alike even if its from the same manufacturer. I measure my reloads for each of my guns not someone else's. and have no clue what someone else's gun has been through or how its treated.
     
  25. James2

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    The first time I reloaded for another I learned some lessons. 1. Do not ever load for someone unless he leaves you the rifle so you can work up a suitable load. 2. Do not ever just use the "pet load" he gives you. No kaboom, but I ended up pulling 99 bullets.

    On the other hand, I had one friend who used to come over and load with me. We would do some for him and some for me then go rabbit hunting. This worked very well for both of us.

    The only way I will load for a friend now is if he comes over and participates, and learns about the process and actually gets hands on.
     
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