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Reloading saves money, and other boldfaced lies...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Noxx, Sep 21, 2007.

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  1. Noxx

    Noxx Member

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    So I've been reloading, and going to the range weekly for a while now. Of course I'm thrilled to death with all of the money I'm saving.

    Heck today I saved myself out of $200, 'cause I found bullets on sale, and of course some "one shot", and this.... and that... and....

    Then, of course, there's the brass.

    I score all the brass I humanly can (see my "range rat" poll), working on the theory that it keeps forever, and with things the way they are in the world I don't see the price of metals taking any sort of long term dip. Ever. If I were to end up with 50,000 cases of 9mm in vacuum sealed buckets, that's just fine with me, hell if nothing else I'll sell it to finance my shooting when I'm old and brass is $18 a lb. I honestly foresee a day in the near future when most range owners will be doing a nightly patrol instead of letting shooters grab all that orphaned brass, as the price continues to go up.

    Of course the problem with that philosophy is that I'm saving myself into the poorhouse every time I find a good deal on brass. Today my local got a ton of .45 in and was pushing it out on the cheap. I bought ten pounds of it, reconsidered (hey it ain't gettin any cheaper) and bought the 70lb bucket.

    ....two days after I just ordered 2k/.45 in the mail.

    Bullets are the same way, metal components, they aren't going down in price, when I see 'em cheap I buy em until my wife's eyebrow goes up. Then I buy a few more and stop. I've probably got 500lbs of bullets in the garage, I'll get to em sooner or later, but to tell you the truth, I'd rather buy more tomorrow than next year, or the year after.

    Good thing I don't have kids, I'd be saving them right outta collitch. :eek:
     
  2. armoredman

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    Ah, you need to start CASTING to really save money! :)
     
  3. armoredman

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    oops, doubled.
     
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  4. joneb

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    You better stock up on more boolits the Chinese are buying up all the available lead for they're paint :mad:
     
  5. Art Eatman

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    But, hey, look at the money you don't spend at some beer joint, since you're staying home loading ammo.

    :D:D:D

    Art
     
  6. GaryL

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    And the toys they sell us...
     
  7. OAKVILLE SHOOTER

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    It's not that you save money reloading, but that you can shoot a lot more for the same money.
     
  8. langenc

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    If you wonder about bullets get a copy of Shooting Times November 07 and read about 223 bullets and their making using fired 22LR cases for the jacket!~!!
     
  9. sublimaze41

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    You said it yourself, it ain't getting any cheaper. Personally I would rather have it then be caught short. I use to dream about buying multi-thousand 55 grain FMJ and enough brass. I finally did it and felt silly until the 55 grain bullets (in bulk) dried up.

    What the heck, at least I will be able to shoot for the next few years. This way I only have to make up excuses to my wife one time for AR ammo purchases.
     
  10. Shell Shucker

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    I wish I'd bought a pallet of shot 2 years ago at $13 per bag...........
     
  11. joneb

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    Geese there is maybe more lead in the Wal-Mart toy department than there is in my reloading cabinet :confused:
     
  12. FLORIDA KEVIN

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    Noox you're killin me

    So far I have to agree with everything you said ! this reloading is rapidly taking on a life of it's own ! i started reloading to save money ,but I am finding I enjoy it almost as much as shooting ! having said that I will be on my way to the Ft.lauderdale gunshow this morning so I can :D "save more money " by paying 8 bucks to get in to look for some .454 casull brass and some 250-300 grain bullets that are hopefully cheaper than the JHP stuff i have been punching paper with !! LOL probably a fools errand !!:cuss:
     
  13. K3

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    :D This has to be one of the best threads ever.

    I've saved myself out of so much money that I've lost count.

    Ooh, gotta get some more brass for my .96-08 MegaMag cuz ya never know.

    I better get another 10K primers cuz they might be out of stock when the zombies come.

    Do I really NEED a backup set of dies for every caliber? Well sure.


    To show that I am completely hopeless, I have to admit that I've taken up brass scrounging at the range now. I'll be needing some buckets before long. :banghead:
     
  14. ArkansasFatboy

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    I too have saved my self out of a lot of money.lol I try to scrounge all the brass I can from the local public range but the non-working rednecks have found that it brings some good money at the scrapyard but I still luck out every once in a while. The other day I picked up 200 .45acp and 20 .25-06 cases and a handful of .223:neener: I guess I am lucky my wife dosen't care how much money I "save" on reloading:)
     
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    Well the gunshow was a complete bust for me ! I did buy some loaded 357 mag rounds ! just because I wasnt going to go to the show , pay 5 bucks to park ,8 bucks admission and walk out with nothing ! nobody even had any 454 ammo ! I thinki am done with gunshows for a long while !:cuss:
     
  16. actionflies

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    Reloading does not save me any money, it just allow me to shoot a lot more. For examle, before I started reloading, I would only shoot once a week and now for the same amount of money I am shooting 2-3 times a week in 45acp and 9mm and soon 357 magnum.:)
     
  17. jeepmor

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    Your lack of self control...

    ..is not my problem.

    Now, back to the tumbler to swap out the clean 40 and 10mm for the 45. Running low on bullets, trip to Sportsman's Warehouse in order, then I'll need some powder, more bullets...etc...

    See, I have my own problem, don't bother me with yours.:neener:

    I do shoot a lot more now, but to say I have not paid for my equipment in savings and that I don't save money per round would be simply untrue.
     
  18. Pigspitter

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    Ha, the ironry in that statement is that I'm stocking up on lead for when the Chinese come.
     
  19. Walkalong

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    You did not read the fine print in your contract.

    "You will shoot more, shooting up any savings on reloads vs new ammo prices"
    "You will continually find "cool new reloading stuff" you just "have to have""
    "You will buy new guns in calibers that before it would be to expensive to shoot factory ammo in, BUT, since you reload now, you can afford to shoot them and you must buy them"

    Etc. etc. etc. .......................................................... :evil:
     
  20. Millwright

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    Well, I guess it all depends upon how you define, "save".......In case you haven't priced loaded ammo lately, your cost/rd will drop - precipitously - but as you note, you'll probably shoot more because ammo is so easy to get when and how you want it.

    On the "plus" side reloading will force you to become a better shooter - if only because you'll gain much more familarity with the intracies of interior and exterior ballistics. Besides, your wife will always know where you're at....home at the bench....which qualifies as 'home time'...... >MW
     
  21. broadsideofabarn

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    Start buying stock in copper mines. :D
     
  22. target1911

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    UH-OHHH......Is that what is wrong with me??????
    I just started loading last week and in anticipation, I have been stocking up on brass for the last month or so. I have brass but I wont have any lead till tomorrow night. When I ran outta lead I almost paniced. My GF gave me a funny look when I walked to my loading bench then walked away like a lost pup because I didnt have any lead to load.
    I must get more lead....
    I MUST get more lead....
    I MUST GET more lead....
    I MUST GET MORE lead....
    NEED MORE LEAD NOOOOWWW

    OOPS...LOL....guess I must controle myself...
     
  23. The Bushmaster

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    I still don't see where the problem is. Could someone be so kind as to explain why this hobby draws so many people if it cost sooo much...I have to make this short...I hear a gun going off and I must see if I can collect the brass...Bye...
     
  24. jhansman

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    Frankly, I don't really care if I'm saving money or not. The satisfaction and relaxation I get from reloading and shooting my own ammo far outweighs the cost of components and bench gear. Heck, I'd probably still do it even if it cost more.
     
  25. Noxx

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    Back! back! MINE!!!!!
     
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