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Shoot or Handload?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by lgbloader, May 13, 2008.

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  1. lgbloader

    lgbloader Member

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    I you could only do one...what would it be?



    SHOOT
     
  2. MetalMan52

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    ?

    If you can't shoot what's the point of handloading?
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  3. lgbloader

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    Hey Metalman,

    I have read in a few threads that people like reloading as much as shooting and I couldn't understand that statement so I wanted to see if people are really out there that feel that way.

    You obviously feel the same way I do but I still would like to hear from the masses. Maybe see another man's insight. Learn something.

    By the way, so we don't misunderstand eachother.. your answer was???
     
  4. socaldan

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    I agree with MetalMan52..also...
    If you can't handload it takes most of the fun out of SHOOTING!!
    Shooting nothing but FACTORY ammunition is like eating the same cerial every morning for breakfast.
     
  5. Grandpa Shooter

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    I am one of the people who has stated that reloading is sometimes more fun than shooting. When I was younger I greatly enjoyed shooting and was far better than average at it. As I have aged and suffer with arthritis among other things, I find that building loads, trying them out, innovating in the process of reloading has become much more enjoyable than beating my hands up like I used to.

    Would I shoot if I had to pay for factory ammo? Not very likely on a fixed income.
     
  6. luis7

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    HI.
    First reload your anmunition and then shoot it :), When you see that your bullet go to where you want you feel very very well (like to make love :D)
    REload anmunition it´s good hobby than shoot it.
    Greetings.
     
  7. Afy

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    Shoot... reloading in engaging though.
    If shooting is sex, then reloading is akin to a date with rosy plam and her five sisters...
     
  8. jhansman

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    Actually, this is a good question. Since I have begun making my own ammo, the only factory ammo I've bought is .22LR, and using my handloads has brought shooting to a new level for me. So, would I shoot if I only had factory? Probably, but not nearly as much.
     
  9. ricciardelli

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    I like shooting...

    Reloading lets me shoot more and better.

    I would probably use factory ammo if it was given to me, and was of good quality.
     
  10. CBS220

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    I enjoy both a lot.

    If you just shoot, and don't reload, then you're missing out on the best possible ammunition, as well as the experimentation process that will make you a better shooter.

    One is important to the other.

    But serious shooters reload. And if someone is reloading just to make cheap blasting ammo, then they are missing the finer points of reloading.
     
  11. qajaq59

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    There are times when the loading is more fun as the shooting. Especially if you finally get a load that just absolutely works in a new rifle. However I can't work up loads unless I can shoot them.
     
  12. mallc

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    Shooting and reloading are like steak and potatoes. They go together.

    My last three new rifles have never tasted store bought loads. I'm please to say they've only eaten pure, organic, home grown ammo; .223, 30-06, and 7.62x54R and none has ever had a hiccup.

    Scott
     
  13. FLORIDA KEVIN

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    For me reloading is a part of shooting ! I enjoy all of it ! I started reloading so I could afford to shoot more . It has taken a lot of time and practice to both make consistant ammunition and shoot consisant groups with it !
     
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    For me reloading is very relaxing. I would rather shoot more then reload though.
     
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    I love to load. I'd do it for a living if it wasn't for all the legaleze that goes with it. :D
     
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    Lgbloader gotta agree with Scott,they go together.The only thing you know about the factory crap is which general direction it's going when you drop the hammer.
     
  17. Sport45

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    I generally reload when it's dark or raining. I wouldn't be shooting then anyway.
     
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    What no fries with that burger?

    Could you watch Lou Costello do the Who's on First routine with out Bud Abbot?

    You should have you NRA memberhip revoked for pondering such a thought!

    They can't be seperated, they are like the conjoined twins sharing the same heart, one could not live with out the other if seperated:D
     
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    "I DO NOT WEAR GLASSES TO SEE...
    I WEAR GLASSES TO SEE [MORE].
    chun- (movie) REMO WILLIAMS.

    I don't reload to shoot...(well you get it)!!!
     
  20. lgbloader

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    Wow, Thanks for the response and I agree with the majority. handloading and shooting is like the perfect circle of life and you can't (or shouldn't) have one without the other. Thank you all for your time and responses, sincere responses, I might add...

    Drinks all around....
     
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    As I get older, I have enjoyed reloading a lot more. I spend a lot of time at the bench instead of staring at the worthless propaganda junkbox (called a TV). I find myself borrowing guns from friends to have a new gun to work up that ideal load for. I enjoy both immensely. Reloading gives me a reason to shoot, and shooting gives me a reason to reload. I don't shoot as much as I used to, and I spend a lot more time working on the "perfect load" which is of course, the perfect one until that next idea/combination/recipe surfaces. Then of course, the cycle starts all over again! It's all good, and nourishing to the soul.
     
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    Got to say if it ever came down to shooting or handloading I would have to go with handloading. I shoot alot and enjoy shooting don't get me wrong but with gas as high as it is I don't shoot as often as I when i shoot it's a war zone covered with brass.so it's the bench for me hands down.
     
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    Both!

    If I had to make such a choice, of course I would shoot. But my shooting would suffer as I have never owned a gun that didn't shoot better with the right handload. Now I have read reviews where gun X shot very well with premium ammo Y, but they only found that ammo by shooting a whole bunch of expensive rounds. That in itself would take some of the fun of shooting away. And who can say that the next lot of premium ammo Y will be the same?

    Handloading gives you FAR more control over what you're feeding your gun.
     
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    When it's -10 below, or 110+ outside, or blowing rain or snow, I much prefer reloading in the A/C & heated basement.

    rcmodel
     
  25. TexasSkyhawk

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    Agree.

    But I still enjoy shooting the fruits of my labor--but I enjoy creating those fruits even more.

    Jeff
     
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