Trying to get into reloading, want your input.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gobsauce, May 16, 2022.

  1. gobsauce

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    Look dude, I have a 4.0 in Electrical Engineering. My scholarships and financial aid pay for my school, with cash left over for books and materials. I need clearance for the research I do. With plasma money, I'm not dipping into my savings one cent, and still have money left over for everything. However, $500 a month really isn't all that much, with gas prices how they are. I spend about $80 a month on gas, sometimes I need to buy components. Other times, I need to special order parts, servos and all. You got through college like that, great! I'm getting my masters in about a year with 0 loans, car paid off and my hobbies paid for.
    Yes I am.
     
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    alright Bro, you win
     
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    It's not a competition, never has been, I just want you to understand where I'm coming from and why I'm donating plasma. If I didn't do this, I'd be digging into my savings.

    You have a degree, and for that, even as a complete stranger, I am proud of you. It's no easy feat, specially while working.

    Even if you didn't have a degree, so what? That doesn't make you anymore or less of a person than me. I did blue collar work, I know how back breaking that is. Why do you think I don't want to do it anymore?

    We all have to remember, we are all friends here. Hell, I'm sure you and I would be great friends after a beer and a burger. Think that goes for most people here.
     
  4. Mark_Mark
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    Do yourself a favor and find a sugar mamma! Marry those smart girls! because looks fade but the bank account gets prettier!
     
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    Fine but some day in the future when you get a hankering to have all your college expenses repaid by the taxpayers, you’re NOT getting MY plasma!:)

    if you put your plasma money into an S&P 500 index fund each month for 20 years, you’d end up with about $63K (assuming a 7% net return). But spend your blood as you wish.
     
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    Don’t fall into Mark_Mark’s trap…he’s a provocateur and all round scalawag.

    Anyway, I presume then you’re not living in a college dorm. Reloading wouldn’t have gone over well when & where I went to school (deep in Vietnam war days in a Navy town, Norfolk, VA). Things were strict in those days to prevent trouble between the students & sailors.
     
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    There you go. :) Certain satisfaction when things all; come together and work.

    Ron
     
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  8. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Firearms speculation is an extremely risky business, just like sticks, bonds, cars, real estate and every other kind of speculation. So far over the last ten years, I have managed to sell my guns on consignment at a net 10% over inflation profit on each and every one. I price them that way and sometimes the bidding goes crazy and I net higher, sometimes I sell in the shop for a fixed price at lower fees and it takes longer to turn around the sale but I still net a minimum of 10% over what I paid adjusted for inflation. Now, that's a pretty remarkable trend and it isn't bound to hold up "forever" but it's better than any deal you'll get in a stock or bond trading market unless you can somehow wrangle trading High-Priced Class A Shares, like Buffett does.

    I traded knowledge and skill for guns. That's the easy way. I also worked 24/7/365 and almost trashed my marriage, did trash my health, gave up on the "dream" to join the drab life of the office class worker. Now I have a pension, retirement fund, and investments and it would take an act of Congress to fire me. :)
     
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    Guns are neutral investment. Primers and ammo can have great returns but you gotta have lots of patience. Stock market is a casino and the house always wins. Property is the best investment.

    on a serious note, I would not sell my blood for gun and components money. I might need that blood some day, I’m deafly afraid of needles. What ai would do, is pick up a shift on the weekend or be a Uber driver like I once was! All fast food is paying $20/hour here
     
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    A few years ago there was a small gun shop in Fairfax that charged only 10% commission for consignment sales (0% if you bought another firearm). They’re gone now and everyone else wants 25%. That’s a hefty premium even these days. Face to face sales at the NRAHQ range were the way to sell firearms until VA enacted the “universal” background law. Now you need to do it at an FFL. Can still buy & sell ammo and components though.
     
  11. Hikingman

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    More of the responses should begin with, "are you considering a hobby within a hobby?"

    First it's safety/ quality first- without compromise. If you're ready for that and many hours of reading on and off forums on his topic, welcome!

    It's not all about Lee brand, or saving money.
     
  12. gobsauce

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    What do you mean by "considering a hobby withing a hobby"?

    And I know, I'm mostly trying to cope with things. Not really looking to save money, but something else to do.
     
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    Reloading is usually a sub hobby of owning and shooting firearms. It allows one to make less expensive as well as more accurate ammo to use in your firearms. Factory ammo costs more per round overall and is not tuned to your firearm.
    Some of us just like to reload for the fun and satisfaction that comes with the ability to roll your own custom ammo any time you want to. Even when nothing is on the shelves (with a bit of preplanning).
     
  14. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Now tell him the whole truth.
    You see, some folks reload so they can shoot more. Some other folks shoot so they have something to reload. Two hobbies, one thing in common.
     
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  15. Mark_Mark
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    speak for yourself, my reloads can hardly hit the side of a barn
     
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    And then start casting your own bullets like a number of us do. A hobby, within a hobby, within a hobby…man, what a rabbit hole..:D
     
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    Are you shooting from inside or outside of the barn?;)

    chris
     
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