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What calibers do you NOT reload?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TennJed, Nov 28, 2012.

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  1. jr_roosa

    jr_roosa Member

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    I reload every center fire metallic cartridge I shoot. I don't bother with shotgun...don't shoot it enough.

    I wouldn't reload 9mm if I got one. Too big a pain for not much benefit.

    I would also probably not reload a ton of .223 if I got an M4gery, for the same reason. I'd reload match loads if I got a NM AR15.

    .223 and 9mm might be more interesting if I got a progressive press I suppose.

    I shoot a bunch of Winchester White Box in my 1911, but it's just because it's only a few dollars more than buying empty .45 Auto brass.

    I also shoot HXP in my Garand for the brass.

    -J.
     
  2. 1911 guy

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    .22lr, .380ACP and 20 ga.
     
  3. robMaine

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    I don't reload for 9mm. 45acp, 223, 22lr, 17hmr or 12 gauge.
     
  4. Swampman

    Swampman Old Fart

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    I thought all the Russian surplus 7.62 x39 was steel core M43 and illegal to import, would you care to name your source? I'd love to get some...
     
  5. Reefinmike

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    Absolutely! I get this weird twitchy feeling if I have a piece of brass unloaded brass laying around. I have 35 pieces of 38 brass that havent been loaded in about 4 days. I cast me up some boolits last night so once the lube dries tomorrow i will be able to sleep soundly again. dont even ask me about how much 223 brass i have unloaded, I dont want to think about it.
     
  6. GSPKurt

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    7.62x39
    .22 LR
    Shotshells

    I DO load 5.7X28FN, but what a pain in the ass...
     
  7. cfullgraf

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    I used to be this way. But I learned to stop reloading when my storage place is full regardless how much empty brass is around.

    I replaced it with collecting reloading tools to try.:)
     
  8. Zekest Crowe

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    I'm a fixing to add fraz-a-racking 9mm to my don't reload anymore list.

    Never had a problem with reloading .380 ACP, .38/.357, nor .45 ACP.

    The blasted 9 mils sometimes chamber, sometimes not.

    Now I got 500 newly reloaded 9mm rounds that fire then stovepipe on the way out!

    Dang durn blasted 9 mils. :fire:
     
  9. mcdonl

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    CraigC.... makes sense knowing where you are coming from regarding money.

    I hate money. I make enough to live comfortably, put some away and put my kids through college. You would probably hate trapping, as there are typicaly more costs than income from fur.

    If your life is controlled by the all-mighty dollar you will miss out on a lot of the finer things in life you cannot buy off a shelf.
     
  10. CraigC
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    If that is your impression then you have obviously misinterpreted something I wrote. Money is a means to an end and nothing more. While I make more money now than I ever have in my life, my attitude has never changed. My perspective has but my attitude towards things like handloading and casting goes all the way back to when I started, when I was working my rearend off making $6/hr 50-60hrs a week.

    The statement was not "I cast bullets because I enjoy it". This is a personal thing and if it's what you enjoy, I never take any issue with it whatsoever. The statement was "I don't buy .22LR because I can shoot centerfires for less money". That is a statement about money and that I take issue with. The difference being, if you're doing it for fun, then the cost savings is just a bonus. If you're doing it to save money, you're killing yourself for little gain.

    We all have our own preferences and priorities. We all have our own attitudes about money. Some folks have more time than money and they shoot more by casting bullets and scrounging lead. By the same token, I handload to save money so that I can shoot more. I buy cast bullets and .22LR because I have more money than time. Handloading is not something I do for fun and I am truly jealous of those who enjoy it. I simply don't. For me it is a necessary chore to be able to do the amount of shooting I want to do. Likewise, for me, casting bullets is also not something I would enjoy and I could not justify the cost savings versus the time involved. I'd rather be shooting commercial bullets than casting my own. The time I save can be spent on things I'd rather be doing. I just started stitching up another holster yesterday. I handload to save money, I buy commercial cast bullets to save time, I buy .22LR to save time AND money, plus I enjoy shooting them. I shoot, hunt and do leatherwork because I enjoy it. I make money to pay for it all. YMMV.
     
  11. hentown

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    I'm not going to wade through all the posts, but, on the face of it, this has to be a nonsensical thread!:eek:
     
  12. mcdonl

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    Sorry to be presumptive Craig... you explained far more than you needed to. My apologize. My perspective is I have a high stress healthcare job that does pay well, and two teenage daughters. So... given all of that I look forward to the winding down I do in the long cold winters in Maine when shooting is not possible.

    I also like to do as much of any given process myself as I can... for instance, for $13 I can buy 1 oz of skunk essence that will last me a year. But, I prefer to buy syringes and bottles and extract it myself. It cost more, but it is fun and I know how to do it. Same with tanning, making lube and casting boolits.

    Honestly, I enjoy handloading equal to shooting and may even enjoy it more given I spend more time loading than shooting.

    OP - I dont reload 9mm because I only shoot my 9mm enough to be proficient with it and as it is my CCW I like to cary HP's... To qualify that last statement... I have not yet in my short time reloading (5 years or so...) been able to get a 100% reliable 9mm HP load in my KAHR... therefore I prefer to shoot factory 9mm JHP's that I know cycle.
     
  13. CraigC
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    No worries. I understand and respect that, truly. My intent was never to diminish the enjoyment folks get from doing such things but like I said, the statements made were about saving money, not enjoyment. I just could not fathom scrounging, casting and reloading, round for round, instead of buying .22LR.

    Perhaps my attitude towards casting/handloading will change with time. For now, I'm very happy with the way things are and can't wait to start the next leather project. :)
     
  14. JohnM

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    If it's not a rim fire I'll reload it.
    Don't need any particular reasons.
    I'll save a little usually and have a good time doing it.
     
  15. Gik-tal

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    The only one I have that I do not reload for is the 32 ACP.
     
  16. jcwit

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    The best thing is I have no need to scrounge any components to cast or reload. I'm on the board of directors at our local indoor range and get/have way more components than I'll ever use. Same goes for powder and primers and for that matter probably encludes .22's.

    Life is good.
     
  17. TheCracker

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    Everything but .22 LR
     
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