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When you reload, what do you reload for?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Skip Sackett, Jan 9, 2013.

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When you reload, what do you reload MOST for

Poll closed Feb 8, 2013.
  1. Rifle

    41 vote(s)
    25.9%
  2. Pistol

    117 vote(s)
    74.1%
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  1. Valor35

    Valor35 Member

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    Pistol, by a long shot (pun intended). 9mm and 38spl
     
  2. JLDickmon

    JLDickmon Member

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    in order..
    pistol
    rifle
    shotgun
     
  3. James2

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    At present pistol mostly.

    In the beginning....... many years ago........ only rifle at first then pistol, but much more rifle than pistol at first. That was mainly because way back then there were some critters to shoot. Jack Rabbits, squirrels, prarie dogs, chucks. Now not many critters around, or else the properties are no longer accessible. I also hunted big game when there was some, but you only shoot one or two rounds a year at big game animals.

    Now I shoot loads of pistol just plinking. I take the rifles out now and then and shoot enough to be assured the sights are still on.
     
  4. gamestalker

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    I actually checked pistol because when I reload rifle it isn't in as large of quantities. But as for when I reload I spend more time working up rifle loads than I do with pistol.
    Example would be 2 days ago I sat down and did 50 rounds of .357 mag which involved about 1-1/2 hrs., where as my most recent rifle load developement was putting together 20 rounds for range testing. But those 20 rounds kept me busy for hours and hours.

    GS
     
  5. dpote

    dpote Member

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    I mostly reload for pistol, but my rifle reloading is starting to creep up.
    I got ahold of some berdan primers a few months ago, so I am working on a load for 7.62x39 with 155gr lead bullets. So far, it has been interesting.

    Dave
     
  6. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Member

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    I reload for my pistols more because I shoot them more than the ole deer rifle.
     
  7. Skip Sackett

    Skip Sackett Member

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    This is quite true if you only have a "deer rifle"! Some of us have those black, politically incorrect ones though that need to be fed!

    Oh, and don't forget about the good old M1 Garand that I bought several weeks ago! :)

    Thanks for the info and keep it coming!
     
  8. helotaxi

    helotaxi Member

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    We talking round count or time spent or number of sessions or what?
     
  9. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Member

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    Retired 13 years--gives me something to do
     
  10. mahansm

    mahansm Member

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    Pistol. .380, 9mm, .38/.357, .40 S&W, .44 spl/mag, .45, .500 S&W. No rifle yet, but
    I've got dies, brass, primers, and powder to get started on .308 Win.
    Small primer on Square Deal B, large primer on RL 550b.
     
  11. Skip Sackett

    Skip Sackett Member

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    I don't know, how would you like to categorize it? Just explain it in the reply, friend! ;)

    Honestly, two situations could apply. Rounds per session, which is what I do now because I can, or, because of needs, competition.

    The time spent would be more determinate on HOW you reload those rounds which is a different poll on the forum right now started by Rule 3.

    This thread goes with it, kind of. I believe that folks on this forum reload at a different ratio than say, a forum dedicated to a certain kind of firearm, pistol or rifle, and, that is holding true but not at the ratio that I thought. :D
     
  12. CraigC
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    I do way more reloading for revolvers (and for more chamberings) than I do rifles and zero for shotguns.
     
  13. sirgunsalot

    sirgunsalot Member

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    reloads

    Rifle (25-06)
    Pistol 45acp, 45 Colt, 38 special, 357 magnum.
     
  14. helotaxi

    helotaxi Member

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    Well, OK.

    Round count: Pistol by a good margin. 1k rounds in an evening of 9mm, .38, .357 etc. isn't that uncommon for me; however I only reload pistol every 6 months or so.

    Number of reloading sessions: Rifle by a good margin. 75-80% of my time at the bench is spent loading for the various rifles. Normal session is 20-40 development rounds these days as I have several rifles that I'm trying to find a load that I like for. Every once in awhile I'll crank out a couple hundred rounds of .223, .204 or .300 BLK.
     
  15. deadeyedog270

    deadeyedog270 Member

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    .380, 38spl, & 357.mag
     
  16. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Member

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    It depends on what I am shooting at the time. Currently, I am shooting more rifle, so that gets reloaded the most. I have several projects that I am working on.

    But, it will shift and I will shoot more handgun in the future.
     
  17. blarby

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    I'm with 'graf... it varies especially by time of year.
     
  18. 2ndtimer

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    Mostly rifle, most of that is .223. I don't shoot my handguns as much as I used to. And when I want to, I can crank out some pretty good volume on the Dillon 550 for the 9mm and .357 Magnum.
     
  19. grumpy66

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    .308 mainly with .45acp coming in a close second.

    .38/.357 when needed with .40 collecting dust.
     
  20. Onewolf

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    Primary reason for handloading: .260 Rem

    Also reload 5.56, 9mm, and 35 rem.
     
  21. dadpig

    dadpig Member

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    Pistol: 9mm, 44mag and 45 ACP
    Rifle: 223
    Both on Dillon XL650
    Soon to start handloading 30-30 on Lee turret.
     
  22. tomrkba

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    Fun!


    But mostly pistol.
     
  23. Fire_Moose

    Fire_Moose Member

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    What do I reload for?



    ....Freedom.

    useless signiture
     
  24. Big JJ

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    What---38 special, 357 mag. and 308win.
    Why----Custom loads for me and the wife.
    Cost factor is about 40% of shelf price for the revolvers.
    I have to shoot non lead when hunting in Cali so I save about $1.50 a round for the 308.
    Never out of stock and no waiting for shipments.
    If I’m out it is my fault and no one else’s.
     
  25. Mr.12gauge

    Mr.12gauge Member

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    I started on .223 and decided to save some extra cash so I began loading 9mm as well. I just recently started loading 300 blackout and casting 230gr and 155gr for it. Turned out to be a perfect choice because I can't find .223 bullets for plinking anymore! Next thing on my list is 12 gauge
     
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