Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by KY DAN, Nov 21, 2021.
I also like to load standard cartridges in bulk.
I no longer own rifles in either cartridge and can find factory ammo easy enough for what I do own. But since I have the tools and components I still load for my big game cartridges. I've found that I can get a bit better accuracy, using premium bullets, and usually get a bit more speed out of my handloads. For about the same cost as buying budget factory loads.
I don't enjoy reloading for the sake of reloading. It is a means to an end and I don't shoot those cartridges in high volume. But certainly more than I would if buying factory loads. For rounds that I shoot in higher volume such as 223 or 9mm I'd rather buy factory loads. I can still buy them cheap enough to be hard to justify the time to reload. Yes, loaded ammo has gone up in price, but so have components.
Because I can))
Answered in many of the previous posts!
l started with the Lee Load All. Using a hammer to seat primers was exciting and my dog learned not to be in the reloading area with me.
I upgraded equipment time and time again mostly using Dillon Progressive Presses, Starting with a 300 , 450, 550 and finally a 650 with all the bells and whistles. I can reload over 800 rounds an hour using the automatic case and bullet feeders.
First it was to save money. Later it became a contest of getting the best accuracy I could. I added casting my bullets to the combination and came up with some outrageous loads. Best of which was for my 627 revolver for ICORE competitions. I found a die that let me cast 185 grain LRN bullets. With 4.5 grains of Unique this load gives 1 inch groups from a sandbag at 15 yards.
I figure 2 hours on the press a week is good therapy. Now I'm shooting .22s because components are just too high right now.
On top of all that, I find it relaxing … almost therapeutic.
Trapshooting fueled my reloading .
Naturally I began loading centerfire handgun ammo when I started buying handguns.
Now I need to learn about centerfire rifle.
I like target shooting & because I stocked up I can reload .223 for 8 to 10 cents her round, they are more accurate than factory.
Right now there are a few calibers you just can't buy, at any price.
The number 1 reason, I like to reload.
Makes me feel good to know I'm an ammo maker and do it well !
Golf , walking , tennis and pickle ball ... all suck rocks ... I would rather go shooting and reload !
doing it since 1967
Reloading allows me to shoot a rifle chambered in an obsolete cartridge that was my paternal grandfathers (6.5x54 Kurz Mauser) and a rifle chambered in 22 BR.
Reloading allows me to shoot a number of wildcat cartridges (7mm Int Rimmed, 38/45 Clerke, 22x6.8, 6x45).
I always have ammunition for the various other firearms that I have without worrying about finding commercial ammunition. Since I enjoy reloading so my time is free and the component cost is always less than the cost of factory ammunition.
I get to tailor ammunition to my firearms and get the best accuracy from them.
Besides, it beats the heck out of daily pub crawls.
Some of them. Some I just store in a coffee can appropriately marked for the mould and caliber.
I've offered many times to teach him. He only is interested in what might be considered common calibers. 30-30, 9mm, 22rimfire, 45,38,357. Not that they are all that common now.
Finding 357 is very difficult and when I found a box it was 50 dollars.... no thanks. 38 seems easy comparatively
My first handgun was a TC Contender in 357 mag. I have never purchased a factory 38 Sp or 357 mag.
The 30 Herrett was probably my third Contender barrel (22 lr was the second). The 30 Herrett would never have been an option without handloading.
I started shooting production class IHMSA silhouette with a 10" 357 Magnum Contender. They worked well. I shot my reloads for the most part in competition.
But, I Iike to shoot some factory ammunition to "calibrate" the barrel for ammunition of known pressure levels.
I moved to Unlimited class with a Super 14" 7mm Int Rimmed Contender barrel. No factory cases were available so they had to be made from factory 30-30 cases. Similar to P Flados and 30 Herrett, without reloading, I would not have been able to shoot the gun.
An aside, 7-30 Waters is similar to 7mm Int Rimmed. I'm not sure of the actual differences in the case design but both are 30-30 cases necked down to 7mm caliber. The 7-30 Waters got a little traction in the commercial ammunition market while 7mm Int Rimmed remained a wildcat developed by IHMSA.
As an inexpensive unlimited class gun, the 14" 7mm Int Rimmed Contender was a good starter gun for the unlimited class.
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