Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by KY DAN, Nov 21, 2021.
By the way, I’m a MUCH better wing shot these days.
Often times my ammo budget would be $20-$50 a month. I can shoot a lot of cast bullets for that, compared to 1-2 boxes of ammo.
Last I checked, my reloads cost me about $4 a box for 45 auto or 38spl or 44 special. And that's a high estimate cause I factor a little in for the lead, but I got a lot of it free.
My buddy will shoot a part of a box of 38s when he comes over. I shoot as many as I want.
That's what started me out, reloading and casting with home made equipment. It was the only way I could shoot more than a box every once in a while.
1] cheaper ammo, especially if you cast bullets.
2] always have ammo to shoot with proper planning.
I do not reload to save money, that does not happen, but I do shoot a lot more.
Still loaded for upland, still do.
In the late 80s I moved to this redneck county. Everyone loaded here so I got a Rockchucker and learned how. Pretty early I was able to get my new .338 to shoot sub 1” groups, when I did my job. Never looked back. I buy a new caliber (10 day waiting period in Kali) I usually have my dies before the gun. I may break in the barrel with a box of factory, but never, ever hunt with factory.
Just 18 months ago I started loading for handguns. I had bought dues for all the calibers I owned except.40. Bought a progressive after the slow process of using the Rockchucker.
For rifle, it’s to tailor the load to the gun and get as much accuracy as possible.
For shotgun I tailor the load for the game I’m hunting.
For handguns, it’s purely economic and availability.
I have enough components for handgun ammo I don’t think I’ll ever need anything else. That doesn’t mean I won’t buy more, just that I probably don’t need anymore.
Being a recent divorcee’ with a 3 year old daughter and three .45 Colts to feed, I found out real quick that the boxes of Ten-X Cowboy loads I was buying for practice and (infrequent) matches ate up all of my mad money stash very quickly.
With several coffee cans full of empty cases and a Lee Challenger set, I started putting together rounds that helped me stretch my $$ through some emotionally and financially lean times.
26-odd years later I still load to save money, especially with even more unpopular or expensive .38 wadcutter, .44 Spl., .454 Casull, 41 Mag. and .32 H&R Mag guns taking up so much of my range time.
That didn't work for Larry Potterfield in his TV commercials.
to feed the CDO monster
to ensure I have ammo for use when I want to use it
I own the following: 6mm Dasher / 6PPC / 22PPC
to shoot more
1. I have some 'odd' calibers; they either don't exist or are fairly rare when available. I have one caliber that isn't commercially made anymore.
2. The loadings I want are not available or not common. To my knowledge, one cannot commercially purchase .38 Special Super Police loads. No one loads heavy solid bullets for much anything except the large 'African' calibers.
3. The items above, if available, are relatively expensive, even before the COVID panic and the current administration.
4. I can exercise my creative nature in a way I find invigorating.
2. hedge against availability
3. enjoyable hobby
is an entire art and science unto itself. I became an NRA Certified Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor, took up the mantle of running a local reloading club and over the years we were doing that, I taught about 300 others how to reload.
Sadly, I am in a state that punishes free citizens for wanting to exercise their civil and God given rights so between pressure from the ATF to become an FFL06 and the passage of the horrifically bad ammo laws that my state has passed in their goal of civilian disarmament, we had to shut down the reloading club. But I still really enjoy reloading because it's fun, it gives you a bit more control over your "ammo destiny" when living in a state that is doing it's best to completely disarm us and it's an interesting process to work up and refine loads for your firearms. I don't shoot competition, I don't hunt, mostly just plink but even at that level, reloading gives you a sense of confidence about what you are able to achieve with your firearms addiction.
I look forward to exiting soon to a free state where I will likely start up another reloading club. I can think of no better way to empower firearms owners to be in control of their own ammo needs and therefore their 2A rights than to reload. Sorry but when I meet shooters who "don't reload", it reminds
me of meeting a driver who "doesn't know how to change a flat tire." Just my opinion, and yes, reloading is time consuming and takes considerable patience to even become safe and functional at it, but in 2021 America, if you are at all serious about being a responsible, skilled gun owner, it feels as if you REALLY need to be a reloader.
Shot from the good old days of our club...
Also- I load for old Winchesters that you cant buy ammo for- if I want to play with the old stuff.....I have to make the ammo!
Reloaded shotgun ammo in high school with my buddy. Then we went to different colleges and then he moved to the west coast and my shooting dropped off precipitously.
Fast forward to last year when I had just gotten a new rifle and was testing various factory ammo to see what shot well out of it. Didn't like paying that much for ammo and like so many others, wondered if I could load my own less expensively. As predicted, the ammo costs less but I'm shooting more, but those are both positive outcomes in my book.
I also found out I really enjoy load development. The frustrating part of that is I don't have a rifle range nearby, so I usually have to wait a week or more to try out my latest variations and adjustments. Patience is indeed a virtue.
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