I don't shoot others reloads, and when I have reloaded for friends who don't. I want the gun it will be shot of in my hands so I can work up a safe load.
I have almost blown up my Rem 700 .223 when I did not check case weights between Federal and Rem-Peters there was a 11 grain difference between the two!
Nope!!! There are only a chosen few whose reloads I will shoot. No exceptions!
To qualify this, a buddy just gave me 180+ rounds of reloaded 30 carbine ammo. He doesn't know anything about it and doesn't even remember where he got it. My bullet puller won't grip the bullet well enough to pull it so it looks like a job for the Lineman's pliers! Hate to ruin those jacketed bullets but rule #1 always rules! And those bullets will go into the next 400# batch of wheelweights that I will melt, so not totally wasted!
One of my shooting buddies gave me about 500 rounds of some cheap "commercial" reloads he bought through an established online ammo source. IF they would even chamber, they were all over the spectrum as to performance. Squibs, low pressure loads that wouldn't cycle the pistol, and hot loads that convinced him to not use them at all. He gave them to me, as I might be able to pull them down and use bullets, primers and whatever cases passed a case checker. A large percentage were bulged, like some Glock fired cases I've seen. The bullets were plated, the primers appeared to be CCI, and the powder went around the rose bushes..Commercial reloads, yes. Otherwise, no.
Yeah, this is the right answer.I have used ammo loaded by other people but those people are a very small and very select group that I trust enough to shoot their reloads.