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Would you still reload?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 357mag357, Apr 22, 2007.

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If money and time was not a concern would you reload or buy factory ammo?

Poll closed May 22, 2007.
  1. yes to reload

    167 vote(s)
    87.0%
  2. no to reload and buy factory ammo

    25 vote(s)
    13.0%
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  1. 357mag357

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  2. ReloaderFred

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    Yes. I've been reloading since 1963, and I find it an enjoyable hobby. It enables me to produce a product I can be proud of, and provides the ammunition needed for my wife and I to go shooting together. I don't care much for television these days, and rarely have it on. I much prefer the time spent at my loading bench, producing something, rather than staring at the one-eyed monster, and having nothing to show for it.

    Fred
     
  3. BBQJOE

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    Yeah I'd still reload.
    If money were no object, I'd still have the hundred mile round trip to town to buy bullets.
    If I bought as many as I make, they'd probably alert somebody.
     
  4. cdrt

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    Yep, since I started shooting Bullseye again three years ago, I've shot off over 20,000 rounds of .45 ACP and .38 Special. Don't think I could afford to buy that many factory rounds. My two Star presses have been getting a workout.

    Navy Vet & SWIFT Boat OIC
     
  5. Chris Rhines

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    No, of course not. I reload in order to be able to shoot more. If I could blow off the yearly cost of 30-40k of pistol ammo, plus carbine, precision rifle, and shotgun ammo, that's more time I could spend shooting and less time spent chained to the Dillon.

    - Chris
     
  6. nitesite

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    I voted YES.

    I've got enough components to load a whole lot of 9mm, 10mm, .38/.357, .45ACP and .44/.44 Magnum. Plus enough shot and primers to load a buttload of 12-ga in STS hulls ( maybe 5,000 or more). And I've set aside over 2,000 primed .223 cases. Oh, and .243 and .30-06. Maybe not enough to last me the rest of my life but there is still powder and bullets and primers out there to resupply with.

    I actually enjoy the handloading experience, much more than buying whatever is available at retail or online.
     
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  7. The-Fly

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    I voted no, but i still would reload for some stuff. Like Varmint loads, match loads, etc. For plinking, i'd only shoot factory if money didn't matter.

    Since money DOES matter, I reload almost everything.
     
  8. dcloco

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    I reload for accuracy AND the cost savings. Even with the cost of reloading components going up, I am still saving 40-50% over factory ammo.

    In the complete truth, handloaded ammo, tailored to my individual weapons, would be considered premium grade, so the cost savings is in the 50-65% range.

    Add in the cost of a prairie dog going to heaven (in pieces) at 613 yards.....PRICELESS!
     
  9. CZ57

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    dcloco summed it up pretty nicely. Priorities, 1. Accuracy, 2. Economy so I can afford to shoot ammo that is more accurate than factory loads, including premium ammo, and shoot more often.

    I see this come up with 9mm a lot and there are cases where some of the cheaper ammo causes someone to question the practicality of loading there own. See #1. When it comes to high performance loads in 9mm: Forgetaboutit. While many +P loads are great, manufacturers do not have the flexibility the handloader has in selecting the most suitable propellant!;)
     
  10. Encoreman

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    I'm with Fred, I don't watch the boob tube, and I rather enjoy rolling my own!!
     
  11. Mal H

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    Please explain.
     
  12. taliv

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    i voted yes because my loads are better than factory ammo.

    if i could get decent match or target or defensive ammo that was comparable quality, then i'd stop reloading, and spend more time shooting
     
  13. MarshallDodge

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    I started reloading to save cost but quickly realized that the quality of my loads were better than factory.
    Friends asked me why I still reload 9mm when it was $6 a box but get the answer when I outshot them at the range. My reloads are tailored to my gun and have always outperformed the factory ammo, cost is just a bonus.
     
  14. Idano

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    Absolutely, Fred summed it up perfectly.
     
  15. trickyasafox

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    i think its fun, though admittedly i have trouble imagining a scenerio where money is not a consideration.
     
  16. qajaq59

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    I voted yes because I find reloading to be a quiet, relaxing hobby.
     
  17. Walkalong

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    I would do both, but reloading would cover the majority of my shooting. :)
     
  18. ReloaderFred

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    I'll add to my previous post. I shoot some calibers that you just can't walk into a store and buy off the shelf. I've never seen 9x21 or 9x23 ammunition for sale in any store, not to mention how difficult it is to find .38 Super or even 10mm. Then there's my 45-120 Sharps, and the 9x25 Dillon that I'm working on. I've never seen .41 AE for sale, and probably won't. I shoot all these calibers, and reloading is the only way I can do it. Even my 45-70 is hard to find ammunition for, especially for the quality that I make for it.

    So, in addition to the pure enjoyment of this hobby, there is also the necessity. The experimentation is also fun. A friend couldn't find bullets for his .40-65 Winchester, so I sized some .410 bullets to .406 for him and he's now happily shooting his old rifle.

    So again, yes, I would continue to reload, no matter what.

    Fred
     
  19. Deanimator

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    For the most part, I can't get the ammo I need, loaded the way I want it.

    If there's a place in the Cleveland area that has 148gr. .38 Special wadcutters loaded for my .38 Special M1911, I don't know of one. One place did once tell me I couldn't shoot my lead wadcutter reloads on their range. They tried to sell me 125gr. +Ps to shoot out of my Giles. I just packed my stuff and went someplace else.

    It's doubtful that any gunstore in the Cleveland area has .308 loaded with the Sierra 175gr. Matchking BTHP and Vihta Vuori N150. I doubt I'll find any .30-06 loaded with the Sierra 200gr. Matchking BTHP and IMR4350 either. I GUARANTEE I won't find ANY factory ammunition ANYWHERE that's loaded to just touch the lands using a Stoney Point gauge set to MY rifles.

    If you just want ammo, you go to the store.

    If you want GOOD ammo, you handload.
     
  20. stevekl

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    I like reloading. As in, I actually enjoy it. It's not a chore for me.

    I don't shoot rimfire anymore because I can't reload the cases.
     
  21. ECLIPSE45ACP

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    I would much rather reload then buy now that I do it, it is a very fun and addictive hobby. I don't know whether I reload to shoot, or shoot to reload!!
     
  22. cmidkiff

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    I reload for accuracy in my bolt guns, and for desired energy levels with my revolvers. I don't reload for auto-loaders for 3 reasons:
    1) My autoloaders are iron sighted battle accurate firearms, not tack drivers. Factory ammo is sufficiently accurate.
    2) If you load autoloaders down in power, you reduce the reliability of the firearm.
    3) I _hate_ scrounging brass off the ground.

    I don't see that time and/or money would have any affect on my reloading or ammo purchasing habits.
     
  23. scout26

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  24. scrat

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    sounds like you have not reloaded.


    reloading opens up a whole new world of what you are capable of doing. Only way to go.
     
  25. dakotasin

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    i load for accuracy, and only accuracy. i do not care about the cost, only accuracy. as soon as i find factory ammo that shoots more accurately than my handloads, i'll stop loading.
     
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