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Hand loading for hire?

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Unread 11-06-2008, 12:45 AM
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Re: Hand loading for hire?

I used to load for friends, but had trouble keeping them as friends.

For example: Friend had a trophy antelope hunt. Lined up on the trophy goat. 6 miss fires before the 7th nailed the goat. Investigation revealed that I had used the small rifle primer seater in the large rifle insert in the Lee priming tool. The cartridge was a 300 Wby.

Example: Didn't notice that a primer was inserted upside down. Friend missed a nice muley. Cartridge was a 270 Win.

I'll load 'em for testing, tuning and drop chart validation but I do all the shooting. They come over and do the loading for real while I provide the QC.

Of my one reloads I've had only one miss fire. That was at a bedded elk, two years ago and was of no consequence. Cartridge was a 338 RUM, US-869 and Fed 215m primers. Investigation show'd no reason for the miss fire.:confused:
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    Unread 11-06-2008, 11:51 AM
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    Roy, It would be tough staying friends after something like that. See what happens when you try to do favors for friends.
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    if you are still hell bent on hand loading for others at least get them to sign a wayver explaining the risks
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    Roy, It would be tough staying friends after something like that. See what happens when you try to do favors for friends.
    We're still friends. I just don't reload for other any longer.

    I've never hand anything go wrong for me. Just for others. Then only once.

    I'm with J.E. on this one.
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    Unread 11-09-2008, 02:16 PM
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    Re: Hand loading for hire?

    I do it for two of my friends one is an army buddy and the other is a police officer. I worked up the loads at the range with them so they saw how it was done and what the risk was. I charged them a little cash for the use of my supplies. Once we had a load for there rifles I told them were to get the bullets, powder, primers and brass. I still let them use my dies and press but now they just come over and we reload together. That way they canít blame me and we have double redundancy.
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    Curious if any of you have done this and what you charge? I have a guy that would like me to develop loads for his rifles. One of his rifles I already have dies for, the other I do not. Should I have him buy the dies, or should I buy them and figure it into the price of load development? I am figuring on charging for material and then some figure for labor. The labor is the one I am struggling with.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    ATF Online - Firearms FAQs

    H. MANUFACTURERS

    (H4) Is a person who reloads ammunition required to be licensed as a manufacturer? [Back]

    Yes, if the person engages in the business of selling or distributing reloads for the purpose of livelihood and profit. No, if the person reloads only for personal use.

    [18 U.S.C. 922(a) (i) and 923(a), 27 CFR 478.41]
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    if you are still hell bent on hand loading for others at least get them to sign a wayver explaining the risks


    That would be worthless in a Court of Law. You cannot indemnify yourself against negligence which is what this would be most likely---what else would you go for because this is what will give you the most return in litigation!! It would be easy to prove and you were breaking Federal Law after all.
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