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What was your initial reason for getting into reloading?

 
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:43 PM
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What was your initial reason for getting into reloading?

To be honest my initial reason to start reloading was to have all the equipment and experience needed to be able to make my own rounds for if/when the government puts a full ban on ammo so that I could always make my own, granted if I have all the components on hand.
I also thought Id be saving money, but this is not the case at all. (well not for 223 and 308..for my 270 wsm I for sure save money)
Now Im more into accuracy but i still feel the need to be able to make my own in a time of "shtf" when no ammunition is available.
For that type of scenario, though, I think just stocking up on cheap factory ammo now is the better idea
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:58 PM
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Re: What was your initial reason for getting into reloading?

I stockpile 357 Mag, 44 Mag 45 ACP and 270 Win. I do more pistol ammo due to the ability to cast bullets. I mainly do it because some weeks i cant reload but still want to shoot. I take a 1# (3# for a good day) coffee can full of each caliber i plan to shoot and come home with a can full of brass.

I started reloading because I wanted to shoot pistol ammo cheap. Mission accomplished. I reload still to this day to save money. Most of my equiptment was handed down to me. A box of bullets costing $20, and a pound of powder costing $30 primers being $4, i get 100 rounds of ammo (And some powder left). At walmart ammo runds over $25 per box of 20. That is about a 50% savings.

I now load 338-378 Wby. Loaded rounds are about $6.50 each. I can get 50 rounds loaded up for right around $1 each. Huge Savings.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:14 PM
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Re: What was your initial reason for getting into reloading?

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I stockpile 357 Mag, 44 Mag 45 ACP and 270 Win. I do more pistol ammo due to the ability to cast bullets. I mainly do it because some weeks i cant reload but still want to shoot. I take a 1# (3# for a good day) coffee can full of each caliber i plan to shoot and come home with a can full of brass.

I started reloading because I wanted to shoot pistol ammo cheap. Mission accomplished. I reload still to this day to save money. Most of my equiptment was handed down to me. A box of bullets costing $20, and a pound of powder costing $30 primers being $4, i get 100 rounds of ammo (And some powder left). At walmart ammo runds over $25 per box of 20. That is about a 50% savings.

I now load 338-378 Wby. Loaded rounds are about $6.50 each. I can get 50 rounds loaded up for right around $1 each. Huge Savings.
Ya I agree that when loading the bigger magnum rounds is where the big savings are at.
Im seriously considering building a 338-378 now that I reload
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:26 PM
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Re: What was your initial reason for getting into reloading?

Problem with the 378 base case is getting a good price for it. 3.95 is the cheapest i have found and then you have to pay shipping as well. Your brass only lasts around 6 uses (So I hear). They make a collet sizer that helps your brass last up to 20 times but it wont fit in a normal press. So not sure if they actually make it for the 378.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:34 PM
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Re: What was your initial reason for getting into reloading?

#1 Having total confidence in the consistent quality of the ammo (and my fault if there's a problem with the quality!).
#2 Testing different loads for different rifles.
#3 The satisfaction of making something demanding precision, by hand from start to finish, then putting it to practical use.
#4 Demonstrating to my sons all of the above, and getting them interested in doing the same.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:08 PM
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Re: What was your initial reason for getting into reloading?

Improved accuracy and flexibility in almost any cartridge except maybe 223 and 308.
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Re: What was your initial reason for getting into reloading?

I'm going to disagree with the OP and the poster just above me.... Reloading .223's is a savings. cost wise, if you buy the bullets and powder in bulk.... and brass. Quantity is the savings price point and benchrest accuracy too. I reload .223 (a boatload by the way...) at typically 50 percent a factory loaded round costs.....

I reload for 2 reasons. One, I'm frugal and 2, handloads are controlled ballistics.
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