To reload or not to reload?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by archp625, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. archp625

    archp625 Member

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    I have four center fire rifles that I could reload for. I have a .300 WM, .270, 6.5 Creedmoor, and a 30-30. I shoot the 30-30 maybe once every few years. Its a pre64 that's more of a safe queen. All these guns shoot sub MOA with factory ammo. I maybe throw 100 rounds down the tube each year with the others.

    I mainly shoot sporting clays during the spring, summer and early fall and I am an avid waterfowler.

    Do you think its worth the investment with my typical year?

    Thanks for your opinion.
     
  2. stx

    stx Well-Known Member

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    If I shot no more than you do, given your rifles shoot well enough with factory ammo, I wouldn't reload. I personally enjoy reloading and developing different loads for different rifles for specific purposes.....its both relaxing and rewarding to me! Reloading properly takes a lot of time and unless you enjoy it and shoot a lot, its not worth it in my opinion!
     
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  3. gohring3006

    gohring3006 Well-Known Member

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    Reloading doesn’t save me money, it is more for my satisfaction. You have to look at the time and money involved and see if you will enjoy it. I have several hundred hours in my reloading for several rifles. From sitting in my reloading room to sitting at the bench testing loads, then going back home, tweaking a load, then going back to the range. Etc.
    You get the idea.
    I really enjoy it though!
     
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  4. Ckgworks

    Ckgworks Well-Known Member

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    I bet if you start reloading, you'll find you shoot more rounds per year.....at least it's that way for me! I enjoy the process and tweaking a lot, so there's a benefit there for me as well......do you know anyone that reloads? If so go try it and see if you enjoy it first. I think most people that do it, don't do it for cost savings......
     
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  5. Kmccord

    Kmccord Well-Known Member

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    If you are not setup for reloading and shooting no more than what you listed for your rifles, then I wouldn't waste the money to get started.
     
  6. archp625

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    All good responses. My problem is I am a jack of all trades, master of none. I fish a bunch in the spring and summer and have a 6 month old that takes up pretty much all my time. I was a chemist for 12 years prior to my current Regulatory position.

    I know the chemist and perfectionist side of me would love it. Its just the initial cost.

    I do have a follow up question. You guys that do reload. Once you find the perfect round, powder, bullet combo do you stick to it or is this a forever tweaking thing?
     
  7. gohring3006

    gohring3006 Well-Known Member

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    I usually pick a bullet for the life of the rifle, until.... something new comes out. Lol.
    I just get another rifle play with. Lol
    I do however, try to have two bullets/loads for one rifle, just for component availability concerns.
    Like, my Creed I have a 140 RDF and 130 Berger hybrid load that I feel confident enough to use either.
    285 ELD and 300 OTM Berger for Lapua, 208 ELD and 225 ELD for Win mag. Etc.
     
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  8. Ckgworks

    Ckgworks Well-Known Member

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    New bullets, new powder, new etc......another excuse to work up a different load. I think it can be a sickness.
    Or work up a load to discover the manufacturer discontinued the bullet..:mad:.
    I'm still learning my way to a perfect load....and it's been many years.
     
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  9. ShtrRdy

    ShtrRdy Well-Known Member

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    As for loading other bullets and such, it's really up to the individual. For me when I find one or two loads that really work well for a particular rifle I stay with the load and work on my shooting abilities. This helps me make first round hits on distant targets more repeatedly.

    I have a friend who is the opposite. He loves to try many different powders and bullets and finds several loads his rifle likes. He can makes nice groups off the bench but the groups don't end up in the same place on the target for the same load. This tells me his technique isn't consistent.
     
  10. TN David

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    As said above if you reload you will shoot more. I am a scientist by profession and the load development part is what I love doing. It can be very rewarding and frustrating at the same time. If shooting factory ammo at sub moa, I have to try and beat it with hand loads! I was out of hunting and shooting actively for about 20 years but when got into reloading it became almost addictive! I have ended up buying a few rifles because once I get a load perfected I need a new challenge. Also as others have stated above I will try to work up loads with at least 2 bullets and powders just to have availability. The initial cost can be a little restrictive but if not in a hurry, watch for sales and rebates on equipment.
     
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  11. Tidus56

    Tidus56 Well-Known Member

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    Reloading bullets is a disease! Don't catch the bug or you'll be in trouble. I have reloaded since I was 13 and don't remember the last time I fired a factory round. I have loaded 10,000 plus rounds and find myself liking it more all the time. In post #3 I think gohring hits the nail on the head on how reloading is for me. Its very satisfying to shoot an itty bitty group and know that you made the ammo that did it. JMHO
     
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