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Anyone Reload? - harbl_the_cat - 03-20-2012 02:48 PM
Just curious who reloads and what calibres?
I do 9mm, .45 ACP, .223, 7.62x39 and .308 Win.
Might start doing .40S&W someday, but that keeps me pretty busy... especially now that it's spring.
Incidentally, I think ammo as another hedge on inflation. Components especially are pretty liquid and hold their value pretty well if you get them cheap.
RE: Anyone Reload? - Honey - 03-20-2012 05:13 PM
I have friends that do. Pretty smooth set up they have. They usually put me to work re-loading when we are there. We do take bags of shot down to them as it is actually cheaper here. That stuff is HEAVY!!
RE: Anyone Reload? - harbl_the_cat - 03-20-2012 06:01 PM
(03-20-2012 05:13 PM)Honey Wrote: I have friends that do. Pretty smooth set up they have. They usually put me to work re-loading when we are there. We do take bags of shot down to them as it is actually cheaper here. That stuff is HEAVY!!
In addition to being old enough to shoot, I can't wait until my daughter's old enough to be able to help me reload
You should stock up on shot. I buy unloaded projectiles by the 1000's. The way I look at it, if reloaded and shot - it's a recreational expense. If stored and unloaded - it's an investment and inflation hedge.
.223 projectiles sell for about $100/1000 from the supplier I bought from. I expect someday I'll probably be able to flip them at a gun show probably with a better return than most bonds or mutual funds.
For example, I was cleaning my garage a few weeks ago, and I came across a receipt for a crate of military surplus, corrosive 7.62x39. I bought a 1200 sealed crate for $180 about two years ago. For those same crates today, the cheapest I can find them is about $250.
Even if you don't reload, if the range allows it, I think anyone who shots should spend 5-10 minutes policing old bass (unless it's steel or berdan primed). All brass has intrinsic value that someone will pay for.
New 9mm brass costs about $0.25 a piece and the range I was at today sells once fired 9mm and .40 S&W brass in bags of 500 for $20 ($0.04 per casing).
One thing I regret immensely was giving away, selling, or even throwing away old brass. Given that brass is mostly copper or nickel, doing so is literally like throwing away money.
If you shoot at any sort of "action pistol" discipline - you can actually make a profit policing brass if the club your at allows it.
RE: Anyone Reload? - Honey - 03-20-2012 07:10 PM
I don't get out to shoot at near as much as I would like to. I am not that bad at skeet for someone who shoots occasionally. We played "Golf" last time and that was really hard but it was a blast! I should start back at the trap range and get comfortable there and then move on to the the harder shots.
I actually prefer the long range targets. I have a lot to learn about ammo, guns, etc. I only know about the ones that I shoot and am pretty lacking on the others. I have a 9MM handgun that I absolutely HATE. It is a P.O.C. and it jams on me so I don't shoot with it anymore. I don't have a lot of upper body strength and apparently move too much on the recoil. Apparenlty, the gun doesn't like me much either...
RE: Anyone Reload? - HomelyClone - 03-22-2012 05:14 AM
I reload .40sw and .308
RE: Anyone Reload? - dave606 - 03-22-2012 06:49 AM
I used to reload but just do not have time anymore. I just might have to many interests, that require me to work way to much to afford them.
RE: Anyone Reload? - HomelyClone - 03-22-2012 07:32 PM
I haven't reloaded in a year or so.