Originally Posted by kfox75
Cost my dad a couple hundred to get into it during the 80s. He bought a Lee press for rifle and pistol calibers, and an RCBS press for 12 and 20 gauge. ullets, Brass, primers, powder, shot, and wadding depend on what size, type and caliber. When you shoot with the factory rounds you have, save your brass, and find friends who don't reload and ask if you can have their brass. When you buy factory ammo, check to see if it is Berden (shell would have to be drilled to reload) or boxer ( pop out the primer with the proper die in the reloading kit) when you buy it.
Is it worth getting into? I would say yes, but I shoot roughly 100 to 400 rounds per month (medically retired, too much time on my hands), and by reloading .45, .223, .357/.38, and 7X57 MM I actually spend about half as much as I would buying off the shelf before the panic set in. About 70% now that the panic has set in. SHotgun wise, my cost is about 40 to 45% of off the shelf, and I can make shells with whatever single shot size or blend I want for the game I am hunting, and cheap "clays rounds stay just that. Cheap.
As far as easy goes, stick with the recipies in the book when you start, and run with them until you have more experience. Check out the reloading forum on here for recomendations on what works well for some of the others on here with similar guns and calibers to what you have. There are a lot of us on here who reload and hand load, not just to save money, but to build rounds for a specific purpose.
For example, my uncle (not a member yet, but I'm working on him) has some hand loads for his .30-06s that I just refer to as "make the hit the first time, you don't want to shoot one of these again". otherwise known as 20 grain, lead round nose with a copper gas check. I can vouch for the fact that you will be looking for an ice pack when you get home, and making an apointment with your chiropractor the next morning. The reason why, he used to hunt elk in Colorado, and if your elk waners into a wildlife area, you can't drag it out with a vehicle. Not dropping it where it stands can lead to a very long drag on foot with a 1200 pound animal.
On the other side of the spectrum, I have made some sabot rounds for my 7X57 MM that use a 55 grain .223 bullet in a 7X57 case that are perfect for long range woodchucks and coyotes. They give you a faster bullet that has less drop at longer ranges. Beibg able to tailor the load for a specific type of game or situation, is the main reason I got in to hand loading.
Reloading costs some cash to get into, but i find it to be a fun and worthwhile hobby. Hope this helps.