I can load shotshells way cheaper than I can buy them (if you consider quality to quality). Generic "dove and quail" loads are just crap. I think they must be subsidized by PETA because they pattern so poorly, it is difficult to actually kill a bird. My load shoots as well as the higher end AA shotshells at less than half the price.
For me it is more about self reliance anyway. I can load any centerfire ammo I shoot (and then some). I cast my own buckshot and slugs. There are a couple of people here that can attest to the accuracy of my slug loads at 100 yards (an I have made substantial improvements on the load since the get together).
In life, strive to take the high road....It offers a better field of fire.
"Robo is right" Fuzzball