Might as well regenerate this thread a little.Great thread Tango
, thanks for the advice.
About 12-13 years ago I bought a Ruger Super Blackhawk from an Uncle in law
He "threw in"
a complete RCBS Rockchucker single stage kit that he had used for quite a few years. I have never even set it up let alone reload with it. It has almost everything I need, including dies for 9mm, .38/357 and .44.
I know it has extra's he bought along the way, small hand tools, powder scale, powder measure and stand, a hand primer and even a Lee Loader single caliber complete kit....for .44Magnum. No case tumbler so I'll pick that up when I go buy powder, bullets and primers....as well as a die set for .223/5.56 and a case trimmer setup.
You said that one will not save money overall. I have wondered about that also as one must consider your own labor I suppose plus supplies, the reloader equipment etc...against the cost of commercial.
So as far as the reasons to reload
. I have read here and elsewhere .......
Reloading to save a few bucks. Then there is.....
Reloading for the sheer fun, enjoyment relaxing aspect and personal battery recharging therapy.
Reloading for super accuracy and consistency between rounds and related stuff....the best deer round, best round for marksmanship, home defense, stopping power, competition reloading like light .38 Super rounds for IPSC etc. Going by memory here.
Am I right so far? Being as I have no practical experience whatsoever.
All of the above seem aimed at the more than casual shooter who wants to avoid factory/commercial ammo if he/she can help it and shoot a lot of rounds to boot. Also mostly aimed at shooting during periods of a "normal" socio political climate. Non-troubled times.
But what about a SHTF scenario though
? Is it valid
to want to learn how to reload consistently well and safely, just in case
actually going to a store to buy ammo proves to be impossible, illegal or just plain risky? Maybe the government has procured it all under some emergency statute, outlawed reloading, banned the sale of all ammo...... or there is civil unrest and the gun stores have either locked up and closed or been looted. Maybe leaving one's home at all becomes risky?
This is what worries me. So my thought is to learn to reload so I can do it well in multiple calibers......... and then stock up with supplies in case I ever have to load my own
. In the meantime shoot whatever is on sale or my own reloads...whatever...buy, reload...it don't matter......... based on the reality that I am only going to shoot 2-4 times a month. Mostly 2.
Does this sound reasonable?
Well, at least help me out with a justification here!
You see...........these are the reasons I am giving Mrs Fumbles
as to why I have now commandeered a further chunk of real estate in the garage as my own....to make my reloading station. First I built a home recording studio in just less than 1/2 the space...... then I moved in my toolboxes from when I was a pro motorcycle mechanic.......now I am building my own reloading table.
I'm gettin' the stinkeye let me tell ya!