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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Originally Posted by crockett007
Initial set up requires some cash outlay. Press, bullets, primers, brass, powder, scale, primer flip tray, dies, tumbler etc.,etc. The thing to remember is that the set up pays for itself over time. When you are only purchasing bullets, primers and powder, you really start saving.
The real benefit is being able to custom tune a load that your particular firearm "likes". I recently got back into reloading after a 10 year hiatus. I saved all my factory purchased brass over the years, so that wasn't an issue.I found primers / powder both on line and at the local gunshop. Not tens of thousands like the old times, but 4 or 5K. Cast bullets from Dardas were at my door in a few days. My Dillon square deal press arrived in 4 days.
I ordered a tumbler and scale from Midway. My pet load in .45 ACP (5.0 gr of Bullseye behind an H&G 200 gr.#68 cast semi-wadcutter bullet, sized @ .452) has my old Colt 1911 shooting like a laser beam again. I couldn't be happier.
Figure out what your time is worth, and, of course, whether or not you want to take on the responsibility and learning that go with reloading. For some, the investment isn't worth it. If you live and breath shooting, and want to do a lot of it, get the maximum performance out of your firearm......then I say do it!
Crockett, you absolutely said it perfectly here. I think you helped turn my decision to reloading. I would feel great to custom load ammo for my rifle. I really think that it doesn't like off the shelf ammo. I know exactly what I need to load for the rifle. I need to start a new forum for insight on loads for my rifle.
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