Reloaders buying ammo ?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by aandabooks, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Since I started reloading I have lost interest in buying ammo. Been buying a ton of components but I have seen some of the ammo I shoot in stock over the past couple weeks and have not bought any. This doesn't go for .22 but I have 1000s in stock.

    Do the other reloaders out there only buy ammo for the cases to further reload on or just buy the components and empty brass? I bought a bag of .44mag a couple weeks ago for $30. Could have bought 100 rounds of factory but with lead bullets I will reload that 100 cheaper than the factory stuff.
     
  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I dont remember the last time I bought anything other than rimfire ammo. And I make it to the range at least every 2 weeks. There are even times when I will go several time in a week if I am working up a load.
     

  3. kaido

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    I'm a little I between, I think I've boughten four or five boxes of .243 since I've started reloading for it about a year ago. Only reason I bought was because "I needed to zero my rifle", true reasoning is I didn't feel like driving an hour away to pick up new unfired brass. Some may find that silly, I found it to be a good excuse though. I also wanted to see how well/poor of a group I'd get out of factory ammo.
     
  4. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    I have passed up .45, 9mm and some .223 recently. The .223 was $.65 per round. I reload it for $.23. I was tempted for the brass but I just couldn't bring myself to spend $65/1000.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    as i do reload for most all of my rifle calibers and some of my pistol calibers, i do still buy some factory ammo. some for calibers i don't reload for and some just because i want the brass for reloading.
     
  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I buy small quantities of "duty" or "defense" type ammo when it's on sale for really good prices.

    As an example, a couple of years ago, a local police supplier had a good price on L.C. M855 ball. I bought 220 rounds. That is a little more than the 210 round "standard load out." I'll probably never buy more of it unless the SHTF, or TEOTWAWKI.

    But I have many thousands of rounds of reloaded "M193" ball type ammo for normal shooting.
     
  7. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    Used to shoot A LOT.
    Handguns,
    .44 spcl., .45 auto rim, .45 ACP.
    Re Loaded A LOT
    But if I saw a good deal on factory ammo.
    I bought it.
    So,
    today I am not tooo concerned about the shortages.
    Not Yet.

    Some where I still have some .45 ACP
    a gift from the Army, thank you.
    And its Smokeless powder.
     
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  8. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Part of my lack of interest is due to the high prices. I was in one of my LGSs this afternoon and a guy came in to pickup 2 100 WWB 9mm. They were $45 each plus tax. I had 4 packs of Fed Redbox in my car that I had offered to my Dr. earlier in the day for what I paid for them a few months ago. For what the guy paid for 200 rounds of Win I bought 450 Fed just a few months ago.

    I'm definately not stockpiling at these prices. Guess I'll just keep reloading and shaking my head at what passes for retail now.
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    depends on prices and availability. some brass like 7.62x54r is cheaper to buy winchester whitebox shoot it and then reload than just buying the brass... others like 45colt no way will i buy shelf ammo too damn pricey
     
  10. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    That's the way it was with .44mag. $76 for 100 factory rounds or $30 for 100 cases and I add another $.15 per round in components.

    Even if 9mm comes back to $.20 per round, I have a LGS that consistantly has bags of once fired 500 packs for $18.

    Specialty loads or personal defense amm would be a different story. I did buy a 25 Hornady 300gr for $30. I don't intend to shoot them often. Just enough to get the gun dialed in and then to try to take a deer.
     
  11. jebsca

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    I try to keep an eye out for a good deal. If I can find a good deal AND I could use more brass, then I will get it. With the problems people are having now, I try to keep an eye out for friends anyhow. You would be surprised how many people are glad to get a call telling them that this store has that ammo. I have had some repay me with a call about a good deal on ammo that I shoot, and some call to tell me they found some components that I might need. Small price to pay to have more eyes looking for small rifle primers or w231 or what ever I may need at the time. Also, you get to see what some of the stupid prices people are asking for plinking ammo. $75-100 a brick for 22, and the guy can't even keep a strait face when he tells me this!
     
  12. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    The only times I buy ammo anymore:
    If I need SD ammo. I don't carry reloads for social work.
    Shotgun ammo. I don't reload for shotguns...yet.
    If I'm shooting a range rental gun. Very rare.
     
  13. techiej

    techiej New Member

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    Other than 22lr, only time I buy ammo is when I get a new gun to shoot...until I collect enough brass to load!
     
  14. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    I've been loading for over 45 years now, so the only factory ammo I buy is .22LR. I am down to about 5000 rounds of .22 now, so I'm not shooting much until all the BS subsides and prices come back down so I can re-stock.


    Jim...........
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    now if we could figure out how to reload rimfire ammo, we'd be set!:D
     
  16. beaglesam

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    Figuring that out would make you about $1, and as many zeroes as you want.
     
  17. Firenailer

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    Like everyone else dealing with this craziness, I'm thinking about getting into reloading. How many times can you reload brass? How much do you stockpile to start with?

    I like going to the range and usually shoot 200 - 300 rounds at a session, .38, .357 and .45ACP
     
  18. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Pistol brass should reload 20-30 times. The hotter you load the less life.

    I would want a minimum of 2-3x your normal range trip in brass to get started. If you look you can find once fired brass that will help or just keep saving up for a few range trips.
     
  19. Crazycastor

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    When I go to WalMart, I look for .40 cal for my Glock. If they have it I'll grab a box just to enter new brass with the older stuff. I only reload my Glock brass 3 times due to the pressures and what I've read on here about reloading .40 Glock ammuntion.
     
  20. coyotex

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    If I were to see a great price on something that I shoot/load I will buy some not so much for the brass (there are great sources out there for once shot brass in handgun and .223) but for the lazy factor. I have enough brass built up to last me a lifetime and I shoot quite often. Lately I havent seen any deals on factory ammo,or components so Ive cut down on my trigger time. I have a stash of very good quality ammo (factory and handloads) that I will not shoot due to the crazyness thats going on right now. Im having a hard time finding the powders that I want and cheap projectiles seem to be a thing of the past = hopefully things will even out in the future.