Whenever I'm asked if a person should reload I always have to say it depends. Do you want to save money on ammo? Would you like to learn more about ballistics? How about the satisfaction of cleanly harvesting game animals with handloaded ammo? Are you wanting more accuracy than factory ammo provides? Is your rifle or handgun chambered for hard to find cartridge? All these are considerations on whether you should reload or not. Reloading is rewarding in several areas. Reloading is not for everybody however. If you don't shoot enough to justify reloading, are happy with the performance of factory ammo, or just buy your ammo in bulk then perhaps you shouldn't reload. Also I don't advise using reloaded ammo for self defense. While I don't personally know for SURE that a prosecuting attorney will rip you in the aftermath of a defense related shooting when using reloaded ammo, I've heard/read enough horror stories that I don't want to take that chance. The factories do an amazing job of producing ammo that performs very well today, and especially the "premium" loadings. However they have to load generic so that that same ammo will perform satisfactorily in ALL the firearms out there chambered for that cartridge. When you handload you're loading for your particular individual firearm only. You're working up a load tailor made for that exact rifle or handgun. Needless to say, properly painstakingly handloaded ammo WILL perform better than generic factory ammo. In my experience, while you'll save a LOT of money per round, you won't save any money overall. What I'm saying is that while the cost per round/box will be a lot cheaper, you'll be able to shoot more. That's not a bad thing of course. You'll also gain a keener understanding of ballistics when researching reloading data for loads. Another advantage of reloading is you can load premium or match bullets for oddball rifles. For example my .284 only has 1 factory loading (that I'm aware of)-Winchester 150 gr soft points. By reloading different weight and construction of bullets I can transform that deer rifle into an elk rifle or even a groundhog/coyote rifle. With factory ammo my .284 would only group 1.5" for 100 yard groups. By careful handloading I can cut the size of those groups by at least 1/2, if not a bit better. These are some of MY reasons for reloading.