Talk me into reloading

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by partdeux, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    While out after the anarchy this morning, we walked into a store that had a great price on a 70" screen. Boss asked me would I rather have a reloader or the big screen? I had to measure anyway (and it will fit, might have to move the center speaker tho), so we went home. Decided I really don't need the bigger screen... but it really begs the question, do I really need a reloader?

    Thanks to a busy work environment, I don't have time to shoot anymore, much less reload.
     
  2. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    If you don't have time then get the big screen I guess. Getting into reloading takes a great deal of time.
     

  3. KG7IL

    KG7IL Well-Known Member

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    I'll talk you into reloading. Not sure what "reloader" was offered, but it seems that 70" worth of dollars would get you started.
    Again not sure what calibers you would reload, you will have to let us know.

    So give me a little info and I'll talk you into it.
     
  4. culdee

    culdee New Member

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    I don't want to talk you into reloading because then its one more person buying up primers and powder! LOL : )
     
  5. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    I was looking at the Brian Enos 550 kit... although on the local forum, a 650 popped up for sale :(

    So, within reason, money isn't going to be a big detractor.

    Also, I'm an engineer that is anal about accuracy ;)

    9mm is the biggest volume, followed by .380. SWMBO now has a 38spl, but I see that as being the lowest priority. Wild card, I recently picked up the AR. Only have a couple thousand rounds of that on hand... I know a good weekend for some of you ;)
     
  6. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    I have two tv's never watch either one of them. Nothing on the damn things anyway. My vote is for reloading. As an engineer you'll apreciate the hobby.
     
  7. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have had the same delima as the OP. I shoot enough ammo to justify buying the equipment, and learning to use it. I have been reluctant to do so because I really don't need another "hobby". Maybe if I were younger it wouldn't be a question, but the truth of the matter is, at my age, I hate to hit the books to learn anything new. If it were possible, I would still be using DOS instead of windows.

    I do believe that if I wanted to take it up, I would find someone who teaches the NRA class on reloading, take the class, then see if I wanted to continue.

    I would have the brass to start a loading operation as I must have in excess of 10,000 once fired, .45 and 9 mm.
     
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  8. sdiver35

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    +10 on the above post! I walk past a new 43" TV to get to my reloading bench in the basement. I would much rather work on reloads because to me it is relaxing and gives me time to get away from all the daily nose. The savings is just an extended benefit to me.

    Plus, as others have said if your really not going to be into it, don't compete for the same supplies we need! LOL:D
     
  9. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    +1 on that...

    Nope don't do it is addictive, money sucking distraction... :eek::rolleyes:
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I have yet to discover anything on tv worth watching enough to make me use money on a worthless device like a new tv.

    Handloading is a natural extension of gun ownership. Those that load their ammunition tend to have a better understanding of ballistics and how to get bullets to hit targets than thise that dont.

    If you got time to sit and watch stupid tv shows you got time to load ammo.
     
  11. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I won't try to talk you into reloading. It takes a lot of time,

    money, attention to detail, and dedication to a new craft. Not to

    mention stress-free work time, in which to concentrate.

    If your level of motivation is this low, get the TV...;)
     
  12. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    I live beyond cable so our TV reception is via antenna. Not much choice, we
    do like watching movies, I will not spend money on Sat TV, but I do have
    Sat internet, LOL. But work pays for that.

    Seriously, go down to your local Library, check out the ABC's of reloading,
    read it. Then decide if you want to reload.
     
  13. srtolly1

    srtolly1 New Member

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    Seems to me the op answered his own question. If you don't have time to shoot why reload? If you watch the "life force sucking" tv, then get it. Aside from the occasional movie I can't stand tv. No sat, cable or antennae here and I like it that way.

    I make time to shoot and reload. More relaxing.
     
  14. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Tell me how you really feel ;)

    Leaving for work at 6:30am and getting home at 7:00 doesn't leave a lot of room for much of anything. I'm hoping to see things lighten up in the near future.

    Both of us are sicker than dogs this weekend, I had wanted to make at least an indoor range trip, but not with all the medicines we're taking :(
     
  15. sdiver35

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    Hope you feel better soon! It took me a long time to decide on whether to invest in reloading. Once my wife really got into Shooting it made sense from an ROI standpoint. Make a spreadsheet with the initial investment costs vs. what you pay for manufactured ammo costs and see where you break even. If its less than 9-12 months it may not be worth it. Most of us find we shoot more due to the savings, so it may take longer but we also enjoy more trigger time as a result.
     
  16. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    There are 3 reasons to get into reloading.

    1) Save money
    2) Accuracy
    3) You are a prepper

    If you are looking to save money, I have a spreadsheet I can email you
    and you can determine your ROI. For my .300 H&H Magnum the ROI at
    the time was like 325 rounds of ammo.

    I reload for all 3 reasons. I have multiple presses, single stage, turret
    and progressives. I reload rifle, pistol, shotshell and case my own bullets.

    Saving money on the components will cost you time, what do you have
    more of time or money. My buddy and I that are prepping together, he can
    afford the money, but not time; I can afford time, but not the money as much.
    He purchases, I load, we stockpile.

    It is all in how you slice and dice it. We had a recent bonus in that we have
    a free source of brass from a police range.
     
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  17. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    In truth, I imagine "accuracy" is the only

    valid purpose there. I've spent thousands on

    reloading, can't imagine I'll live to "save money".

    Be practical. As a prepper, if the SHTF,

    you won't be able to trip down to the reloading

    store for that unforseen tool need, forgotten

    or destroyed item, will you? It will be a fortunate

    prepper, indeed, who has space, and stress-free time

    for reloading.
     
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  18. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Accuracy/performance is the primary reason I reload.

    Savings is the second reason, my buddy and I reload for our families and we
    do save quite a bit of money as a result.

    We save about 60% the cost of new 5.56mm ammo. It varies a lot from
    cartridge to cartridge.

    I used to own my own welding and fabrication business. SHTF not able to
    purchase a tool, will not be a problem. I will just make my own. Lathe,
    mill, grinder, heat treating, tooling and materials are all available here, now.

    True prepping is alot more than a few 5 gallon pails of stored food, a BOB
    and a gun and some ammo. But I digress.
     
  19. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I really need to get into the local police range and start scavenging the brass there. Been meaning to do it for years but haven't quite been able to.
     
  20. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Lotsa cops get free ammo from the PD's and do not reload.
    So brass is not considered very valuable.

    Just some additional comments.

    My buddy and I have standardized on cartridges and calibers. We had
    met our goal of loaded ammo, and are now just stockpiling components.

    There is a lot to learn. Starting learning before you purchase.
     
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