Reloading

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  1. SpoonySmacker

    SpoonySmacker Senior Refuge Member

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    So who reloads here or is going to start reloading? What types of loads are you making? Its something that I’ve been thinking about starting for a few years now.
     
  2. blackdog58

    blackdog58 Elite Refuge Member

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    Lot of time. Very little if any cost savings. There are enough available loads to not really have myself clamoring for a custom load. It’s really a labor of love sort to speak. I did it when steel first came out. Was worth the effort then.

    If one can get a deal on hevi shot components, for geese I’d look at that. IMO.
     
  3. Butte Sink

    Butte Sink Senior Refuge Member

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    Fun Hobby!
    I reload for big game not waterfowl.
    300 RUM, 280 AI and 7MM REM Mag
    If that your interest, GO REDDING!!
    Any additional info you need, don't hesitate to ask
     
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  4. CADUCKWHACKER

    CADUCKWHACKER Senior Refuge Member

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    It’s awesome don’t do it for cost savings do it to allways have the Ammo that you want available ie . Heavy shot, bismuth, steel . Shotshells. And whatever rifle or pistol loads that you want
     
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  5. CA Birdman

    CA Birdman Elite Refuge Member

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    Looking at reloading for the 7mm. I am going to be curious if anyone figures out that just being the transfer agent for ammo can be a profitable little endeavor. Why tie up all the money in inventory in ammo, just make a portion of the normal margin on a case and you likely will be money ahead.
     
  6. Arrieta

    Arrieta Senior Refuge Member

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    I reload. Rifle and shotgun.

    There is significant cost savings “if” you are reloading specialty ammo. For example, I shoot one of my ARs for accuracy out to 600 yards. To do that, I need to shoot a 75 gr. or 77 gr. BTHP. Reloading, I can get the cost down from $1 a round to 35 cents a round. Same for my 1000 yard 6.5 Grendel. You can also get drastically improved accuracy.

    As far as shotguns go, I only reload for my doubles. First, I shoot a lot of light game loads at both clays and at pheasants and chukar. Less recoil and easier on the gun. I also shoot a lot of 16 gauge. Finally, I reloaded tungsten variations to shoot waterfowl with. I was able to save money on those kinds of specialty loads. I stopped shooting my SxS at waterfowl however because even reloading shooting tungsten was getting very expensive ($2 a shell!) and steel was so much cheaper.

    However, that may all change with California’s new ammo law. We’ll have to wait and see what a box of shells is going to cost. One thing I think is going to be a sure bet —once these new ammo laws go fully into effect at the end of the summer, the $5.99 box of trap and skeet loads will be history. There is no way a store can tie up an employee for the time it takes to unlock a glass display case, allow a customer to make section, verify an ammo purchasing license, complete a Federal and State background check, fill out a dealer record of sale, and then escort the customer to the door for a $5.99 sale. The price of ammo in California is going waaaay up.
     
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    mark seaters Elite Refuge Member

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    Winchester 1897 Elite Refuge Member

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    I load used to load shot gun a ton, not much anymore since I don't shoot trap. 44-40 is pretty much a must reload to keep the cost down and availability up.
     
  9. rlljfc

    rlljfc Senior Refuge Member

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    Picked up 50 lbs of Hevi Shot and want to reload it, was wondering if Wardens are going to give me more headaches checking it than it is worth. I see loads i like, but they are in lead hulls. Do they wand it or what in the field? Confiscate and cite if not sure?
     
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  10. SpoonySmacker

    SpoonySmacker Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks for bringing this up. That was another one of my questions. Curious if anyone has dealt with this.
     

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