Should I start reloading?

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There's a Sierra manual app subscription deal for smart phones, $4.99 a year. It has reloading info and load data for most common cartridges using their bullets.
 

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Saving money should not be the motivation to start reloading. It´s the accuracy, the individual designed ammunition which suits your weapon and the desired bullet which might not be available in factory loads. Also you can supply yourself with ammunition for "exotic" calibers...
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Depends on what you shoot.....
Shooting a 500 Jeff cost is the main factor....accuracy so to speak takes a back seat...yes I know you need to hit what you are aiming at MOA is not part of the equision.....
 

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If you can find cheap ammo buy it and keep on the look out for good deals for reloading equipment. Slowly build your shed up too: " Show me your reloading room"
My goodness, people have some realy nice set-ups.
Could be a project for the next to years ,1 month at a time
I could not show mine some would have a hart attack.....
 

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I have too do dedicated status for more arms but somehow it always eludes me. Life in the urban jungle gets in the way sadly.
I have an appointment on Wednesday to renew my first nine....pain in the arse....
 
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The market here sucks ! We have 2 sporting goods stores that never have anything. And we have 1 small gunstore that doesnt off much either. If I reload, I will just order everything new,if I can find it. My town is t listed on Craigslist either, so gotta look an hour out for used items. Looks like amazon has presess and books. I will probably order a few books and manuals and read up on it before I buy any equipment.
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A good mate of mine got given a Lee anniversary set up 20 years ago. It sat in the box for 10 years until I met him and we got talking reloading. Under my tutaledge and guidance I have created a monster.
He now loves talking reloading and calls me for advice sometimes.
Every chance he gets he is in his reloading room having fun or up at the range testing his latest creation.
He reckons he has learned more about his rifles and ammunition in the last 10 years than the 40 years before that so be warned.
RELOADING IS ADDICTIVE, EDUCATIONAL, FUN and just a good hobby to go with it
Bob
 

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RELOADING IS ADDICTIVE, EDUCATIONAL, FUN and just a good hobby to go with it
Bob
And you can stop anytime you want.
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Depends on what you shoot.....
Shooting a 500 Jeff cost is the main factor....accuracy so to speak takes a back seat...yes I know you need to hit what you are aiming at MOA is not part of the equision.....
Agree with IvW and is why I reload. Retail $8-$10 per round versus $3-$4
 

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A good mate of mine got given a Lee anniversary set up 20 years ago. It sat in the box for 10 years until I met him and we got talking reloading. Under my tutaledge and guidance I have created a monster.
He now loves talking reloading and calls me for advice sometimes.
Every chance he gets he is in his reloading room having fun or up at the range testing his latest creation.
He reckons he has learned more about his rifles and ammunition in the last 10 years than the 40 years before that so be warned.
RELOADING IS ADDICTIVE, EDUCATIONAL, FUN and just a good hobby to go with it
Bob
I have a hard time with hobbies. I tend to get carried away. Cars, fishing gear, guns. I cant say no to what seems like a good idea in my mind. Lol
I havent even finished cleaning out the shed yet and my imagination is already seeing a wall of presses on one side and steel cabinets on the other. I better just go fish for awhile before I get crazy about it. Haha
 

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I have a temp/humidity question.
The shed I was planning on using as a reloading room is about 15x15, insulated and has finished walls,concrete and tile floor.h
Has an a/c heater like the ones in a hotel.
We have very few humid days in the arizona desert. But the temp will get to 119f outdoors and im sure 160f or more in the shed.
Will it hurt loading components to sit in this heat during summer? Or will I need to run the a/c all summer or year?
 

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You really want a cool and dry place for powder and primer storage.

I wonder how one of those small hotel type refrigerator would work for that?

You can find them for a good price when hotels change them out. I picked one up a couple of years ago to keep water and fishing worms in
 

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You really want a cool and dry place for powder and primer storage.

I wonder how one of those small hotel type refrigerator would work for that?

You can find them for a good price when hotels change them out. I picked one up a couple of years ago to keep water and fishing worms in
I can throw a solar kit on the roof of the shed, if I need a/c all year ??? We have great sunshine all year round.
 

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Dig a hole in the ground and place a large pvc pipe that is capped on the bottom. Then figure out a storage shelf for the powders where you can get them out easily. Or something along that idea.

It is always quite a bit cooler under ground than it is above.
 

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To me one of two reasons drive me reloading. 1. Pin point accuracy. 2. Cost. Now my experience has been anything in the smaller most popular calibers forget cost since so many deals hard to justify on cost. However, given I now shoot only large bores it really is not pin point accuracy given at my distance shot two inches is just fine with me. It is cost alone that now drives me. On my 450-400 and 470 it costs me an average of $8 per shot buying at retail. Reloading gets me down to just over $4
That’s about right strictly speaking unless you are reloading hundreds of rounds per session it saves you about 50%. But what you really get is an education and so much more flexibility on what bullets you shoot. You will learn how to optimize your loads to bring out the best in your rifle. It is an amazing enjoyable madness. Good hunting or shooting.
 

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Dig a hole in the ground and place a large pvc pipe that is capped on the bottom. Then figure out a storage shelf for the powders where you can get them out easily. Or something along that idea.

It is always quite a bit cooler under ground than it is above.
I can do thermal cooling like that too, if needed.
Is there a certain temp when the powder goes bad or primers lose qaulity ?
 

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I started reloading about 12 months ago and have never looked back, besides the huge amount of money it saves from not having to buy factory ammo for a large caliber rifle, the ability to now be able to load whatever type of ammunition I want to whatever velocitys I desire has added an extra level of fun to shooting.
 

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