Who reloads.....and why?

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  1. Bert the Turtle

    Bert the Turtle AH Fanatic

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    While the factory ammo may be very well made, few people would rate Hornady DG bullets as the best you can get. Plenty of people would rate them as questionable for use on DG.

    To give credit where credit is due, if weren't for Hornady, cases for a lot of dangerous game cartridges would be a lot harder to come by and more expensive.
     
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  2. Paul Edwards

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    I will chalk it up to my inexperience, and defer to those experts here; putting aside handloading as the best option for accuracy and cost, which it is; as far as factory loads, I have been satisfied with Hornady since their recent improvements, more than other factory loads such as Barnes (DG) and Federal (deer). Since my quantity of DG is so much lower than deer rounds, and since accuracy demands over 50-60 yds. are lower than those over 100-400 yds. for deer, I have not had the pressing need to hand load 400 grains vs. 140 grain. Again, however, I defer to the experts.
     

  3. Marty Weatherup

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    Like many others I started with the Lee pound em in pound em out dies. Mine was for the 32 Winchester Special. It didn't take me long to figure out when I was shooting that 32 I could, for about the price of a box and a half of factory ammo, buy enough bullets, powder and primers to shoot 100 rounds. I was always good at math that way. The truth is I've never really saved money reloading, I just got to shoot more for the same money.

    My first head of big game was to a reload and here I am 42 years later and still have never killed a head of big game with factory ammo. And darn few birds or varmints.

    Nowadays reloading is my escape, my relaxation time. My job requires me to be on duty for 14 days straight and deal with a lot of radio and phone traffic as well as all the responsibilities of a supervisor. I work a two week on/two week off schedule and during my time off I spent most evening in the shop loading something.

    Reloading has taken me down some very interesting roads; wildcats, obsolete rounds, cast bullets, specialty shotguns and even bullet swaging. It has all been joy to me. I've enjoyed working with the diminutive 17 Remington and a gentle little 6mmx222 wildcat, the obsolete 256 Mannlicher and 8x56 MS, curious rounds like the 222 Rimmed and 401 Herters Powermag, and even helped a young bear guide work up loads for his 460 Van Horn. Some have frustrated me to one degree or another. All have been enjoyable.

    I revel in bringing old shotguns back to use in the duck blinds with bismuth and ITX. It breaks my heart to see so many wonderful old duck guns relegated to the back of the safe or closet when once they were kings and queens upon their duck blind thrones. My old Ithaca Lewis 10 gauge 2 7/8" comes to life with 1 1/4 ounce loads of bismuth and smites ducks like a hammer. My Thomas Bland 12 bore 2 1/2" rivals 20s and 28s for light weight but demands reloads. No one in Alaska, to my knowledge, carries 2 1/2" ammunition and I'd rather have the satisfaction of using reloads.

    I cannot imagine not reloading for my guns. It still fascinates me after all these years.
     
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  4. BobT

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    I too started with the old Lee Loader, mine in .22 Hornet back in the early '70's. I simply couldn't afford the $13.00 a box factory ammo was selling for. I just finished up loading another 50 rounds of practice ammo for my .375 H&H for a little less than $25.00, around here if you can find factory loads the cheap stuff is over $60.00 for 20 rounds after tax is paid.

    I find reloading a relaxing pastime and very rewarding. I get a lot of satisfaction when I take an animal or shoot a bragging size group on paper with ammo I've loaded myself.
     
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  5. John A Flaws

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    I hand load for the many reason that have been mentioned above. Yes, some of it is to be cost effective especially when some of the calibers I shoot are 318 WR, 404 Jeffery, 425 WR, 416 Rigby, 450 Nitro No2, and 500 Jeffery. Cost aside, I believe all hand loaders would say the ability to select their favorite bullet and work up loads for their rifle to obtain the best accuracy and performance is the main reason we do it. What a rewarding process to develop a hunting load and reap the soils after a great hunt.

    Yes, you can take plenty of game with a factory load, but the satisfaction of putting the components together, practicing with your hunting load, and finishing with a successful hunt is why I hand load. A hand loader always relishes the recovery of their bullet from the harvested animal to see how it preformed and to later to drop that bullet on their scale in order to determine overall weight retention. I do not know if the hunter who buys his ammo derives these same pleasures.

    With the numerous quality bullet manufactures today, vast calibers to choice from, and vast amounts of load data, I cannot help but want to hand load. I read on this very forums 25 pages of people speaking against Hornady ammunition. Here is my response: load your own ammunition. There has never been a better period to become a hand loader, and it is never to late to start.
     
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  6. Rob404

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    The last store bought Ammo I bought was 9mm because it was cheap I now even reload it. I have a rifle with a chamber that is cut a little short,no way factory ammo would work, usually I would return the firearm for repair or refund but all I did was order a tool to cut the case a few thousands and problem solved and I can still use the brass in my other not so finicky 7-08
     
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  7. bassasdaindia

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    well written and I agree 100%
     

  8. Ernie Shipman

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    I'm 58 & started in my early 20's to feed my habit. Mostly pistol at the time. Now I load mainly for rifle. I shoot a 9.3x62 & 375 H&H & wanted to tailor loads to tame the recoil. (The 9.3 is a 6.5 lb rifle, 7.75 with scope mounts & sling; it was a bit harsh for me w/factory loads) I also enjoy shooting a 30-06 & 243 w/light loads to get some trigger time & field practice in for hunting. Plus, it's fun!
     
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  9. Emlet

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    It's fun, I'm able to shoot more (mainly pistol, but enjoy toying with my rifles as well), I learn a lot about the cartridge I'm reloading (history, uses etc), and I do think in the long run I save money.
     

  10. CDorroh

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    Well said. This pretty much hits the nail on the head.
     
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