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 Post subject: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:53 pm 
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Joined: Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:09 pm
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Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
I used to re-load many years ago. I gave up shooting for many years but am picking it up again, and the idea of re-loading keeps popping into my mind.

I originally started re-loading to save a little money on shells. I only ever shot 50-100 rounds a week and the occasional tournament, so I'm not sure I ever saved a dime once equipment costs to get going were included.

However, I quickly felt that re-loading and operating my Hornaday / Pacific 266 was therapeutic for me. I could get away to my basement, start re-loading and get into an auto-pilot like rhythm on the 266 and just zen out for an hour or so.

Currently I have no intention of shooting enough rounds to believe there would be any cost savings to be gained by re-loading . . but the memories of the therapeutic effect are strong and keep pulling at me.

So . . why are 'you' a re-loader?




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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:58 pm 
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Joined: Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:15 pm
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Location: Northern Virginia
If you are a low-volume, 12 ga only shooter, just buy factory when you can get good deals.

Reloading for me makes sense, and Dollars and Cents, when I am reloading 28 ga, 410, and 12 ga 3/4 oz loads. Not much to be saved on standard 20 ga, but I still load a lot of them, too.

Good Luck!!

John


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:15 pm 
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I started reloading in 1974 because a friend who took me pheasant hunting for the first time reloaded and it looked like fun. That was it, I was hooked. I even worked for a mail order company that dealt only with reloading components and equipment.

Rarely do I use any new factory ammo, only when new is mandated at a clays event.

All my hunting loads are reloads.

I don't look down on factory ammo, I just like using my own stuff. On top of that, I am a 16 gauge nut and reloading is the way to go with that gauge.

I have been at it since 1974 and hopefully it will never change.

The money aspect isn't a concern, because clays, hunting and reloading are my main interests. Besides you are only talking pennies difference IF you compare your reloads to the cheapest stuff out there. Whether I save a few bucks or spend a few bucks, ain't the point. Enjoying what I love to do is.

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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:27 pm 
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I started to save money in the late 60's. Currently convenience and savings as I shoot 7/8oz.12 ga for sporting and 3/4oz. 20 for skeet. I have used a lot of factory promotional 20ga. loads in sporting but can't handle the recoil of promo 12ga. stuff. I run a 650 Mec for the 20 and Grabber for the 12.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:46 pm 
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Joined: Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:04 pm
Posts: 454
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Can't buy what I want to shoot in 12 and 20 ga. Save a bunch on 410 and 28 ga.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:54 pm 
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Joined: Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:43 am
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I've also been reloading for , going on 55 years , it first started with Winter Trap league and
hunting loads , then it became a need for other gauges that I shoot . The 12 ga ,10 ga , 20 ,
28 ga and the 410 All became a need for more machines , starting with Mec 600 jrs and moving
on to progressives . The only gauge I didn't load was the 16 ga but I always had a lookout
for those on sale and I did accumulate a good supply of Actives and Federal loads . I've always
Cherished the time spent reloading so when I built my shop , I added a 14'x14' reloading room !
Problem is , it should have been built bigger .
Always keep a well supplied amount of components , it doesn't go bad and when we have times
like this year has brought , the stay at home part , can be a good thing !


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:03 pm 
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Joined: Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:28 am
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Same as dogchaser37 for me. I just really like it. I love the ballistics and making a really great shell. A lot of what I want to shoot just isn't commercially available either. Here are the main things I load that are difficult to get or massively expensive commercially.
3/4 oz 12ga skeet, also 20ga skeet with low recoil for kids. 5/8oz skeet 28ga.
Hw13 20ga and 28ga #6 for ducks, 7/8oz and 1oz. 2.75in 20ga hw loads.
Hw15#7 in 410, 28ga, 20ga light loads with 200 pellets or so for ducks.
3in 20ga steel, a real full 1oz at 1485fps in #3 steel, better than avail commercially.
#3 and #4 steel in 20ga and 28ga admixed with tss 9, 9.5, 10s for > 200 pellets and 1450fps.
410 steel tss loads that can match my 12ga steel duck loads.
2.75in 12ga steel #2 and #3, 1450fps and better.
28ga heavy dove loads, 7/8 & 1oz, always avail.
16ga full 1oz steel, #3, at 1480fps and better, better than commercial steel.
16ga bismuth 4s at 1350 with buffer for good patterns and reduced shot fracturing.
16ga #2 steel with tss 9s to get > 200 pellets
16ga 3/4oz skeet 9s.

Thats pretty much what I shoot, and almost none of it is available commercially.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:59 pm 
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Quote:
Can't buy what I want to shoot in 12 and 20 ga.


Same for me.

As to to this quote:
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If you are a low-volume, 12 ga only shooter, just buy factory when you can get good deals.


Good luck in today's world even finding any.

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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:04 pm 
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Joined: Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:06 am
Posts: 3768
Location: UK, England, Britain
I reload for fun.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:30 pm 
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I reloaded to save money.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:33 pm 
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I reload because I enjoy it, save a bundle on 16 Ga loads, I only shoot 7/8 and 3/4 ounce loads in 12,16, and 20 Ga. I reload rife because my loads are more accurate than factory stuff, and again I can load what I want.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:35 pm 
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Joined: Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:17 am
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I reload to save money. I'm almost exclusively a skeet shoooter and shoot only small gauges. So, I save quite a bit on the 28's and .410.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:43 pm 
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I started loading shotshells in the early 90s. You couldn't help but save money, even with 12ga. Now, not so much.

In 12ga I've grown accustomed to a 1oz payload @ 1200fps. Sounds pretty vanilla, right? But good luck finding that in a widely-available commercial load. When you do find 1oz'ers they're often loaded to faster speeds so they'll cycle autoloaders, and they'll be the same price as 1 1/8oz'ers (which has always irked me!)

I mostly shoot subgauges, so the savings are still there. My reloading room is the only place in the house where I actually get uninterrupted quiet time. For me, that's worth the price of admission!!


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:06 pm 
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Joined: Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:08 am
Posts: 2421
Location: Central NH
I reload for several reasons. I enjoy it, and it keeps me away from the computer, and out of the bar. :mrgreen: It also gives me alone time as my reloading room is in my shop in the barn. I think I save money overall as I load for 4 gauges, but that isn't the main focus.

I shoot 7/8 oz in 12 gauge, and good luck finding those regularly.. I shoot 3/4 oz 20 gauge target loads, and 3/4 oz and 1 oz hunting loads. 5/8 ths, and 3/4 in 28, and 1/2 oz in .410. I can load any type of wad, or size shot, I choose in all gauges.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:11 pm 
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Joined: Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:18 am
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I don't really consider myself a "re-loader".
Right now, I am reloading because I cannot find the loads I want to hunt with available. It's really just that simple. I'm not looking for anything exotic either.
Today I was at the gun store, two of them actually. There were stacks of cases of #7.5, Remington, target loads. Plenty of steel shot shells. A ton of 3" and 3-1/2" ,lead and steel shells. Slugs and buckshot were very plentiful. There were some 12 gauge, 2-3/4" shells available, but in very, very, limited lead sizes.
The supply/selection/inventory issues may work themselves out here soon, but for right now, if you want lead hunting loads in 2-3/4", you need to be able to make them yourself.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:27 pm 
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Joined: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:30 pm
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I reload because I can’t buy 7/8 oz loads at 1150, or 3/4 oz loads in 12 ga . I can shoot those light loads . Plus I enjoy doing it .


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:33 pm 
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Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:12 am
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Extension of my shooting hobby on a rainy day.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:40 pm 
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Joined: Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:33 pm
Posts: 6529
Location: Mascoutah IL
I reload primarily to save money and because factory #9 shells are not conveniently available to me locally enough for me to depend on finding them when I want them.

I don't particularly like to reload, but it's not enough of a chore to give up the savings I get from loading 28 gauge. I stopped reloading 12 gauge because my time was worth more to me than the savings I got out of reloading them.

Currently I reload all 410 and 28 gauge loads and 20 gauge #9 skeet loads. I buy factory 20 gauge sporting clay shells and all 12 gauge loads. Once I wear out the 410 hulls I have, I will stop reloading the 410 in favor of shooting factory AA and selling the hulls.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:49 pm 
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Joined: Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:09 pm
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Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
badabing11 wrote:
I reload because I can’t buy 7/8 oz loads at 1150, or 3/4 oz loads in 12 ga . I can shoot those light loads . Plus I enjoy doing it .


OP here . . I’m 74 and this is probably where I’m at right now.


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 Post subject: Re: "Why" are you a re-loader?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:09 pm 
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Location: NW, CT
I don't like reloading, I see it as a necessary evil. Now that we have shortages, am I glad I am a reloader. I really hate recoil, and that is the one big reason I keep reloading in addition to availability.
I do love the 16 gauge as well, so it saves me money.

Jim




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