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Great source

This is a great place for you reloader out there.  they have a lot of great recipes for rifle and pistol.  I found many a good starting spots on here when it comes to working up a new load.

http://www.reloadersnest.com/index.asp

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That's something I have never

That's something I have never done, is reloading.  I guess, considering the price that ammo is getting to now, it could be a good thing.

I am looking at some copper rounds now for my pig hunt, and I cannot believe the price. 

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duuuuuuuude

We really need to get you into reloading

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I wouldn't mind it.  I think

I wouldn't mind it.  I think it's just getting over the expense hump at the beginning.  I guess after that, you can save tons versus buying them.

Looking at buying a new house this fall, then I will have some nice room for a workbench and some extra projects.  Maybe then... Wink

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I've been reloading now for

I've been reloading now for over 40 years and I'm not sure if you save that much or not.  I do know that I shoot a lot more than I would if I didn't reload.  Perhaps that is where I am spending more money.:thumbsup1:   I started to reload since I have always lived in a rual area where if you wanted a certain load you either had to pay through the nose for it at a retailer or load it yourself.  For an example a load for my .340 Weatherby with me loading it is around $2.60 a round if I have to buy a new case.  If I reuse cases then the cost goes down to $1.00 a round.  Now for the same round from Cabela's web site it is $4.65 a round.  So that is a pretty big savings if you do a lot of shooting.  This is for a 225 grain Barnes TSX bullet over 95 grains of powder and a Weatherby case.  So for 20 rounds I can reload them for $20.00 a box compared to $93.00 retail.

But in figuring the cost you would need to figure in a around 20 rounds for load development and sighting in.

For you hand loaders here is a site that makes figuring out how much a load cost real easy.

http://www.handloads.com/calc/loadingCosts.asp    

   

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most "serious" reloaders who

most "serious" reloaders who do match rifle shooting, use a single stage press.

i use the lee classic cast (cast iron instaed of aluminum) 89.99

lee powder measurer 19.99

lyman powder scale 69.95

powder trickler 12.99

dies 40.00

or... http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=423081&cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Reloading%20-%20Metallic%20Reloading%20Presses-_-PriceCompListing-_-423081 get it all from Lee for just over $100! Thumbs up

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not only mention the price of

not only mention the price of ammo, but the quality of reloaded ammo can be much higher. that means, with proper pressures, faster loads that don't kick as bad, tighten your groups and improve your confidence while in the field.

finding a sweet load is a very rewarding experience.

the down side of this is that the initial investment is huge. $400+ powder, brass, lead and primers.

 

... or you could sucker one of us who already reload to make you some ammo if you buy the stuff. you might have a hard time getting somebody to ship you live ammo though.

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been reloaded now for about

been reloaded now for about 10 years and have saved alot a money over the years. 

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I have been reloading for 30

I have been reloading for 30 years now.  I fnd it alot of fun and rewarding.  It does save alot of money especially when a box of .338 shells is almost 60 bucks now.  The rewarding part is the best...I worked up the loads, then I shot an elk with my handloads then I took the elk hair and tied some flies then when fishing and caught some fish with my hand tied flies....kinda a cool cycle.

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used stuff

If ya know someone who frequents garage sales, or better yet estate sales, have'em keep an eye open for reloading equip. There are some deals to be had.

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starting out

reloading can be expensive or as inexpensive as you want. Bottom of the pile is Lee. Most people that use their equipment like it, those that either have never used it or had a bad experience hate it. Simple point, the cost of reloading one round of ammo is no more from the most ezpensive down to the least expensive. The single stage press that might be considered the best made will not do much more than the cheapest. I know I load ammo far cheaper than I can buy factory stuff. But I don't really save much because I shoot a lot more!

Something to mkeep in mind about tools, the cheapest dot the same job the expensive one do. If there is a problem with a cheap tool it's called junk. A problem with an expensive one and it's just a bad one that snuk by.By reloading, there is no requirement to shoot more than you did but the savings will allow you to shoot tmore for the same price, better for practice shooting.

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