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Hunting Ammo Do you Load Your Own?

I thought it would be interesting to see what you do for your hunting ammo.  Do you load your own or do you trust it to the major manufacutures to  get it done?  I myself will reload it.  Right now I am shooting and reloading for four different calibers, the 7/30 Waters, .357 Herrett, 7mm Remington Magnum, and a .340 Weatherby.  For the 7/30 you really need to reload since the only factory round is a 120 gr round nose from Federal for use in the model 94.  The .357 Herrett you have to reload since it is a wildcat and is created from 30-30 cases necked up, shoulder pushed back, trimed a little and then fire formed.  I like to reload the 7mm just because I can and I get a better round for it in my opinion.  The .340 Weatherby is a reloaders dream.  You can stoke it up or load it down it likes them all.  Not to mention that if I had to buy the rounds that I am reloading for it now it would be around $90.00 for a box of 20.  Now that is an insentive. 

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Have always reloaded my own,

Have always reloaded my own, it's just the way I was taught.  I think it makes me a better shot, not only because I search for the load my rifle likes best or shoot more than I would otherwise, but because for me it's sort of part of hunting.  When I plan my draws I'll pick the calibre and bullet for the quarry, then work up a load, and practice it, including the distances and likely shooting positions I'll have.  For me loading the rounds for the actual hunt is a big deal, and let me tell you, they are as perfect as I can make them, and I am very comfortable with using them on the hunt.

Not that there's anything wrong with factory loads either though. 

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I have always reloaded my own

I have always reloaded my own ammo.  I reload for the .338WM, .300WM, 300 Savage, .270 Win, and the .257 Roberts.  I worked up great loads for all and have had great sucess with all of them.  My dad has always relaoded too but after 25 yaers I finally got him to work up some loads to find the best gun loads combo.  So we will see how he did when it comes to antelope season(his first antelope season).

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Why I reload

I reload for all my guns which are all used for hunting 22-250, 243, 7mm Mag, and 30-06. I like the fine tuning you can do with reloading to enhance accuracy and the cost effectivness. Like Critter said a box of premium ammo can cost upwards of 50 to sixty dollars or more for twenty rounds. One box will have to be used for sight in and usually another box for adequate hunting rounds if going the factory route. Gets mighty expensive. Also, you're at the mercy of whether your gun likes the particular load or not so if the factory route you may have to purchase many expensive premium brands (if you're into the premium stuff) before you find what your gun likes. I usually have a few bottles of powder and a few boxes of different primer brands in my personal stock. I've got plenty of brass both purchased new and saved from factory ammo I used to buy so it's pretty inexpensive when it comes to buying a premium bullet like a Interbond, Accubond, Partition, or what have you and then cooking up different loads until I find what is suitable for hunting in terms of accuracy and bullet performance.

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Reloads vs Factory

I have always reloaded for my hunting rifles - until recently!  I have won a couple of rifles in the last two years that are not my primary hunting rifles. For these I have been shooting Federal Fusion loads. I find the Fusion loads to be very accurate and the one deer I shot with the Fusion load, the bullet performance was perfect. The Fusion loads are very reasonable in price too. Now if I decide to use either of those new rifles more, I will buy reloading dies and start reloading for them.  When you consider the cost of reloading dies, bullets, powder and primers, unless you plan to shoot a particular caliber a lot, the Federal Fusion is more cost effective in my opinion.

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I to have always reloaded for

I to have always reloaded for my hunting rifles. I load for my 22-250 and 7mm RUM and the kids' rifles also. Saves me lots of coin (especially for the Ultra Mag) and the performance can't be beat.

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It is interesting in that I

It is interesting in that I know of some hunters that have been reloaders their whole lives and when hunting season comes around they head down to the sporting goods dealer and pick up a couple of boxes of ammo.  As a matter of fact one of my brother in laws has been reloading for over 50 years.  A couple of years ago he went antelope hunting and brought along a hundred rounds for his rifle that he had reloaded.  The problem was that he had just necked sized all that ammo and half of it would not chanber into his rifle.  When he got home he went and bought a small base die just so that he wouldn't have that problem again.  I guess now I know why he was really never succesful durring other hunts.  I do know that I will chamber every round that I take hunting before I even leave the house.  If there is one that even thinks of sticking or not chambering It stays home or goes into the practice lot. 

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This past year I finally got

This past year I finally got set up to re load my .300 weatherby and my .257 weatherby. Prior to that I had always bought Federal Premium ammunition to hunt with. I've been more than happy doing it myself, it's been a lot cheaper, I get better performance, and it's a nice hobby to do on a rainy day. When my handgun ammo starts running low I'm going to start re loading the handguns as well.

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not yet

not yet but if ammo prices keep going up I'm sure there will be huge increases in the number of people that do. When I was a kid we loaded all of our own shot gun shells until lead was outlawed for waterfowl. My father, loaded our deer loads or 30-06 and 270 I just didn't pick it up.

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Are you guys still seeing

Are you guys still seeing shortages of componants if your parts? Everything thing here in Idaho seems to be returning back to normal. However still don't see federal 215 primers on the shelves yet

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Component shortages

Yes, components have been in short supply around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I have had difficulty finding bullets, primers and powder, especially for handgun loading.  There also seems to be an off season shortage of loaded ammo. I get out of the north woods a couple of times a year and always stop at the big gun stores along my route of travel. Very slim pickings during my May trip.

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