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There was and continues to be

There was and continues to be a shortage of a lot of the components but I found out during the last time a democrat held office to buy in bulk when the supplies were available.  So far I have been ok with the reloading from my stock pile and I reload for 6 different pistoles and 4 rifles.  I did have a little problem last year trying to find some powder for some new loads but a search on the internet and two weeks later I had 16 poinds of it.   

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The only problem I had was

The only problem I had was getting federal 215 primers. I was on a waiting list for about 9 months before I finally got mine. Other than that I have not had any problems getting bullets or powder for what I re load. But I have been keeping a bigger reserve on hand in case everything just off the shelves again I won't have to worry about finding components

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I have not seen a large rifle

I have not seen a large rifle magnum primer of any brand anywhere for a copule of years. And not many standard rifle primers. Bullet's are here but selection isn't so good. Same with powder although there is a lot more than a year ago.

Th be honest if I did not already hand load and have a lot of component's on hand, I would not start now. I'd sell everything except 30-06's, 308's and 243's as that ammo can still be had around here for a reasonable price, and I would shoot factory ammo.

Whatever the excuse is for these tremendious shortages, I don't buy it. I have no idea what's going on but have become very discouraged.

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I have seen primers pop up on

I have seen primers pop up on dealers shelves every now and then.  The problem is the store is limiting them on how many that you can buy at one time.  I have found out that if you find a few other reloaders in your town that a group buy on a mail order house may be in order.  That way you can pick up a few thousand at a time and the hazmat shipping fee doesn't kill you.  I know that is what I do with powder that I can't find.  The mail order houses can ship 4 8lb bottles of powder under one hazmat fee.  That way it doesn't hurt too much. 

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I just started and therefore

I just started and therefore have not mastered it by any means but I think this is a start of a very fullfilling hobby. I'm not sure if I'll buy factory ammo for anything that I have the ability to load for anymore.

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I reload hunting ammo for a reason...

My girlfiend and I shoot Lee/Enfield .303 British SMLE.  It is becoming increasingly hard to find manufactured ammo at an affordable price.  Also most of the manufacturers make only one or two bullet sizes in the .303 brit.  I load so that I can use the most efficient bullet for a given game animal. 

For pronghorns, I use a 125gr round, for open woods deer, I use 150gr round.  For heavy woods hunting, I use a 174gr round.  If I ever get the chance to hunt elk, moose, or bear, I already have a 215gr load for that.

Now that's versatility and that's why I reload hunting ammo.

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I load all my ammo.

I load for a .204 Ruger, .223 Rem, .243 Win, ,257 Weatherby Mag, .270 WSM, .300 WSM, .338 WM, and my .458 Lott. I have bought some factory ammo but always shoot it up to give me some brass to build what I will be hunting with. Normally, when I buy a rifle, I immediately buy 200 or more new brass for it. With the .257 Wthby Mag and the .458 Lott, I HAVE to reload or I wouldn't be able to afford to shoot'em.

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I load my own and started

I load my own and started about 5 years ago.  Enjoy knowing that care went into  building the bullet that I am using and its fun trying to find that right load.  Of course, sometimes its frustrating too.  Never could get my .30-06 to shoot right so I sold it.  Try all kinds of loads in it.  Different loads and different bullets, different grains, etc.

Not sure if I save any money, but it doesn't cost me anymore and I have more options.

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In the last thirty odd years

In the last thirty odd years I have bought 100 rounds of factory ammo , when I first got my 480 Ruger , and only then because components were back ordered ..

 

I doubt I save any money , but I shoot way more than I would if I didnot reload ..

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Although I have reloaded my

Although I have reloaded my own rounds when I was younger I have not done so for about 15 years now. I still have tons of stuff boxed up But I need to get it all out and get back into it. For a while I just did not have the time or space and with the supply of cheap stuff for some of my guns it just did nor seem worth it.

These days with the cost of ammo going up daily I intend to get back into it very soon. I shoot mostly premium stuff in my hunting rounds and have cut back too much on my practice because of it. I was a much better and more confident shot in the old days when I put the time in that I should.

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