I know I didn't pick a cheap caliber to shoot. But if my calculations are right, if I load my own, the price per round should be about $1.50 after all is said and done. Compared to $3.50+ for premium factory ammo.
So it's only a matter of time before I get all the tools needed to reload. Something I'm really looking forward to.
Hand loading is a fun hobby and I have been doing it for over 40 years now. I am still using my first press and a few of the tools that came with it, but I have upgraded a lot of tools as the time has gone by.
As for cost you are about right and by reusing cases the cost goes down. Here is a site that you can input your information and it will tell you what your cost per round is.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...