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Reloading Club

 

Would like to hear the opinions of others....

Does anyone see the value in a "Reloading Club"?  For example, dedicate storefront space and build out reloading stations and charge reloaders to come rent a station for a particular amount of time in order to reload their components.

Host/facilitate monthly workshops with ex-military, police, SWAT, gunsmith etc to teach/train various reloading topics.

Offer secure in store storage for components.

Sell ammunition components.

Develop a loss prevention process to eliminate reloading equipment (press, die, conversion kits, etc) from "walking away".

I'm wondering if a "Reloading Club" would address a need for relaoders when someone cant justify the expense/space it takes to set up a reloading system/process in their own home.

Thoughts?

 

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A store where I once lived in

A store where I once lived in Utah offered this type of set up for people that wanted to reload their own ammo but either didn't have the space or money for the set ups.  That is except you needed to buy the components and then they let you use their dies and presses. 

I think one problem that you might run into doing this would be a liability issue with insurance.  While reloading is quite safe you will always have to one person that does something stupid and gets hurt doing it.  Then sue you because you didn't give them the proper instructions or watch them carefully enough. 

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Reloading club

When I was shooting competition Trap and Skeet I shot at a number of different gun ranges/clubs. I remember one of them had a progressive shotshell press set up in a back corner for the use of the club members.

Some gun clubs, like the one I belong to, do bulk component buying and resell them at cost to their members.

In both of these cases, the space is already owned by the club, and basically doesn't cost anything additional to the club.

Commercial store space can be very expensive, as would be liability insurance.

Depending on what you want to reload, you can get all of the reloading equipment that you need for under a few hundred dollars. This can be set up in a corner of your basement, garage, or like when I was in college, on one side of my desk in my bedroom.

With your reloading equipment at home, you can load any time that you want, there is minimal set-up time, no travel time, and no additional costs for space or insurance.

However, I did visit a Cabela's or Bass Pro store last year that had a table in the back with a bunch of old geezers sitting around it drinking coffee and tying flies. But then, tying flies is not the same as reloading ammunition.

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When i was stationed in

When i was stationed in Germany, Ramstien AFB had a Rod and Gun club with a rifle range and reloading room set up. The tools were there, all you need anyway. And there were individuals there that helped if you needed it. Didn't seem to me it was used all that much. I think there could be a need for such a thing but you'd reallt have to take note of where your at. If you were to do that where I live, you'd be broke real quick, not enough business! I only know one other guy that reloads beside myself for 35 miles. If you have a setup like that in say Bend, Ore, the customer's might be there. But, what good would it be to have a store like that with no shooting range? Insurance is gonna get pretty high. And to add the range, your gonna have to get a way's out of town.

Now the powder you use, your's or bring your own? some reloader's really believe changing lot numbers of powder will make a signifent difference in the load. Some guys sort their bullet's. But not everyone has the space at home but if you want to do it, you make space. Big advantage to what your talking about is avaliability of tools. Lots of tools I don't have, mostly because I think their need is overplayed. But lot of reloaders do it on the cheap getting by as best they can. I think you'd find that if someone really got serious about it, they would set up something at home.

Maybe a component and tool store with a reloading room for instructionor maybe someone want's to try something before they buy but make money on component's. But I doubt you'd sell enough component's to survive. let's say you pout in an indoor shooting range, probably underground. I'd suspect cost would be a killer. And of course insurance!

Now with all this said and what some of the other's have said, you'll only know for sure by trying it. I never have, thought about it but never tried. You don't try it, it won't work for sure. You do try it and you may fail or maybe not. Not trying it insures you won't fail!

Great idea though!

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