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    Inside the World of D.I.Y. Ammunition

    Millions of weapons aficionados reload their own ammunition and cast their own bullets, acts of individualism that are hallmarks of the broader American gun ethos.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/05/u...mmunition.html
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    I like rolling my own for certain applications, . . .

    But I don't do it for everything, . . . never have really gotten into casting the bullets, though.

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    I reload for everything I shoot. I buy factory ammo when it's crazy cheap and I need the brass anyway, but I don't make a habit of it. I don't cast bullets either, but I may take it up for a few of my revolvers.

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    I gots one buddy in my group who'll think nothing of driving 100 miles to a gun show & buying 10 empty cases -- the next month another show for 10 slugs -- 50 lbs of powder - master cases of primer --

    Not only does he brag about his scores at our meetings -- we're subjected to photos of his great bargains he finds - with pics of his mangy dog thrown in --

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    I haven't loaded any ammo in a long time. In fact I'm so short of time I had to buy ammo for my deer rifle this year which I never do. I try to load for everything I shoot but with some it's just more cost effective to buy it. 7.62x39mm for example is much cheaper than I could load it. However the big savings are in .45 Colt which I also cast for, my reloads with a 255gr(ish) hard cast RNFP cost me about $.09/round if I don't factor in the cases which I have somewhere near a ton of. This is a significant savings over factory ammo at around $35/box of 50 here. Not to mention mine shoot better and have a bit more punch than the cowboy action loads available here. Hopefully this winter after things calm down a bit I'll be able to get out in the shop and start churning out ammo.

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    I agree Infidel. The handgun rounds are where the savings are for me. .454 Casull, .45 Colt and .41 magnum are expensive these days. Some rifle rounds are crazy high too. My .375 H&H and .35 Whelen are expensive to buy factory for. But I'm glad I don't own a Weatherby magnum....some of those are over $100 a box of 20. Even the Weatherby brass is stupid expensive. Same with the new Noslers and the Ultra Mags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shootbrownelk View Post
    I agree Infidel. The handgun rounds are where the savings are for me. .454 Casull, .45 Colt and .41 magnum are expensive these days. Some rifle rounds are crazy high too. My .375 H&H and .35 Whelen are expensive to buy factory for. But I'm glad I don't own a Weatherby magnum....some of those are over $100 a box of 20. Even the Weatherby brass is stupid expensive. Same with the new Noslers and the Ultra Mags.
    God and I was complaining about $30 a box for 6.5x55 Swede.
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    I load for some rifles and Pistols that shoot expensive Ammo
    6.5 Rem Mag
    350 Rem Mag
    44 Mag
    357 Mag
    338 Lapua Mag
    300 Win Mag
    300 Wby mag
    270 Wby mag
    257 Wby Mag
    300 WSM
    I can tell you from first hand experience if loading wont save you a dime but you will shoot a lot more and before everyone is well like yeah but if you can afford these calibers you can afford ammo, well most of the long guns were picked up at reduced prices because the people that owned them did not like paying 100.00 per box. Now loading will certainly save you some money but casting your own boolits will save you a bundle.
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    That's an excellent point. Reloading is also a benefit to those who shoot odd ball or hard to find cartridges. I shoot .35 Rem which is generally a seasonal run for a lot of manufacturers so at times can be hard to find. I bought a couple boxes when I first bought the rifle and then supplies dried up so I had a hell of a time finding brass for it. Eventually I was able to scrounge enough brass to not have to worry about it but it was time consuming. Obsolete cartridges need to be hand loaded also, try to find a good supply of quality .33 WCF, hell for a long time you couldn't even get brass for it. You had to make your own from .45-70 brass. I remember my father doing that and then slowly working up loads for it.

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