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odslim
03-07-2013, 8:22 AM
With prices so high on ammo, would you consider shooting reloads? Thoughts?

starsnuffer
03-07-2013, 8:23 AM
Why would you not?

Reloads are often better then commercial ammo. Do you think that new Korean junk so many people like is good quality ammo?

-W

P.Charm
03-07-2013, 8:23 AM
why not?

Colt562
03-07-2013, 8:24 AM
why not?

mif_slim
03-07-2013, 8:24 AM
I been shooting reloads for ages even in AR's. I dont see why not..

ocabj
03-07-2013, 8:30 AM
Any gun I've bought in the past 7-8 years has not had a single factory round shot in it. My own handloads only.

alfred1222
03-07-2013, 8:43 AM
I only shoot my own handloads. Factory ammo sucks

odslim
03-07-2013, 8:49 AM
Iv done a quick search, a lot of mixed reviews but most pertains to there own reloads and would not shoot anyone else's, which brought me to this thread to ask you guys. I don't reload myself but I do have a place to buy reloads. Im not looking for tight groups just for general plinking.

P.Charm
03-07-2013, 8:53 AM
Iv done a quick search, a lot of mixed reviews but most pertains to there own reloads and would not shoot anyone else's, which brought me to this thread to ask you guys. I don't reload myself but I do have a place to buy reloads. Im not looking for tight groups just for general plinking.

if you buy reloads, they are all middle of the road.

handloads are for precision (usually) but yes you can buy reloads from freedom or LAX and will be fine. I used to be able to get reloads for $30 for 100 at TDS. but since I have been reloading myself, I don't buy factory loads anymore.

Mizouse
03-07-2013, 9:04 AM
I've been looking around, what do you guys recommend as a starter kit for reloading?

Gonna buy a brass catcher to save all the brass I use from ammo I buy. LOL

P.Charm
03-07-2013, 9:06 AM
fsreloading.com

2zero9
03-07-2013, 9:09 AM
Depends on which ammo. If its .223/5.56 for bulk plinking, I go factory. But if its for my precision rifle (.308) I would consider reloading. But to each his own.

robert101
03-07-2013, 9:09 AM
My LR308 only sees reloads. A single stage press is a good starting point. I have an RCBS Rockchucker and it is invaluable to my reloading needs.

wild_weasel
03-07-2013, 9:27 AM
I have had good performance using the range ammo at Field Time. The last time I was there they were $22 / 50 and I kept the LC brass to reload myself. At 25m it seams to shoot as good as factory ammo.

gun toting monkeyboy
03-07-2013, 9:38 AM
Go look at the Lee Anniversary reloading kit. That has all the basics you will need aside from the dies. Reloading is easy, and there is no reason not to. As for buying reloaded ammunition, that is kind of a loaded question. ;) If it is from a reputable, commercial source, I wouldn't have a problem with it. If it is from somebody you know, and you trust them, then you will likely be fine. If it is from some Bubba who does it in his garage, I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. You have no idea what he used in it, how accurate his load data was, or what he did for quality control. I have seen too many idiots over the years decide that they were going to sell their reloads and make a huge profit. They are usually the get-rich-quick types, and they have little or no clue as to what they are doing.

-Mb

gun505
03-07-2013, 9:39 AM
I bought reload 223.. 100rds , never again. I will only buy factory unless I know the person reloading is reputable. I bought the reloads at a lgs a while back.and of course they would not take them back... Not even for store credit.

-hanko
03-07-2013, 9:44 AM
I have had good performance using the range ammo at Field Time. The last time I was there they were $22 / 50 and I kept the LC brass to reload myself. At 25m it seams to shoot as good as factory ammo.
At 25m a slingshot might shoot as well as factory ammo.;)

OP...realize that your gun doesn't know if you're shooting new stuff or reloaded stuff.

-hanko

SNCaliber
03-07-2013, 10:56 AM
reloads are fine

P.Charm
03-07-2013, 11:10 AM
At 25m a slingshot might shoot as well as factory ammo.;)

OP...realize that your gun doesn't know if you're shooting new stuff or reloaded stuff.

-hanko

well that isn't entirely true. when doing reloads, there are tolorances. lets just say H355 for 55gr fmj I can't remember off the top of my head but it is somehting like 24gr-26gr or something like that. and even the cheap scales are good enough to measure .1 gr. so you have to load all weights and fire them and log which one your rifle likes the best. there will be a sweet spot and then you will load only those. it will come out to like 25.2gr or something like that.

motox917
03-07-2013, 11:20 AM
I don't see why you wouldn't want to shoot reloads as long as you or someone you trust with your life loaded it. Before all of this panic BS it was possible to load your own ammo for roughly 1/2 the price (or less) of commercial ammo. Also, you can adjust your loads to what is the most accurate and cycles the best in your gun.

odslim
03-07-2013, 12:15 PM
Prior to all the mess, Iv been interested into reloading .45, 223/556, 9mm, possibly 308. and trying to gather as much info as I can before I purchased any equipment. But as of today, Iv been told by the more experienced reloaders that its not really worth it right now.
1. Equipment and dies aren't available. 2. Powder and bullets are hard to come by. And if they are, prices are also high.

P.Charm
03-07-2013, 12:41 PM
are supplies up there now too?


I just haven't been able to find any. powder, projectiles, primers..

steveOsteezy
03-07-2013, 1:36 PM
I have had better results with my .223, 300blk, and .308 handloads than with factory ammo. The only factory ammo I buy is .22, 12 gauge, and 9mm.

the86d
03-07-2013, 1:41 PM
I have only shot reloads of the M193, and M855 variety for the last year or so...
so yes. :)

When I finish my 9mm AR, those will be reloads, and if I ever finish with a .50 Beowulf, same thing.

guitar-nut
03-07-2013, 1:55 PM
I can't wait to start reloading. But as others have said, exercise caution when buying reloads. My buddy recently bought some (5.56) from our local gun store and they were loaded so weak that they wouldn't cycle his mid-length BCM reliably.

cpatbay
03-07-2013, 1:58 PM
Reloads are all I shoot; AR and pistols. I haven't bought factory ammo for close to 2 years now.

CWM4A1
03-07-2013, 2:05 PM
Unless you know the reload is from reputable source, I'd avoid it. I have tried Georgia Ammo "Canned Heat" with great result until they increase the price to a point similar to factory new. Even with the Canned Heat that I had good experience with, I still have one case/head separation once that require a broken case extractor to get it out. At least issue like this is less likely to happen with factory ammo. I have also shot some not so great reload ammo because I was asked by my boss to evaluate it. Let's just say copper coated lead bullet works fine in handgun, but avoid it like plague if it's for high power rifle caliber. At 25yrds I can't get a grouping less than 10"...

If you are buying reload, ask the shop if the factory who loads it will back their product if it cause issue in your gun. If they said none, than I'd avoid it...

odslim
03-07-2013, 2:17 PM
Ok thank guys...Id like more insight on buying reloads vs. to those that reload themslves and I dont reload myself. When buying reloads how do you know its from a reputable manufacturer rather than a sales person telling you where its manufactured ?

P.Charm
03-07-2013, 2:26 PM
Ok thank guys...Id like more insight on buying reloads vs. to those that reload themslves and I dont reload myself. When buying reloads how do you know its from a reputable manufacturer rather than a sales person telling you where its manufactured ?

well the reloads from my LGS were in a ziplock bag with no info other than, "these are reloads." but LAX and Freedom are good places to buy reloads from. at least that is what I hear.

MrExel17
03-07-2013, 2:29 PM
Shoots fine, shoot and have fun!

luchador768
03-07-2013, 2:35 PM
Don't reload! It will give you eye cancer!

Leave more supplies for the suckers already set up!

/sarcasm

edgerly779
03-07-2013, 2:36 PM
That is all I shoot. I handload in 7 calibers. Only way to have ammo on hand and saves money if you shop carefully. Besides it is like fishing god does not take away from your lifespan the time you spend reloading or thinking about reloading.

leocrrnz
03-07-2013, 2:37 PM
I'm saving to buy a reloading set up for that reason.

Ken Woodford
03-07-2013, 2:37 PM
I've not shot a single factory made round out of my AR.

Lead Waster
03-07-2013, 3:00 PM
why is this even a question?

I bought just enough .223 (pre-panic) and a little brass catcher thingy so that I wouldn't need to buy any more factory rounds after the initial batch.

OK, let me rephrase this ... I would shoot MY reloads happily.

steveOsteezy
03-07-2013, 3:33 PM
Yeah I would recommend shooting your own reloads, unless they were from a reputable company such as Black Hills.

Linus
03-07-2013, 3:49 PM
I only shoot reloads in all my rifles. Last time I bought factory ammo was 2007.

maddoggie13
03-07-2013, 3:50 PM
No...you should just give me all your reloads.

DanHuuN
03-07-2013, 4:04 PM
I wont read through all the comments to see if it's been said already;

I only shoot reloads from reputable vendors/people.

I have no issue with factory for plinking, but I prefer my handloads for accuracy. I like to know my groups with my factory loads and handloads.

ohlone
03-07-2013, 4:31 PM
i used to shoot the factory reload that i bought from gun show, first 1000 rounds were fine, but the next 500 were troublesome, fte in 3 different ARs, that made me stop using those reloads

odslim
03-07-2013, 6:42 PM
Ok.. Thanks again...I suppose .20 per round isn't too bad to try out for reloads. I'll try to squeeze as much info from my lgs for info on the manufacture he gets it from...

chino
03-07-2013, 8:24 PM
I reload most of my ammo, .223, 308, 6.5 Swede, 30-06, 7.5 French, 7.5 Swiss, 9mm, .40, .45, .357, .38, 30 carbine. 7.62-54R (non magnetic)

The old adage still applies, "if you reload you will not save money; however you will shoot more for the same amount of money"

Reloaders are odd, they do not bother to return their cans/bottles for cash but will search forever for a missing Lapua case at the range.

CSACANNONEER
03-07-2013, 8:45 PM
My more expensive guns only get my reloads. Factory ammo has blown up more than a few guns. I'd rather know exactly how my ammo is loaded than blindly trust some factory worked to catch every potential problem.

xrMike
03-08-2013, 7:23 AM
I could not afford to shoot the same quality of commercial ammo that I make for myself.

Rangem4
03-08-2013, 7:53 AM
Varget, A-max 77gr, small rifle primers for about $.44 a round.
That's a hell of a lot cheaper than store bought and I re-load a good quality round.

johnny1290
03-08-2013, 2:14 PM
I'm a cheapskate. I've never shot much factory ammo. Factory reloads are fine in my pistols, but I much prefer my own.

I've only shot reloads in my 223 Saiga and never had a problem FWIW.

It's *really* tough to get dies, shellplates, powder, bullets, brass, primers, jeez even presses right now. It can be done, but it won't cost what it did a few months ago and will not be convenient.