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Old 04-02-2020, 09:54 AM   #1
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Reloading/Hand Loading During Pandemic

I keep seeing people hoarding and talking about hoarding during the current crisis, especially when I go into sporting goods places and seeing the ammo sold out. Are people going to go back to reloading?



I know that through a combination of the low price of factory ammo, and my busy schedule, I haven't done much loading since Christmas break. And from that last session, I still have around 500 rounds left.



Just wondering if folks are going to or have lean towards reloading again?
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Old 04-02-2020, 10:15 AM   #2
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Don't know about reloading. I find it easier to just order a case of ammo every month, rotating the calibers.
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Old 04-02-2020, 10:42 AM   #3
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I think, I'd do that too if I wasn't working on a teachers salary with 2 teenagers in the house!



In all seriousness though, I like reloading/handloading. I find it kinda therapeutic and fun for those times when I have time, but can't get to the range for whatever reason!
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Buy factory ammo when it is inexpensive while stocking up on the reloading supplies for when it is not ----------> always having enough ammo when times get lean.
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Buy factory ammo when it is inexpensive while stocking up on the reloading supplies for when it is not ----------> always having enough ammo when times get lean.
Reminds me of buying food. ALWAYS have a stock on hand, and as you use out of your stock, keep replenishing.

When the poop hits the rotary oscillator, you're fully stocked on ammo and food.
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Buy factory ammo when it is inexpensive while stocking up on the reloading supplies for when it is not ----------> always having enough ammo when times get lean.

Exactly! I agree 100%. I tend to lean toward reloading/handloading to keep a stock of "range ammo" so that I don't feel as stressed about shooting up a few hundred rounds for practices. I also am in the camp that of those that do it because they enjoy it and find it relaxing. So the invested time isn't really seen as a "cost" per se.



On the flip side, I buy factory ammo whenever there's a substantial sale, like the "black Friday" to New Year time-frame when everyone seems to be running a sale.
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With a full time job, a massive home renovation (on a fixer-upper I bought and live in -- where I'm doing the bulk of the work, myself), elderly parents to assist and care for (why I moved to where I live), plus my shooting hobby, I have zero time for reloading. Thus, I buy cases of ammunition when it's cheap and tend to stock 3,000-5,000 rounds of those calibers I shoot the most, thereby allowing me to weather dry spells and keep right on shooting/practicing. (1000 rounds is, by the way, fine for the oddballs among what I shoot.)

Now, that said, I have many hundreds of hours as a volunteer RSO on a manned range and, aside from being able to shoot when the range is closed (so long as another RSO is with me), a key perk is the ability to pilfer the brass buckets for once-fired brass. I have tens of thousands of clean/tumbled, once-fired brass cases for .380acp, .38spl, .357sig, 9mm, .40s&w, .45acp, 5.56nato, and .308.

I considered selling them, but it seemed best to keep them for when I finally have time to reload (retirement). I haven't since I was a kid, but my plan is to invest in a progressive reloader, dies, powder, primers, bullets, etc. … and then reload like a banshee when I'm retired, thereby allowing me to shoot on the cheap, since one of the more expensive components is already stockpiled and growing. (I save my own once-fired brass, as well.)

I'm somewhat curious about casting bullets, as the projectiles are also among the more expensive components -- but I know little about DIY bullet casting. (I consider it something to research in the future.)
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Don't know about reloading. I find it easier to just order a case of ammo every month, rotating the calibers.

The last time ammunition prices skyrocketed and availability dropped I said, "Never again." I dispensed with every gun that wasn't 5.56, 9mm, or .22. My only exception is a Ruger LCP .380

Now I look for bargains/sales on just these calibers. Happy Times!
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With a full time job, a massive home renovation (on a fixer-upper I bought and live in -- where I'm doing the bulk of the work, myself), elderly parents to assist and care for (why I moved to where I live), plus my shooting hobby, I have zero time for reloading. Thus, I buy cases of ammunition when it's cheap and tend to stock 3,000-5,000 rounds of those calibers I shoot the most, thereby allowing me to weather dry spells and keep right on shooting/practicing. (1000 rounds is, by the way, fine for the oddballs among what I shoot.)

Now, that said, I have many hundreds of hours as a volunteer RSO on a manned range and, aside from being able to shoot when the range is closed (so long as another RSO is with me), a key perk is the ability to pilfer the brass buckets for once-fired brass. I have tens of thousands of clean/tumbled, once-fired brass cases for .380acp, .38spl, .357sig, 9mm, .40s&w, .45acp, 5.56nato, and .308.

I considered selling them, but it seemed best to keep them for when I finally have time to reload (retirement). I haven't since I was a kid, but my plan is to invest in a progressive reloader, dies, powder, primers, bullets, etc. and then reload like a banshee when I'm retired, thereby allowing me to shoot on the cheap, since one of the more expensive components is already stockpiled and growing. (I save my own once-fired brass, as well.)

I'm somewhat curious about casting bullets, as the projectiles are also among the more expensive components -- but I know little about DIY bullet casting. (I consider it something to research in the future.)

I'm in a similar situation. Although I wouldn't exactly call our house a "fixer-upper", we pretty routinely update/upgrade it doing projects like tiling, resodding, etc., plus having the 2 teenagers who keep getting more expensive on seemingly a daily basis! So reloading is definitely a help.



My strategy in the big picture is multi-headed: with buying factory ammo when there are sales to create a cushion against the return of the Obama years and reloading to create range ammo that I can train with. The last part of the strategy is to keep the number of calibers down and make them the most common/cheap ones to buy/load. Right now, I only have 22LR, 9mm, 5.56, 300AAC, and 12ga. I'm considering doing 6.5 Grendel to have a longer range caliber while still using my AR platform. I might consider 380acp if I ever get around to picking up a PPK. I've already accumulated quite a bit of range brass for that. I've also been slowly collecting lead and bullet casting hardware as well.



I believe that 380acp is one of those calibers that would be much cheaper to shoot if one reloads. Maybe somebody can weigh in on that.
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