How To Save Money While Reloading
For many that wish to begin reloading brass, one of the biggest deciding factors is cost. The average shooter looks at reloading supplies and automaticaly feel their wallet cringe. This is normal, considering that the initial investment is the most expensive part of beginning to reload your own ammunition. That’s why we wanted to offer up somes ways of reloading brass on a tight budget.
Focus on what you NEED, not what you want.
Yes, that 7-stage progressive press looks extremely tantalizing, considering if performs every function with just one crank of the shaft and has the ability to pop out a round a second. However, you have to decide if that is really something you NEED when you are just starting out.
If you’re new to reloading brass, you don’t have a proven process nailed down. Truth is, you won’t have your personal process fine-tuned until you have at least a thousand rounds under your belt. That being said, start off with a simple, single-stage press and then upgrade as you continue on. This will help you lower the amount of your initial investment while giving you a chance to see if reloading your own ammo is right for you. After all, not every shooter has a knack for it.
Choose Quality over price
There’s a common misconception that low price automatically means a lower quality. Yes, it is true that you get what you pay for. However, if you do your research, you will find that you can get excellent quality in your dies, press, shell plates, and other pieces of equipment for a low price. Now, I won’t name any particular brands, because I don’t want to build a bias towards one or the other. What I will say is that you should do plenty of research and be sure to read any reviews online about a potential press. This will save you a world of heartache in the long run.
Look For Deals
In the reloading world, there is always someone wanting to sell a current setup to upgrade to another. This works in the favor of newcomers because the equipment being sold is often well taken care of and for a reasonable price. Finding deals might mean traveling around to garage sales or browsing online classified ads, but if you are patient, the deal will practically fall in your lap.
Buying the Consumables
In reloading brass, the major investment is the original equipment purchase. After that, your costs are incurred by consumables; the ingredients that go into making your own ammo, such as the powder, reloading brass, primers, and bullets.
If you are experienced as savvy shopping, you’re already accustomed to shopping for the best prices; this is a must for a reloader. Most veteran reloaders will tell you that they never buy all of their supplies from the same place, unless they simply aren’t worried about the price. One store might be running a sale on bullets while the other might be having a blowout on powders. Yet, this is where there forms a fine line between cheap (in cost) and unusable, in terms of quality.
For example, never buy cheap, hard-cast bullets that have no uniformity in size, weight, or shape. While they may be incredibly cheap, they will yield varying results and end in complete failure.
Buy Once-fired Brass
Brass is going to be the most expensive portion of your consumables purchase. If you buy new, you are simply paying more for a “new-car” smell. Why some reloaders prefer new, those starting out with a budget can simply buy once-fired reloading brass from a trusted source, such as Capital Brass. This will drastically lower the price while allowing you to have quality brass you can trust.
Reloading brass doesn’t have to be expensive. One you get your process down and become familiar with the ins and outs of reloading ammo, you can upgrade and move on to the high-priced gadgets.