Why Reload Your Own Ammo?
For many, reloading brass simply allows them to save money.
For others, it’s a way of having fun while doing something they love; shooting
guns. There are many reasons why one would want to begin reloading. If you fall
under one of the following categories, reloading your own ammunition might just
be in your wheel house.
Let’s be honest here. Reloading your own ammunition isn’t
going to save you money upfront. In fact, you will be spending a chunk of your
money to get started. However, if you reload brass the correct way, your
investment will start paying for itself in no time.
When you start reloading, you will need to purchase a
reloading press, dies for each caliber you wish to load, powder measurement
tools, and everything that goes into making a round; powder, primer, bullet,
and reloading brass casings. With that being said, how much money you save by
reloading your own ammo depends on two main factors; how much you plan to shoot
and how much you spend up front.
For those that plan to shoot a considerable amount of ammo,
reloading your own brass will definitely save you money. However, it might also
cause you to shoot more, but is that really a bad thing?
Accuracy and Custom
There are those that choose to reload specifically for the ability
to have customized loads. There are two main categories of shooters in this
section; hunters and competition shooters. When you reload brass, you have the
ability to create custom rounds for each particular gun in your arsenal.
Imagine the precision you could achieve by doing this.
That’s why hunters and competition shooters prefer to reload
their own ammo. There are nearly infinite possibilities that a shooter can try
to achieve optimum performance and accuracy. Finding the combination of factors
for you is achieved through extensive trial and error. Shooters in this
category often send thousands of rounds downrange before the perfect round is
created. Again, that equals more shooting and I’ve never heard a shooter say
that they’ve ever shot too much.
Truth be told, the government is one of the largest sellers
of firearms and ammunition, yet they’ve never sold a single gun. This is
because every time a piece of legislation is brought to the floor, gun owners
flock to their local stores to stock up on guns and ammo. This wreaks havoc on
the whole supply and demand principal.
As the demand on ammunition increases, the supply decreases,
causing the price of said ammunition to sky rocket. At this point, it becomes
about more than just saving money; you can’t save money if there’s nothing to
buy. That’s why many of those that reload their own ammunition do so to insure
they have their own supply of ammo.
This could simply mean stock piling the ingredients and
reloading as you need them. If this is you, be sure you are staying within the
safe limits for storage and that each ingredient is stored separately.
In the end, there’s the crowd of shooters that reload brass
simply for the enjoyment factor. There is nothing more fulfilling than firing a
round that you’ve created from scratch. To have that feeling every time you
pull the trigger is an adrenaline high nothing else can equal. Those under this
category seldom worry about cost but simply continue to reload their own
ammunition for enjoyment. Always remember not to let the enjoyment overshadow
the need to be safe in every step of the reloading process.
If you’re new into reloading brass, we invite you to read
our many articles on the topic. You are sure to find the information you need to
get you started.