What are the pros and cons of reloading?
This week, Adam Barns gives us his opinion on reloading. Are you reloading today? Are you looking at heading down this road? If so, keep reading!
Although I’m newer to the reloading scene, I’m often asked by shooting friends if reloading is worth the investment. Having only produced a few hundred rounds over the last 6 months, I’m here to share some information to those looking at reloading ammo versus buying factory ammo. Some of the key takeaways from this article will touch some of the pros and cons to reloading.
Remember the phrase “time is money?” Well, it’s no different in the world of bullet reloading. Equipment to save more time costs more money. Reloading ammo can be incredibly time-consuming with varying results. It becomes a new hobby that coincides with shooting. If you’re one of those people with a booked schedule week in and week out, good luck finding the time to invest in reloading ammo. In my opinion, stick to factory produced ammo or hire a reloader to develop rounds for you. It’s important to remember that your time has value along with the equipment, consumables, and final product.
Investing your hard-earned money into reloading will take time to see a return on investment. Depending on the ammo you’re planning to reload, there may only be a few pennies difference between a reloaded round and a factory round. As of this article, 9mm target rounds hover between $0.10 and $0.20 each. Depending on the powder, projectile, primer, and brass, a reloader may only produce a single target round for $0.08 to $0.15. Plus the cost of time invested, may ultimately be a wash in this category. Obviously recycling brass saves money in the long run, but brass has a finite life before it’s unusable. Now more expensive ammo types like …read more
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