It's often said that reloading your own ammo will save money. According to one author, that probably won't happen, but you'll sure shoot a lot more.
Patrick Sweeney, Master Gunsmith and certified armorer instructor for police departments nationwide, has a different view of that idea. In Reloading for Handgunners, Sweeney says this:
One thing we have to get clear right away: you are not going to save money by reloading. Oh, don’t get me wrong, you will recoup your capital investments (whatever they may be, over whatever period of time you spend) but you will not save money. You will not save any for the simple reason that, if you are like the rest of us, any potential savings will be plowed right into shooting more.
That is, if your “ouch” limit on shooting fun for the weekend is $100 of ammo, you will spend up to the point it begins to hurt. With factory ammo, that could be 100 rounds. With reloads, it could be 1,000 rounds.
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So why bother reloading? He goes on to say:
Why reload is simple: control. If you wish to shoot and you depend on factory ammunition, you are dependent on: 1) what the ammo companies make; 2) what the store stocks; and 3) what your budget can afford. If any of those three do not fit your needs or desires, you will have a less pleasurable experience at the range. If two fail, you might well not be shooting at all.
In addition to shooting more, reloading also allows you to shoot some firearms at all. There are firearms for which one cannot purchase ammunition, but for which ammunition can be loaded.
If you are interested in reloading for any of these reasons, Reloading for Handgunners can help you get started. In addition to the basics of brass, bullets, powder, primers and dies, the book includes chapters and reloading data for the following calibers:
- 9mm Parabellum
- .32 Auto
- .32 Revolvers – Short, Long, Magnum, .327 and .32-20
- .38 Special
- .38 Super
- .40 S&W
- .41 Magnum
- .44 Magnum
- .44 Special
- .45 ACP
- .45 Colt
- .357 Magnum
- .357 Sig
- .380 Auto