It has been said that reloading is a hobby in itself. That is so true. And there is almost a zen to it.
I spent Saturday (04/09) working at the reloading bench. I needed to get some rounds made up for the new competition season and I had some free time on Saturday. Let me tell you, it was a full days work. But I was okay with that. I find reloading to be very relaxing and soothing actually.
I decided that I would keep working till I ran out of components in this batch. Well 433 rounds later and I am out of primers and almost out of bullets. talk about a full day on a single stage press.
Reloading is such a great way to help our primary hobby of shooting. If you do it right you can save a little money, but the best part of reloading your own ammo is the ability to customize your load to your gun and shooting style. I like having a light, flat recoil profile when I compete, so I have been able to find a load that works for me. Yes there are times you can get lucky and find factory loads that will fit what you are looking for, but to me that’s not as satisfying.
To me that is the biggest part of reloading. You have the pride and satisfaction of shooting ammo that you worked on, you slaved over, you made with your own hands. There is a lot of pride in being able to do that.
There are many ways to get started in reloading and many different types of presses. You will need to do a lot of research and talking with other reloaders before you begin in the hobby. You will also need to sit down and figure out if there will be a return on your work.
Are you doing it because you want to save money? Run the numbers. Try to find out where you will be able to save costs. For example, if you are able to, collect as much brass from your range sessions. I tried to keep as much brass as I could get my hands on when I was at the range. If you shoot with others who don;t reload, see if you can keep their brass or have them keep it for you. That will cut your costs. Buy in bulk. Sometimes you can get a good deal if you split a bulk order of powder. Search the web for deals on bullets. You might find one manufacturer is cheaper or then another, or you may find one that you like. So run the numbers. Find out what works for you.
Are you trying to customize your loads or have more control over the process? That is a great idea. making sure that you are precise and finding a load that works for what you are looking for is a great reason to reload. It can make you more accurate and doesn’t beat you up as bad.
These are just a few of the reasons to look at reloading.
I do all my reloading on a single stage press. I know, for the amount I did this weekend, it would have been easier on a progressive, but normally I only do them in batches of 50 – 100 and can stay ahead of what I need for each match during the season. This weekend was an anomaly. But for most people starting out, a single stage press is the way to go. That way you can learn how the steps work and make sure that you follow all the correct procedures to keep yourself safe.
So the next time you need some ammo, think about getting into reloading. I enjoy it just as much as I enjoy unloading the brass.