Should I reload my own pistol or rifle ammo?

If you shoot a lot, then you have likely asked yourself this question: "Should I reload my own ammo?"

Here are some things you might consider when determining whether you should reload your on rifle or pistol cartridges:

Should I reload my own pistol or rifle ammo?

If you shoot a lot, then you have likely asked yourself this question:

“Should I reload my own ammo?”

*Updated: November 2017

Here are some things you might consider when determining whether you should reload your on rifle or pistol cartridges:

  • Will you produce custom ammo that suits your needs better than available factory cartridges?
  • Do you have the time to reload your ammo?
  • Do you have the space to setup reloading equipment?
  • What does it cost to get started reloading ammunition?
  • Do you have the attention to detail required to reload ammunition safely?
  • Are you able to get factory loaded cartridges?
  • Would you enjoy reloading your own ammo?
  • Will you save money by reloading?
  • Can you make money by reloading ammunition?

 Are you looking to produce custom ammo that suits your needs better than available factory cartridges?

In the precision shooting/sniper community, working up custom loads to maximize the accuracy of each weapon is rather important. If your interests are in custom load development, then reloading may be a good option.

Do you have the time to reload your own ammo?

Purchasing the equipment to reload ammunition is the easy part. To produce high quality, consistent and safe ammunition requires considerable knowledge. If you have hours upon hours to research which equipment to buy, how to use it safely, and to build a thorough understanding of the science and technology used in reloading, then reloading may work for you. However, if you don’t have the time or will to do the homework, then you are probably better off buying retail ammunition and NOT attempting to reload your own. Fortunately, there are various books, websites, videos, forums, and likely even some folks in your community that can help you get up to speed.

Do you have a space to setup reloading equipment?

Some people start reloading using a card table in their garage or the dining room table. Others have dedicated out-buildings or rooms in their home just for reloading. Think about your goals, intended use, and whether you have the right resources to house a reloading setup.

What does it cost to get started reloading ammunition?

Should I reload my own pistol or rifle ammo?

Rock Crusher Extreme single stage press

That depends on what your goals are and what equipment you choose.
Starter kits can be purchased from reputable brands for $200 or less.

Equipment: Lets assume that you buy a basic single-stage reloading press kit, like the Lee Precision 50th Anniversary Kit, which includes carbide dies at about $150 + basic, essential accessories at $50 = $200.

Cost generally go up as systems get more precise, can handle higher volumes, process cartridges more rapidly, and/or are more durable.  For higher volume throughput look for a turret reloading press or progressive reloading press.

Do you have the attention to detail required to reload ammunition safely?

The importance of attention to detail in reloading ammo can not be overstated. Reloading requires performing the same tasks over and over and over and over. If you can maintain focus and precision in these repetitive operations, then reloading may be an option for you. However, mistakes in reloading can  be deadly for you or the person using your reloaded ammunition. Am I trying to scare you away from reloading?

Probably not.

My goal is for you to honestly consider whether you can maintain the focus and precision required to produce safe reloaded cartridges. If you can’t, just stick to buying commercial ammo. If you can, then have at it. 🙂

Are you able to get factory loaded cartridges?

For some folks getting commercially produced cartridges may be difficult or impossible, while obtaining reloading components is possible. In this case, reloading may be the only viable options.

should I reload my own pistol and rifle ammunition

Components of a 9mm Luger cartridge

Would you enjoy reloading your own ammo?

The truth is, some people really like working up their own reloads or enjoy sharing the process with friends and family. With modern equipment, methods, sufficient knowledge and direct supervision, it is safe and entertaining to involve kids or Grandkids in the reloading process. Many couples that shoot have found that they enjoy reloading together also.

Can you save money by reloading ammo?

The short answer is Yes, if you shoot enough.

However, there are lots of variables in that influence this. For a deeper look, check out the post Will you save money by reloading ammunition?

Can you make money by reloading ammunition?

Yes you can… but most people who reload at home will not make any money since selling reloaded ammo requires special licenses. There is a bit more info on this at the end of Will you save money by reloading ammunition?

Conclusion:

There is no blanket answer that applies to everyone. Consider your motivation and the other relevant factors above and decide for yourself.

In our case, the biggest concern was availability. The 2013 looming legislation restricting gun ownership caused a run on guns and ammo. Reloading components were easier to find than factory loaded ammo. Once we decided that reloading looked like it would meet our needs, we considered whether we had the attention to detail and patience required to reload ammunition safely. This may be the biggest consideration for some people.

Feel free to share your thoughts and ask questions below.

Originally posted 2013-12-18 17:20:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits.

A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

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