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Don’t Be Fooled: Reloading Will Not Save Money (Book Giveaway)

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It’s often said that reloading your own ammo will save money. 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.

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:

Police departments do not reload. If you have an “in” you can quickly acquire a lifetime supply of brass.

  • 9mm Parabellum
  • 10mm
  • .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
  • .38-40

This week, we’re giving away a copy of Reloading for Handgunners. To enter the random drawing, just post a comment below telling us what cartridge you’d like to reload (or are already reloading). Or, you can just say you’d like to win the book.

Entries will be accepted until midnight Monday (April 23, 2012) and we’ll announce the winner Tuesday (April 24).

Good luck!

One entry per person, please.
Entries accepted until 11:59 pm Central Time Monday, Apr. 23, 2012.
Winner will be selected at random and announced Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2012.


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187 thoughts on “Don’t Be Fooled: Reloading Will Not Save Money (Book Giveaway)

  1. BRASS

    Not save money? Nonsense! If one counts every penny spent on related items and never considers equipment or component purchases written off or amortized, and one is constantly buying new equipment, etc., then yes, that’s probably true.

    But, if like most, equipment purchases are limited to necessary items and a few nice to haves plus reusing cases, etc., reloading saves a lot, especially in todays over priced market.

    Just for example:

    I can reload .223/.556 for between 24 & 29 cents a round depending on components used, primarily bullets. Each time I went to my local outdoor shooting park, I bought (99% once fired) 200 to 300 pieces of fired brass for 3 cents a round until I now have about 1,500 cases. I decided to settle on one powder, CFE 223 and bought 4 lb. each in two separate purchases. Bullets were bought in increments of 500 and 100 to provide a variety for load development and practice ammo. Primers of course one thousand at a time except for some Federal Match 100 packs just for experimentation.

    I load 45ACP, 40 S&W, 10MM, 9MM, 308 Win, 30-06 and recently 32 S&W. With exception of the 32 S&W brass and bullets have been acquired in quantity over the years both new and once fired with bullets the same. Buying in bulk and over time whenever good prices are available has allowed me to skip most of the current price inflation and scarcity. Most knew prices would go up after Nov ’08 and many started buying as soon as the primaries were over and the candidates selected and jumped on every opportunity since. While consumables like primers, powder and bullets are tough to find at any price, many have reached their stockpile and affordability limits and the frenzy is starting to slow. Prices will eventually come down and availability increase as demand slows and price gouging in some cases can’t be sustained.

    When the new normal is realized whatever that is smart reloaders will buy consistently over time understanding that like most things, prices always go up and what you bought today will likely be cheaper than the prices years from now. I have Federal HydraShock 10MM ammo I bought on sale at a gun show when 10MM was falling in popularity for $5.50 a box of 20 and Federal 36 grain .22 rimfire boxes of 550 each when they were on sale at Walmart in 93/94 for $8.88 a box and many more examples.

    The bottom line is prices are relevant to time and place. If one waits to buy until out and in immediate need and then buys only the minimum you will never achieve savings or security. But instead if one waits to buy until conditions are favorable with future developments in mind and buys in bulk, over time a great savings is achieved. I have 45 and 308 cases I’ve had since the 70s when I bought surplus fired range cases from the Marine bases I was stationed at. The 45 are in such quantity that I don’t bother counting how many times they have been fired as they can be fired almost indefinitely if one doesn’t load high pressure loads.

    One of my presses a Dillon SDB I’ve been using since 92 and a Lee single stage since ’04. Can I beat the dollar a round price of much of todays ammo? You bet.