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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.


No purchase necessary to enter or win.
A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.
Offered only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“U.S.”), aged 18 years or older.

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

  1. Ceapea

    I load for six pistol calibers and one rifle caliber. There are a few more pistol calibers that I’d like to load for and they are in this book.
    I’d like to have this book.

  2. maslaten

    I reload .45ACP to shoot and I have a growing stockpile. Also have reloaded .40S&W. Will soon be reloading .223/5.56.

    Reloading is not only a way to save money, but also learn more about the caliber you shoot.

  3. chas442

    I’ve been reloading for all my weapons for the last 16+ years. It’s long list of pistol and rifle calibers. I have 5 different reloading manuals. Each one has added to my reloader knowledge base. I would like another reloading maual since all the others actually offered some info that the others did not.

  4. 1911mike

    Just purchased a 1911 in 38 super. Ammo is not readily available in my area. Need to reload to insure adequate ammo supply. Also shhot 45 acp and 38 special. Interested in getting into competitive shooting.

  5. ScottS

    More abject ignorance from Sweeny who is too impressed with himself to realize people believe his words without reading into them. The fact is YOU WILL SAVE MONEY RELOADING if you are smart about it, Sweeny IMPLYS you will just shoot more and burn up the savings, but the horses backside has no clue how much shooting you do to begin with so ignore his “witless humor” and reload. it makes sense. The fact that this idior is given a forum for his uber ego which has been proven wrong way too often is why I dont subscripe to the paper version. I wont help add to his undeserved payroll.

  6. hipowerguy

    I have been thinking about getting started with reloading, and would start with the 9mm and .45acp. So, this book would come in verrrry handy for me to win :-)!

  7. abrinson

    Reloading is informative, rewarding and a great way to get in more shots! However, there are many lessons to be learned and this giveaway book will be most beneficial!!

  8. tkarabinus

    I reload a long list of rifle,pistol and 12 ga shotgun shells. True I don’t save any money, but I shoot a lot more than if I wasn’t reloading.