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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. pac4854

    I load my own .44 magnum. There’s an error in your logic, though… I can only shoot about 50 rounds before the web of skin between my thumb and forefinger starts to bleed from the effects of the recoil and I must quit. So no, reloading didn’t enable me to shoot more – just cheaper and more accurately. Either one alone would’ve been a winner, but both together is a slam dunk.

  2. DutchjohnV

    I reload .22-250, .243, .270 .270 WSM, 7mm Mag. .308, .30-06, .338 Win.Mag., .380, .38/.357, .44/.44 Mag., 20 & 12 gauge shotgun. I would love to get a new book! I didn’t realize I reloaded so many calibers.

  3. RAF

    I would like to win this book because I reload .32, .380, 9mm, .38, .357, .40, and .45. I use a Dillon 550 press and do it because I enjoy it. It definitely is not a savings as I just keep buying new toys to play with.

  4. grafixlad

    I’ve been interested in the idea of reloading ever since I began purchasing firearms. I don’t do it currently, but would love to try it. I’d probably be reloading mostly 9mm & 40 cal.

  5. wildwilliam

    I’ve been reloading for over 30 years and I think initially I was saving money, even with the low prices of the components years ago compared to factory ammo. But I wasn’t shooting more because I worked a lot. Now that I’m retired, I am shooting more often, but reloading takes up most of my time. It’s a hobby now and allows me to enjoy my retirement. I reload for .380, .38/.357 (pistol/rifle), .45 ACP, and .308.

    Your “Reloading for Handgunners” sure would be a welcome addition to my other books. Keep up the good work!