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  1. #1

    Upping my ammo allowance

    I'm just starting out reloading and feel I need a bigger allowance,
    I'm currently composing a begging letter to my fld and in it I mention the need for 'batch consistency' and problems with supply.

    any other reasons that might add weight to my letter that I might not have thought of?

    thanks for any tips,

  2. #2
    You really shouldn't need to 'add weight' just explain that you are starting to reload and need to work up different loads and test them etc. You may wish to consider asking for missiles only (bullets) which would give you more flexibility. If you do that remember that bullets are sold in one hundred (100) cartons.
    Another aspect to consider is secure storage for the amount of loaded cartridges that you wish to request. As you will be aware five or six hundred loaded rounds will take up a fair sized chunk of a small ammo safe.
    Have a look at the Home Office Guidance to see the amounts that are considered 'suitable' for the various purposes. Good luck.

  3. #3
    I asked for 800 rounds in each of my centre fire calibres due to reloading supplies are usually sold in 100s. There was no questions asked.

  4. #4
    how many calibres are you after?

    boxes of 500 in .224 are very common
    so you will need a 1000!

    consider different weights 2-300 of each

    its a free variation that shouldn't even be paused at let alone questioned

  5. #5
    It's for .243 and .308, thinking of 600 for each!

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    Should be about right

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    You could do a lot worse than quote the reasons given in the HO Guidance verbatim:

    Reloading firearms ammunition (home loading)
    13.84 Certificate holders often load their ammunition in order to improve the accuracy of their firearms. There are too many technical factors to cover within this guidance, and advice should be sought from shooting associations or competent reloaders if the need arises. Suffice it to say that rifling, propellant charge, the design of a bullet, its individual weight and velocity all affect a given roundís range, accuracy and terminal effect on the quarry concerned. For these reasons, certificate holders who reload may wish to acquire a variety of different bullet weights and designs for load development for different applications.
    13.85 For quarry shooting some bullet designs (soft nose, hollow nose, ballistic tip, thin or thick jacketed or core bonded) may be preferred over another with regard to their behaviour when they strike the quarry or pest species. Certificate holders often develop their preferences based on their own research and development through home loading.
    13.86 Whilst there may be some small cost benefit, more often the reasons for home loading are the pursuit of accuracy, safety and performance. Where performance is involved; different quarry types and their physical makeup, the different ranges in which they are to be engaged (e.g. lighter or smaller flatter trajectory bullets for foxes and heavier bullets for deer) all vary, and home loaders may wish to experiment to ascertain the best combinations. It is not unusual for home loaders to manufacture two or three specific rounds in the same caliber for different species e.g. fox, small deer and large deer; this is to achieve a clean kill of more than one species without having to change firearms.
    13.87 Home loaders will usually manufacture various batches for testing using a chronograph to measure velocity and thus ascertain the best combinations. Whilst a chronograph is important to home loaders; it is of utmost importance for ammunition intended for use on animals due to legislative requirements such as in the deer acts (see chapter 14 for more information).
    13.88 Whilst there are no limits imposed on the number of solid (non-expanding) projectiles that a certificate holder may purchase for manufacturing ammunition, a home loader must not manufacture more than the maximum quantity of ammunition authorised by their firearm certificate.
    13.89 Some reloaders may test ammunition by firing groups of 3 to 5 rounds, and repeat the group several times to measure consistency. As bullet designs, cases, primers and propellants are so varied, it is not unusual for home loaders to require larger amounts of missiles (bullets) for their research, and possess them in addition to any factory or other home loaded ammunition already held. Load development can be a long process, especially with unusual cartridges; particularly as new products become available.
    13.90 It is clear that there are circumstances where home loaders may need to acquire increased quantities of expanding bullets. This can be achieved by authorising a further allocation of expanding missiles separately to the ammunition already authorised. This will allow missiles (bullets) to be held independently from ammunition and allow flexibility where different types and weights of bullet are required.
    13.91 Bullets for home loading are normally sold in boxes of at least a hundred, so authorities to possess should be in multiples of 100.

    They can hardly refuse you if the above are in your letter can they!

    Reference the comment regarding having to increase your ammo storage arrangements to cope with the extra amount of 'loaded cartridges' you are requesting. Fair enough, you could have to find something bigger but it might not be for the full made up amount of your increased allowance. Unless you intend spending all your time behind the reloading press much of the increase is likely to be taken up by boxes of expanding bullets alone, and they don't take up much space at all.

    Agree that 500-600 of each is about right.

  8. #8
    When I upped mine I stated all you said and also about cost savings by buying in bulk too.

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    When I started reloading I upped my allowance from 100 to 500 for each caliber

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by nun_hunter View Post
    When I upped mine I stated all you said and also about cost savings by buying in bulk too.
    Personally while valid in my eyes I wouldn't mention economies of scale as the guidance actually quotes this as not being a valid reason for increasing a holding.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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