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Thread: how many rounds to justify reloading

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    how many rounds to justify reloading

    i shoot .222 at the minute, and at 16-20 for 20 bullets, i was wondering how many bullets do i need to be shooting in a year to justify getting reloading kit.
    last year i used around 200 bullets. this year so far i've used around 100. i've kept my brass from day 1, jusrt incase.
    i know if i was reloading i'd probably shoot more, as it would save me a few squid.

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    Not how many rounds a year you fire but for how many years you expect to be shooting.
    I started re-loading in 1961 when I got my first stalking rifle and am still using the RCBS Rockchucker press I bought then.
    I am 78 now and partially sighted but at our last stalkers shoot in August I was joint first with 119/120 with my re-loaded bullets out of my .308 Sako.
    It a lifetimes pastime and can be compared with catching many fish with flies you have tied yourself.


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    Hi Chunk, you could not justify reloading when only using 200 cartridges a year
    What you would do, should you take up reloading, is find that your usage would increas to around thee or four times that amount
    Reloading is not neccessarily for the financial benefit of shooting, it is to give you another hobby and allow you to shoot without counting the rounds down range
    For instance, if you shoot a fox with a commercial cartridge you have the satisfaction of knowing you are a good shot.
    If you use one of your own reloaded cartridges you get that same feeling of satisfaction ten fold

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    I have to agree with everyyhing Stag and EMcC have said.

    I did the sums for my rifle at 2 cartridge and even buying much of the reloading kit second hand I was looking at 3-4 years assuming shooting up to 200 cartridges a year so you would be looking 8-10 years.

    If money is the issue and Privy Partisan is available and shoots well in your rifle then there would be no gain in reloading even if someone gave you the kit.

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    i'll be honest with you's, money isn't really the problem (at this minute), as i'm using so few. the main problem that i have is with getting used to centrefire rifles. i want to feel comfortable using the rifle i have, before i go on to getting dsc1 and then something bigger.
    i would really like to be shooting around 20 rounds per week (similar to what i put through my 22lr) until i'm 100% used to it.

    the rifle i have is a hw66 weihrauch. at 100yrds i can easily have 3 rounds in a 2p, my mate can put 5 in 5p. using winchester 5ogr psp. so i know its not the gun.
    i'll join a club with my 22lr and .222, and after a month or 2 mite know better figures

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    Knowing what I know now, I would reload if I shot only 40 cartridges a year. Handloading and interior ballistics is one of the most intriguing aspects of shooting. You can learn to consistently put a bullet darned near exactly where you wish faster than you can learn with any certainty, the exact chain of events that got it there. JMHO of course.~Muir

    (PS: 222 is an easy one to load for. A Lee Classic Loader does mine. 5 shots inside a half inch pretty consistently)

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    I agree. Reloading is a fascinating pastime, you will fire hundreds of rounds in search of the optimum performance and probably take some time for the kit to repay itself. The potential performance from your reloads far exceeds factory rounds and if you live in a remote area away from a large ammunition stockist it is considerably more convenient to make up rounds to your specific needs.

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    Many people's first motivation to start reloading is financial. However if you are anything like me ( and many others), it will cost you the same or even extra BUT you'll shoot a whole lot more and the ammo has the potential to be more accurate. More trigger time can only help your shooting too.
    Reloading is a hobby in itself, if you enjoy it and the challenges it brings, go for it. If you don't have the time or patience and like to cut corners stick with factory ammo.

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    The only justification needed is because you wish to hand load.

    You may not save money but you will learn a lot.

    You may and probably should find better precision on target. This will depend upon a few things like yours and your rifle actual capability and how well you do the hand loading. One does not have to dive in the deep end and can set up quite reasonably.

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    i followed the advise muir gave i baught a classic loader i think it was around $16 at the time it comes in a small case and you only need a few other essentials and your up and running that way if you dont like it you havnt wasted a fortune but it is addictive .and later if you enjoy buy a press ,i still use my classic loader out on the range but have got a press now loading for other calibres for me it wasnt about saving cost just about getting all my rounds consistant as the factory stuff i was getting looked like they had been dropped from a great height none of them looked the same,atb wayne

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