Those who are into the activity of shooting guns will either buy or make their own bullets. Now, most of us notice that one of the biggest benefits of reloading your own bullets is the cost. But considering the investment one has to make in the tools, space and time, are reloading your own bullets truly beneficial? Or is it just something to feed the thirst of gunners who love to be authentic about everything they use?
Benefits of Reloading
Don’t justify your reasons for others
There are many people who argue that reloading is either economical or not, but the fact is that reloading has also become a hobby for many. For most, shooting is only part of enjoying the fruits of painstaking dedication to priming, charging and preparing the bullets. We’re not living in a time where we own guns for making ends meet, hunting for daily food and protecting ourselves anymore.
Guns are now hobbies, at least for most of us. So, it’ll be very safe to say that you got into this activity because you enjoyed it – the feeling when you accurately shoot your target, the sound of the small explosion, etc. Such is the same with reloading. If you are into knowing more about guns and its mechanisms, reloading your own bullets is definitely something you want to do.
The start isn’t that costly and you’ll save up in the long run
The initial cost you pay to get your first kit can be worth a few hundred rounds of bullets. Some can even cost more than thousands of bullets, so this is something to consider. Some people shoot only 50-100 every month but there are people who regularly spend hundreds every week. And thanks to the growing market, there is always something for everyone and the Internet has been a great place to seek help.
Even for a beginner, you won’t find yourself lost with numerous forums where you can discuss on how to start off. We personally suggest that you either get a mentor or check out our review on reloading kits. These kits contain everything you will ever need for reloading your own bullets plus a few additional accessories or tools to go with.
And obviously, that initial investment that worth a few hundred bullets can get you to reload more than thousands of bullets in the long run. Many times, you don’t really have to try out every equipment to see which works for you because there are many unboxings and reviews up on the Internet. It’s definitely worth it for a hobby that lasts a lifetime and some are even able to give them to their children!
Surprisingly, better accuracy
Those who haven’t been into shooting won’t realize that commercial ammunitions are not exactly accurate all the time. They do follow safety standards, but their structure is made for those bullets to properly work in most firearms. That also means the bullets were not crafted to optimize its explosion power for specific firearms.
If you make your own bullets, it’s surely easier to make something that will really shoot well from your gun. Of course, that also means you have to pass the accuracy standard that mass-produced bullets have. It’ll also come with a series of trials and errors where you have to find the right powder measure to work with, scale, and types of powder.
But now reloaders don’t have to worry too much about getting the right ratio for their powder. The Internet is filled with the official description from reputable sites and manufacturers themselves. Not to mention there are many forums where experienced reloaders gather to seek knowledge and pour in personal experience. You won’t get lost if you have the willingness to learn from these people.
A better appreciation of the activity as a whole
When you get your bullets through purchasing them online, it won’t feel the same when you actually make the bullets on your own. Well, it’s definitely more of a philosophy rather than a rational calculation of whether one should make their own bullets. But it falls down to whether it’s something that you’ll definitely enjoy doing compared to doing the math in calculating if it’s really financial beneficial.
It’s the truth that investing in reloading equipment is not cheap and it’s something you want to do if this is a hobby of a lifetime. The choice becomes easier if your personal use involved hundreds to thousands every week or month. But even when you don’t spend that much, reloading is a hobby for many and allows them to appreciate the activity more.
Make the activity more environmental-friendly
It’d be hypocrisy to say that shooting guns can be environmentally friendly. But the least that hobbyists can do are to clean up after themselves by taking that used brass to be reused. If you’re going to shoot new cartridges, might as well use these one-shot brasses to save energy. By learning to salvage old bullets, you can also recycle charged ones that may have been sitting in the attic for too long.
Remember: shooting guns are by no means environmentally friendly, but without meaning to knock on your conscience, reloading your own bullets with a proper guide will definitely reduce the impact. If you buy the right equipment, you can even resize cartridges for your pump-action rifles.
Why not try it out now?
You will never know if it’s something you will enjoy doing and like we said in the beginning, don’t let people tell you whether or whether or not you should reload. It’s something you do because you enjoy it and all we’ve done are simply laying the reasons why some people reload and the benefits that come with it. If you find them fancy enough, you can easily grab a less than $30 Ammo Loader by Lee for a hand-reloading.
On the other hand, we have a range of reviewed reloading kits that will get any enthusiast who regularly shoot 50-100 bullets every month or more. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but hey, it costs less than $30 to try, so why not? You might find yourself opening a thick manual book to experiment on new combinations.
5 thoughts on “Benefits of Reloading: Reasons to reload your own ammo?”
I’ve always reloaded, skills passed down from my dad. .243/.308/30.06
I usually by .223/9mm/10mm in bulk.
Great vid YC!!
in ohio its 40 per box of 50 9mm. its disgusting
You bet it is worth it!! In June, I spent $240.79 for my kit total. I can make a round for 13 cents, as opposed to 36 cents Remington green and white box.
Hey cowboy, I was on the fence and went back and forth as many do with reloading. I have a Glock 20 which fires 10mm and that is where the original idea of reloading came from here in CT most boxes of 10mm vary between $35-$60 per box of 50. My question to you is what loader do you use and what would you recommend for a person like me who is new to reloads. (I am a heavy duty truck mechanic and have built entire trucks from chassis to on the road) so I’m sure I will figure this out in time. But help is always welcomed and warmly accepted. Thanks again for the video and the knowledge. Keith
I got a press about a year ago, and dies for .303 Brit 4 years ago mainly because most of the .303 brit is about $40 s box. A friend of mine gave me another press and the dies for 9mm and 5.56 so I think I’ll set one up for .303 and the other for 5.56 and then use up my factory 9mm before I play around with that.