I put this poll under General Semi-Auto to attract non reloaders to find out why people do not reload. If you mark other please tell us why. Thanks for your input good or bad.
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I chose "other."
I used to reload when I was into competition shooting, but I dropped it when I quit competing. I was a REloader rather than a HANDloader, and only did it so I could afford to shoot the vast quantities of training ammo practical shooting requires. Nowadays I just don't go out and shoot 1000 rounds every weekend. It's more like 400-500 rounds a month through my main gun these days.
Now I find I'd rather spend my time doing other things, versus sitting at the bench. I am in a comfortable enough financial position now - as opposed to my misspent youth - to be able to pay someone else to make my ammo. Then I can spend my time with my family, traveling, shooting, or whatever.
Other as well. I do have the desire, knowledge, and resources to reload, but it's not worth the time expended.
I'm just discovering the joys of creating ammo out of parts.
Originally Posted by Mike Barham
I'm still working, but with the kids out of the house, shooting a new hobby for me, and enough money to buy the reloading equipment, I find reloading to be a nice distraction in the evenings. Better than watching the latest game shows, at least.
I shoot Mike's 400 to 500 rounds a month, and so far would rather build those rounds myself ... at least until I blow up my first handgun.
I haven't answered the poll. A couple of months ago, I would have complained about the time and lack of mentors to teach me.
The worst that ever happened to me was a squib. Unfortunately, it happened in a match where I was doing well and probably cost me the match. Such is life.
Originally Posted by Wandering Man
I like to shoot my own loads mostly rifle loads. I do load pistols also but find myself buying bulk loads for my handguns when I want to shoot 500 to a 1000 rounds a week. It's a stress reliever for me and it keeps that dam boob tube off. In my life time I have had no bad loads that I made. I have had 3 possibly 4 bad loads from high ranking manufactures and when that happens good luck proving it.
I have quit buying factory just about altogether. Fact Winchester is closing a factory because of it. Naw not really. I like being able to taylor my loads to the gun. The guns are way more accurate when you do that IMHO anyway. I enjoy working with my guns and it helps me pass the time.
I selected both "Other" and "No Desire". I really don't shoot that much. I only have two guns, and I just shoot once or twice a month, normally.
Maybe one day I'll change my mind.
I don't have the time, money, patience, or space to do/learn it. I would if I had the money and space though.
For me it's a time issue. I don't have the time to:
1).Research what reloader I would buy - though I know it would be progressive.
2).Learn how to do it, and then tweak it.
3).Do the actual reloading, even if I found the time to do the first two.
i chose start-up price, but could have also chosen not having enough time. being a college student right now, i don't have much disposable income to buy the supplies needed to get started. and heck, its about all i can do just to get to the range once a month right now :smt022
Right now I really dont shoot enough to justify it. Time is also a factor I wont rule it out in the future sometime though.
I'm retired and time isn't an issue any more. For rifle I find most factory loads have too much powder to be accurate in my rifles and it is fun to see how accurate they can be with the right load.
I reload handgun for economy and entertainment. It's fun trying different loads and keeping track of the performance.
For shotshell it's purely economy as I can load steel loads a lot cheaper and skeet loads cheaper. I can also load them (12 ga) with less shot to reduce the pounding you take over time.
To me it's a hobby and tough to say it's cheaper with the equipment investment although the costs will amortize over time.
I dont reload firstly because my dad does and my family and I live a block away from my folks... so I just steel his reloads :smt023... that and if I am going to buy ammo I shoot an AK and a .40 cal... I can get 1000 rounds for the AK at between 180 and 200 bucks and 500 for the .40 for 100 bucks so... we do reload for the .308 and some of the hunting guns but again thats my dad I dought I would do it on my own.
Edit: Dang it now that I have typed it out I am starting to think about doing it... Im thinking "well if I'm just sitting at home not doing anything I could be reloading" dang you spacedoggy... always bringing up the questions I dont want to answer... Freakin A...