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#3167323 - 02/17/13 01:42 PM A question about reloading
JohnnyDollar
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I am thinking about reloading ammo for my 40 cal but I know absolutely nothing about it so I'm looking for information about getting started including cost to get started, what I will need to get started, pros and cons. Any advice is appreciated.
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#3167448 - 02/17/13 04:06 PM Re: A question about reloading [Re: JohnnyDollar]
KPH
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First thing get a reloading manual and read it befor you make up your mind, there is more than one manual all are good. If you are doing it to safe mony or because you can't find ammo. I don't think it will help much. If you do get into it get a good friend who loads that you can call up and ask questions because you will need to. Right now some compontants for reloading have gotten as hard to find as ammo, so good luck.
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#3167501 - 02/17/13 04:40 PM Re: A question about reloading [Re: KPH]
JohnnyDollar
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I was thinking that it would be cheaper by reloading but if its not then there is really no sense in it for me. It's not like I comp. shoot or anything.
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#3168005 - 02/17/13 09:59 PM Re: A question about reloading [Re: JohnnyDollar]
DaveB
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Need to shoot a lot or load for multiple weapons. I've been reloading since mid-80s. Some round numbers: manual, 30, dies 40, brass 100, powder 30, bullets 30, primes 35, scale 75.00 )i don' like the digitals). Figure 500.00 to get your first 300(my estimate) rounds loaded.

All my equipment has long since paid for itself. I consider it a hobby.

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#3168078 - 02/17/13 11:17 PM Re: A question about reloading [Re: DaveB]
JohnnyDollar
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Dave, thanks for the response, that's all I would consider it to be is a hobby and maybe save me some cheese along the way. I just didn't know if it would be a money saver or not. I would only be reloading for my 40cal. I enjoy shooting it but it gets a little pricey.
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#3168254 - 02/18/13 07:42 AM Re: A question about reloading [Re: JohnnyDollar]
W C
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THE reason I load is that I never have to worry whether or not XYZ Sporting Goods has any of my favorite ammo on the shelf at any given time. I know I have it on the shelf. I don't shoot much any more so the shelf just gets more boxes on it. When I'm dead and gone my son will have plenty of rounds.
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#3169478 - 02/19/13 08:11 AM Re: A question about reloading [Re: W C]
Hawkeye5
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To make handloading pay over time for a .40 you may have to cast you own bullets.

.40 ammo is (generally)available at a reasonable price.

I handload for a .41 Mag as the commercial ammo is scarce, limited in bullet weight and expensive ($64 for 50 @ BPS).
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#3169769 - 02/19/13 02:21 PM Re: A question about reloading [Re: Hawkeye5]
Hunter 257W
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Another negative about reloading for the 40S&W is that it's a semi-auto and scatters brass everywhere. If you are losing 20 - 50% of your brass everytime you shoot, it will cost as much to reload as it will to shoot factory ammo. Plus you will spend a lot of money on reloading tools. As the others have said, unless you shoot a lot with a bunch of different cartridges reloading don't pay off in savings.

What Hawkeye said about bullet casting really works. Cast bullets are pennies on the dollar compares to jacketed bullets IF you can find lead. It's getting harder to find. And casting takes even more special tools that can't be justified by a casual shooter.

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#3169994 - 02/19/13 06:23 PM Re: A question about reloading [Re: Hunter 257W]
W C
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 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
If you are losing 20 - 50% of your brass everytime you shoot,


Anybody that's losing that much brass needs to either quit shooting, quit loading or both.
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#3170019 - 02/19/13 06:45 PM Re: A question about reloading [Re: W C]
fairchaser
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There are four reasons to reload.
1. They don't make it anymore.
2. Personal satisfaction of doing it yourself.
3. Improve accuracy.
4. Save money (if you shoot enough).

You should be sort of a meticulous person who doesn't mind
redundancy. I do it for accuracy and personal satisfaction.
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