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Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

That is not a recreatiknal shooter? I've been paying $30 -$40 for 20 rounds of 30-06 and 308 ammo. My buddy shoots a 300 WSM that cost $47 for a box of 20. I don't shoot more than a couple boxes per year per rifle but would probably shoot more if it was less expensive. I also have a 223, AR-15 and a .30-30.

Any idea what it costs to get started reloading? Is it a money saver for a hunter?
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Re: Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

I would have to think you would habe to shoot a lot until it would be come economical with the upfront cost of equipment.
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Re: Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

Get a Lee Classic Loader for $25 and get your powder, bullets, and primers and begin reloading. It's that cheap if you let it be. I use one because you get less bullet runout with them than with conventional dies .

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Re: Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

I don't know what it would cost now, but I started reloading almost 26 years ago with the RCBS kit. I've been reloading dozens of calibers in both pistol and rifle over the years.

Everything I shoot with the exception on .22lr, .22 Magnum and shotgun is reloaded. But, over the years I've shot a lot. I've seen some of the costs of factory ammo.....yikes!

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Re: Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

I shoot some odd ball calibers so I almost have to reload unless I want to spend $50-60 a box if you can find them at all. I also shoot a .308 that I don't reload for. I just buy Federal fusion off the shelf.
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Re: Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

For a hunter who doesn't really shoot all that much, reloading is not worth it economically. There's a good bit of expenditures to get all that you need. Unless you just want a new hobby or to tailor a specific load that you can't buy, there is no reason.
As far as factory load prices go, it is what it is and it isn't going to change.
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Re: Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

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For a hunter who doesn't really shoot all that much, reloading is not worth it economically. There's a good bit of expenditures to get all that you need. Unless you just want a new hobby or to tailor a specific load that you can't buy, there is no reason.
As far as factory load prices go, it is what it is and it isn't going to change.
Pretty well sums it up.

Money-wise..........especially if you're in the 30-30, 308, 270, 30-06, etc crowd..........a couple boxes a year, you'll NEVER get money ahead by reloading. You may get accuracy ahead. But not money.

I have several rifles that the factory ammo costs between $60 and $150+ per box.........or it's not currently made at all. I've had my reloading setup for 35-40 years. So I can save money. But to me, it's more abut the personal satisfaction of rolling my own.

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Re: Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

Like anything else if your going to get in to it don't go cheap first time around. I think getting started with equipment would be around 500.00. Then for your first caliber bullets, powder, etc you will be spending more. As mentioned unless your starting a new hobby and only shooting very little it would not save you money. Its an enjoyment hobby for me and since most of my calibers are wildcats I have no choice.
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Re: Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

If you buy the equipment now and start reloading I believe over the years you'll at least break even. Like you said, the ammo will be cheaper so you'll probably shoot more which is good. You'll have more accurate ammo, you can customize loads, lighter recoil, different bullets, flatter shooting, etc. If you wait 10 years you'll be that much further behind and wonder why you didn't do when you first thought about it.

I can't tell you when I last bought factory ammo, more than 25 years ago for sure. I shoot more than 2000 rounds a year out of bolt action rifles, I can't imagine buying factory ammo.
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Re: Is reloading worth it for a hunter. . .

Ditto what outofstater said, don't go with anything less than good equipment, it will turn I to a very frustrating endeavor
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