So, you like shooting, do ya’? You just bought that wonder gun and you’re getting into competitive shooting, going to the range to practice regularly, maybe trying to make a match a month. Right after you bought the gun you ordered a 1000 round bulk pack from your favorite online vendor and it seems to be melting away like a snowman on a warm sunny morning.
You had saved for almost a year to get the gun and that crate of ammo, and while buying more isn’t impossible, the idea that you will be doing this every couple of months is making you consider getting a .22 revolver. This is not necessarily a bad idea, plenty of people decide to go this way, but you keep hearing about reloading with cast bullets.
Reloading and bullet casting. It is a number of different things.
1. It can be a way to save a lot of money.
2. It can be a way to create ammo that is more accurate than anything but the finest match ammo you can buy
3. It can be a way to learn a lot about about firearms and ammunition, mostly by making mistakes.
4. It is a way to spend a lot of time.
5. It is a way to spend more money on a bunch of specialized equipment and components that you have to use to break even on.
It was hard to get started. I didn’t know what to buy, how to use it, if I could do it safely, or if it was even something I wanted to do. I was finally pushed by one friend and taught by another. I learned how using someone else’s equipment before I bought anything. This isn’t one post, or even a series of posts, it’s a book. In fact, it’s several books and better, more experienced reloaders than me have already written them. Still, since everyone likes things for free and I am always looking for blogfodder, I’ll write about it.
Those are real values for powder and primers. I’m using cast bullets I make myself and used brass that I tumble. There are some incremental costs for bullet lube, propane, and electricity. Even if that added up to another dollar a hundred, for $50.00 a thousand I am making good quality reliable ammo. I can afford to practice and compete at that price. Everything else that follows circles back to that.
By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest.