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Well, I hit the Wrong button and posted it without finishing.

3rd option was
Just wanted to roll my own.
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I must admit when I first started reloading economics was not a factor. The cost to get the equipment I wanted was a decent investment. With the cost of good ammo nowadays, I am glad I did. I had the money at the time years ago for the initial investment. Now I am glad I save money over buying and it definitely shoots better.  
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I enjoy it.
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While I appreciate loading better loads for about the same price as premium ammo (when I factor in my time), I never thought of it as a money saver. I shoot a lot of .22 rimfire and stocked up on surplus .30-06 back when it was cheap. I do save all that brass, however. Some steps of the process can be tedious but overall it's a relaxing, rewarding part of my shooting hobby.
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Not really much cheaper depending on what bullets you buy.  I do it for the accuracy, and because it relaxes me.  Some of it is tedious but worth the results.
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 Really started (25yrs ago) for convenience.  It was so far to go to buy ammo(only ever shot 1 box of factory ammo in my .300). I could start hunting ground hogs right from the house plus 2 miles on either side of it.  It was NICE to be able go back to the house when empty,load up a couple boxes,and head back out.  Don't shoot as much now but since I've got the equipment I still reload for a few rifles.

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Both actually started for the precision and got the benefit of economy.
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I was always machanicaly inclined, ever since I was a child building rector sets so I guess this was a good step towards the big boy toys!
 
I enjoy the idea of making a bullet that fits a gun the correct way,1/10,000 off the rifling.
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I have always loaded for the savings, but accuracy is also a benefit. When ammo drops in price where it is cheaper to buy than reload, then I buy ammo and keep the brass. If I need really accurate ammo then I either buy match ammo (if it's cheap) or load it myself, most of the time I load it myself. I can match or exceed the accuracy of factory ammo, and do it for less.
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Both here too!  A box of Hornady super-performance 178gr in .308 is $32 for 20. 100 count of Lapua brass: 52 dollars average 10 reloads .052 cents per round. BR-2 primers $49 per 1000. Again round up, .05 cents per.  1lb of Varget $27 devided by 7000grs X 44.6= .17 cents.  100 count box of 178gr Amaxs $33 dollars.

SO
       .05 brass
       .05 primer
       .17 powder
       .33 bullet
       .60 cents per round X 20 $12 for the same amount of ammo of the same quality tuned to your stick.

Now I normally load 50 and shoot 44 rounds in match then plink with the other six. so I still spend $30 but I have four times the fun.

Edited: I know 4X the fun doesn't sound right but trust me I can prove it.

1.) once by reloading it.
2.) saving money.
3.) shooting over twice as much.
4.) being away from work for the time to reload and shoot.


LOL!   Told ya, 4X the fun.





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I cannot yet vote but for me it help me justify shooting more 45LC and 45acp.
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I am going to start loading again equally for cost and precision.  I've played around with a lot of commercial ammo over the years, and I can generally find something that will shoot 1/2MOA or better.  That said, it usuall takes a lot of shooting to do that, uncommon to pick up a box at the store and start grouping dead center.  Sometimes can't find same lot ammo, sometimes just can't find what I'm looking for and "make do". 
It is more difficult since my data book was destroyed because I don't have the detailed history of all my rifles/ammo anymore.  I used to be able to take a  commercial product and after some shooting with it, at least get some very good "Kentucky windage" results out of it.  I don't have that history anymore and rebuilding it is a lot more time and expense than loading my own.  I've been soul searching over this and I am going to get a turret press that doubles as a single stage and just stay with that.  It will suit my purposes. 
 
So, one might say, my wife and daughter FORCED ME to start loading again...
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  GOOD for them then!!
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I buy in bulk when I can, and I'm not above buying seconds, over runs, and pulled bullits. While I won't pick up brass off my local range unless I know the history (watching the ANG qualify) I will go to Law enforcement ranges and beg or trade for brass. If I buy a pound of powder, it's either to work up a new load, or because I can't find an 8lb jug of what I need.
The cheaper my ammo the more I shoot. Some of my best groups were shot with reloads using bulk components.
I'm a cheapskate, and I'm good at it.
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For me its because its cheaper by a wide margine. The fact that I can taylor my loads to what shoots best in my gun is a cherry on top.
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Started for economy about 40 years ago with a lee hand loader. Use to go to the local gun shop and the fellow would sell surplus powder for $2 a lb if you supplied your own coffee can. Got my 1st press in college from a dorm mate for $15. Over the years have accumulated a pile of components so basically I'm trying to shoot them all up before I die. Really it's just habit. I do find myself just buying ammo now if I get a new caliber. The cost of components is so high that the economy of reloading is questionable if you don't shoot a lot.
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Originally posted by Steelbenz Steelbenz wrote:

Both here too!  A box of Hornady super-performance 178gr in .308 is $32 for 20. 100 count of Lapua brass: 52 dollars average 10 reloads .052 cents per round. BR-2 primers $49 per 1000. Again round up, .05 cents per.  1lb of Varget $27 devided by 7000grs X 44.6= .17 cents.  100 count box of 178gr Amaxs $33 dollars.

SO
       .05 brass
       .05 primer
       .17 powder
       .33 bullet
       .60 cents per round X 20 $12 for the same amount of ammo of the same quality tuned to your stick.

Now I normally load 50 and shoot 44 rounds in match then plink with the other six. so I still spend $30 but I have four times the fun.

Edited: I know 4X the fun doesn't sound right but trust me I can prove it.

1.) once by reloading it.
2.) saving money.
3.) shooting over twice as much.
4.) being away from work for the time to reload and shoot.


LOL!   Told ya, 4X the fun.



Where does the cost of the reloading equipment factor in?  How many loads does it take before the equipment has payed itself off?
Depending of course on how much you have invested.  What would the average investment be for a decent setup, 1k?
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Scooter, I have right at $400 dollars in everything I have including that used power dispenser.  Lee is very economical and while it may not be the "best" it is certanly serviceable.  I load 223, 308, 300WM, and soon the 7mm mag and 243.  Lee Deluxe Dies aren't that much either and while again they aren't the best they are certainly serviceable.  I have the turret but I never use it with the auto indexing rod so I have to manully rotate the turret as I need.  i have gotten great reloads out of them and get accuracy with them. 
Buying a bare minimal Lee single stage press kit and all the equipment to reload a certain caliber with, minus the components, you could probably be ready for less than $200.  If you go buy used from didfferent forums, you can have $1000 worth of reloading equipment for maybe 3-$400,
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Ditto what svt said. All you really need to get good solid reloads is a press, dies, scale and a set of the little lee scoops. I scoop my loads into the scale and weigh each charge. The little lee hand primers are handy and cheap and I use the lee trimmers and a electric drill and it works well for me. Some judicious shopping on ebay should get you going for < $200. Truthfull a lot of the gadgets in the catalogs are not needed to turn out decent ammo.
If you are really on a budget the lee hand loaders are still around and can be picked up used for probably $15 bucks or so. I loaded a bunch of ammo using those things when I was younger and the targets and critters never seemed to notice the difference.
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All my reloading equipment was GIVEN me by a retired Army Colonel friend of mine.  I did buy the dies.
He builds .45's as a relaxation technique and got the equipment to reload for the .45's.  He decided that the shooting wasn't as fun as the building, so he gave me the reloading equipment.  He's got some of the most beautiful .45's I've seen. Actions like glass and never a round through them.   Sad  To each his own I guess.  I wouldn't own a weapon I couldn't or wouldn't shoot.  But he's a great guy, just with a different mindset.


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I originally started reloading because a rifle blew up in my hands when using factory ammo.

Now, I reload for both cost and precision reasons, in addition to general paranoia.

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 D*MN!  Any specifics ILya?
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I reload for several reasons - 9mm and .223/5.56.
Finding the best load that my guns eat, while getting the economy of buying in bulk.
With 5000 small rifle primers, 5000 small pistol primers, 20 lbs. of powder on the shelf, and close to 10,000 rounds loaded up and stored in ammo boxes, I'm about there!50 Cal
As far as payback goes.  I figure that with my investment in loading equipment (Rock Chucker), I had to load up about 6000 rounds to break even.  I went with the Rock Chucker kit from Cabela's and added a few other accessories.  Opted for the single stage press and fitted it with Hornady's lock-n-load bushings coversion kit for RCBS which makes changing out dies a dream.
 
The biggest reason, besides the enjoyment I get out of reloading, is knowing that I'm feeding my firearms what they like.
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Economical reasons.  Cast .45 ACP loads are nice and accurate and dirt cheap.
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