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Monthly Archives: November 2008

I’m strongly tempted to get into ammunition reloading.  Prices have been rising higher and higher, and if nearly all of my shooting is just for practice then even Wal-Mart 100-rd packs of Winchester White Box are pretty expensive.  Other than a Marlin 336 in .35rem that I never shoot and already have plenty of rounds for, I pretty much only use common military calibers: 9mm, .45acp, .223, and 7.62×39, plus .22lr, .22wmr, .38spl, .357mag, and .44mag.  .22lr is too cheap to gain anything by reloading and .22wmr is not only probably a pain due to its size but I also hardly ever use it, having only a NAA Mini-Revolver chambered in it.  I doubt I go through even 50 rounds of it per year, and since the Mini-Revolver has a .22lr cylinder I mostly just use that when I feel the need to practice with it.

The revolver rounds are more of an issue, although I hardly ever shoot .44mag, having only one gun chambered in it.  The .38 and .357 rounds might be worth it, though, especially since I can dump the used casings straight into a bag, rather than hunting around on my knees in the dirt.

Apparently you can get reloading setups for well less than $200, and if I can save about 50% on .223 and .45 costs then it’s probably worth it.  Time is something that I don’t normally have a lot of, but having something mechanical to do can be pretty calming and a good relief from academic work.

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