I remember just after my father-in-law gave me a 222 rem as a present many years ago he said he had the dies for it too. I replied that would be nice but I did not reload as I did not have the equipment. The very next time we went to visit he had a whole box of reloading supplies sitting there for me. I have reloaded ever since.
I have boiled down the reasons to reload to 4:
1. Economy You can shoot for about 40 to 60% of the cost of factory ammo. NOTE: You do not save any money at all though but you do get to shoot about twice as many shots as with using factory ammo.
2. Accuracy. Years ago factory ammo was not what it is today. Even today though factory ammo must be sized to fit every chamber made. Reloaded ammo can be much more accurately sized to fit your own personal chamber which gives much greater accuracy potential. You also have a better selection of bullet weights and shapes to try in your gun. You can use up to 15 different powder types and within standards a bunch of different amounts of powder. You also can experiment with bullet seating depth. All of these have a bearing on accuracy potential
3. Necessity. If you have a wildcat rifle/cartridge you must reload to shoot as the casings must be formed from another cartridge case and just can't be bought over the counter.
4. Fun. I consider it very interesting and fun to be able to play around with loads and bullets and seating depth to gain that accuracy not achievable with factory ammo.
Reloading is not for everyone. To be an effective reloader you must be willing to pay a lot of attention to very small detail, play within the rules, and think inside the box so to speak.
Edited by PA RIDGE RUNNER, 03 April 2005 - 06:31 PM.
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