That'll teach you not to miss.
This is a discussion on I Am Amazed at the Price of Rifle Ammo within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I went looking at rifle ammo today (I am in the market for a new Browning X-Bolt). I have never owned a rifle before (used ...
I went looking at rifle ammo today (I am in the market for a new Browning X-Bolt). I have never owned a rifle before (used to bowhunt) and didn't know it could cost me $1.10+ per shot!
That'll teach you not to miss.
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I actually reload for my bolt action rifles. Go figure. Now I'm shooting more pistol ammo and just saving brass.
More and more people are getting into reloading.
I had a guy ask me about it today.
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the average hunter doesn't shoot enough to offset the cost of reloading but then theres people that shoot a lot and I reload for every csaliber i have
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The nice part about reloading is that while you're saving money and shooting more you are learning. My knowledge of ballistics and shooting has increased 300% since I started loading my own ammo. Now I load for my dad and a couple friends. They buy the dies and components and I keep the dies as a fee. It works out well for both parties.
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Depending on why you buy a rifle, the cost of ammunition may force you into reloading. A rifle purchased primarily for deer/large game hunting will rarely be fired enough for the cost of ammunition to be a major factor. 1 box to check function and zero scope, 1/2 box upon arrival at deer camp to re-check zero, and the remaining half box for the actual hunt. This all assumes you are a decent shot to begin with and don't have to fire hundreds of rounds just to gain proficiency with the rifle. A target or varmint rifle is a different story. While bulk ammo can be purchased fairly reasonably for a few calibers (notably 223 and 7.62X39), most other calibers will drive you into the poor house if you don't reload. When we went prairie dog hunting, I took 5 rifles (4 centerfire, 1 rimfire) and a little over 3000 rounds of ammunition. Ended up shooting just over 500 rounds, but you can never be too prepared. Anticipation for the hunt consisted in sending almost 2000 rounds downrange in practice/load development. With today's prices, even reloading high-performance hunting ammunition isn't cheap (with bullets alone costing upwards of .20 each) but it is still much cheaper than shooting only premium factory ammo.
With ammo prices sky high, ever wonder where in the world all the 4th world militias in the poorest of the poor countries get the money to fight?
It breaks my heart when I see news footage of armed men and boys, ammo draped on their shoulders, in countries such as Liberia, Congo, Urganda, Somalia. There's no money for food, for clean water, for sanitation, but somehow the money turns up to buy guns and ammo. Amazing. The guys walk around with a couple hundred dollars worth of
ammo, but no one has a few cents for necessities. :---
I need to set up my reloading operation again. It's been gathering dust for way too long. The amount I like to shoot is detrimental to my bank account.
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The cost of all ammo, rifle, handgun, and shotgun has been going up dramatically. About 2+ years ago I heard a guy at a gun show that made, (not a reloader), bullets say how if you see a good price buy it. I took his advise and have a closet full of handgun and shotgun ammo. Whenever I saw a good price I bought and I am glad I did.
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