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Old 12-19-2012, 08:29 PM
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Just getting back into shooting after a 10 year lay off. Will be doing Cowboy Action Shooting. Can anyone inform me if there is a place that sells 38 cal. reloads. I use to be able to buy at the local shooting range. Has that been eliminated?
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:27 AM
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I would just get with one of your buddies that reload and have them work you some up.Stick with one guy and have him or her keep your ammo in line for you.
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Regulations have become so restrictive, and the cost of insurance so high, that it's driving boutique reloaders out of business...which was undoubtedly the point of passing the regulations and jacking up the insurance premiums, in the first place. So, the odds are good you won't be able to find 38 reloads. If you have a buddy that does reload, and has the time/equipment to turn out the volume you're looking for, you may be able to work with him to make the ammo you want. If not, you might find that you need to purchase reloading equipment so you can turn out your own loads. If you're going to do much shooting, that would probably be the way to go.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:45 AM
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Just getting back into shooting after a 10 year lay off. Will be doing Cowboy Action Shooting. Can anyone inform me if there is a place that sells 38 cal. reloads. I use to be able to buy at the local shooting range. Has that been eliminated?
I would just reload my own. It's a great hobby and you save a little money.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:19 AM
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Thanks JMortimer for the links that will be very helpful.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:37 AM
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Cabela's also deals in reloaded ammunition especially in bulk quantities. Shop wisely and check prices as well as shipping costs before ordering.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:47 AM
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I would just get with one of your buddies that reload and have them work you some up.Stick with one guy and have him or her keep your ammo in line for you.
That might be alright with some reloaders but I'm "old school" and will not reload for anyone other than myself or my family. I wouldn't want to be party to a suit if one of my rounds were to malfunction in someone else's gun especially if it resulted in personal injury. YMMV
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:46 AM
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Me too. I have on occasion allowed someone to come over and use my press and powder dispenser, but I insist that the guy select the load and do all the steps himself, using his own components. If I were really anal about it, I'd have them sign a disclaimer, but that would be more or less pointless legally, anyway.
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I felt the same way when I was loading shotshell.
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For liability reasons, I won't reload for another. Reload for yourself. It's much cheaper than you think, per round fired.
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Price loaded ammo everywhere, I found just this last week that I could by 45ACP cheaper than I could make it! and the "remanufactured" stuff was only a $2 savings over buying NEW!?, when I get enough brass saved up I'll reload it and should see a savings, but from scratch it was best to purchase loaded ammo.
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Wink reloads

I tend to agree with you Wrench Man. All the needed odds and ends, nickel and dime you, so you don't realize the total cost. For myself, I am not looking for another hobby, I have too many now lol.
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Price loaded ammo everywhere, I found just this last week that I could by 45ACP cheaper than I could make it!

I obviously don't know what you're paying for components but using jacketed bullets you ought to be able to load 45s for somewhere in the neighborhood of $0.35 a round.

Being one of the minority who casts my own bullets I'm loading for $0.10 a round. That is allowing a value of $1/lb for the lead I'm casting with. My actual cost is just above nothing for lead, I'm a very good scrounger. If I figured my actual cost for the lead I'm using I would be down in the $0.07/rd. That is using $40/1,000 primers and powder at $30/lb.

That is loading with a 200 gr. SWC and 5 grs. of Unique. Heavier loads would cost a little more but it's still going to stay under $.10 a round.
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I will ONLY shoot reloads packed together by my twin brother! I have often been given sample reloads from friends at the range. On the way to my truck, I toss the reloads into the recycle brass/ammo barrel. I will not shoot other folks' reloads, especially if they are high volume providers.

I agree with Alan in Vermont and reload all my rifle, shotgun and handgun ammo. I save NO Money, rather I shoot a lot more for the same price. I cast rifle and handgun projectiles and will be "Making my own" in the lean times ahead. LOL!

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I obviously don't know what you're paying for components but using jacketed bullets you ought to be able to load 45s for somewhere in the neighborhood of $0.35 a round.
I priced Starline brass, some brand of plated bullets that I'd not heard of before and the name escapes me at this point?, and primmers at the "Wholesale Sports" in Salem OR., no powder or shipping was included, it exceded the $ of the "remanufactured" ammo, and at $2 more for NEW I splurged and got the new, it may not be th best?, but for NEW Remington I payed $0.38 ea, I did have to buy a 500 pack to get it but it was the cheapest I copuld find, and now I'll have the brass.
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It's cold outside, with nearly a foot of snow on the ground. I'm not going out hunting in that; heck, I'm not driving anywhere unless I have to. My garage is reasonably warm and over in the corner there are a couple of long-handled sirens, calling out to me. There's at least 500 pieces of once-fired 9mm brass; 200 '06 cases waiting to be resized; half a hundred 44/40 sized, primed and belled, just waiting for a powder charge and bullet to be seated. The list goes on.

I fish, hunt, garden on a grand scale (food plots) and still spend way too much time in front of a TV. Reloading is like fishing a small lake, on a day with little wind and not too many bites to interrupt my nap. It's way more relaxing than golf and I never have to worry about coming home with an empty tag. For folks who like to save a little money, take pleasure in repurposing things, and have an eye for detail, reloading is soothing to the soul. It puts my mind at ease, knowing that the only thing keeping me from shooting whenever I want is planning ahead on components and succumbing to the song of those long handled ladies, out there in the garage.

P.S. If you can't reload 45 ACP for right around $.20/rd, yer just flat doin' it wrong. Yeah, there's a start-up cost to reloading, but show me another hobby where you actually get a RETURN on your investment.
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If you can't reload 45 ACP for right around $.20/rd, yer just flat doin' it wrong.
Maybe if you but 10,000 bullets, powder in an 8# keg and you have a stash of primer's from the '70's?, and have a load of brass you got for free??
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