If a guy has only one rifle and only plans to shoot a few rounds a year, either for fun or to zero for hunting season, then store-bought ammo is probably the way to go. But even with one rifle, if a guy wants
to get into reloading (as you said you wanted to do), then it is a hobby all in itself, separate and apart from shooting (I think, anyway).
When you start reloading, it's a process all in itself. Then, your goal is to go out shoot those cartridges
, whether they need to be shot or not. (
D)) Then, group sizes are recorded, manuals (and forums) are consulted, casings are cleaned, and the process starts all over again. This is why guys will say you can generally reload a box of cartridges cheaper than buy them, but you'll spend much more money doing so. ((
I started reloading shotgun shells in about 1977 or 78, with a little Lee Loadall that my fiancee bought for me. It would squeek and groan, but it sure cranked the shells out! It cost all of about $22 or $25 back then. I broke the first one while moving, and bought another. Years went by and when I got into metallic reloading acouple of years ago, I looked and looked for that little Lee, but it is hidden too well, I suppose. This Christmas, my wife bought another one - $41 today. Just 20 minutes agao I finished reloading a box of 25. Memory lane........ A can of IMR SR7625 cost about $7 back then. Tuesday, I paid $19 (+ tax!) for a pound of Green Dot and $60 for 25lbs of 7-1/2 gold....uh, I mean, lead