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holy crap, ammo is expensive now

March 29th, 2008 (04:37 pm)
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Something you won't have noticed if you're not into shooting: right now, ammunition is hellishly expensive. Between the weak dollar, strong commodities prices, and China's insatiable demand for metals, shooting is getting pricier and pricier. I just stocked up on ammo with a bulk purchase, and for the amount I paid I could have bought a new gun. And I mean a pretty nice new gun.

Granted, my new stores will probably last me through the end of the year and then some, but *still.*

I am going to seriously have to look into reloading.

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Posted by: leftarrow (leftarrow)
Posted at: March 29th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)

"arrows are re-usable" whispers the nerdy archery evangelist ;)

Also: great icon.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 30th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)

DON'T ENCOURAGE ME TO BUY MORE ARMAMENTS.

I mean, before you know it I'll be going out for bolos.

Posted by: amore_di_libri (amore_di_libri)
Posted at: March 30th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)

This might sound hopelessly ignorant, but what exactly do you use the ammunition for throughout the year?

Does it all go towards practice or hunting or something else which as a not-shooter I would never have thought of?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 30th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
sledge hammer!

Practice. I shoot mainly pistol, though I'm branching out into rifle and shotgun, and don't own any pistols suitable for hunting (yet). But if you buy in bulk, it's much cheaper per round, and you have a hedge against ammo prices going up (more).

or something else which as a not-shooter I would never have thought of?

Well, it's not as if I have a large trough of ammunition in which I swim, ala Scrooge McDuck in his money bin.

Although... hmmmmmmm.

Posted by: Richard D. Fox (rdfox)
Posted at: March 30th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Mechanical

Partly to practice, partly to recreation. It's just plain fun to put metal downrange, and the bigger the gun, the more fun it is. This starts getting very expensive when you get a Class-3 or Destructive Devices permit... Mr. M134, for example, costs about $200 per *second* to fire.

Reloading is a very good option; while you have to keep buying new slugs, and need to inspect your spent brass carefully, it saves a lot on brass, and after a little experience, you'll be able to get much more consistent loads than you'll get from the factory.

And then, you get to the next phase, experimenting to find the best possible load for each weapon... which then leads to finding other ways to improve accuracy... and before long, you're making your own guns from billets. It's a slippery, but fun, slope. ;-)

Posted by: Sonja (zing_och)
Posted at: March 30th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)

Excuse my complete ignorance - what exactly is reloading?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 30th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
303 british

Reloading consists of collecting the empty cartridge casings left after your day's shooting, cleaning and refurbishing them, and then putting new primers, powder, and bullets into the casings. It's the gun geek's version of recycling.

You can save a considerable amount of money this way, and you can also experiment with different loads. As rdfox notes, it's also possible to get results much more consistent than factory loading, which results in better accuracy.

OTOH, if you screw it up and put a double charge of powder in a round because you're not paying attention, you can blow up your gun. Some gun companies, Glock for one, state outright that firing anything but factory-loaded ammo voids your warranty.

Posted by: Jayman (smjayman)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)

Dillon 650 with a casefeeder will allow you to kick out 500+ loaded cartridges an hour, more if you go crazy fast. I've loaded over 40k rounds with mine thus far, no squibs or any problems to date.

Posted by: HIH Thomas,Son of Richard, KA, DMH, LMMO, CES, etc (forvrin)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)

Don't forget that Year 5 of Us In The Sandbox has put manufacturing capacity geared towards NATO Calibers, and THAT gets sent to the Military.

Increasing Material Costs + Increased Demand = Bugfuck My wallet Ouch!

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