Is it worth it?

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bonehouse

Bearcat
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Jan 27, 2010
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Is it worth it to reload .22LR or 12ga. birdshot?

The rounds are so cheap... does anyone reload this stuff or is it too much trouble?
 

Robb Barnes

Hunter
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I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed but I don't see how you could reload 22LR since it is rimfire.
 

Yosemite Sam

Hunter
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Mar 18, 2002
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.22LR isn't loadable by consumers.

Most of the guys I used to shoot trap with insisted that the only way they could afford to shoot was by loading their own. And that was when shells were only $3/25 (ie, just a couple of years ago...).

-- Sam
 

captainkirk

Blackhawk
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You can reload 22 LR but it requires special tools to do so. Not worth it by any means. There is too much quality ammo out there to bother. Almost like re-using your spent primers.

As for the birdshot, I wouldn't think so for my needs, but when my dad was shooting 3-4 rounds of skeet every weekend in the late 70s we reloaded every hull we picked up. (mostly win AA).

captainkirk
 

96/44

Blackhawk
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Mar 23, 2009
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12ga is definitely worth reloading if you shoot a lot. I will go through 2500-3000rds a summer, and I figure it is costing me about $3.70 a box right now. My reloads are using components which are very similar to a Winchester AA heavy target load, which are now selling for around $7/box. Now just for backyard trap, or gravel pit blasting ammo, you're probably not going to notice the difference with the value pack ammo from walmart.
 

I_Like_Pie

Blackhawk
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I have noticed that the price of lead for shot is sometimes (per oz) about the same as the cost of loaded ammunition.

25 pounds of shot is $45 here in Chattanooga. A crate of 250 shotshells is $43 at Walmart
 
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