Should You Reload Ammunition?

In the quantities of ammunition you must have for the WROL lifestyle it is more cost effective to invest in reloading equipment, buy the supplies and build youw own ammunition.  You are able to pace your purchases and therefore, spread out the cost of supplying enough ammunition to meet your needs.  You will spend time at night and on weekends doing the various stages of building the ammunition.  This will allow you to allocate your time wisely and build your ammunition supplies.

So, yes.  You should strongly consider learning to reload and build your own ammunition.

Reloading Considerations

If you are able to buy ammunition in bulk you can quickly fill the needs you have for ammunition. Shop wisely and you will have what you need.

Just understand. You will pay 50% – 100% more for your ammunition than I did but you will not have spent a year building bullets at night. Your choice.

Reloading is not for everyone. You should be a bit of a perfectionist and be comfortable with numbers. Not necessarily good with math as you rarely have to do equations. However, there are a vast amount of numbers that you must understand and have a sense of perfection in the various stages of building ammunition.

These are some of the important factors to consider:

  • Case length
  • Bullet weight
  • Powder type
  • Powder weight
  • Cartridge overall length

Reloading Allows You Bullet Options

There are tables to look up the various combinations of bullet weight, powder type and powder weight. You then have to measure the right amount of powder and then seat the bullet to the correct depth into the case in order to obtain the cartridge overall length. The end result you desire is a cartridge that goes Bang, not BOOM.

Your choice of bullets can really make a difference in reloading. You will see that there are far more choices with reloading bullets, some of which are for target shooting and others for hunting. Most often the different types will not cross over. Meaning that hunting bullets are not as accurate as target bullets and target bullets will not expand on impact like hunting rounds. Sometimes a target round is going so fast and passes clean through the animal and will not quickly kill. Not what you need when hunting for food.

There are also different weight bullets that have a much different drop as they go downrange. Pick carefully based upon the type of shot you intend to take. For instance, if you are shooting in open territory with long shots you may want a bullet that weighs less, goes further and flatter. If you are shooting in woods with shots under 100 yards pick a heavier bullet that is not easily deflected as it passes through leaves.

When compared to store-bought ammunition you will quickly find that the ammunition you build is far more accurate. Next to the tremendous cost savings this is the next best reason to make your own ammunition.

Want to Learn How to Reload Ammunition?

Watch this video playlist to learn more about the basics of reloading and see if reloading is right for you. I learned a lot by watching videos about reloading. Once I decided to reload I then watch caliber specific videos to make sure that I did it safe and I did it right.