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Old February 10th, 2017, 05:24 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by mdi View Post
Just wondering, how many fishermen count the cost of their equipment and bait and other assorted costs and compare those costs to what fish costs in the market?
I got back into fishing 2 years ago, small 10' jon boat, trolling motor, seats, vests, registration, oars, anchor, and so on. Had rods and reels from years ago, never sold them.

Closest lake to fish, 45 miles away.

Best I can figure it after 2 years, vs fish caught, about $300/lb.

Good deal!

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Old February 10th, 2017, 05:42 AM   #32
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As far as the shotshell reloading goes, with shot at minimum of $37/bag you can load for about the $4.25 mark /box. This is equivalent to the premium STS or AA loads. As mentioned promo loads are less, but usually don't have "hard" shot.

Reclaimed shot is going for about $27/bag, good for practice in trap or skeet, but I wouldn't use it for competition.

As far a reloads for competition, the only place I had to shoot factory loads was at the Grand(and had to buy them there), reloads were accepted every where else. I'm sure this varies though with the venue.
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Old February 18th, 2017, 05:02 PM   #33
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For standard 20 and 12 gauge target loads it may not pencil out, you can find factory gun club, top gun or similar for reasonable cost and they work fine. For 16, 28 and 410 it can save a bunch and you will always have loads to shoot as long as you keep up on components. 16 gauge can be hard to find at times. For 12 and 20 gauge hunting loads it can pencil out for certain cases like my Chukar loads. I like a trap load with #6 shot which can be hard to find in Factory shells and are cheaper to make than High brass loads.
I generally produce 12 and 20 gauge target for around $5 to $5.50 a box and others for around $6 a box. Last factory rounds I bought in 28 gauge were around $11 a box, 16 gauge around $8 so you can see how it pays for those. The other thing is you can make exactly what you want as opposed to settling for whats available. For example I like to shoot 1 oz 12 gauge at 1200 fps for less recoil but often can only find 1 1/8 oz loads at the stores so settle for those if I don't have reloads on hand.
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Old March 5th, 2017, 09:04 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by FeralCatKillr View Post
I see a lot of threads here on reloading for handgun and rifle. (Which I've never done, BTW.) Very few on shotshell reloading, and those threads tend to be older discussions.

The kiddo is looking into joining a school trap team so I was wondering if it starts to make financial sense once you start shooting that volume of shells, versus buying flats from some of the local stores which sell to the kids at a team member price. I believe the current going rate for the kids is ~$57 for 250 rounds, tax included.

Is reloading cost effective and/or can it get you a higher quality load?

How is the current component availability?

I may have a lead on a cheap or free hand-me-down reloading setup, so initial startup cost may (or may not) be pretty low.
Not at all worth it.
Just save your 12 Ga hulls and I will pay you .01 each plus shipping.

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