Originally Posted by GunBlue
A veteran of 45 years at the loading bench offers this bit of truth. As you spend more on handloads than you would have ever in your life spent on factory ammo, you will have the consolation that it theoretically cost you less. You will go on spending sprees buying components, trying different alternatives, endlessly, purchase more guns to load, and spend more time on targets and shooting range dues. As you load more, you will shoot more, and the cycle escalates. The loading, and the satisfaction of shooting your own ammo is interesting in and of itself and beckons deeper engagement in shooting.
This reminds me of the friend who once asked me, "How much money do you save fishing over buying fish at the store?" I have never known a fisherman that "saved" money on fish, nor have I ever known a reloader who "saved" money by handloading.
If you are looking to save money, you are asking the wrong question. If you are looking to shoot a lot more and are content that you will ultimately spend more far more on shooting than you would have otherwise, but be a happy person and better shooter in the process, that is the correct attitude.
I'll second this.
While I probably load my cartridges for about a dime less a piece than some of the least expensive brass cased factory ammo i can find I save nothing.
I have far more excuses to actually go out shooting with load work ups and new components and I have more ammo to shoot for each trip. Although i spend a bit of time scrounging brass and picking up my own so maybe i shoot a little less if I'm short on time.
My loads are more accurate and I have more confidence in them than factory ammo.
Reloading gives me more excuses to buy more guns and try out different components and reloading tools.
before an extra gun part or 2 may have turned in to a new gun now if i score some brass for a caliber i don't have it can turn in to a new gun.
Then you have to get the tools to reload that caliber and accesories for that gun.
sigh my shopping list just continuously grows and I fear i will never complete it.
Reloading can be just as much fun as shooting itself and makes shooting more fun too.
I don't care what i spend I love it. I can get away cheaper for my neccesities but again I don't really end up saving anything