There is no doubt that the purists among us will, eventually, consider reloading ammunition. It’s a satisfying thought to be more independent of manufactured goods, more in control of quality, and less dependent on commercial vendors.
Before you take this step, you may want to do a little research on the reloading process and on the actual cost savings. Depending on the type of bullet you use, the savings can be close to 50% over store-purchased ammunition.
What this savings does not take into account is the cost for the initial setup — including reloading equipment. The cost of supplies varies wildly and buying in bulk is, of course, more economical than purchasing in small quantities. Aside from the financial considerations, you may want to consider that having an excess of explosive components stored around the house may not be the safest plan. It may also cause domestic conflicts with roommates or spouses.
If you don’t have someone in your circle to teach you how to reload, prepare for a great deal of time investment to become knowledgeable on this particular topic. A quick search on the Internet will provide a multitude of instructional videos and resources for learning, but you will probably also need to get a few good books on the process and invest the time to read them before you start reloading bullets.
You will also need to review the safety measures to be sure you are pursuing this endeavor with the least possible risk to you and your surroundings.
If you have the time to become informed, if you enjoy the process, if you have a safe place to do the reloading, if you like the idea of being in control of the quality of your ammunition, then this may be a great idea for you.
When should you NOT reload your own? If you tend to be distracted easily, if you have no place to safely store the materials or if you don’t really have the time to invest. In these instances, you would be better served by buying pre-loaded ammunition.