I hand load with a handheld Lee press. I started with 38 special and 45 ACP for the purpose of making powder puff loads for my WW1 and WW2 revolvers. Now I also load 45LC powder puffs for a black powder conversion cylinder, and some hot 45LC loads for my Ruger Redhawk.
Soon I will start loading ~750fps 45ACP 185gr for my 1969 Colt National Match, and also 455 Webley, 38SW, and maybe try some 30-30.
I do find it enjoyable, and it gets me ammo loads that I could not otherwise get very easy or inexpensively.
Lets see if I can spark some life into this conversation.
I load for all the reasons mentioned in the poll. It's way too expensive to buy factory ammo. I tell people that if I didn't reload then I couldn't afford to shoot. 12ga for Sporting Clays, 410 for Skeet M2 ball to feed the M1 30 Carbine to feed the M1 Carbine 9 minor, 40 major, 45 major revo, 38 Short Colt minor revo division 223 for minor rifle 44 Mag, 50AE, 500SW for the big blasters 6.5 Creed, 6.5 Gap4s, 6.5 Swede, 7.5 Swiss... It's so fun, I really like it. Also been cleaning the garage lately. I dug up the casting gear and swaging gear. to make some 12ga balls and 50cal balls for black powder. Made some 40cal HP projos out of 9mm brass...I like making ammo...
Last post by lordmorgul - July 29, 2019, 08:49:06 AM
Started for cost reduction on 40S&W during high ammo prices, equipment paid off on first month of shooting with buddies (3 of us with 40SW). Moved to rifles also and load for ammo quality and accuracy now.