“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the next best time is today.” This Chinese Proverb can also be said about reloading. If the last couple of years has taught us anything, it’s that ammo manufacturers can’t keep up with demand during times of pandemic and political turmoil.
If you have walked into any sporting goods or gun store in the past year, you have seen the empty shelves, where boxes of ammo were once in abundance. Even if manufacturers could afford to install the needed machines and invest in the talent to operate them, would it be enough?
Therefore, many of us gun owners have realized the need to start reloading for the first time.
Think about it: you can pay three times the regular price for a box of ammo or reload it yourself for below retail price. Take 9mm, for example; it’s possible to reload it for $0.30 per round; if you were to go out and purchase that round, it would cost you nearly $1 per round. Don’t forget you have much more control over the process, making the ammo you reload more consistent.
If you own a firearm in a rare caliber, reloading might be your only option as manufacturers mass-produce the most common calibers to maximize profits.
You can have fun while creating incredible bonds with friends and family while you reload together. I spent many hours with my grandpa shooting and reloading his custom-built .45ACP as a teenager. We have a fantastic bond to this day because of the time we spent in the shop all those years ago.
So let’s recap. Reloading:
- Provides comfort knowing you have ammo when you need it most
- It is less expensive than buying factory ammunition
- Produces more reliable ammunition
- It offers the ability to make rare ammunition.
- Is FUN!
- It is Family bonding time.