With the rising price and the ever shrinking availability ammunition, reloading may offer an avenue to supplement your reserve and training ammunition supplies. Reloading provides the shooter with the opportunity to fully learn and understand the limits of your chosen platform, be it an AK, AR, bolt rifle, pistol (insert your caliber of choice here). It can also allow you to tailor loads for defined distances and circumstances. But that is a discussion unto itself and deviates from my purpose of this article.
For those of you who are currently reloading, there is really no reason to read this entire article. My target audience is the individual who reloads only occasionally or not at all. I am fully aware that getting started in reloading can be both pricy and daunting. Knowing what to buy and where to buy is a challenge unto itself. For the occasional reloader, the odds are fairly good you already have much of what is needed to produce ammo in your desired caliber. For those who don’t currently reload, my hope is that you have a buddy from work, the range or even better, in your NPT (neighborhood protection team) who has the equipment and the knowledge whom you could ask for some help and assistance. Provide your own components and offer to provide snacks and drinks for a Saturday reloading session, be it morning or evening. A word of caution is needed at this point. Prior to purchasing any components, know what load you will be working on and purchase the components listed for that load. Find a load from a reliable resource such as the Hodgdon Reloading Education homepage. Be sure to follow the recommended minimum and maximum charges! Failure to do so may put you out of the fight before thing get any more heated.
I’d like to offer my experience from the other night as an example. I have some very basic reloading equipment. I’ve used it a few times over the last several years, but I don’t consider myself to be a hardcore reloader. I was unable to find any ammo online to purchase. Every site I visited was sold out of my calibers of choice, so I decided to price individual components. For $150.00, I was able to buy powder, bullets, primers and dies (which I did not have for my caliber). I already have brass for my AR from previous visits to the range. I now have what I need to assemble up to 500 rounds which I’ll use to supplement my training and range visits.
I don’t think it’ll be long before ammunition components go the way of the dodo, but for now, these items are still available at reasonable prices. Take advantage of this resource while it is still available.