Re: Reload or Buy new
I've lost count on how many times I have reloaded my .223 cases and my .357 cases. They have more than paid for themselves. I had to discard one .357 case...cracked.
One of the best things reloading does is to let you "tune" the round to your gun to get the best precision. I've done that with both calibers that I reload. I can reload pistol caliber for about half the cost of new ammo, .223 for about a third the cost of new ammo. I found a used progressive press. Dies, kinetic puller, scales, powder pan/funnel, case trimmers, primer pocket cleaner, Lee zip-trim, primer seater, de-burring tool...plus heads, primers, and powder...I think that's about all, but I think it's paid for itself in the first year. I've reloades well over 1000 rounds of each caliber over the course of the last year. That is low volume compared with some here. Oh...almost forgot; a workbench to work on.
Reloading is addictive.
It gives you flexibility with your cartridges and all the fun of developing the best load for your gun. You can feel proud when you hear the bang and see the holes appearing in the target in a better pattern than commercial loads could give, and know that "I made that".