reloading question?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by socalfamous87, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. socalfamous87

    socalfamous87 New Member

    Sep 6, 2011
    What does reloaded ammo do to your gun compared to factory ammo? The pros are obvious but what are the cons?
  2. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    There are no cons! The only possible damage to your firearm would be an over loaded cartridge, and that is your mistake, not the reloading process.

  3. garydude

    garydude Member

    That's what I'm thinking as well Carver. If anything, properly reloaded ammo would be the same or better for a firearm. It could be loaded to exactly what the factory produces, only better, or it could be downloaded to give the shooter and firearm a more pleasant experience.

    Case in point: I have a new 44 mag that will never see a factory round. I can load the equivalent to factory fodder or I can load rounds that are less potent that would be easier on me and the gun. In this scenario the firearm (and my wrists) both last longer. If you are talking about the life of a firearm, then I would speculate that shooting reloads would extend the life of the firearm (number of rounds ran through it) because most likely not all rounds would be full house, rip snortin, tear 'em up rounds.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011
  4. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    No negative effects unless you are stupid or have a mishap changing the load away from specs. If you are not careful or dont know what you are doing, this can happen quiclkly, but properly loaded ammo is just as good or better than any factory ammo.
  5. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    As far as overcharges, etc; take a look at all the factory recalls over the years and especially in the last 24 months; just because it's factory does NOT mean that its automatically "safe" to shoot or any safer than reloads. Therefore, the only "con" I see is that it you must take the time to reload, but I think that is time well spent.
  6. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    Like said above, there are no cons. Unless you screw up. The solution to that... don't screw up. Check, double check and triple check.
  7. Cowboy6373

    Cowboy6373 New Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    This may sound a bit anal, but I check every case in my loading block with a flashlight before I seat bullets, expecially pistol cases where the charge doesn't fill the case. Powder charges for rifle for the most part take up much more than half the case so a double charge would be very obvious as powder spills out. Additionally, if I am dropping powder instead of weighing each charge, I weigh every 10th to 15th case by emptying the powder charge onto my scale. May take a few extra minutes at the bench, but I'm certain to make sure something doesn't go bad.
  8. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    There are several financial 'cons' to reloading mostly stemming from shooting more and buying more reloading toys and components and then buying more guns in different calibers just so you CAN reload for them - lol

    Other than that? Correctly made reloads are no diffeent than so-called 'factory' ammo. Other than perhaps being made to a higher standard or a more custom application.
  9. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Touch'e Randy Touch'e
  10. socalfamous87

    socalfamous87 New Member

    Sep 6, 2011
  11. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    West Virginia
    Mine shoots better than factory.
  12. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Amarillo, TX
    You may be my twin! I do exactly the same thing, any steps you can take that make it safer also adds to the fun at the range. Sometime back, I loaded an empty case and fired it in my .357 snubby, the projectile jammed in the breech, and it took a bit of effort with a small metal punch to remove. I am just grateful that I noted the lack of recoil and checked for the problem. Since then, I follow your procedures. Hopefully, I won't ever repeat the jam.
  13. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Cowboy and Clipper - we are triplets:D:D. I am pretty sure that there are bunches of us actually. Even when I am using the Dillon, I check every case before it goes to the bullet seating stage. I have a shop light mounted right above the press so the I can see down into every case!
  14. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Same here, I have a bright light sitting on the top shelf that shines down into my cases.
  15. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    I too am from the "Use yer eyes dammit!" school of thought and visually check powder level in each round I load. My loads are less harmful, less wear and tear, to my guns than factory ammo. I shoot lead bullets in all my guns and rarely get close to maximum loads, so my guns don't take a "Magnum Beating" when I shoot 'em...
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