Hey Mav I also am planning on begeinning reloading. A friend in town talked me into it about 3 months ago, and now Im just waiting to move and buy the equipment.I almost became a reloader because of this subject. I've found that with the money I have to spend on supplies, it's cheaper for me just to buy them out right when it comes to ammo. It could easily go the other way in due time, but for now I just keep the reloading data and not the supplies.
So you use less powder? What reloading specs are you using? Wish I had a father inlaw to teach me...Oscar, yes you can cast for a 30-06, you just can't drive them as fast as jacketed bullets but still plenty fast for normal hunting jobs. Just started in on this but father-inlaw has been doing this a long time. I am learning alot from him. I have been stocking up on lead just in cast TSHTF.
Hey Mav I also am planning on begeinning reloading. A friend in town talked me into it about 3 months ago, and now Im just waiting to move and buy the equipment.
But something I wanted to add also is that whether or not the shtf or if we just continue down this economic landslide, or if/when Obama makes the cost of ammo out of this world, or any combination of the three, reloading could become a very valubale resopurce to have the equipment for and to also use as a barteting skill, make some extra under the table cash.
Where I live, there are ALOT of sportsmen, and if costs continue to keep going up as they are on ammo, than I have no doubt it will certainly pay off by learning to do this in many ways.
Does anyone cast their own bullets? I have a fvriend who does this for his .45. He likes it. What about for rifles? Can you cast a bullet for a 30-06 and have it work well? In a shtf situation it may be good to be able to do this, if it works well.