Reloads

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by Jefm, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. Jefm

    Jefm New Member

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    Hello all ! New to this site & also a PROUD new owner of a Springfield XD .45 ! I've been using new ammo on my trips to the range & have also found that new ammunition isn't as cheap as it used to be! Soooo, I would like to know what everyone's thoughts are on using reloads? Have you had any trouble ? Any difference?
    Thanks ya'll!
    Jeff
     
  2. Teddybear

    Teddybear New Member

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    First of all, welcome to the forum.

    Second, There is nothing wrong with using reloads in an XD pistol. I reload and have never had a problem that was ammo related. I really wouldn't feel comfortable using someone else's reloads because you never know how it is loaded. I know guys that like to load their ammo at 15 times the speed of light :rolleyes:. Just beware of friends offering reloaded ammo. If you reload, load, shoot, and enjoy.
     

  3. Pancho_Villa

    Pancho_Villa New Member

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    Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new XD.

    If you are thingking of reloading, a few things to consider if you plan to do it yourself.

    The initial cost of the loading press and dies. I have been using the same single stage press for 35 years. I don't use it much for loading pistol ammo if I can buy new auto pistol ammo. So the initial price of the press and dies is one thing. But you also have to have powder scales, powder measures, case lubes, case polishers, etc. And if yhou wanna get into and multi stage press, that costs way more than a single stage. And don't forget the powder, loadting manuals for data, bullets, primers, etc. Ya have to buy in either small amounts or in bulk.

    But as you said, most ammo and in the larger cals. is pricey. Most o fthe time I only load for the .38 spl, .357, .41 mag, and .44 mag. Yeah, revolvers. Why? Cause I lose all the auto pistol brass. Only auto pistol I loaded for was the .45 at one time. That was when I shot at ranges with concrete floors and could pick up brass. I live on a rancho now and have glaucoma, so finding auto pistol brass is really hard. If ya don't have used brass, ya have to buy new brass or new ammo anyway to get reloadable brass.

    Yeah, there are commercial reloads and I have used them. Some good, some crap. And as mentioned before, a buddy loading it is not always good or safe.

    Ya may want to check the prices of loading presses and dies. Components also. Ya really won't save much. You will just shoot more for the money once you have made the investment on the press, cies and components. I even have equipment to cast my own pistol bullets for the revolvers. Never used any cast bullets for reloads in my .45 except for commercial cast bullets.

    Ammo I have loaded worked well as long as I followed the load data in manuals. Didn't shoot much hot stuff except in the magnums. No problems with any .45 autos that I loaded in any of my guns.Most of the time I stuck to FMJ/hardball roundnose stuff to reaload. Just for punching paper. Now I mostly handload for revolvers and bolt action rifles cause I don't lose the brass.
     
  4. threetango

    threetango Moderator Moderator

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    Nice write up P.V.:tiphat:
     
  5. CallMaker

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    PV hit it dead center. Start up costs are soon paid for if one shoots a lot. It can be fun and fills up the cold winter months. I would NEVER shoot someone else's reloads however.

    Welcome aboard.
     
  6. Nogoat

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    Also you can tailor your loads for accuracy and recoil if need be. If have a rifle & pistol combo you might lucky and find a load that works well in both.
     
  7. TimG

    TimG New Member

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    Hi Jeff, I reload my 9mm ammo. I just started reloading about 2 months ago and am having a ball with it. Im using a single stage Lee press, it costs me about $7.50 for a box of 50. Yes, I know that is not including the costs of the equipment, but it's a hobby thing with me and I will recoup the costs down the road. When I go to the range to shoot, I ask some of the guys shooting 9mm if I can have their discarded brass and usually no problem at all. I check with them to see if it is new or reloaded but almost all of the time it's new. Congrats and good luck with your new XD!
     
  8. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Welcome to the XD Forum Jeff !!

    I would not use anyone's reloads... but the ones I made from scratch !!
     
  9. BigMau

    BigMau New Member

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    I reload all of my ammo (except shotgun shells and 22lr). For additional savings, I even cast all my handgun bullets. :shooting::shooting::shooting::shooting::shooting::shooting: