Benefits & Drawbacks of Reloading Your Own Ammo

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Benefits & Drawbacks of Reloading Your Own Ammo

by Guest Writer Joseph Fox

Wondering if you should reload your own ammo?

Well, if you are, then you should know the advantages and disadvantages of that.

Now, the advantages of reloading far outweigh its drawbacks. But still, there are some.

So, in this article, along with the benefits of reloading your own ammo, I’m going to discuss its drawbacks as well so that you can decide for yourself if you should go ahead with the task.

Let’s dive in.

Why Not Factory Bullets?

Factory bullets are fine, to be honest. In fact, if you are a beginner or don’t have much experience with ammunition, then I’d suggest that you buy factory bullets for now.

However, professionals prefer accuracy over anything else. And making your own bullets will give you just that.

Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not that fact bullets lack accuracy, it’s just that self-made bullets are a bit better.

Benefits of Reloading your own ammo

Here, we are going to share with you some advantages of reloading your own ammo.

  1. Saves You Money

If you shoot a lot, then it would be better for you to make your own ammo.

For that, you’ll need a reloading press, powder, and some other stuff.

Yes, initially they’ll set you back by approximately 1500$, but in the long run, you’ll get benefited.

Also, if you use used cases, then it will help you to cut down on the cost.

By reloading your own ammo, you can save 600-900$ every year.

  1. Precision

If you are a sharpshooter, there’s only one thing that matters for you; precision.

You’ll see sharpshooters obsessing over their stuff as they don’t want to leave anything to chance. They want to know everything about their bullets.

Not that they have anything against factory bullets, they have a hard time trusting a bullet that is not made by their own hands.

  1. Customization

To understand what I am gonna say, you’ll have to be a shooter yourself.

Most shooters like to personalize their stuff, even if it doesn’t give them any benefits. But what it gives is satisfaction. And it’s for our own satisfaction we shoot, right?

So, by making your ammo, you can customize your bullets. You can fashion it exactly the way you want. In fact, you can even put your initials on it.

But if you buy factory bullets, you’ll be stuck with their specifications, which you can’t modify.


  1. Making Bullets That Are No Longer Available

Suppose you got an old family gun as an heirloom. And you feel like using it.

The chances are that the bullets for this gun will no longer be available on the market.

So, should you lose hope and tuck it away somewhere in your house for rusting?

No, you have a better option; make those bullets by yourself.

Get a reloading press and start making the ammo for the old gun.

  1. Getting A Specific Type of Bullet

Sometimes, it happens that you like a specific type of bullet, but it happens to be very rare. Though you might get it with enough effort, it can be a bit exhausting.

But why go through all that trouble when you can make them yourself?

So, if you like a certain type of ammo, get started with your reloading press.

Why You Should Be Careful of Reloading Your Own Ammo

Let’s discuss the reasons why you might not want to reload your own ammo.

  1. Not for The Occasional Shooter

If you are not a regular shooter, reloading ammo isn’t for you. That’s because the upfront cost is more than thousand bucks, which would not be wise to spend on something that you are gonna use only occasionally.

I suggest that you first make up your mind regarding whether you are gonna make a lot of bullets. If you intend to make bullets in bulk, then it would be better if you buy a reloading press and other stuff like shell holder, powder measure, and die sets.

  1. Not Safe

There are a lot of things that can go wrong while making your own ammo. So, unless you are a pro at this and know what you are doing, I’d recommend that you stay away from it

  1. Requires A Lot of Patience

It’s not something that you can do quickly. Haste can easily ruin the process. So, you’ll need to be patient while reloading your ammo.

  1. Demands Total Attention

While doing this, you’ll need to isolate yourself in a room. that means no cellphone, no internet, or going out for food. Take your lunch with you inside the room and dedicate yourself fully to the task.

Also, make sure the room is spacious enough to store things safely as some of the elements are a bit dangerous.


After reading this, I’m sure you now know whether you should reload your ammo or not?

Let me know in the comments section what you have decided. And if you liked the article, share it with your friends and family.

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9/30/2019 5:27 AM
Admin response

Appreciate the comments. We don't really sell loaded ammo, so the profit margin comment really doesn't effect us. And no, as in our previous posts over the years, we have mentioned that reloading can be started for about $100 (we carry the kits in the store).

We've posted bare bones loading articles a few times over the years, however, this writer put a lot more detail and costs into his article. We started loading with a used Lee hand loader, a leather mallet, casting supplies and wheel weights. That same kit I used for over a decade as it was all I needed then, and it served me well at the start.