24 Aug 2010, 9:28am

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Hunting Ammo & Ammunition: Benefits & Reloading Your Own

Knowledge of hunting ammo reloading benefits is the first step to obtaining low cost ammunition for your shooting pleasure. This article identifies the benefits of reloading ammo.

Reloading hunting ammo is a quick study. After you have learned how it is done and made the initial investment to obtain the necessary equipment for reloading you can enjoy repackaging your spent cartridges at home. Reloaders come with detailed instruction books and scales to follow to obtain the right combinations for specific ammunition.

You will need to purchase gun powder which is fairly inexpensive when bought in bulk. This can be obtained from a local gun shop normally. The bulk gun powder will have to be measured out in exact amounts required for your specific type of hunting and caliber of hunting ammunition needed.

Projectiles or bullets will have to be purchased for loading on to the cartridges sealing in the gunpowder. The bullets are placed in guns and fired to kill hunting prey.

A special reloader allows you to put powder and bullets in to previously spent casings or rounds. Reloading can provide substantial savings over purchasing new ammo.

These rounds or casings are typically made of brass. Brass is a rather expensive metal and because most of the rounds or casings are made of brass new ammunition is expensive. Some of the ammo has larger amounts of brass making for even more expense.

Brass casings or rounds can be reloaded eliminating the cost brass the most expensive part of the ammunition. This allows you to reduce your hunting ammo expense.

During the challenging economical times of recent, reloading your own ammunition for hunting can be an excellent way to obtain substantial savings and enjoy hunting. There is no need to buy new bullets each time you want to go out hunting or even to just shoot your favorite pistol or rifle. Just pull out your reloader and supplies to reload some used casings or rounds with bullets and gunpowder for a fraction of the cost of new ammo.

Reloading provides an added benefit in addition to the cost savings. Everyone understands the need to recycle and reloading is a great way to recycle spent casings. Taking responsibility for the natural resources of our world is everyone’s job. Hunters that are good stewards of these resources are doing their part to preserve great hunting lands for future generations.

During the summertime of 2009 hunters began to notice changes in the availability of ammo for purchase. This consumer ammunition shortfall is just another good reason to reload your own hunting ammunition. Often hunters find they cannot locate the caliber of ammo they need when they need it because of backorders that are jammed up at the manufacturer level. The manufacturers frequently work night and day to try to fill their backlogged orders.

Several things have fueled the ammunition shortage since 2008 including:

  • Fear of increased costs due to new laws
  • Fear of laws restricting ammunition purchases
  • Fear of laws that may ban ammunition purchases

As a result of these fears many people have hoarded large quantities of ammunition. This hoarding frenzy has left some of the popular sporting goods stores that carry guns and supplies with empty shelves for some types of ammo. This has ushered back a renewed interest in ammunition reloading by hunters across the land.

Reloading is a great skill and hobby to learn and enjoy regardless of the reason you may have for reloading such as scarcity of product, to be eco friendly and recycle or just to for the self satisfaction of making custom ammunition.

Another benefit of reloading your ammunition for hunting is that you can customize your loads specific to your needs. You can do this by changing the proportions and types of ingredients you use for reloading. You can easily create different types of ammo for use in hunting various types of prey.

Reloading your hunting ammo has a lot to offer the average hunter without a lot of upfront cost or time to learn the skill of reloading. There are videos available which are easy to follow about reloading. There are also books available on the subject of reloading also.

It is important to reload ammo according to the recommendations for specific types of hunting. Too little of the ingredients or not using the right combination of ingredients could be disappointing when you have the prey in your sights and even it the mark but find the load was too light to get the job done correctly.

A reloading scale will provide the required information to get the appropriate loads for the specific needs you have while hunting. Small animals will require a different load than larger animals may require. A reliable scale should be included in a new purchased reloader.