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Started reloading, keep factory stock or sell?


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I just started reloading last month. Now that I am producing my own ammo should I keep any of my factory stock, or just sell it off and buy more reloading components? I already have buckets of brass, and shooting competitions it seemed like I always come home with more than I left the house with.

I guess reloading my own and keeping my factory range ammo kind of contradicts itself? Maybe it would come in handy in a pinch if I couldn't find any powder, or for a screw around day at the range.

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Put a pencil too it and see what makes sense financially. You might include a little consideration for your time.

I've been reloading for over 30 years and will continue to reload for match ammo, but for practice ammo I often stock up on factory ammo.

For USPSA 9 major, I really have no choice to reload but for 3-gun practice ammo, its whatever I can get the best deal.

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I think the overall" profit margin " would be greater selling factory ammo

Never thought of it. I have two cases of factory 9mm Blazer brass that I paid $6 a box for when all was said and done.

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I kept a supply of factory ammo because I don't reload that far in advance. I don't want a small problem to become a big problem. If I ever need to grab some ammo for the range and I don't have any made I dig into my factory stash.

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I think the overall" profit margin " would be greater selling factory ammo

Never thought of it. I have two cases of factory 9mm Blazer brass that I paid $6 a box for when all was said and done.

I guess it depends how long ago you bought and at what price.

But figure he paid in the neighborhood of 13-16 dollars a box. He can sell the factory stuff at a loss, say 10 dollars a box and still come out on top replacing with enough reloading components to make maybe double the quantity he had in factory

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Plus in IL i think if you shoot a home intruder with reloads you could be in a heap of trouble. So factory ammo has its place.

I hear this all the time living in NJ, but have yet to actually read any documented case, anywhere, where the courts or otherwise even brought up " reloads " in a legal self defense case.

Sounds more like internet folklore.

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Plus in IL i think if you shoot a home intruder with reloads you could be in a heap of trouble. So factory ammo has its place.

I hear this all the time living in NJ, but have yet to actually read any documented case, anywhere, where the courts or otherwise even brought up " reloads " in a legal self defense case.

Sounds more like internet folklore.

I would still continue using factory defense ammo. I just wasn't sure if I wanted to use factory range ammo to practice or use the ammo I will normally be using in competition.

I suppose it does still have its place, for example taking a new shooter out to the range to get them familiar with a gun and how to shoot it. I liked the comment about the lost brass matches. Also being too busy to load for a last minute range trip.

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It depends. If you just started reloading, you might want to keep some factory ammo around for comparison. Are there any ranges you do or may shoot at that don't want guests shooting reloads? Is the factory ammo good brass? I haven't bought factory pistol ammo for about 10 years. I still have a case or so of Federal 9mm (its good brass), but a year or so ago sold a full case of .45acp Blazer (aluminum) for more than double what I'd paid for it years earlier.

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I hear this all the time living in NJ, but have yet to actually read any documented case, anywhere, where the courts or otherwise even brought up " reloads " in a legal self defense case.

Sounds more like internet folklore.

There are cases where it has come up but maybe for different reasons than you think. Due to forum rules, I really can't go into it since it will probably spin off into a discussion on defensive ammo and the like.

I would stick with commercial ammo for defensive and testing purposes. So keep some and sell the rest :)

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Keep it. You have already paid for it and you never know when you may not be able to find some components or may not have time.

I always have a small supply of factory sitting around just in case.

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