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Been using my once fired brass in my .308w and a buddy has supplied 3-4 boxes of once fired for free. Today I went and bought my first new brass for the .308w and I bought another box of the Seirra bullets I bought before, Put $53 into 50 new Winchester brass and 100 of the seirra bullets, then I go to Wal-Mart and there is Federal blue box for $13.97 per 20 loaded rounds So looking at the brass I could bought 50 new pieces for $26.50 or bought 40 loaded rounds ready to use once already loaded for under $30.

Does anybody else think about buying the factory ammo for a 40-60 round shoot before going to their own loads? It is tempting. .DT
 

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I've not started reloading for my levers yet so have not compared any prices for 45/70, 30-30 or .35REM. The start up in dies and supplies will be bad enough. I'm working on .308s for my M1A and the cost comparison is favorable but then again, that is not counting start-up. Start-up aside, I could buy Wolf and get close but I prefer the thought of my own rounds and the better quality. Still, it does make one pause when considering all he has to have on hand and all the time invested. Guess it just depends on how much satisfaction you get in the process. Right now I'm kind of considering the process to start at the reloading bench. Maybe I'll feel different later on. :-\
 

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If you like Federal brass, IMO, you can't beat buying Federal ammo at Walmart purely for the brass.

I just bought a 30-30. I can buy the Fed 170 ammo, which will work fine as is to work out the rifle, and for deer hunting. And then I have the brass. Probably will buy 10 boxes for $120 - and have 200 rds of once fired brass.

I have had good luck with the 9MM and 45 ACP Fed. Same (albeit limited experience) with the 300 Win Mag - it has the Speer HotCor 180, which I was reloading anyway - and I can barely reload it for the $18 price for a box at Walmart!!!

Just wish they had 35 Rem and 44 SPC...
 

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I buy either Federal, Winchester or Remington rounds at Wally-World, which ever is cheaper and in the weight I shoot. Then I reload all the brass. In the recent ammo availability problem I reload my brass several times and stock up on what I can find from the factory.

Of course my concern is use in "difficult time" and not so much pin-point accuracy at XXX yards. In bad time a 2 MOA of bad guy works. For hunting I reload and go for accuracy, here I want sub-MOA accuracy, when possible.
 

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You have a good theory about buying loaded ammo and then reloading it after that. I have a lot of friends that shoot 270's but don't reload so I get all their once shot brass. If I could only find somebody that shoots factory ammo in 35 rem. I'd be a happy camper.
 

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Nothing at all wrong with shooting some factory ammo, then re-loading it, if that's what you're asking. It's a common practice.

These days, some of the factory ammo shoots real well, and may set a standard for you to achieve with your handloads.

Regards, Guy
 
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