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#5392358 - 11/01/14 12:10 PM When you load do you...
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Loc: DFW
Do you load as you go, in other words just load enough to keep you in business the next time you shoot or do you keep a stock pile loaded?

I just finished loading 100 rds of 6.5 CM for my target rifle and have almost 500 rds loaded now... I normally shoot between 25-50 rds each time I go to the range with it. Got me to wondering how everyone approaches loading....

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#5392377 - 11/01/14 12:25 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
603Country Offline
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I'll keep 50 or so each of the calibers I don't shoot that often (270 and 308). The 260 gets a lot of work, so I'll have about 100 on hand, and the same with the 220. The 223 really gets shot a bunch, so I'll have maybe 200 of them. I live where I hunt and shoot, so loading up more not a problem.

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#5392408 - 11/01/14 12:47 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: 603Country]
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Originally Posted By: 603Country
I'll keep 50 or so each of the calibers I don't shoot that often (270 and 308). The 260 gets a lot of work, so I'll have about 100 on hand, and the same with the 220. The 223 really gets shot a bunch, so I'll have maybe 200 of them. I live where I hunt and shoot, so loading up more not a problem.


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#5392422 - 11/01/14 01:06 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
headhunter54 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/11
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Loc: Longview, TX
I usually wait till I have around fifty rounds of the same era brass and and then do all of them if I have a load it likes. Usually have 250+ for my target rifles, 100+ for hunting rifles, 3000+ for 223 and 2000+ for 204 prarie dog shooter.

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#5394812 - 11/02/14 08:57 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
603Country Offline
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Wow, looks like I am way 'underbulleted' compared to headhunter. It'd take me a long time to run through a few thousand rounds, though I could use up a couple hundred rounds from time to time. Heck, I keep changing bullets, so I don't want a huge supply of ammo loaded with any one bullet.

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#5394839 - 11/02/14 09:06 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Funny, because I'm a last minute reloader (for my personal ammo). All my shooting buddies knew I would be up late loading ammo the night before leaving to go to a match. I try to keep enough ammo on hand with my other calibers to use as I need them.
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#5395439 - 11/03/14 08:17 AM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Judd Offline


Registered: 01/22/09
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Loc: Sachse, TX
I typically load the week I plan on shooting. I load them long (.010) then do a final seat the morning of or at the range.

Seems I'm always loading for something.
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#5395665 - 11/03/14 09:35 AM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
spg Offline
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When I get a load perfected I usually load a stock pile of them. I shoot often so I'm always loading something, it never ends. Always trying to make it better.

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#5395980 - 11/03/14 11:10 AM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
jdk1985 Offline
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Registered: 08/15/11
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I keep a stock pile. I have enough ammo for my two main hunting rifles to last 5-8 years. I have several thousand rounds of plinking 223 loaded. Lots of pistol ammo as well. Once I get in the mood to reload, I tend to reload a lot to capitalize my time and to have it on hand. Don;t even want to talk about how much shotgun ammo I have on hand at the moment.

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#5403087 - 11/06/14 12:26 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
deewayne2003 Offline


Registered: 03/19/09
Posts: 4167
Once I get a load as perfected as I can I load until I run out of components....

I like the idea of not having to worry about having ammo on hand incase something last minute pops up; or possible changes I consistency between lots of components.

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#5405201 - 11/07/14 12:01 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Bbear Offline
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Registered: 11/24/13
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Loc: West Texas
For hunting loads I'll keep at least 50 ready to go. I save the brass and reload when I've shot about 10 or so rounds. I'm always 'practicing' at the range at the ranch so, the 50 will just about last until Christmas. After the season, I start with new powder/bullets and start the process over.
Thinking the next time I'm going for 8 lbs of powder and more than 200 bullets like I normally do so I can load from the same powder lots.
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#5405222 - 11/07/14 12:09 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: deewayne2003]
jdk1985 Offline
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Originally Posted By: deewayne2003
Once I get a load as perfected as I can I load until I run out of components....



Same, usually

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#5405520 - 11/07/14 02:21 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
schmellba99 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/14
Posts: 178
Loc: Gulf Coast, Texas
I generally try to keep enough loaded ammo on hand to start and end my own war. And enough components to replace all of that as well.

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#5405749 - 11/07/14 04:29 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: jdk1985]
tth_40 Offline
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Originally Posted By: jdk1985
I keep a stock pile. I have enough ammo for my two main hunting rifles to last 5-8 years. I have several thousand rounds of plinking 223 loaded. Lots of pistol ammo as well. Once I get in the mood to reload, I tend to reload a lot to capitalize my time and to have it on hand. Don;t even want to talk about how much shotgun ammo I have on hand at the moment.


You sound like me. cheers
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#5405815 - 11/07/14 05:09 PM Re: When you load do you... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Judd Offline


Registered: 01/22/09
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Loc: Sachse, TX
I can't load until I'm out of components...I buy for the barrel and no way do I have that many pieces of brass. Normally I start with 100 pieces of brass per barrel and cull through them. I normally end up with around 90 good pieces and I'll use them until I'm done with the barrel.

So at absolute best I never have over 90 pieces loaded for each gun and let me tell you that is extremely rare for me to have them all loaded at once.
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