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#6551943 - 11/20/16 06:04 PM Do you stockpile that favorite load?
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All of you reloaders ...... When you find the favorite load for a rifle, do you load a bunch? Or just a couple dozen? I know that we all like to tinker, and there's always a "new & improved" powder or bullet on the horizon.
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#6551961 - 11/20/16 06:23 PM Re: Do you stockpile that favorite load? [Re: Creedmoor]
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I load 50 at a time for .243 and above, mostly because the storage boxes I keep them in hold 50. .223 and handgun ammo I load up a bunch at a time as I generally shoot more of it per session.
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#6552058 - 11/20/16 07:16 PM Re: Do you stockpile that favorite load? [Re: Creedmoor]
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Depends on what I have coming up.

Generally, I have 50 rounds ready to go for every rifle. If I know I've got lots of shooting coming up, I'll load up to 250 at a time.

None of that happens in one day, though.
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#6552530 - 11/21/16 07:15 AM Re: Do you stockpile that favorite load? [Re: Creedmoor]
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With my 6.5, I found a load that worked well and stockpiled enough powder and bullets to load 1k. I'd feel comfortable loading several hundred of them if I had a need to.

With my pistol, I've got at least 1k of each of my particular loads ready to go, but that's just because I load when I have time and shoot at least a few hundred rounds every week.

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#6552581 - 11/21/16 07:53 AM Re: Do you stockpile that favorite load? [Re: Creedmoor]
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Thanks guys .... that confirms that I'm not a packrat. roflmao

When I find a load that is a proven performer I usually load 300 rounds and try to keep that amount on hand. And since I'm loading for 6 different rifles that results in quite a pile of ammunition.
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#6552629 - 11/21/16 08:35 AM Re: Do you stockpile that favorite load? [Re: Creedmoor]
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I'm not a competition shooter, so my views may be different. I only load a box of 20 or so at a time, and it will usually last me 2 years, although I fill the box again every year. I would dearly love to shoot more, but I'm Mr. mom it seems like and don't have time for chit anymore. crying
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#6552655 - 11/21/16 08:49 AM Re: Do you stockpile that favorite load? [Re: Creedmoor]
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I guess I am the odd one out here I will load until out of brass which for some guns that may be 300-500 on rifle and pistol I keep about 3-4k of 9mm and about 1-2k of 40 and 45 loaded. That being said I may not load as often as i would like (life gets in the way sometimes) but I always keep a good stash ready so that I can shoot any time
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#6554268 - 11/22/16 09:17 AM Re: Do you stockpile that favorite load? [Re: Big A]
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Originally Posted By: Big A
I guess I am the odd one out here I will load until out of brass which for some guns that may be 300-500 on rifle and pistol I keep about 3-4k of 9mm and about 1-2k of 40 and 45 loaded. That being said I may not load as often as i would like (life gets in the way sometimes) but I always keep a good stash ready so that I can shoot any time

Close to what you do but not quite as many. For my pistols I keep lots of brass, primers, powder and do a lot of pistol reloading in the winter time. My reloading room is in the house so it is easy to just go in and reload.
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#6568434 - 12/02/16 09:59 AM Re: Do you stockpile that favorite load? [Re: Creedmoor]
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Yes and for 2 main reasons.......

1. Because I hate being out of ammo for any gun; especially my hunting rifles & you never know when a last minute hunting/shooting invite will pop up.

2. Component lots change and so do PRICES- I watch online sites for good deals on components, especially the premium EXPENSIVE bullets and when I catch them on clearance I stock up and process my brass over time until I have a pile of components to load all at once.

I remember one summer I caught a clearance of .257 Barnes 100gr. TSX, on midwayusa.com and when I sat down and figured everything up I was saving $7.00 per box of 20rnds I loaded for my .257wby on projectiles alone and it was costing me $15 per box of 20 to load compared to the factory 100gr TSX load which was $79.99 per box at the time.

Did the same thing with my .270win and I was able to load 140gr. Hornady BTSP for $8.60 per box of 20 and 140gr Accubonds for $14.00 a box.

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