Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Reload

In this age of instant gratification, why would anyone want to spend hours-on-end sitting in a room, at a bench, yanking a handle, and creating ammunition you’re just going to go through in a day? Well, here are 5 reasons you should leave the bench behind!

1. It’s So Time Consuming!

clock flush
In Australia, it spins in the opposite direction.

If you’re like us, then you dedicate your day to the hustle and bustle of life. Get up, drink black coffee, milk cows, feed the chickens, slop the hogs, then it’s straight outside to deal with the animals. After that, you’re off to work in the salt mines for about 10 hours. Now you’re in traffic, listening to Rush wax poetic about how the world is in good order, and we’re all excited for President Clinton, Part Deux, to climb capitol hill. Next, it’s back home to wash, rinse, and repeat. So our question is: Why on earth would you want to sit by yourself, away from all distractions, around what could be potentially soothing repetitive motions? You might want to put on a little classical music, or you might just want to listen to the gentle hush of the powder measure/scale you saved up for, as it sprinkles that last little bit of Varget you ordered from Midsouth Shooters Supply. Who’d want to do that, right?

2. It’s Dangerous!

Danger Sign
You can’t spell Danger without anger, and the letter D.

You’d better be on your game, or you will explode. It can’t be any more simple than that. You’re creating a tiny explosive, and you’re putting the entire neighborhood at risk with your…wait…you’re in an enclosed area, away from all distractions, and you’re paying close attention to every detail of every aspect of what you’re doing? Well, carry on then, but we’re watching you…always watching…

3. Zen is a Weird Word!

Zen Master
The socks were an interesting choice.

Why would you want to incorporate your body and mind in a meditative, contemplative, and intuitive state? Peaceful seems awfully dull. It also sounds like hippy-nonsense. We’ve heard of folks finding peace at the reloading bench. They’ve obviously never tried to ream the primer pocket of 1000 Lake City .223 Rem cases by hand, have they? Please see #1 of this article.

4. Is it Worth It?

Dollar signs
It’s not the size of your wallet, it’s how you use it.

Who likes to actually save money? Who really appreciates the feeling of accomplishment one feels after creating their own ammunition? Do you ever get any piece of mind after finishing a job yourself, and knowing it was done correctly, efficiently, and effectively? Will this entire section be in question form? Maybe?

5. Accuracy is Highly Overrated!

sub MOA grouping
Nice shooting, Shorty. We’re actually being serious here.

Hitting a target from several hundred yards away in the same spot repeatedly is a waste of a target. People make those pieces of paper to be used. The feeling you get when you fire 5 rounds sub MOA isn’t THAT great. Plus you spent all that time fine-tuning your specific load, for your favorite gun, only to achieve what some would call “close to perfection.” Then you try even harder, succeed, feel all this self worth, and your ego grows, and your wife finds you more attractive, your friends think you’re cool, and your drink at the end of the day tastes colder and more refreshing, all because you dominated the range today. See, that sounds exhausting.

So, there you have it. 5 great reasons to turn your reloading room into a sewing room, and your reloading bench into a lovely gift wrapping station. If you’re looking to purchase a new sense of humor, please visit Midsouth Shooters Supply where they are on sale every APRIL FOOLS DAY!

In the comments below, please feel free to brag about how awesome your reloading bench really is. Show off your latest accomplishment at the range. Brag about how good you are at this wonderful thing called reloading. We appreciate it, and we appreciate you!


89 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Reload”

  1. Very interesting. I am 75 and have been reloading for 40 years. thinking about getting back into casting. It appears that the component t(primers & powders) shortage has eased up. Starline Brass has always had a reliable supply of cases.

    I read something about an 85 year old lady that broke a spring in a rental truck hauling her 18,000 rounds of ammo. I like being prepared.

  2. I do a lot of reloading and take a great deal of pride in my product I reload for other people who say my loads are better than factory loads. And will hold a tighter group and 100 200 yards even out to 500 yards. I carry reloaded ammunition in my carry gun because I have had too many factory loads misfire, I have never ever have one of my loads failed to fire. It is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby I can go to my shop off to myself is peaceful and reload for ours only in I could probably equip a company of soldiers with ammunition I have reloaded. Ammunition doesn’t go stale if it’s In a warm dry place and rotated turned upside down ever so often I even shrinkwrap my boxes of ammo, my son and grandson and granddaughter will be shoot in my ammo long after I’m dead and in the ground. As the saving money is not as much a question of saving money its availability. Remember when you couldn’t buy 22 ammunition, 9 mm 40 Cal 357 38’s 25 and so on I had plenty of it all. By when you can reload all you can is God only knows what idiot is going to end up in the White House.

  3. My husband shakes his head in wonder and disgust every time we are in the reloading room together; He likes to crank up the oldies and work a few boxes of his .45’s or .223’s at a time on his Dillon, while I tend to get into the ‘zone’ and rhythm of it, and load till I run out of #1-bullets, #2-cases (I load the 9’s, .380’s and .38’s) or primers (and rarely powder), on my Hornaday. Luckily, Midsouth is ALWAYS in stock on everything I need. Now, if only I could find a ‘lefty’ multi-stage loader, to balance the arm work-out! Zen? Youbetcha!

  4. One thing really stood out to me in the comments. I am a youngster at 68, but what is happening to the younger generation. Many, if not most of them are pretty much lost, but if we old folks would try to teach a youngster to reload, we just might have a chance at saving a heritage that they are trying hard to do away with. I challenge all of you “older” guys to try to find a youngster and teach him how to reload…cast…shoot…hunt…or just pick up a weapon and admire the beauty of the work of a craftsman that built an awesome piece of art that will give you years of pleasure. I can go hunting and never fire a round and be perfectly happy. Of course bringing home meat for the freezer is always a plus…especially when you look at the price of supermarket meat these days, but the chance to get outside with friends and relax and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation is well worth all the preparation. Can we teach that to a younger generation that is raised on computers and how to be nice?

  5. bought my 1st press with winnings on world series pool ,prob 40 years ago,have 3 more presses & more wildcat weapons than standards,so reload I go!
    Even when I gave into the black rifle infliction(thought my m1a would have it for lunch in the gun safe!), I went with 20 pratical,another wildcat
    Ever tried making 6mm Ackley from 270 win., yep, its another infliction
    Wouldn’t have it any other way!

  6. It looks like I’m a youngster when it comes to reloading. I’m 45 and just started doing my own reloads. It is a very relaxing hobby I now enjoy. I look forward to doing reloads at the end of the day. When I am at the range I also enjoy picking up the brass. It’s like a scavenger hunt. Oh man look I found some 300 BLK casings. Here’s some 308. LOL. I use to race and ride motorcycle and have to say that this sport has definitely filled the void. I have been into guns now for 7 years. I own 46 guns now. Everything from 22 caliber to 50. I built quite a few of them and even machined my own lowers and other gun parts. I have also accumulated about 40,000 rounds of ammo since I started which seems a little excessive. If I shoot 100 rounds then I buy 200 to replace them. I easily shoot anywhere from 250 to 1000 rounds every time I hit the range. I don’t think I will ever keep up reloading my own ammo but it is something I definitely enjoy doing. I currently use Lee Loadmaster but I’m told it’s the novice reloader equipment. It’s seems to work just fine but I made some improvements and machined some guides so the primers go in properly. I also made a guides for different casings so the Auto Disk it doesn’t spill powder on the shell plate anymore. I don’t know why Lee doesn’t do this already. If anyone wants to see the improvements I made I can be reached at dan at numericracing dot com. Happy relaoding everyone.

  7. I have been reloading for over 60 years, during that time I have had 5 rounds exploded or squibbed on firing , all were factory made or military issue. I like to think that I am safer than the Government or the company’s. I mainly reload because my guns don’t have anyone make ammo for them as they are all older that I am. and they cant regulate what I due so long live reloading and remember safety safety and safety

    1. AMEN TO THAT, I had 2 rounds explode on me that were commercial factory ammo. I have never had my reloads blow up or anything like that. I started reloading in 1969, i am 70 years old now and my reloads work great, sub MOA on my 270WSM, 17REMINGTON, etc.. I took down an AMERICAN BULL BISON with a 25GR JHP BERGER bullet with one shot to the neck from my 17 Remington doing 4,000+ FPS. I shoot no Factory Ammo except when I shoot Rim Fire Ammo.

      1. If u don’t mind sharing some of ur 17 rem data with me I’d appreciate it! My email is!! I always like seeing what’s being thrown around! I have a H&R 17rem wildcat sako action sheilen barrel… I have 25 & 30gr Berger bullets I use for it… I’m looking for a new fast deadly load! Thanks!

  8. I live in Alaska. My plinker is a 30 06 and my hunting rifle is a 7mm mag. When I want to go to the range and let everyone know I am there I take the 458 win mag. Reloading is a way of life. and when life gets complicated like when one of the kids moves back home. I just go to the garage and reload.

    1. right now I am only reloading what I shoot most , colt 45 , gov 45/70 & 45/100. I shoot comp with a bunch that use mostly .22 and they really hate my loud .45 but some are coming around to the joys of big cal and reloading

  9. The real problem with reloading is the terrible sickness that makes you always want to “have enough on hand”.

    I was looking at my stockpile of reloading components and thought that “I have enough of this stuff to last the rest of my life” and then I realized that at my age I really do have enough to last me the rest of my life (unless I live to about 137 years old).

    1. Yes, it’s exactly the same as money! I have enough money to last the rest of my life, unless I want to buy something.
      I only shoot bullseye in the winter, rifle when it’s warmer, .22 because it’s cheaper (although $0.10/round is more than I ever thought I would pay for rimfire, but can’t find or afford case lots ), and I can’t keep up. I seems like I have to load a few more for every next session, and if I think I have enough, I can just change calibers until I shoot those elusive Perfect Scores (insert laughter here). I’m amazed at how different revolver is from 1911, but both seem like they should be so easy. A friend put up some steel swinging targets, and found his thousands of rounds had to be reloaded [yeah, I was fortunate to help him use some up]

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