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. That’s the funniest and truest article I’ve read in awhile. Great job. I’m 68, retired and live in NYS so I spend about 3-4 months of the year boring myself to death at my bench reloading 9-12 different calibers to be used during the other months of the year.
    I try to explain to those that don’t how relaxing and peaceful it is but they look at me like I’m a nut. I chuckle and walk away. More powder for me.

    1. George said it for me, but he’s just a boy — I’m 77 and reloading is a wonderful hobby (as well as the shooting of course).

      1. I hear that! When you get to your ammo store, the kid behind the counter will only dole it out one box per customer even though there is enough ammo behind him for D-Day Part II. This is the reason I started reloading. Probably have enough for 400 years now but you can never have too many spare parts OR too much ammo.

      2. I’m from NY also, but I must live much closer to PA than you, it’s 10 miles to find out if they have any, while MSS is always a phone call or e-mail away (only for components, of course. Coumo’s unSAFE act says buying ammo in PA and ordering cartridges is too scary for he & the metros, but not accurate or affordable enough for we retired folk).

      3. Is finding Ammo in NYC a problem ?? I just found out that my neighbor re-loads and has stock piled about 7000 rounds in his Man Cave . I’m in Tennessee and I can bring a trunk load to you Boy & Girls if the Price is Right .. loool

      4. thanks,but no thanks against the law.Her in NY. you can only buy ammo from an FFL and they do the best they can to run them out of business.

    2. George, I’m from NY too. In the winter there is too much else to do. I totally agree on the zen moment with reloading. I dare say reloaders know their firearms better than the buy a box crowd.

    3. George, totally agree with you as I have been reloading since 12 years old to present @ 86. Started with a 22 hornet, with a Family Friend teaching me and when I made a mistake, he would tap me on the head to stop me, and make me explain what mistake I had made, ?? which I didn’t know, but sure did learn quickly. He would explain my mistake and restart me again. From those days in the 40’s and having been in the Military for 20 years (50 to 70), I have loaded well over 50.000 + rounds. As this is my go to relaxation, I now load for 18 rifle and 6 pistol rounds. I have been going out West for PD’s over past 23 years and usually take min of 3/4 rifles each year with 2000/2400 rounds. Also I am a Retired Range Officer at our local 1400+ member Range and shoot approximately 3000+ rounds there every year…This is a wonderful sport and 45% of my rifles will shoot within 3/4″ @ 100…the rest are hunting guns for self and Family and will do 1″ +/- @ 100.

    4. I’m here in Tennessee George, and the winter is not very long here but that is what I do when it’s too cool to be outside. And like you I love my time in my reloading room.

  2. Spot on! I just came in from the reloading room in my workshop where I reloaded 50 rounds, then CAST another 150, getting ready for another session. I brought up my pc and wow this is the first article I came to. I’m 71, been reloading 20+ years. Just bought some Hodgdon Titegroup for the first time, of course from Midsouth, and am very excited about what I accomplished with it.

    1. Yes, I agree. Great article and funny. I really like reloading and it is a peaceful process that helps me whittle away the stress in my life. What with all the political B.S. and the traffic and all. Yes, you have to be definitely ON when reloading. Not doing anything else except what is in front of you. And definitely paying attention to DETAIL. I am 73 and have been reloading since about 1975 when a friend introduced me to reloading. Thanks friend.

  3. I have been in this misery since I was 18, now 58. I love my reloading room (one bedroom of my house) and off limits to everyone unless they are invited in. When you take your favorite hunting rifle (MAG) and sit next to a bench shooter and match there targets they get up set. When you get good and miserable it hard to find friends to shoot with. They will quit until they start making there own misery and now it’s game on, ( increase the yardage)lol. FN 308, Leupold mark 4 tac, BORS on top 1000yds

  4. I have one word, baaaah. OK, it’s not a word but an expression of dissatisfaction with the five points. I live in sunny California, retired at 70 and reload a variety of calibers. It keeps my right arm limber and my fingers nimble. It’s also considerably cheaper considering I get brass for nothing. Yes, even taking the crimp out of the primer pocket of .223 cases. The satisfaction of hitting a tight pattern because the case freebore is accurate for each rifle is also rewarding. Remember, most everyone I know that shoots is retired and we’re all living on Social Security and our children (kidding).

  5. Yeah, me too. I loaded and chrono-ed some 75gr.Hrndy Match (Winch) prmd /Varget = Avg.2763 fps, ESprd=11.27, sd=33. but also 77 grn. Horndy over Varget=avg 2745 fps. Esprd=62, and sd=18.44. Small groups @ 100 yds. I had a big grin -’bout ear -2- ear, still there when I look at the data. Yup !

  6. The reloading bench where “tiny explosives” are created; a refuge and place of serenity.

    The alternative is for this retiree to be in the house, underfoot, and where I have no control over the less-than-tiny explosive forces. The Manhattan Project comes to mind.

    Yup, I’ll take the reloading bench, anytime.

  7. When I first started this article I seriously wondered if I had slipped into an alternate universe. I must admit by the end of it I fully understood what the author was trying so passionately to point out and I must admit he convinced me of the error of my ways. Great job Midsouth, you got me good! The web site below is for the fictional character in my novels which are a series. Give the man a visit he enjoys hearing from folks who enjoy firearms sports and action stories.

  8. I’m a young retiree, Navy Chief retired in ’96 and at 59, retired from Community College, taught technology; just the last month, I’m back on re-loading my wildcat ammos. Last re-loading I did was 1990. Today, I’m on a break from my garage (re-loading), eyes can’t take any of prolong staring at scale and powder trickler; loading 30.06 for my 2 nephews and brother-n -law, and for my guns, 7-30 water, 223, 7mm 08 rem, 7mm IHMSA, it’s an all day event! Being retired, I travel, out of home at least 6 mos out of the year, I play golf, and now re-load, what a life! BTW, just recently, bought my 7.30 Waters from MidSouth. Happy loading, folks!!

  9. Sitting here reloading some 375 ruger with Barnes 250gr TTSX over 70gr varget when I got this email!… I was like shit ain’t NO reason to NOT reload!!!… Good April fools joke!!! Thanks keep up the good work guys!!!

  10. Yep, total waste of time……. (just kidding) I have been at this game for over 40 years. Lots of obsolete and wildcat calibers I load for that going to the store isn’t even an option. I have learned many things over the years that make for tight groups. I enjoy every minute at the bench and enjoy every minute behind the trigger. I live in Michigan’s upper peninsula and I seem to have plenty of time in the winter to fill all the case guards I empty during the shooting seasons.

    Now the hard question for Midsouth!! I really really really need some Remington 22 Hornet brass. I need the extra case capacity RP cases have for my pet load. Any idea when we may see some?????

    Been casting bullets (handgun/rifle) and reloading my own for nigh onto 50 years.
    The only time I didn’t load my own was when Uncle Sam provided all I could shoot!
    My loading shack is my sanctuary, not to be disturbed w/o an invitation.
    100% reliable and accurate ammo is secondary to my peace of mind and relaxation!

  12. I am 84 live in Las Vegas my wife goes to bingo I go to the range all year long cant beat that.

  13. When I first started reloading over 35 years ago…I did it to save money. Now at 68 years old…I enjoy the entire reloading process and the money savings is way down the list of good reasons to re-load. I think my wife of 45+ years likes knowing where I’m at.

  14. One of my greatest concerns is when the time comes for the family to clean out my reloading room and they find the thousands upon thousands of rounds I’ve loaded not to mention all the components I’ve squirreled away they will no longer think of me as the gentle old grandfather. I just love the time I spend in there and I could never live long enough to shoot it all up.

  15. Unique, 45 Colt. Unique, 45 Colt. Just rolls right off the tongue doesn’t it! I just love going out and unloading a box or two and going down to my shop and loading back up. Now that’s just plain misery.
    Cheers to all you old timers I’m 73 myself and never had so much fun in Blue Ridge territory North Carolina.

    1. Hey Tom, I worked for a Tom Smith from your neck of the woods years ago. Guy before him was named Ralph. Any relation?

      1. what woods ? where did he work ? its getting
        hard to remember hope to get reply I unsubscribed from the blog

      2. I worked in the grocery business with a Tom Smith years ago. If I remember correctly he lived in western North Carolina around Salisbury. I think maybe I replied to the comment above yours in the blog..>>> cheers<<<

  16. funny, April Fools joke. HAHA .So much cheeper to reload than pay a jacked up price that obamass has set in motion. Dangerous, only if you are stupid when loading,when you shoot a predator out at 150 yards and it drops ,that feels so good and when you are 68 years old what else is there,go to bars and chase chicks. my wife would not like that. Slow down, take pride in what you can do for half of what ammo cost retail.

  17. I am 52, a veteran, and retired. Sure, I could just online and order some cheap, steel cased ammo made in a plant where, when I was in the military, were considered our enemy. Sure, I only use a cheap, single stage Lee press and have to change over every time I want to do a different step in the reloading process, but I can take pride that I am creating precise, dead-on food for my collection of AR’s and other various calibers to eat up. Besides, what is more fun than sitting in front of an episode of “The Walking Dead” re-sizing and cleaning out a few hundred primer pockets? If you are happy with Ruskie made ammo, more power to you, but I will stick with my hand made rounds that I know what each round contains.

  18. Spot on April 1 article. As for reason #3 – My grand daughter has helped me de-cap some 45ACP brass… She says that is it is “amazingly calming”! She doesn’t know about prepping .223 cases, yet. 🙂 Kool.

  19. Wow! My reloading room is also my wife’s sewing room. We get to spend time together that way. Sometimes, we even switch stations!!

  20. Ha ha ha… Good stuff! Everyone should have a hobby, and I have several. All of them very expensive, but definitely worthwhile just like my reloading. Thanks for the chuckle!

  21. Great ! Good to know that at 72 I’m not alone ! Now I want a lathe so I can do my own barrels to shoot ! Love to reload , haven’t got much else to do since I retired ! Didn’t know there were so many men my age doing this !

    1. You’re not alone…I’m 66 and just finished handloading .44 Mag with my own cast boolits on top of 20 gr of IMR4227. Been reloading since I was 16, self and book taught.

  22. Great Idea ! Now I can spend much more time doing the honey -do list and going to the mall shopping.I may even get my nails done.
    Happy Aprils Fool Day to all ,my bench and throne are calling.

  23. Great article…so true. Been reloading since I was 17. I’m now 72.
    Reloading to me is relaxing, complex and requires a great deal of mental activity. I load 10 different cals., use umpteen different bullets , cases, powders and primers. Trying to just organize and keep all this stuff straight is going along way to ward off Alzheimer’s. Spending time then at the range trying all the recipes is extremely rewarding when you shoot that sub MOA group, retrieve your target and just kind of lay it on your bench for all to see… ” I shoot this well all the time, no big deal”. Bottom line…….I think I shoot to reload! 🙂

  24. It does take too long. With my turret, It takes a whole 20 seconds a round. Who needs saving money? I love paying 80 cents a round for .300 BLK and .357 Sig!

    Seriously, the zen is the best part! All those shiny rounds lined up gives you a great feeling…

  25. At 74, looks like I’m in the right group. Usually reload 200-400 rounds a week, but only shoot 100-200, so at some point I’m going to run out of storage room 🙂 Keep your powder(s) dry!

  26. Another reason to not reload is all the math you have to deal with. Dealing with grains, feet per second, chamber pressures and thousandths of inches can be mind boggling. I guess I will have to join Reloaders Anonymous. I am hooked. It is a sickness. Maybe I can claim a disability?

  27. I don’t like being accused of wasting paper so I use one inch squares . I could get away with less but my staple would cover my bulls eye.

  28. After starting to read the comments i feel like a pup… I am from Oklahoma and 44yrs old and have been reloading since I was about 14yrs old…

    I would never think of buying pre-made ammo…. Every single one of my rifles that I have either bought or built are special to me for one reason or another so they deserve the very best food I can feed them..

    My reloading mentor is 85yrs old this year and he still loads twice as much as me. from basic reloading to building obsolete cartridges, to working up the perfect loads… it is almost a better hobby than shooting itself….

    I have introduced seven of my buddies to reloading and now we all compare and shoot together for braggin rights not on who shoots the best but who loads the best ammo to shoot..

    1. Yes I agree with what everyone has said. Reloading is very satisfying and rewarding. I’m 57and started reloading when I was 20. I live in Oklahoma like Keven above, was wondering if this is Keven O from Edmond?

  29. Big Dave

    Started reloading with my dad at 12, will turn 71 next week.Still as much fun as ever. 22 Hornet to 45 70 and 32 ACP to 44 Mag.
    Don’t seem to save any money but fire a LOT more rounds.
    Love those 34 gr Varmint Nightmares in the Hornet, weather is getting better so may try them in the 222, see what the Chrono will show if I push them a little. How close will they get to 4000 FPS? What Fun.
    By the way am another upstate NY

  30. I feel a little out of place, I’m still working at the salt mine, BUT WON’T BE FOR MUCH LONGER!
    Been HANDLOADING for more than a quarter century & can not imagine not building the most accurate and efficient rounds for each of my pistols & rifles. Thanks for the article!

  31. Yup, I was half way through the article before I realized what day it was…reloading has been very cathartic for me, no matter how long it takes or however long I’ve been yanking on that handle. That sounds kind of Freudian…

  32. hate reloading! been doing it for years (i’m 72) and where did it get me? ballistics tech for scot powder co where I load some more! love it!!!!

  33. I read this and found it very refreshing to find people my age (72) and be able to relate too. It is very hard to talk to people that were not even born when I retired from the Navy in 1980. I find that reloading is the most calming activity I can find. I will never be able to put 5 rounds in a quarter at 100 yds. with my 308 but that does not prevent me from enjoying every minute of my shooting.

  34. All great comments!
    I have been reloading since 1961 (.222 rem mag).
    Loads lots, but the most enjoyment I get is watching my grandkids and daughters shoot (really good). I am also teaching the grand kids to reload. At my age (and apparently many others my age (78), we all enjoy it.

  35. Enjoyed the rant about not to reload. I’m 73 and have been reloading since 1971….enjoy every peace-filled moment. The only caliber I don’t reload are the 17 and 22 rimfire calibers. I enjoy the reloading, but I don’t always get a chance to “unload” everything I load. Space will be a storage problem one of these days. Keep your powder dry!!

  36. At 51 I feel like the youngster! Try being from Canada and getting decent ammo with all the hoops we have to jump through!
    I cast and reload .223, 45LC, and 45ACP in large quantities for cowboy and 3 Gun so I get lots of time in the man cave trimming, sizing, and loading. After a day of running my own business, I find it relaxing to sit back, turn on old Gunsmoke episodes, and spend a night reloading. Only person complaining is better half. So I got her into cowboy and explained that if she didn’t shoot so much, I wouldn’t be reloading so much. She said I was easier to give up than shooting was, so now all’s well.

  37. Right on the money! It’s hard to explain to non reloaders what it’s all about. I’m 55 years old and my WW2, Purple Heart, South Pacific Marine uncle taught me how to reload back in the early 70’s. We would shoot his M1 carbine then go inside to reload and then shoot some more. I quickly found that I enjoyed reloading as much, if not more than, shooting. He gave me my first reloader. It was the Lee Loader that came in a small square box. Remember those? Mine was for a
    30-30 Winchester. I still have it and proudly display it on my bench. Reloading brings back fond memories of time spent with my uncle and a time when we never dreamed our Second Ammendment rights would be threatened.
    Sorry guys. Didn’t mean to get all misty eyed. Like I said…Its hard to explain.

  38. What most people who don’t have the “sickness” will never understand is that when I go to that reloading room and close the door, I am not just reloading cartridges. I close the door, get out the proper components, saddle-up in front of the bench and proceed to spend hours upon hours reloading ME. What a feeling!

  39. Hi, At 72 i get to reload when my basement warms up . I buy primers. brass , and powder when ever i can. There arent to many gun shops on Long Island [n.y.] . I also cast a lot {have Lots OF LEAD to play with.] O yes , my ammo cans keep everything DRY. Had a flood [8 feet of water in the basement ] and evething in the ammo cans stayed DRY. THATS US MIL. Pa. is the place to go if your a gun nut from N.Y.

    1. Yes PA is the best for us gun nuts!!! I shoot the 50bmg & 5-10lbs of homemade tannerite rite here on the farm & nobody bothers me! Just how I like it!! It could be they are scared of a stray round heading their way, whatever the reason I love it!!! I really feel like a lil pup at 32 yrs old been reloading for only 5yrs now & its DEFINITELY my favorite hobby! Shooting as well!… Keep loading boys we will need the lead when the SHTF!!!!….

  40. At 82 i feel like I fit right in with all the other people that wrote in. A friend started me when I was in my late 60’s , he is long gone to where all good shooters go, I hope. Ron Lee

  41. I enjoy my antique rifles and the reloading part of the hobby that you have to do as commercial ammo is generally not available or very expensive if it is. To see how much I enjoy all this, go to “Kragman shooting his”. At least the NYS ridiculous SAFE Act has not affected reloading components being purchased online.

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