Monday, September 17, 2007

Would you, could you...

This is just an opinion poll, frankly.

Would you, if they were available, buy 9mm 115gr FMJ/Plated reloads at $9.99 per 50 if you knew they were locally made and knew the guy was a bleedin' perfectionist?

Would you also buy this ammo loose by the pound if it were sold in such a manner?


Blogger Glenn Bartley said...

Nope, if only because I get all the 9mm ammo I need for free from Uncle. Yes I am a man From uncle (never thought of being a fed like that before, and my agency is pretty generous with ammmo most of the time.

Even if they were not as giving, and I had to buy my own ammo, I don't think I would buy reloads. I just cannot see trusting the guy down the block with making my ammo. I might make my own reloads, but then again probably not. I probably would not trust myself either, therefore I would buy commercially made ammo from known reliable sources, just as i do now with calibers I cannot get at work.

All the best,
Glenn B

8:44 AM  
Blogger Dr. StrangeGun said...


Well, the idea was that I'd drop 3 grand or so on a near-commercial layout from Dillon and start crankin' them out. "Perfectionist" brand, those. I'd need a type 06 as well.

The "difference" was that I was planning on working up a warm to hot basic 9mm load and lock it in; then I'd run one of every hundred through a chrono and every box would have the average velocity and ranged statistical deviation figure on it, as well as load data... there's be absolutely no guessing as to what you got, except that the brass itself was once-fired.

I could find new brass... then basically I'd *have* commercial ammo, but I couldn't stick to the price levels I wanted.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Glenn Bartley said...

In don't trust myself, but no reason for you not to trust yourself. If I had more faith in myself, I would reload.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Laughingdog said...

9mm ammo isn't really one you can make affordably anyway. I reload, and if I recover all of my brass (or at least leave with as much 9mm as I had when I came in), I can only make 9mm for about 2 cents less a round than buying 100 round Winchester value packs at Walmart.

However, .45 is a completely different beast. Even in comparison to the value packs, I can reload .45 for about half of the cost of a value pack of it. In comparison to the average cost of a 50 round box, it's closer to 1/3 of the cost.

Do you already reload ammo?

3:36 PM  
Blogger Dr. StrangeGun said...

Yes, I reload, jusst skimpily because frankly, my equipment is bottom-barrel.

I used 9mm as a worst-case scenario. If I could finagle a profit out of 9mm supplies prices, then I knew I could be golden with anything else.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

No, but I'd buy reloaded .38 Spl or .45 from the guy.

(There's just not enough of a price gap with the Wally World bulk 9mm to make going with reloads profitable yet.)

8:15 PM  
Blogger Adrian said...

If it proved to be a fairly clean shooting I probably would, but that's because it's about the same price as my local range and I won't step foot in a Wally World (except to buy motorcycle oil).

The cheap stuff at the local ranges usually ends up being so much dirtier than the premium stuff.

10:57 AM  

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