People blame guns for everything. “Oh man, an islamic terrorist shot up a Christmas party? We should ban guns.” It is never the nutjob's fault. If they don't blame the guns, they blame the “bullets.” I don't claim to know what the future holds, but one thing is absolutely certain: re-loading your own ammunition would be a smart move even if the zombie apocalypse wasn't imminent.
More and more, you hear about laws being proposed that would ban certain types of guns and ammo, and the politicians even want to make it harder for some people to buy ammo online. Others want to impose a tax on ammunition that would make it more difficult to buy it as often as we like.
Personally, I don't re-load my own ammo. Not yet, anyway. I do suspect that the day is coming, however.
Why We Should Re-Load Our Ammo:
While you may not realize it right away, you're actually going to be saving money in the long run. This is hard, and kinda like a catch 22 because you have to buy equipment in the beginning. But, you've heard the saying that “it takes money to make money.” Same goes true with most things.
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When you go shopping for a new refrigerator, you spend a little bit more on the energy saving model, because it'll be cheaper over the long haul.
When you re-load your own ammo, you'll save money over time. It's cheaper. Unless, of course, you're always buying equipment to load a new cartridge size. I know a guy who re-loads almost every caliber size you can think of. Why? Who knows. I'm not even sure he has the guns available to shoot them all.
It's A Fun Hobby:
It's true. Like I said, I don't re-load my own ammo, mainly because I don't have space for it. But, I have several friends who do, and they are obsessed with it. In fact, one friend in particular comes to mind who is on a mission to perfect his loads to their highest potential, and even shares photos of his shot groupings with a select few on his social media account.
Other people, who aren't as obsessed, just enjoy the fact that they are shooting something that they made with their own two hands at a lower cost than it takes to buy ammo.
Plus, when you start to play with different loads, you begin to gain better accuracy (which we'll talk about in a second). This makes you want to make better ammo, and almost compete with yourself to see how good you can get.
Factory loads are fine for what most of us need—target practice and self-defense. However, if you're into competition or precision shooting, re-loading your own ammo is almost essential. It goes a step beyond accuracy, though. You can actually engineer your cartridges to do anything but bark like a dog.
If you want a lesser recoil, you can make it so. If you want a lighter projectile, you can do it. Higher velocity? Go for it. Get the picture?
Unsure Gun Laws:
I've already touched on this. But, chances are good that you are at least concerned about whatever is next. Sure, Obama only has so much more damage he can do before he leaves office. But, the Benghazi Butcher told us exactly what she'd do if she gets into office, and it's not good for us Constitution-loving Americans.
Of course, the only office she belongs in is the Warden's office at the local correctional facility when she checks in to start serving her time. But, that's not the point. The point, is that we have no idea what's on the horizon, and now is as good of a time as any to begin re-loading ammunition.