Steel or No Steel?

   04.27.16

Steel or No Steel?

Our friends over at The Firearm Blog recently brought up the question of how many of their readers run nothing but steel cased ammo. I’d like to ask our friends here, as well, but I have an additional question: is steel really cheaper?

Hornady-Steel-Match

Many preppers and survivalists, as well as those trying to save a buck, reload their own ammo. I know from personal experience that the only way reloading becomes cost efficient is when the amount of ammunition you reload has a higher value then the components and equipment you buy. That takes time, energy and large initial investment. But it pays off, eventually.

On the other hand, if you shoot something with expensive, high precision bullets–like 338 Lapua–it can break even. With pistol calibers, it’s incredibly cheap and your investment pays off faster.

What do you guys think? What do you shoot the most? What’s viable for you to reload and what would you rather buy than go through the hassle?

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Kevin Crank (Creator of littleroundblog.wordpress.com) got started in hand-loading for old cowboy loads and got hooked. Now with his Certificate in Ballistics and Reloading from Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) he's looking for the wildcat that can get the market's attention. He writes on the side though.

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