Reloading your own rifle and/or shotgun ammunition is a great wintertime hobby. It cuts the cost of each shot and enables the reloader to get the most accuracy possible from his or her rifle.
"Some people tie flies during the winter. I reload," said Ron Ayers of Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County. "I shoot a lot, so it is a great hobby for me. It saves money and allows me to experiment to discover the best load for each of my rifles.
"Every rifle is different," he added. "I really enjoy tinkering with different powder and bullet combinations to find the most accurate load for a particular rifle."
Ayers is an avid reloader. He has been enjoying the hobby for nearly 30 years. It began as a shared experience with his father.
"I started way back when I was in high school and I've been reloading rifle ammo ever since."
Ayers recommends a starter outfit for those interested in taking up the hobby. Brands to look for would be RCBS, Redding, Lyman and Lee. Long-time reloaders are usually happy to help anyone new to the hobby.
"It might sound a little complicated in the beginning, but a basic starter outfit can be purchased for about $250," Ayers explained. ”Together, the powder, cases, primers and bullets cost considerably less than buying factory ammunition. And the brass can be reloaded many times."
Ayers suggests starting with new brass, rather than brass from factory loads. However, even if you reload factory brass, it is best to use brass that was fired from the same rifle.
This is a hobby that Ayers recommends for anyone who likes to shoot. "If you don't shoot much, reloading would probably not be worth your time, but for those who like to shoot, reloading is a great hobby – and it saves money," he said.