Been kicking around the idea of getting into loading 12ga target loads mostly. Maybe some pheasant loads/ Duck loads for buddy’s if they cant find them. Anyone here do it? Is it worth the investment or is it better to just buy now that target loads seem to be on shelves?
I have looked at it several times and as you know, I already reload rifle and handgun ammo and have done so since I was a teenager.
Even though I have been twice offered a reloading press for free, I couldn’t make either the economics or the hassle factor worth it either time. The cost of the components was so close to the cost of finished ammo and in some cases was even more than the cost of buying off the shelf.
Even with the current price of trap/clay target loads being $9-10 a box, look at the price of lead target shot right now. Add the powder and the primer and see where you come out now. I haven’t done the math for years now, but last I did it even figuring $6 a box for target loads, I was coming out at almost $5 a box in components not including equipment. A lot of hassle for $1 to $1.50 a box was my conclusion. I doubt there is that much savings in it nowadays with the price of lead and components.
In the world of shotgun loads, there is not much ground that is not very well covered by factory loads. Keep in mind with specialty loads like pheasant loads, you may only shoot a box or so a year but you still have to buy the shot in bulk, so you end up with a lot of shot sitting around if you want to load this kind of specialty load.
Another factor is I don’t have unlimited workshop space for reloading and I already have a large bench setup for rifle reloading and component storage. If you have a lot of space, that may make it easier to decide to go ahead.