I don't reload, but from a cost perspective, I can buy handloads cheaper than I can buy off the shelf stuff. My question for the handloaders is this: is this a good ave to go down?
I just paid 63 dollars for 2 boxes of hornaday interlock SST. I have to find a more reasonable alternative. Not only that, but since 165 is match grade for the .30-06, I can't find the 165 grain interlock SST.
This post looks like an ink blot test-- everyone is going to read a different question into it. However, I'll take a stab
1) I don't usually buy off local retailers anymore. The good reloading stores went belly-up and those that remain are very poorly stocked. I usually buy from Grafs or Midway. Used brass comes from EBAY and Gunbroker. Every once in a while I buy powder and primer in a large order to spread the Hazmat fee over several items.
2) For deer hunting, I shy away from premium bullets. If a Hornady Interlock doesn't do the job, I try Rem Core Lokt or vice versa. The deer haven't changed, and I can remember a time when Rem Core-Lokt was considered a premium bullet. The .308 165 grain Hornady Interlock SP is my go-to bullet for about 6 of my deer rifles including 308 WIN, 30-06, and 7.62X54R.
3) You won't save money by reloading. What you will find is that you will shoot more. There's a considerable investment in equipment, labor, etc. but that is offset by cheaper rounds, greater accuracy, and the ability to tailor rounds to your needs and your rifles.