July 29, 2008 at 1:21pm
I just did a little math. reloading barnes X triple shocks in my 30/06, i am spending right at $0.90 per round. (.70 for bullets, .18 for powder, .02 for primer, and everyone is willing to part with old 30/06 casings they fire when sighting in their guns: totals $0.90) Now compare that to how much it costs to buy a box of 20 federal vital shocks ($40). you save over half the cost. Now, also take into account that i am reloading with premium ammo. It costs me at the absolute least $35 for a box of 50 bullets. If you reload something like nosler accubond or good old sierra boat tails, you can knock roughly another $0.30-.35 or so per round off of my stated cost. Now I don't have any experience reloading shotgun shells, so i can't really help with any info on reloading them. however, I would be willing to bet you would be able to see a similar savings on reloading shotgun shells. All i know is that reloading for deer hunting gives me a better quality load at a much cheaper price. If keeping our outdoors clean is not enough to make you pick up your shells, then this kind of savings should be.
As to picking up shotgun shells, i clean up after dove hunting, as we are hunting over a farmer's field. Duck hunting, i try as hard as i can to pick up all that don't sink, but that's a little harder.