Yep! I've started to cut down on my reloads as well. I found I would get one more box of shells by going the 1 oz. route. Makes for more shooting that way. And I can see a big difference. The ol 870 isn't lettin me know it's there as bad as it was. Hey, 18 Grains of Red Dot and 1 1/8 oz shot 7 1/2 or 8's it would let ya know it was there alright. But now I us 17 Grains instead and 1 oz Shot. Nice shootin, and an easy load on me. I was a firm believer in the 18 Grains and the 1 1/8 oz loads. But have found it's much nicer at 17 instead. Rich. (inPeoria,Az.)
Reloading has ALWAYS been cost effective for me. I just think of all the money I have saved as an alterntive to therapy, and such!!
Seriously, good reloads EASILY pattern and perform with primo ammo for less than the cost of promo ammo. By wisely choosing components, such as hot primers matched with easily ignited and metered powders, and wads that are compatible with the hand inspected hulls you are loading, your reloads can be more reliable than most factory fodder, especially in cold weather.
Hey Guys! Did you ever think about making your own shot?? We make our own shot and reload our own shells for about $2.00 a box. If you are interested in learning more about the Better Shotmaker call Jim Stewart at 256-587-0107. He can tell you how to make 25 lbs of shot for $3.00 or less. All it takes is a little effort to get your lead, melt it into ingots and put it into the Better Shotmaker, and out comes good shot, as good as your factory shot can buy.