Another form of enjoyment for me, just like tying flies that I'm going fish with.
Every time one of my friends that carry around a bag of sticks with little white balls in their pocket complains about the cost of their sport I want to just say "Hold my Beer". When I talk shotgun prices they get glassy eyed.Here is why reloading is worth the hassle: It gives the illusion that the sport of shooting is less expensive than it really is.
Do you really think that we will let just anyone back here again?????The Fates are working hard to make it a hassle for me.
There was a powder shortage, a primer shortage, target sized shot shortage, then another powder shortage. Then I lost all three of my sources of home-made shot.
Connected with all that, my local sources with very good prices stopped dealing in reloading componets. But there were even better prices a hour-and-a-half away, and life put me near that source a couple times a year. But life no longer takes me that direction, so it would require a special trip now.
So in the middle of all that I had the opportunity to lay in some new ammo at prices comparable to the cost of my reloads. It didn't seem like a huge stash of new ammo at the time.
Then a local club let its skeet field go to weeds and another overlaid its skeet field with 5-stand. When it is actually open for skeet it is like shooting on a miniature golf course. So now I am shooting very little 28 gauge or 410, and that's where I could really save. Then Covid hit, and with a family member in an extreme high-risk group, I'm pretty much self-quarantined until there is Covid vaccine.
Now my stash of new ammo seems HUGE. IF I have the opportunity to shoot though all of that ammo, I don't know if I will resume reloading. I doubt I will ever resume my former level of shooting. So IF I could save a dollar a box, my monthly savings would be less than $10/month for maybe nine or ten months, and maybe other $30-$40 a year for a local league and a few local shoots.....IF the league and local shoots resume.
All that makes it seem like resuming reloading could be a hassle. We'll see.