Originally Posted by The Tourist
Despite my best efforts, I could never equal what a factory could produce.
Right now--by best guess--I have 1,000 to 1,200 rounds of commercial hardball, purchased at 2/3s of what it would cost me to make inferior rounds.
Well Chico (the guy who takes a knife to a gunfight.....),
Sorry for your inability to produce good handloads, despite your best efforts.
I've most likely been handloading longer than you've been alive. You did not answer my question, but instead listed reasons why you do not handload. It matters little to me why. I'll also opine that my precision small bore rifle handloads (20VT et al) are far more accurate than any factory offering (like .200" @ 100 yds) could possibly produce (IF
you could purchase it). My .44 Magnum handloads have rung steel at 300 yards and taken numerous mule deer with my own cast bullets, and I've probably fired more .45 ACP handloads over a span of 50+ years than a city boy like yourself could imagine.
During our varmint season here, it's not unusual for us to fire 200+ CF precision small bore rifle rounds in a single morning
....a possible 1,000+ rounds on one field trip alone.....all handloads, many times for calibers not offered by the factories.
We won't get into big game handloads, but my .338-06 Ackley Improved has taken numerous large bull elk with......my handloads, ditto for my .270 Win and 7mm-08 Improved IRT to deer and antelope.
So next time you pontificate about handloads being "inferior" to factory offerings, better check your facts, as there are those of us out here that subscribe to a higher standard. Do you think any of the BR crowd uses factory ammunition? 'Nuff said.
I admire your knife/blade knowledge and your demonstrated ability at polishing, but when it comes to things out of your realm, sometimes it's better to keep still. (Flame suit securely zipped up.)
To the others who responded, a sincere thank you, as it gives me a baseline to get started, along with other suggestions from other handgun forums. Appreciate the shared knowledge.