Originally Posted by TRW1964
I would recommend buying, stocking up and shooting factory ammo while it is cheap. Save the brass and put some primers, powder and bullets away for future "dark days". Handload a box or two every now and then just to keep up the skills and determine what loads work the best in your firearm. The current supply market and political scene looks good for the time being but we've all seen massive swings in the electorate and supply market.
In Canada .45ACP is selling for over $460/1,000 for steel cased Barnaul junk and $530 for aluminum cased Blazer.
I have never once purchased a single round of pistol ammo.
I invested the money in a fully progressive reloading setup with both a case and bullet feeder.
It paid itself off within a year.
I wouldn't get off my ass to walk to my press 15' away from me to load a box or 2.
I load approximately 750 rounds per hour at a decent pace.
It takes less than 90 minutes to load 1,000 rounds.
When I change calibers to 9mm I step it up to 3,000 to 5,000 rounds in a session.
This way I only need to load each caliber once or twice a year.
5.56 and 7.62 x 51 is a little more tedious since it is done in 2 stages so I only do about 1,000 at a time.
Component prices are dropping and once they drop enough I will invest in more components.I try to keep an adequate supply of brass on hand for every caliber.