Originally Posted by Brucev
I've heard people talk about how one must not ever shoot reloads unless you loaded them yourself. Personally, if I were given a box of ammo/reloads, I'd grab the appropriate caliber handgun and head for the range.
If you were to blow a gun up with gun show reloads, or even a friend's reloads. Then what is your recourse? At the very least you will lose a friend or have some gun show dick tell you to go piss up a rope. At most, it's about exactly the same scenario.
If you reload your own and blow the gun up, you are to blame and can use that as a learning experience. I would never take a chance on someone else's reloads ever.
You have no idea if the reloads are even safe. Not only in powder charge, but also other components. Not all bullets are created equal. Brass gets tired and worn out. Yet with an acid bath you can make it look new.
That doesn't mean the primer pockets aren't worn out, or thin spots aren't present. When I reload, my casings get inspected several time throughout the process. I am shooting the best ammo I can make. That often rivals and beats some of the best new ammo. I can still load a box of 38's for less than a third of what new manufacture costs.
That is not to say that a buddies ammo is bad, or your gun show ammo is junk. It just means they are an unknown. Why would you take the chance on trying to get in a cheaper range session.
You have two options when it comes to shooting.
Buying new ammo, or reloading your own. Sure there is a pretty good sized expense at first, but after awhile your stuff pays for itself.