So on a whim I took an old gold necklace to one of those "we buy your gold shops". They offered me 62% of market so now I have some loose change. I've been wanting a G17 for a long time, ever since I learned of GSSF and shot an IDPA match (I have a G30, bought used, and would like my next purchase to be new). However, the recent $400 Reload or Buy Bulk thread got me thinking. I'm feeling the pressure, I can actually afford to do either now! I could be cleaning my first batch of brass this weekend or shooting my first 300 rounds. So I'm obviously going into a new caliber, which would necessitate stocking up (on a much cheaper round), and I'm torn at the additional ammo costs. Obviously, if I went reload on .45 only, I'd only be reloading a thousand or so rounds a year, but think it would be great fun and educational. On the other hand, shooting cheaper ammo with a full sized pistol in a competitive (or training) environment would be lots of fun too! I already have a decent range ammo stockpile of .45, so my need for reloading isn't immediate. If I go with the G17, my next big purchase decision would be reloading equipment or a 9mm AR/Carbine. I'm torn. My budget is the cost of a G17, finance committee wont let me go any higher on a big purchase. (I'm not counting the cost of the eventual growth of my stockpile, extra mags, holster, etc... Those can be a Christmas and birthday gifts for myself). So what say you Lords of Reloading? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!