Hi everyone, I'm turning 21 this summer, and have always been fascinated in weapons...so it's natural that I can't wait to get shooting more. Now I'm curious. I've searched this site quite a bit, and have spent the last 2-3 days extensively researching reloading, because it caught my eye and seemed interesting. Now, I've watched many videos and have read a ton of info (appreciate it all BTW, VERY helpful), but that has also lead me to have a few questions. First off, I wanted to research the cost. So, using all the research I've done, especially with the links provided, really helped me get a grasp for it. Now, is there a direct-reason why one should reload? Or more in a sense, why do people reload? Is it for costs reasons, a hobby, experimental/personal load variation, competition loads? Now, excuse my ignorance, but it seems that it costs just about the same (my comparison was 4,000rds I think) as far as reloading rounds, vs. buying cheap target ammo. I should establish that I will initially just shoot for fun at the range, but would also like to get my CCW (though I won't use reloads, so that doesn't matter), and I would also like to get into some competition (both pistol and rifle). Is it more cost-effective to reload vs. buying cheap ammo? I know there is an ammo shortage, does that play into it for some/most people? After all is said and done, like most hobbies it appears that reloading is quite expensive at first. Specifically, I was looking at the Hornady LnL AP, plus everything else you need to purchase to get started. It's my understanding that it would require at least $1,000 or so to get started, with rounds, powder, etc. Now I also understand (unless I'm wrong, of course) that primers seem to be the most expensive, and there is often a shortage of them. It seems like bullets, casings, powder, etc. are all pretty much always reliable. Is this accurate? So lets say I get my first pistol in the summer, and I start reloading. Obviously there is a LOT to learn, but for the relevance of this post, I'll just say is it going to be beneficial to start reloading if I only use 9mm/.40S&W and maybe some .223/.308win? I would love to shoot a lot, so I was thinking about getting a membership to my local range. I would ideally like to be able to shoot at least 200rds/month, which equals 2,400rds/year. It seems like average price for 9mm would be ~$12/box of 50. Is that accurate? If so, 2,400rds/year would be $573. I'm getting my prices from here: http://www.aimsurplus.com/cart.aspx which is 115gr Winchester FMJ. So overall, would reloading overtime (well say a few years for this example) save me money? I would love to shoot more than 2,400rds/year, but this is just a minimal standard I have set forth for myself. Any additional information would be fantastic, especially from old salt reloaders. Also, if this does not comply for whatever reason, please mods delete this. Thank you, -Cody Wanna kill these ads? We can help!