The biggest drawbacks for reloading include equipment costs, time constraints, and personal safety risks.
- High start up costs ($400 – $1000+) depending on your gun and tool choices
- Time constraints, since reloading requires hands-on work and focus to create quality bullets
- Safety concerns, since you are dealing with potentially explosive materials and must follow reloading guidelines precisely to stay out of the hospital
- Gun wear and tear, as poorly crafted reloads can damage your weapon
In addition, keep in mind that you should not use reloads as carry rounds. This is because the seals are not as water-tight as original factory rounds and may not work as well at keeping out moisture, which will impact the performance of the powder.
While these are the general points to consider, the pros and cons of reloading your own ammo can vary as much as the guns you own and the calibers you shoot. It is important to take the time to do as much research as possible and learn as much as you can about it, even before investing in your first piece of reloading equipment.
Figure your costs, value your time, and understand the risks before you begin.