Monday, March 10, 2008

Reloads & Sporting Clays

Some events don't allow reloads.

Should reloads be allowed at all registered NSCA events?


Let me address some of the issues.

A scale maintained at the club and random inspections of shells is all that's required to assure a level playing field. If found with 2 ounces of lead, throw the bum out.

Don't mix apples and oranges and tell me that in Europe no one reloads. Like I really care...

To be a weekly shooter in Europe (and England), the shooter is not someone who works at the local Wal-Mart, but the store manager. In other words, the clay target sports in Europe is not for the common laborer and those who shoot have no reason to reload, as cost of ammunition is not a consideration for most.

As for shell reliability. In recent years I've seen more problems with bad primers with factory shells than any problems associated with reloads. I can say the same for skeet and trap.

It said that problems with reloads slows the pace of the shoot. I beg to differ.

The problems I see at shoots does not usually come from ammunition, but from those with a semi-auto who have not cleaned it in recent memory and squads that insist on seeing a large number of show birds. Another problem is those who bounce around the stations on motorized carts and upset the flow of the shoot.

As for the present thinking that you can no longer save money when reloading.

Not true!

The price of factory shells has finally caught up with the increased cost of reloading components. The balance has returned and those who reload and shop wisely can see a nice savings in dollars, not pennies per case.

An added bonus to reloading, as has always been the case, is those who wish to shoot a light load have numerous choices in loads, not possible when buying factory.

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