I am an embarrassing tightwad
I cast my own bullets from wheel weights I get for free.
Revolvers don't need scopes, scope mounts or slings so I saved a bit there.
I cut my own wads.
I made my own nipple wrenches because I am too cheap to buy one and after having spent my allowance on nipple wrenches previously which either didn't fit or didn't last, I gave it up.
I made my own cleaning rods
Made my own range box and I throw the revolvers on the truck seat next to me.
I buy powder and caps and now that I am reloading cartridges I buy the empties, primers and powder for that too.
I am not a hunter and never have been. There are several people I'd love to shoot but I bear no malice against any four legged critters.
I really keep my meat costs down by buying ribeye at the commissary.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson