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Is there a benefit to crafting your own ammo in Fallout: New Vegas? At first I wanted to do it, then I quickly got bored with it, and now its pretty much the LAST thing I want to do in the game.

Anyone do anything otherwise? Should I really bother breaking down ammo, trying to find materials to make an ammo recipe?


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Some of the crafted ammo is substantially better than anything you can buy. Examples include Max Charge ammo for energy weapons, which deal 75% more damage, and the various Hand-Load ammunition, which often negates armor or has extremely large damage bonuses. You can see all of the crafted ammo that's better than what you can buy here.

Additionally, if you're playing on hardcore mode, ammo components (lead, powder, primers, cases, spent energy cells, etc.) have no weight, but actual Ammunition does. Especially with Energy Weapons an Veronica as a companion, you can substantially cut down on your carry weight by crafting ammo on an as-needed basis.

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Also works with ED-E. – Selonianth Jun 9 '13 at 2:04
Lead has weight, but I think it still lighter than assembled ammo. – Ivan Solntsev Jul 9 '15 at 11:34

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