Originally Posted by DragonHeart2
If you are not shooting 5000 rounds a year then you would be better off buying ammo at Walmart.
That's insane. I spent just over $500 on all my equipment.
I load hunting rounds with TTSX bullets that cost me about $17/20. Factory ammo with that bullet is $47/20. I save $30/20 rounds.
Typical lead-core, copper-jacket bullet and varmint rounds for $7/20. Factory ammo is at least $19/20 and as much as $30 or more in some cases.
Handgun rounds, I load for 357sig and 10mm. Factory ammo cost is at least $31/100. I can load those rounds for about $18/100 using Monatana Gold bullets.
So, if I shoot 1000 handguns rounds, I have saved at least $130. If I shoot 100 rifle rounds, I save at least $60, and as much as $150.
The whole $500 is back in my hands within a year, at no where remotely close to 5,000 rounds a year. In fact, it could be no more than a few hundred rounds.
Besides which, my ammo shoots much better than any factory ammo I've ever used. I'd pay the $500 just for that.
Never mind the fact that I am instantly freed to choose any cartridge I might want, rather than worrying about whether or not I can get ammo. THAT is worth $500 in my book.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.