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Old November 21, 2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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The price of reloading

Can some one give me the price of reloading a 9mm and 45acp and 10mm

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Old November 21, 2006, 04:55 PM   #2
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Just one of each?

Any way you go, figure now, with sales tax, you will be looking at about two cents for the primer, one cent for powder (assuming 5 grains of $15/lb stuff), then the cost of your bullet, and that varies a lot depending on your choice. The least expensive will be cast bullets, and they are commonly in the range six cents apiece or thereabouts. Total, nine cents, not counting ammortizing either the brass or the equipment or paying for your time. It is a little less than $5 a box of 50, or about half what cheap ammo usually runs you.

If you get into bullet casting, you can get down to half that cost if your alloy is at scrap prices of about twenty cents a pound. Less it it is free.

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Old November 21, 2006, 05:00 PM   #3
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I reload .45acp for the most part. Reusing my salvaged brass, it costs me just under $7/box of 50 to reload. That's using Winchester 230gr FMJ, Win231 powder and primer.
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Old November 21, 2006, 05:23 PM   #4
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7000 grains in a pound of powder. 100 primers in a flat. Brass lasts a long time. I have some .45 ACP brass that I've reloaded like 8 times or more. Some of us use "plated" bullets instead of jacketed. Cast lead is cheapest, but can't be shot in everything.

Press, dies and other tools get paid for pretty quick, depending on how much you shoot.
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Old November 21, 2006, 07:27 PM   #5
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Price is not the main reason I reload, it's the consistency. Not having to adjust a scope every time I buy a new box of ammo. Price is just added bonus....hpg
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Old November 21, 2006, 08:23 PM   #6
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Nick covered it real well. I do cast and have never had to pay for lead or ww's yet so my cost of pistol ammo bounces around 1.50 per box of 50 rounds.

You can add a half cent per rnd if you plan to use match primers in anything.

Time? I don't count that or the gas to melt lead. It balances out with the gas money to go to the store to buy ammo, the ticket I may have got while driving there, the beerjoint I stopped in on the way home, the divorce lawyer for the trouble in the beerjoint.
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Old November 21, 2006, 09:49 PM   #7
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I load 9mm. I use Plated bullets and buy my powder and primers local to save on hasmat fees. I save my brass and scrounge at the range I belong to so brass is free. I can load for around $3.75 for a box of 50.
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Old January 8, 2007, 04:32 PM   #8
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$3.75 for 50.......... thats $75 for a 1000 rounds...... end of discusion
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Old January 8, 2007, 05:19 PM   #9
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Among other things, I reload 45ACP and 44 Magnum. With those two cartridges alone I think I've saved like a jillion dollars
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Old January 8, 2007, 05:25 PM   #10
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I once did some figuring and determined that the $1000 I spent on reloading equipment paid for itself in the first year. YMMV.
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Old January 9, 2007, 12:16 PM   #11
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Reloading is not really about saving money, although it is possible to do so..Reloading is about relaxing after a hard days work, making reliable, accurate plinking or target or hunting ammo. I started in 1949 loading for the 30/40 and 45-70..Last night I set down, broke out the computer and added up all the money I have spent on reloading equipment or parifials...I was surprise...I spent over $98,000 but saved $38. I saved 64 cents a year over the last 58 years.... Can't beat that..ho ho ho
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Old January 9, 2007, 01:22 PM   #12
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Here are my actual costs at today's prices using ordinary Clays powder, 200g SWC lead bullets and range pickup brass.

For .45ACP, $6.33 per 100.

For .38spl, $5.62 per 100.

I mailorder powder in 8 lb. containers, gun shows for 5000 primers at a time in each caliber, and a local caster for bullets 5000 at a time.
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Old January 10, 2007, 05:24 PM   #13
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One caveat I've seen pointed out in several places. While you save on the price per round, you usually start shooting more becauses it's cheaper. That swallows up the savings. Still, it's more bang for your buck, and you get more practice and get to be a better shot.
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