The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old April 8, 2007, 11:13 PM   #1
John D
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 24, 2000
Location: California
Posts: 254
9mm worth reloading???

I recently picked up a couple of Beretta's in 9mm, a new caliber for me. Aha! a good excuse to add a set of dies do some loading.

Researched load info, powders, bullet weights, etc. Got set up today and ran out some ammo. Frankly, it's kind of a pain. The brass is so small it's difficult to handle and seat in the shellholder (Dillon 550) and production was not nearly as proficient as cranking out 45 ACP.

Since I'm really just loading for the enjoyment of loading and not really looking to find super-accurate rounds (mostly this will be for paper and target busting), is it worth the effort to load 9mm? I can buy a 100-round box of Winchester white box for super-cheap for this kind of shooting....
John D is offline  
Old April 8, 2007, 11:53 PM   #2
Jamie Young
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 7, 2000
Location: SE/PA
Posts: 4,834
Ammo is getting expensive, and I've considered reloading 9mm. If you crank out some cheap reliable HP I think its definitely worth it.

I just started reloading 7.62x39 for the first time in almost 10yrs.
__________________
Find out about Gun Shows and Training activities.
www.TheRallyPoint.org
Get your gun club involved!!
Jamie Young is offline  
Old April 8, 2007, 11:56 PM   #3
layusn1
Member
 
Join Date: October 7, 2006
Posts: 54
Reload for the improved accuracy. If you can afford to buy bulk I bet you could save money but I reload because I can't afford factory brass and mine is more accurate so I can't afford to take advantage of those savings. If you load copper plated you can save some money and avoid leading issues though.
__________________
www.ammobrasstrader.com
layusn1 is offline  
Old April 9, 2007, 12:08 PM   #4
Crosshair
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 16, 2004
Location: Grand Forks, ND
Posts: 5,320
My brass is free range pickup. I use bulk military surplus power and surplus bullets. I don't have the numbers in front of me buy I found that it was much cleaper to reload 9mm in my situation.
__________________
I don't carry a gun to go looking for trouble, I carry a gun in case trouble finds me.
Crosshair is offline  
Old April 9, 2007, 01:55 PM   #5
chilie
Junior Member
 
Join Date: April 9, 2007
Posts: 6
9mm WWB 100 rd value pack 14.88+tax for a total of 15.88 or .1588 a shot

range pick up brass .00
primer .0299
powder lets say .015 (based on 5gn of $20 a lib powder)
bullet .057 for Berry's plated

total of .1107 a shot

savings of .0481 a shot that's about a 30% savings over Wally World's finest.

With some volume pricing on the primers and powder or cast lead bullets this will drop below .10 a round

other big savings can be had with specialty rounds like subsonic, hotter rounds for carbines, or even pl inking rounds that feel like self defence rounds.

The savings wont add up as quick as 45 or even 38 but I'll save a nickle every sequence of the trigger!
chilie is offline  
Old April 9, 2007, 04:58 PM   #6
CrustyFN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 4, 2006
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 2,258
It is for me. I shoot 9mm in IDPA, GSSF, Bullseye and of course practice. I can go through a few rounds. I am still loading for around $7 per 100 and can load them at that price for another 1500 rounds. Even with the price increase on components it will still be a lot cheaper to reload than buy new. Not to mention my reloads are better than WWB so if you want to buy factory ammo as good as reloads you will need to spend more than the cheap WWB price.
Rusty
__________________
I don't ever remember being absent minded.
CrustyFN is offline  
Old April 10, 2007, 11:08 AM   #7
zxd9
Member
 
Join Date: November 9, 2006
Posts: 27
I've got my reloads under $6.40/50 for a 147gr Plated or Moly bullet using VV powder at $22/lb.
zxd9 is offline  
Old April 10, 2007, 07:33 PM   #8
James A. Mullins
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 10, 2006
Location: Vancouver Washington
Posts: 124
If you don't enjoy reloading 9mm, don't. I reload them on a 550B and some times have problems with the size. I've found that walking away for the day helps. I mostly enjoy any reloading. Usually when frustrated its because something going on around me prevents keeping my mind on the reloading. I quit trying to load .25 acp because of the problem your having.
James
James A. Mullins is offline  
Old April 11, 2007, 02:09 AM   #9
Mr Beta
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 13, 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 232
I usually buy in super bulk so I can get my boxes/50 down to about 3 bucks.
I enjoy loading though so YMMV.
Mr Beta is offline  
Old April 11, 2007, 11:08 AM   #10
PzGren
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 14, 2001
Posts: 948
Reloading, just like shooting, is hobby time for me. There is no price tag for happy hobby time.
PzGren is offline  
Old April 11, 2007, 11:58 AM   #11
OnTheFly
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 9, 2007
Location: SE Nebraska
Posts: 777
Quote:
I usually buy in super bulk so I can get my boxes/50 down to about 3 bucks.
I enjoy loading though so YMMV.
I'm one of those sitting on the fence wondering "do I want to reload" for the $avings. Tell me where do you buy, what brand/quality, and what qualifies as "super bulk"?

Thanks,
Fly
__________________
I told my wife I was scheduling a mid-life crisis. It was either a Harley or guns. Secretly, I've already decided on guns. :-)

Bang... Bang... Bang...
OnTheFly is offline  
Old April 11, 2007, 02:14 PM   #12
zeisloft
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 7, 2005
Location: Amarillo TX
Posts: 419
If any of yall are looking for once fired 9mm brass (or nickel) PM me, I have several K on hand for sale or trade.
~z
__________________
A scalpel can be just as effective as a broadsword

Obviously, Occam was not a reloader
zeisloft is offline  
Old April 11, 2007, 07:25 PM   #13
swmike
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 25, 2005
Location: Marysville, WA
Posts: 658
My 9mm loads cost me .085 per round using CCI primers, HS-6, and Montana Gold 115gr JHP's That's $85/thousand using my cases. Last new 115 gr FMJ's I bought were over $100/thousand and I had to pay shipping.
__________________
My definition of Gun Control--- A steady grip and hitting your target.


"In God we trust, all others are suspects."

"If I shoot all the ammo I am carrying, either I won't need any more, or more won't be of any help".

____________________________________________
swmike is offline  
Old April 11, 2007, 11:36 PM   #14
rn22723
Junior member
 
Join Date: December 10, 2001
Location: Burbs of Minneapolis
Posts: 676
This can be beat to death, but the 9mm can be reloaded to decrease costs. Since you are not loading for a Glock or HK with a polygonal bbl, you can decrease your costs by using hard cast lead bullets!

I can seen what you mean about case handling on the 550, my rate increases 6 minutes per 500 loading 9mm over 45ACP. I still load the 9mm. I load for the enjoyment, and knowing that it gets me more bang for my buck!
rn22723 is offline  
Old April 13, 2007, 04:06 PM   #15
K96771
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 21, 2006
Location: NJ Pinelands
Posts: 118
I can produce a box of 50 (used brass) for about $4.50. Around here, that's at least two bucks below store bought. It doesn't look like it's going to get any cheaper either.
__________________
Tom
K96771 is offline  
Old April 13, 2007, 04:23 PM   #16
MikeRussell
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 29, 2006
Location: Carencro, LA
Posts: 293
Depends on how you define worth. To me, it's definitely worth it. I get extremely consistent ammo that is custom tailored to my pistol and I can do that cheaper than what I can buy commercially. Using Winchester primers, Vv N320, and Bear Creek 125gr (I'd consider them 130gr seeing as most hover at the 129.6gr point and load them based on that weight and not the advertised weight) poly/moly coated LRN...I can produce 9mm ammo for $73.50/1K rnds. The cheapest I could buy ammo for locally is $150/1K (after taxes). Now, depending on how much time I can get out to practice between monthly matches, I can go through 1-2K rnds in a month. It's definitely worth it for me to load my own 9mm (and .45acp...and .38super...and .40smith).
__________________
Mike Russell
MikeRussell is offline  
Old April 14, 2007, 02:13 PM   #17
Calhunter380
Junior Member
 
Join Date: March 16, 2006
Posts: 8
I cast my own 9mm + free range brass. I can load them for the price of a primer and 5gr of powder for plinking.
Calhunter380 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.10472 seconds with 9 queries