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Old March 5, 2011, 12:17 AM   #1
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.380 Reloading

I would like to know your guys opinion on whether or not you think it is cost effective to reload .380s ...
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Old March 5, 2011, 12:27 AM   #2
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It's less cost effective now than it was 2-3-5 years ago, but it's still saving money if you buy your components in bulk. If you can work with cast lead, it'll save you a bunch. If you cast your own, it's so cheap that you'll find money in a pants pocket that you didn't know you had!

Yes, I reload .380.
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Old March 5, 2011, 01:05 AM   #3
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Yes, its cost effective. I just checked my price, based on buying components at full retail locally. Berrys plated bullets. I'm at $7.99 per 50. I see factory ammo at $15 and up, so I'm around half price.
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Old March 5, 2011, 06:24 AM   #4
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I was just looking at the prices yesterday to get set up for .380. Quite a few guys here have em and I was thinking of loading em.

Yes it does appear to be cost effective.
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Old March 5, 2011, 06:59 AM   #5
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Extremely.
I use 95 grain Montana Gold jacketed projectiles at $60 for 500.
Universal Clays powder 2100 rounds per pound

Bout $8.00 per 50
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Old March 5, 2011, 08:42 AM   #6
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With the price I paid for my powder when buying 8 pounds, and including the hazmat fee...
With the huge primer buy that I also paid hazmat for, and waited thirteen months to get...
With the latest purchase of 100gr Berry's plated RN bullets I got, including shipping...
And the brass that I'm not counting since I didn't pay for that...

I have it down to $6.00 per 50 round box.

I could take it down cheaper with cast lead, but don't want to. And I don't cast my own.

If I cast my own and could call my bullets "free" (depends on how you look at it...) then I could have a 50-rd box down under three bucks.
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Old March 5, 2011, 08:55 AM   #7
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I use 95 grain copper washed bullets for my .380 that I reload. Yes it saves money as WWB .380 is around $31 for 100 rounds, so over $15 per box of 50. I can make mine for at least half that.
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Old March 5, 2011, 09:33 AM   #8
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HA, WOW

Since I aint had my 380's long, I just figured my cost.
I cast my own boolits so it figures to .036/round.
The .03 is for primer, the .006 is for a max load of Bullseye.


You know what? I'll throw in another penny per round just cause I'm a nice guy.
Thats makes it .046/round or $2.30/50 rounds (with the extra penny)
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Old March 6, 2011, 12:10 AM   #9
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Agreed. I load .380 for around $7.50 per 50, and I'm still seeing factory ammo around here for $20 a box. I was at a gun show today and I saw it for $50 a box.
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Old March 6, 2011, 04:20 AM   #10
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I'm loading .380 Auto for about $4.50/box at current prices.

But... I bought most of my components before the commodities market went crazy, and before the Obama hoarding. So, my actual cost of about $1.75/box will go on for some time (I have enough components to load .380 for several years - or possibly more than a decade).
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Old March 6, 2011, 07:39 AM   #11
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Replacing lost brass keeps my 380 costs up. My Sig spits them all over the place and they are little buggers.
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Old March 6, 2011, 02:48 PM   #12
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Replacing lost brass keeps my 380 costs up. My Sig spits them all over the place and they are little buggers.
My .380 isn't horribly erratic, but does 'string' the cases - anywhere from 20 feet away, to a few feet away - based on how many rounds are in the magazine.

Even with a 25% loss rate for my own brass, I generally find enough range brass to break even or come out on top.
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Old March 6, 2011, 03:04 PM   #13
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I would like to know your guys opinion on whether or not you think it is cost effective to reload .380s ...
$7-$8 per box of 50 is what it costs to reload it. Our opinions don't have anything to do with it, those are the numbers. Shop around for deals and you can do better than that, as others have pointed out. So yes, it is indeed cost effective.
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Old March 6, 2011, 04:57 PM   #14
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Need to add in the cost of band-aids.

You get the loader going good your going to pinch a finger or two.

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Old March 6, 2011, 09:06 PM   #15
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There is a local sporting goods store on Clemson Blvd. here that sells 20 rounds of HP ammo for $27.00 and tax. You bet you can save money reloading the 9mm Kurz. I see 50 rounds going for $30.00 and up for FMJ all the time. IF Wally World gets any for $19.00 a box, it's long gone with the first guy or gal that sees it. I figure .08 per case, .10 a bullet, .04 a primer, and even using 5.1 grains of AA #5, I can load HPs for around $10.00 a box and that's buying EVERYTHING. I can and do cast boolits for it also. A 102 grain Lee bullet over 3.0 of Titegroup shoots well.
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