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Old January 25, 2012, 06:10 AM   #1
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Cost per round for the .38 spl and/or 9mm?

Anyone done a recent calculation what the current cost per round is to reload either or both?
It's been a good ten years since I calculated it & I'm sure things have gone up.
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Old January 25, 2012, 06:51 AM   #2
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My plinking loads for both calibers consist of 125 gr lead bullets from www.mastercast.net. when I buy by the 1000, my cost is about 6cents per round including delivery . Primers are 3cents and a penny for powder. brass is free.

10 cents per round loaded.
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Old January 25, 2012, 08:38 AM   #3
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I shoot 124gr FMJ/CMJ with once fired brass for around $12/100 (9mm)
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Old January 25, 2012, 08:49 AM   #4
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I load 9mm with my own cast 124g TC for $3.50 a box of 50, including $0.25 for lost/ worn out brass. 38 are about the same with my cast bullets, and $7.00 with 125g JHP.
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Old January 25, 2012, 09:38 AM   #5
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My 38's are costing me about .17 cents each. I have included all costs, bullets, shipping, sales tax and everything.

If I bought in bullets in larger volume, I assume my cost would go down. Bullets are the most expensive part of my reloads. Berrys plated 125 grain flat nose are costing me .10 cents each. I'm sure I could buy lead bullets for less, however I prefer the Berry's.

I use a Henry 38/357 rifle for the bulk of my 38 shooting.
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Old January 25, 2012, 09:53 AM   #6
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I have both
9mm - 120gn lrn 4.0gns red dot - 2.60/50
38 - 145gn lrn 3.2gns red dot - 3.20/50

I use my own casts for both.
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Old January 25, 2012, 10:09 AM   #7
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I cast my own bullets and shoot a lot of the 9mm and 38spl.--I figure about $ 6.00 per 100 rounds.
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Old January 25, 2012, 10:15 AM   #8
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I've accumulated so much 9mm brass that I dont count that anymore, so the cost to me now is about 12 cents per round total. I pretty much stopped picking up 9mm brass because I have so much, however I'm probably going to buy a AR in 9mm so I'll start again because I know I'll go through it much quicker now.
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Old January 25, 2012, 11:20 AM   #9
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it prolly wont do much if you cast your own but if you have an android phone I found this app the other day made just for a reloader to quickly calculate cost.
https://market.android.com/details?i...RpbmdDb3N0cyJd
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Old January 25, 2012, 12:09 PM   #10
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If I can get supplies on sale, using Berry's 115gr plated bullets I think it costs me about $6 per 50 to reload 9mm (about 0.12 per round).

edit:
Just updated my figures.
If I have to pay full price it's about $6.96 per 50.
If I can get stuff on sale it drops to $6.26 per 50 or about 12.5 cents per round.

That's using the 115gr plated bullets, 4.7gr of Unique, and includes applicable taxes and shipping.

Best price in my area for 9mm ammo is just about $10 per 50 for Federal Champion but I think my loads easily match the $16 per box stuff in quality. btw - I use picked up brass, if I had to buy the brass then forget it (most of my brass is from the Federal & Winchester stuff that I've shot).
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Old January 25, 2012, 12:47 PM   #11
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I use a premium bullet...Montana Gold ...FMJ...and I buy all my components in case lots ...( 115 gr 9mm bullets are about 4,000 to a case as I recall) but I also load their 124gr FMJ at about the same price in 9mm).

For 9mm I'm at about $ 0.11 a round or $ 5.50 for a box of 50.
For .38 spl / or .357 mag ...I use the same 158gr bullets...and @ $ 0.14 a round or about $ 7.00 for a box of 50. In the .38 spl you use a little less powder ....but the cost of the bullets is what is primarily driving the cost of the reloads.

Actually, in the last year or so ...the price of components has stabilized or gone down a little from the last couple of years.
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Old January 25, 2012, 01:01 PM   #12
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9mm- .08 per with lead bullets and about 14 cents with copper plated

38spl- .09 with lead

but i need to redo some of the math. It may be wrong as i think about it now.
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Old January 25, 2012, 01:05 PM   #13
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I cast my own bullets. NOT figuring in electricity to melt the lead and the cost of the molds, reloading equipment, and my time, it breakdowns as follows:

Lead-free
Brass - free range brass
Powder - .01
Primer - .024

So each round costs .034 cents each. That $3.40 per 100.

It costs me the same to load 9mm and 38 spl.

The REAL savings is for larger calibers, rifle calibers, and hard to find cartridges, etc.
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Old January 25, 2012, 01:10 PM   #14
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Yea, I should mention, my biggest cost is by far the bullet. Berry's 115gr plated in qty of 1000 are 8.2 cents a piece. Take those out and it's only 4.3 cents for everything else.
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Old January 25, 2012, 02:18 PM   #15
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Primers are up so I'll figure $30 per thousand

Powder (Unique) $20 per lb

4.8 gns of per load

I have tons of brass and cast bullets


So it cost me a tad less then $2.20 per box of 50.

I don't buy junk 22 ammo so basicly I can shoot 38s cheaper then I can 22s.
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Old January 25, 2012, 04:04 PM   #16
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My brass is range pick up so I do not count brass cost. Bullets are the most expensive cost until I buy molds for both.

Using LGS purchased 158 gr LSWC at a cost of $11.95 per 100, Primrs are about $3.25 per 100. Powder is Trail Boss and cost is about 1 cent per charge at the most. Plated 148 grain HBWC cost me about $30 for 250, loaded with 3.1 gr of Bull's Eye. So cost is still way under factory ammo cost. Less than 18 cents per round.

For 9mm I use plated 124 gr hp with a charge of Bull's Eye, or TiteGroup. I figured it at roughly 14 cents per round. (That is not with bulk purchase of anything.)
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Old January 25, 2012, 05:26 PM   #17
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i dont know how you guys get your rounds so cheap
LEAD is a big no no for me......esp for indoor shooting and I dont want
the caustic asso w LEAD near my skin/self
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Old January 25, 2012, 05:33 PM   #18
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I purchase most of my components off of the shelf of Cabella's. It usualy comes out to less than I would pay for the cheaper online places to ship the small order to me, and diefinately cheaper than the LGS that I only buy stuff there if I can not, or do not feel like driving to Cabella's.
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Old January 25, 2012, 08:04 PM   #19
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I usually get powder and primers from Cabelas on sale (so I don't have to pay hazzard shipping). Bullets have come from Cabelas on sale (250ct) but I get a little better deal online now. I really like the Berry's plated bullets and they keep the cost down.
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Old January 25, 2012, 08:08 PM   #20
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This is my current cost per box. I too do not include the cost of brass, as it is usually range pick-up. If I buy it (new or used) I consider it just like dies, etc.
Both bullets are Precision Delta FMJ.
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Old January 25, 2012, 08:17 PM   #21
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Anyone done a recent calculation what the current cost per round is to reload either or both?
It's been a good ten years since I calculated it & I'm sure things have gone up.
Bullet .062 each
primer .015 each
powder .01
So lets just say .065+.015+.01=.08 per round X 50= $4.00 per box.
Scrounge brass-shoot lead-and search for best primer prices
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Old January 25, 2012, 09:34 PM   #22
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I have lots of brass I have not even gotten around to reloading yet in 9 mm so I don't count it. I buy in bulk but I'm also getting pretty good stuff. I use Montana Gold bullets because I like them. They cost more then plated or lead. Even with that, my cost of what I'm loading now is about $6.20 per box of 50 give or take a cent. This is using either 115 grain JHP or 124 grain FMJ and AA5 powder. This time I picked up Winchester primers because the price was better. I could get the cost down further changing components or get them up higher buying small amounts or higher priced bullets. The costs are from purchases made this month and include shipping, hazmat and insurance costs.

It sure beats paying $11.97 per box of 50 plus state taxes at Walmart for Federal Champion 115 grain fmj ammo. I can load up a box of 9 mm for just under half the cost of Federal Champion.
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Old January 25, 2012, 10:09 PM   #23
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i dont know how you guys get your rounds so cheap
LEAD is a big no no for me......esp for indoor shooting and I dont want
the caustic asso w LEAD near my skin/self


I'd be more concerned with the lead from the PRIMERS when shooting indoor. A good ventilation system is a MUST!

Lead is caustic? That is news to me. I better get rid of the hundreds of pounds of lead I have and all my casting equipment before it causes me to melt away......
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Old January 25, 2012, 11:01 PM   #24
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Lead is caustic? That is news to me. I better get rid of the hundreds of pounds of lead I have and all my casting equipment before it causes me to melt away......
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Old January 26, 2012, 01:40 AM   #25
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Cost to reload >38 Special/.357 Mag

I just ordered 1000 plated 158gr SWC from Xtreme Bullets for $98 incl shipping, so .098/ea. Primers are .032/ea, Universal powder .015/round. Not including brass wear, That is .015/each or $14.50 per 100. $7.25 per box, or about half the cost of range ammo, and I can load them like I like them! My indoor range doesn't allow lead ammo, and they go over mine with a fine tooth comb and a magnet!

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