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Old May 1, 2007, 04:44 PM   #1
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A Few shotgun shell questions

Ive been looking around and adding up the price of reloading shotgun cartridges.
JUST the parts of the shotshell come out to about .456 a shell
Thats as cheap as i could find a 3" 12 ga assortment. I can but 12 Ga. 3" at the store now for 8.56 for 25 rd. Why spend 11.56 reloading them? Can I get this price down a bit? How?
So far im counting for
Powder 14.99-1 Lb.
Primer 5.99 100x
Hull 3" 5.99 100x
Wad 3" 13.99 100x new
#6 shot-steel (waterfowling)-20.99 for 10 Lb.
What do you think? I wont spend extra money to reload haha can I get them cheaper?

P.S. do shotgun shells have to be tumbled for there brass heads?
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Old May 1, 2007, 07:35 PM   #2
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It's hard to beat a box of promo loads, but you should be able to beat $8.56 for 25 reloading. Are you sure the $8.56 is the same load you are considering making?

Your math comes out about right. Using those costs and some load assumptions, I get around 48 cents per round, which is about $12 per box.

Since I haven't bought shotshell components in years, I don't know if your prices are high. They seem a little high to me, but someone else will have to chime in.
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Old May 1, 2007, 08:08 PM   #4
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I pay 3.88 for game loads a box at walmart, 3" is not bad i can get the steel shot for about 10.00 a box
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Old May 1, 2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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Now your using your noggin. Shotshell reloading doesn't always save money since the price of shot went up years ago. It will depend on what you want to shoot and what is available at the stores. There used to be a setup advertised that allowed you to make your own shot but it wasn't around long in the ads.
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Old May 1, 2007, 09:59 PM   #6
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They box im comparing ant the one im reloading are different...I just think if im working harder i should be SAVING money...not loosing it....anyone have some shell materials to save me some green? Brands to go with? But not compromising quality....I want what i get in the stores...for elss at home : D
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Old May 1, 2007, 11:06 PM   #7
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One way for you to save money is to buy the components in bulk. An 8 lb. keg of powder is a whole bunch cheaper, per pound, than buying it by the 1-pound container (one place I checked, Hodgdon Clays in the 14-oz container was 90 cents an oz;in the 8 lb. keg, it's 75 cents an oz). Same goes for primers - buying 100 at a time is the most expensive way to buy them - compare the unit price of a 1,000-primer sleeve versus 100 (even cheaper if you but 5 or 10 thousand). I'll bet that the price per wad is a lot less if you buy them by the thousand than if you buy them by the hundred.
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Looks like you are over-paying for components. I reload 12ga and 20ga and can usually get a AA quality shell for 3.50/box.

Buy primers by the 1000 and powder by the 8lb keg at a store or gunshow to avoid the hazmat fee and they'll average out much cheaper. Use Claybuster wads and buy them in lots of 500 or 1000. Pick up hulls at public ranges (if allowed) or dove fields and they're free. If you have to buy them, get them once-fired from E-bay in lots of 1000. I'm also using recycled shot which works great on clays and doves and is scads cheaper.

You won't save any money but you'll make better quality shells and have the satisfaction of doing so.
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Good gawd can't anybody read? He's talking about steel 3" waterfowl loads!

While I haven't bought any steel loads for 10 years or more,(I load my own), where do you find 3" steel loads for $8.56? See my answers on the loader post for where to get components.
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Old May 2, 2007, 03:56 PM   #10
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Can anyone else give me a a list of what to buy at the local stores? cheap good setup for shells? (not the rpesses i mean shotshell setup )
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