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Old September 9, 2018, 01:48 PM   #1
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15.4 cents for a 38 spl.

Have been reloading 38 spl this week. With a 125 gr plated HP and 4.6 gr of acc #2 and cci primer they come in at 15.4 cents a round. Looking at prices of off the shelf 38 spl I appear to be saving about 30 cents a shot.

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Old September 9, 2018, 03:08 PM   #2
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My LSWC run about .08, so my reloads are running about .012 or $6/box of 50.......
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Old September 9, 2018, 05:48 PM   #3
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I have not found my reloading to save me money...just allows me to shoot MORE on the same budget. Lol
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Old September 9, 2018, 08:03 PM   #4
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I get out for a smidge over .10 shooting dardas cast 158gn swc, using 700x (one of the most economical powders on earth), and.The s&b primers. Could get down to .08ish but I like a heavier bullet.

Reminds me that Matt dardas went out of business and makes me sad...
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Old September 9, 2018, 08:14 PM   #5
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The real savings come when you can make the most expensive component yourself. My .38 Special loads cost me 6 cents each.

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Old September 12, 2018, 01:44 PM   #6
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I cast my own bullets, mostly from wheelweights and range scrap. I'm presently at less than 4 cents per round fr .38 special. About 5 cents for .45 ACP. (more powder)
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Old September 12, 2018, 02:24 PM   #7
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I use SnS coated lead bullets, 160 grain, 3.6 grains of Titegroup and Federal primers, and they come in at .10 a round and a whisker less when I'm loading 38 short colt and using 2.8 grains of powder
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Old September 12, 2018, 04:11 PM   #8
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Have been reloading 38 spl this week. With a 125 gr plated HP and 4.6 gr of acc #2 and cci primer they come in at 15.4 cents a round. Looking at prices of off the shelf 38 spl I appear to be saving about 30 cents a shot.

This is why I reload!

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I tell my wife this every time I write a check to Midway , Midsouth , Cabela's , Titan Reloading NOE Bullet Moulds..etc., etc., etc.,
I don't really think she believes I save more money than I spend on reloading stuff but she doesn't complain about my little hobby. Claims it keeps me off the streets , out of trouble and away from all my low life trouble making friends.
You would think that after 50 years of buying reloading stuff I would have two of everything....but they keep coming out with new and improved must have stuff every day....I can't seem to get ahead of the game !

Oh Yeah....I save soooooo much money reloading...right !
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Old September 12, 2018, 04:20 PM   #9
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I have not found my reloading to save me money...just allows me to shoot MORE on the same budget. Lol
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Old September 12, 2018, 04:23 PM   #10
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Cast your own and shoot for 4-5 cents/round.
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Old September 12, 2018, 08:00 PM   #11
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Wait until you start reloading an expensive round, like .44 spl/mag. I'd have to go back and check for exact numbers, but I'm pretty sure it only costs me a bit over 17 cents per round to reload .44 spl. That's about $8/box of 50, or $17.50 per 100. Retail around here for a box of manufactured .44 spl is about $40-45. Online I think it's still something like .50 /rd.

Of course, the result is I shoot a lot more .44 spl/mag than before I started reloading 'em. Whatever, it's a lot more fun to touch off several dozen .44s when you aren't thinking about what you're spending.
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Old September 13, 2018, 10:16 AM   #12
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I'm still using primers I got for $75/case. That's 0.015 per primer. And surplus and estate sale powders. Figure maybe 0.01 per round. I cast my own bullets - no cost other than the hobby of making my own. Lead is either range scrap (free) or wheel weights I've had so long there is no way to figure in cost. I've used the brass so long it's depreciated to zero. Gotta love the 38 Spl!

So, even high siding the cost at 0.035 (figure a penny for the bullet - just for grins), that's $3.50/hundred. Family gatherings are always a 'blast'. Everyone who wants to shoot, gets to.
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Old September 13, 2018, 01:00 PM   #13
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You should be reloading for the tailored ammo for your firearm. Reloading isn't about saving money. It's about using the best possible ammo.
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Old September 13, 2018, 01:50 PM   #14
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Wait until you start reloading an expensive round, like .44 spl/mag. I'd have to go back and check for exact numbers, but I'm pretty sure it only costs me a bit over 17 cents per round to reload .44 spl. That's about $8/box of 50, or $17.50 per 100. Retail around here for a box of manufactured .44 spl is about $40-45. Online I think it's still something like .50 /rd.

Of course, the result is I shoot a lot more .44 spl/mag than before I started reloading 'em. Whatever, it's a lot more fun to touch off several dozen .44s when you aren't thinking about what you're spending.
Try the savings on 45/70 325 gr hornady loads.....
1 box of lever revolution=32.99
1 box of reloaded using same bullet=15
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Old September 13, 2018, 03:29 PM   #15
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"You should be reloading for the tailored ammo for your firearm. Reloading isn't about saving money. It's about using the best possible ammo."

Gee, my cast loads are tailored for not only my handguns but for my rifles as well. THat includes serious hunting loads and plinkers for the handguns. cast for rifles are for targets mostly. I have hunted deer with the 30-30 using cast bullets. They work just fine.
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Old September 13, 2018, 07:38 PM   #16
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I cast my own bullets, mostly from wheelweights and range scrap.
Where are you getting wheel weights? Around this neck 'o the woods all the dealerships and tire shops have gone away from using lead wheel weights.
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Old September 13, 2018, 08:54 PM   #17
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Where are you getting wheel weights? Around this neck 'o the woods all the dealerships and tire shops have gone away from using lead wheel weights.
I usually find wheel weights online. Ebay mostly. Im very picky about which ones i buy so i get the best deal/quality.
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Old September 13, 2018, 09:33 PM   #18
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Rancherrich . . . exactly!

Rancherrich: 44 mag is why I started reloading. IL used to have a handgun season for deer. So I got a 44 mag to join that season. Needed to practice. Well even back then off the shelf 44 mag were 80 cents a shot. That motivated me to learn to reload. My first system was the "Lee Classic" which has been referred to as the "wack-a-mole" of reloading. Anyway years later I reload for all my pistols and rifles save for 22. Don't reload for my scatter guns either.

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Old September 13, 2018, 09:38 PM   #19
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.38 special, to me, is a cast bullet load.
Missouri Bullets: 125gn L-TCFP are $32 and coated are $36, or 6.4 and 7.2 cents/bullet. AA2 at $20/lb or 1.3 cents for 4.6 gn.
3 cents for primer, ~7 cents for bullet, and 1.3 cents for powder is 11.3cents/round.
You can get GREAT Zero jacketed bullets from Rosedist: .38 125gn JSP or $95.55/1000 (for orders of 2000 up) or 9.6 cents/bullet. From Powder Valley, they are $43.70/500 (for 2000) or 8.74 cents/bullet. And these are superbly consistent and accurate jacketed bullets.
Almsot as good, and a lot better than plated, you can go to Precision Delta for .38 130gn FMJ-FP for $190/2000 or 9.5 cents/bullet, but I'll go Zero every time.
Don't buy at LGS, buy in quantity and quality, and really consider something other than plated.
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Where are you getting wheel weights? Around this neck 'o the woods all the dealerships and tire shops have gone away from using lead wheel weights.
Scrap yards. A lot of them end up there. My local scrap yard buys them for 15 cents a pound and sells them for 40 cents. I test them with a pair of side cutter pliers to ensure I am getting lead and not zinc.

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You should be reloading for the tailored ammo for your firearm. Reloading isn't about saving money. It's about using the best possible ammo.
Well, I won't actually tell our OP why he/she should be loading - that's his/her business. O'Heir makes a strong point though.

There are a lot of garages across this country with loading equipment collecting dust because the sole motivation was to save money; and it never caught their interest as a craft. Loading became a chore, not a craft. Big - BIG - difference.

As already mentioned, no handloader saves any money - they just shoot more. Nobody reading this will dispute it .

And tailoring ammo for a firearm and making the best possible ammo for a given application are great reasons for one to load their own on an enduring basis.

I'm going to show my step-son how to load tomorrow. He's looking into it. We've already had the "load to save money" conversation - basically covering all the above stuff. It'll be mentioned again .
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when I factor in the money per hour I'm losing doing reloading instead of working... I save money just buying a box.
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Old September 16, 2018, 02:34 PM   #23
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when I factor in the money per hour I'm losing doing reloading instead of working... I save money just buying a box.
Exactly my point.

If it's something you enjoy, it is a craft; and as such, you don't factor in your time as an expense.

If it's something you do not enjoy, it is a chore; and as such, you factor in your time as an expense.
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when I factor in the money per hour I'm losing doing reloading instead of working... I save money just buying a box.
Depends on the ammo and the availability. For me, .327 and .45 Colt are great choices for reloading.

But I agree with you to a point. The people who rave about the savings reloading 9mm need their heads examined. Unless someone is giving you the components for free, you're not saving anything and you're wasting time not reloading something else.
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Old September 19, 2018, 08:11 AM   #25
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The real savings come when you can make the most expensive component yourself. My .38 Special loads cost me 6 cents each.

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Exactly my point.

If it's something you enjoy, it is a craft; and as such, you don't factor in your time as an expense.

If it's something you do not enjoy, it is a chore; and as such, you factor in your time as an expense.
I look at so called "free lead", the same way. Unless someone delivers it to your door for nuttin, it's not free. Used to help my friend who casts, get his so called "free lead". Diggin' in the local range berm and sifting the lead generally meant an afternoon or morning. The drive around town and the local area to various garages to get wheel weights was generally the same thing, plus gas and a few cases of beer. I always got a few "free" bullets for my effort, but when I looked at the time it cost me, they weren't really free. Asked my friend one day if he really saved any money after the time spent and the beer/gas bought. His answer was, it wasn't about the money but the "hunt".

I reload because it relaxes me and I get quality ammunition for a reasonable cost. If I really wanted to save money and time, I'd work more side jobs for cash and come out further ahead. Using a similar mindset, I could call any ammo I bought with that side job money "free".
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