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Old December 17, 2001, 05:50 PM   #1
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Reload cost - relief

Was at the local sporting goods store to price non-equipment components, to help justify purchase of press.

Pulled out the Winchester Components catalog to determine amount of 231 for each .45 colt load.

1 lb 231 = 16.99

100 primers cci = 1.69

500 200 gr swc
Meister bullets = 25.99

Talked to the old boy behind the counter; asked him how
many grains per pound; he looked at the bottle and said
454. Youzers! I priced out the of powder per cartridge, and
it was 21 cents each!

Well, did a search on this board, and found out there are 7,000 grains per lb. Big difference! Big relief!
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Old December 17, 2001, 06:09 PM   #2
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Again, someone selling the stuff who know less that required to sell it. I guess 99% of my reloading questions were answered by my father before the age of 12. I knew it was 437.5 grains per ounce or 7000 per pound.

I also knew it was about 454 grams per pound but since no manual ever listed weights in grams, it was useless knowledge.
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Old December 17, 2001, 06:49 PM   #3
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one of my favorite numbers is 56,000----------the number of grains in an 8 pound can------if your loading 5 grains or so of 231 in a shell like 38 or 44 or 45 your getting 12,000 + loads per can.....after i threw out all those empty 231 cans--i wondered where all that powder went...hope it don't f#ck up the ozone layer................Dick
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Old December 17, 2001, 07:05 PM   #4
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RugerSAFan, what part of the world are you in? Powder and primer prices seem ok but the lead seems a little on the high side. If memory severs right I think you aren't far from a bullet manu. But then again they say the memory is the first thing to go..
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Old December 17, 2001, 08:00 PM   #5
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Is there a bullet manuf. in West Michigan
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Old December 17, 2001, 08:52 PM   #6
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I think if you do the math...

He had ounces instead of pounds...437 per ounce....7000 per pound.

I'd shop a little harder for bullets. I can get Shooters Choice (they don't lead) for $20.50 in Merrillville, IN. Very clean to shoot. If you get to this area I'd check it out. If you need directions e-mail.

If you want to get by cheaper, try around 10 grains of Unique under a 250 grain (for RUGERS). IIRC gives maybe 1,100 fps. Mild load.

For a really in-depth disussion, check has an extensive cost break-down of different powders and velocities.

Using 10 grains of a fast powder gave close to as good of performance as 24 grains of W296 and was considerably cheaper. IIRC his "top pick" was X-700. Obviously you can get 2 1/2 times as many loads with 10 grains as 25 grains. This will change the powder cost per round from maybe 2.5 cents to 6.8 cents.

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