Why is 40 S&W FMJ Ammo so EXPENSIVE?!

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    Why is 40 S&W FMJ Ammo so EXPENSIVE?!

    Jeez.... I know I can get reman for a little less... but even the Federal Walmart stuff is getting more expensive... at least in SE Michigan...

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    Walmart is out of control on ammo prices in northwest wisconsin. Local mom and pop stores are seeing better prices, well, until stock has to be replaced.

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    .40 and .45 is certainly high. You might check with Natchez Shooter Supply. Frequently they runs sales though shipping may off-set the savings.
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    me hates to be repitious but ---reload

    a dillion square deal in 40 with accessories--from nothing to 1st round will cost under $600 ( inc tumbler & scale)

    roll your own and at $15 per 100; you save $20+ per 100. do the math and rmmember that the equipment is worth 2/3 what you paid

    cause its got a lifetime-no postage even , guarentee.
    dillion sq-deal is propriatory dies at ~$100 per caliber, but you are making 400 plus an hour.

    you can set up with a lee 4 hole for $300 but expect 150 rounds per hour.
    upside is it will do rifle also ( about 50 per hour)
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    Claude, not sure where you got your $35/100 of 40SW from, but I generally buy mine (target rounds) at WW for around $28/100.

    Recently, Federal lowered their WW prices to $26/100 but they've since raised it to $28/100. Therefore, actual savings/100 rounds would be around $13, which translates to around 2100 rounds for $600. i.e. 600/28 = 21 x 100 = 2100. So, if anyone is thinking about buying approx. $600 worth of reloading equipment, their return on investment would be 2100 rounds (assuming WW prices) and according to your figgers, around 5 hours of time.
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    MCG....prices are less where you live. but have you included tax, gas, time to drive to the store and back?
    minus resale value, out of pocket is $200 and using your costs rounding a little saves $15/100 so
    after making 1400 rounds you are no longer amortizing the equipment.

    but if time is dear to you and or reloading is more a chore than fun...and if WW is not out of your way, or you only shoot 100
    rounds a couple of times a month---it may be that reloading isn't for you.
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    I reload and cast my own bullets,you can get a LEE bottom pour lead pot and a bullet mold for around $100.00,you can get a cheap single stage setup from LEE for around 100.00 if you get everything in a kit.Buy bulk powder and primers and by the time I reload 100 rounds of 9/40/45 acp/380/etc It costs me about $5.00 100 rounds.I had a guy at the range that was watching me and my range buddy shoot,he asked how can you guys shoot so much.I told him about castingbullets,he was already reloading but was buying bullets online at around .08 cents each shipped.I told him if he supplied the lead I would cast him bullets at .03 cents each,he just dropped off about 200 pounds in lead at my door Saturday.
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    I think the only way to get "deals" on .40 ammo is to buy it online in bulk. Usually 1000 rounds or more. At least thats been my experience.
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    supply and demand

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    Quote Originally Posted by barstoolguru View Post
    supply and demand
    I get that... But wow! I can get 1K rounds of remanufactured 180 grain FMJ for $250 including tax... New would be over $300...

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    ....I usually regard Walmart federal 40 to be one of the worse 40s to buy....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDetailer View Post
    I get that... But wow! I can get 1K rounds of remanufactured 180 grain FMJ for $250 including tax... New would be over $300...

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    reloads are not recomended in some guns like glocks because of KB's. walmart .40 calafter tax comes to 35 cents a round. I looked on line and for factory fresh ammo its the same price after shipping (30 dollars in some cases) and you have to buy a 1000 rounds to get the price

    I bought fed 380 white box and it was 3 dollars more then the .40 cal

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonnycrocket View Post
    ....I usually regard Walmart federal 40 to be one of the worse 40s to buy....
    I usually only buy WWB target ammo in 40S&W,45ACP and 357Sig. Have you see the price of WWB 357Sig lately from Wal Mart ($30 + tax) per box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonnycrocket View Post
    ....I usually regard Walmart federal 40 to be one of the worse 40s to buy....
    ...becaussse?
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