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    It costs me about $9 to reload a box of 9mm or .45 ACP. I don't buy in large bulk (couple hundred primer, Lb of powder, 500 LRNs at a time), but bulk prices would certainly be less. Good reloading kits can be had for @$300-400, and accessories (always!) can add more. It takes a bit to recoup your initial investment, but I'm still using equipment purchased in 1975 that works as well as ever. There's been many reload pass thru that old single-stage press!
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    I reload for my hunting rifle for accuracy, not cost savings. I reload for my pistol because a) I enjoy the hobby, b) I do realize some cost savings (after the initial outlay), and c) it's nice to load your own when the shelves go bare at your local gun shop.
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    can you reload 40 s&w i heard its not safe but don't know if it was good info?

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    Reloading own Ammo

    Quote Originally Posted by gallardo.g23 View Post
    can you reload 40 s&w i heard its not safe but don't know if it was good info?
    Yes, you can reload .40. It is a round you have to take care with (not that any round isn't), but it is most certainly reloadable.
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    Here's a great starter kit, you will have to add to it a die set, powder, primers,and bullets. So for under $200 you can be loading your own. If you shoot calibers like 40, or 45, you can load a 50 round box for under $10. That's easily a $20 savings on each box. So in just 10 boxes you will pay back the initial investment!

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    This kit replaces the popular 35th Anniversary Kit features the same components as the 50th kit but we have replaced the Safety Prime with the Auto-Prime and a set of Auto-Prime shell holders. This kit is for those who prefer to prime off of the press. Includes the new Breech Lock Challenger Press. You get a complete powder handling system, with the most convenient and repeatable Perfect Powder Measure. Plus the Lee Safety Scale, the most sensitive and safest of all powder scales and fill your case with the included Powder Funnel. Case Preparation Tools include a cutter and lock stud to trim your cases. Order the correct case length gauge for the calibers you will be loading, itís only $4.98 extra. An included Lee chamfer tool chamfers the inside and outside of the case mouth and a tube of premium sizing lube is included. A small and large primer pocket-cleaning tool completes the case preparation package. $13.92 value.

    You will not wear these out in normal use, and each piece is still useful even after upgrading. Ive had mine for over 30 years. I still use it for load development, and for long rifle cartridges. once I settle on a load then I move to a progressive press. But I can load about 300 per hour on the single stage press. For 300 or less its not worth it for me to set up the progressive. DR

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    Then I assume that with the proper dies I can load .223 or 5.56 with that set?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapnketel View Post
    Then I assume that with the proper dies I can load .223 or 5.56 with that set?
    Yup, you can reload .223 on a single stage press.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerranger View Post


    You will not wear these out in normal use, and each piece is still useful even after upgrading. Ive had mine for over 30 years. I still use it for load development, and for long rifle cartridges. once I settle on a load then I move to a progressive press. But I can load about 300 per hour on the single stage press. For 300 or less its not worth it for me to set up the progressive. DR
    Let's see, 300 rounds per hour, divided by 60 minutes is 5 reloaded rounds per minute; that works out to a reloaded round every 12 seconds. You sure about that round count? I'd have a tough time just resizing 300 rounds in an hour on my best day if everything was already pre-lubed, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gallardo.g23 View Post
    can you reload 40 s&w i heard its not safe but don't know if it was good info?
    Somebody forgot to tell me and I've been reloading them for years. As well as .380, .38Sp and .45s. I sure don't want
    to downplay the safety factor but you can fine tune your powder loads as long as you don't exceed the maximum.

    I use IMR powders and their Reloading Data Center will provide all the info you need. IMR - Legendary Powders

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    I'm a very active cowboy action and Wild Bunch shooter as well as practicing with my carry guns. Everybody is running around looking for.223 ammo and I'm spending my time stocking up on reloading components for .45acp, .45 Colt, .223 and .38 in smokeless. I load .44-40, 45/70 and 12 gauge with black powder. I couldn't shoot as much as I do if I didn't reload. I use a simple, inexpensive Lee turret press that has had several hundred thousand rounds through it. It broke one time and cost me a grand total of $26 including shipping to repair it myself.

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    alright thanks for the feedback. i wanto get into reloading and get my daughter into it one day to, can be good bonding time as well as shooting the reloaded rounds!

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    Here's a calculator to help show the cost of reloading. ReloaderHub.com - Reloading Calculator

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    Reloading own Ammo

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerranger View Post
    Here's a great starter kit, you will have to add to it a die set, powder, primers,and bullets. So for under $200 you can be loading your own. If you shoot calibers like 40, or 45, you can load a 50 round box for under $10. That's easily a $20 savings on each box. So in just 10 boxes you will pay back the initial investment!

    http://www.fmreloading.com/Merchant2...1/90030-01.jpg

    Lee Breech Lock Challenger Press Kit Quantity in Basket: None
    Code: 90030
    Price: $106.99


    Quantity:

    This kit is in stock and ready to ship.

    This kit replaces the popular 35th Anniversary Kit features the same components as the 50th kit but we have replaced the Safety Prime with the Auto-Prime and a set of Auto-Prime shell holders. This kit is for those who prefer to prime off of the press. Includes the new Breech Lock Challenger Press. You get a complete powder handling system, with the most convenient and repeatable Perfect Powder Measure. Plus the Lee Safety Scale, the most sensitive and safest of all powder scales and fill your case with the included Powder Funnel. Case Preparation Tools include a cutter and lock stud to trim your cases. Order the correct case length gauge for the calibers you will be loading, itís only $4.98 extra. An included Lee chamfer tool chamfers the inside and outside of the case mouth and a tube of premium sizing lube is included. A small and large primer pocket-cleaning tool completes the case preparation package. $13.92 value.

    You will not wear these out in normal use, and each piece is still useful even after upgrading. Ive had mine for over 30 years. I still use it for load development, and for long rifle cartridges. once I settle on a load then I move to a progressive press. But I can load about 300 per hour on the single stage press. For 300 or less its not worth it for me to set up the progressive. DR
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Let's see, 300 rounds per hour, divided by 60 minutes is 5 reloaded rounds per minute; that works out to a reloaded round every 12 seconds. You sure about that round count? I'd have a tough time just resizing 300 rounds in an hour on my best day if everything was already pre-lubed, etc.
    You sir are correct! It should read 300 in one setting or 300 in an afternoon. Any more than 300 and Ill set up a progressive press. The progressive will do 300 per hour. DR

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