This is a discussion on Reloads? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I had enough .357 and .38 special brass saved up that I could save a moderate amount after the initial investment. I certainly wont be ...
I had enough .357 and .38 special brass saved up that I could save a moderate amount after the initial investment. I certainly wont be free and clear, but I got in at the very end of 2012 when Hornady would give you 100 fee bullets for dies, and 500 free bullets for the press which was quite a savings. I don't know if there are any similar specials now, but you never know.
I have been reloading since the early 80s. Here is my advice. When the market is tight (i.e. right now) don't rush and over pay on components. Just get on the waiting list and wait it out. Within a couple of months the UPS man will pull up and Merry Christmas. By the way midwayusa.com has the Lee Challenger Breech Lock Single Stage Press Kit for 103.99. Kit includes press, quick change insert, scale, powder measure, primer pocket cleaner, chamfer tool, powder funnel, case lube, primer tool system. Add some dies and shell holders along with primers, powder and bullets and you are reloding your old brass. I have not used this press, but I would. This is a lot cheaper than I got into loading. Kit is product # 423-081. midwayusa.com or 800-243-3220.
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Plenty of folks on here with tons of loading experience, so don't hesitate to ask any questions as you get started!
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You can always cast your own lead bullets, that saves me a ton of money. I can buy 100lbs of old lead wheel weights for $10 locally at a tire shop. That amount of lead will make ALOT of bullets.
I paid about $150 for my entire casting setup (lead pot, 6 cavity mold, and lee lube/size kit)
I reload .45ACP for about $2.50 a box/50. Most of that cost is primers @ 4 cents each. I get about 1400 .45's out of a pound of Titegroup.
I should also add that I could have paid for my entire setup (Dillon 550B, dies, scale, etc...) with what I saved on my last big batch of .45ACP. Saving 12 bucks a box/50 adds up pretty quickly...
Well yeah......but it really wouldn't fit in the shell.....it would spill out. Don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but the first thing you should buy is a Reloader's Guide. There are several to choose from, I like Lyman's. The Reloading Guide is like a cookbook for reloaders giving different ingredients for different calibers (i.e, various powder loadings paired with bullet weights). I reload common calibers (9mm, 38spl and 45acp) for about 1/2 what it costs to buy retail. Not so common calibers offer greater savings. I reload 45 Colt for about $23 per hundred. A couple boxes of 45 Colt will set you back about $100. It's a great hobby....closely related to shooting which I also enjoy a lot. Sure, there are start up costs, but once you buy the equipment you will cover the set up costs in a year or so, then you will be reloading at very economical rates.
I can't...by casting and lubing my own bullets and buying powder and primers in quantity I reload 100 380/9mm/,40,/45, for about $6...Primers .02,powder.01,bullet.02...brass freeI can buy 9mm cheaper than I can reload it
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I just got into reloading myself. I went a little over basic though.
I bought the Hornady LNL AP progressive press- $406 shipped from Grafs
Hornady 45acp dies- $43 Bass pro price matched Sportsmans)
Hornady shell plate- $33 Sportsmans Warehouse
Scale (I got a pact powder measure/scale combo) $100 backpage
Bullet puller- (borrowed from my Uncle)
Books- I forget the cost, but I have them on my computer
Lyman Tumbler- $35 Backpage in Vegas
Primers- $30 local
Powder- $18 (Bullseye) Sportsmans. I since have a few more powders now.
Brass- I saved what I could over the years of shooting.
Bullets- At the gun show, Berrys $68
I think that is it, sorry getting tired.
But made my first rounds tonight. Have some fine tuning to do and am going to wait until tomorrow to get some help from my uncle, it is nice he lives close and has years of experience reloading.
So, a lot of good advice here. You can buy a kit or check Backpage for some stuff. It is always on there.
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