You Guys That DO NOT Reload... How Do You Afford to Shoot A Lot?

This is a discussion on You Guys That DO NOT Reload... How Do You Afford to Shoot A Lot? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I'm just starting to get into reloading. A buddy of mine was selling his stuff (all Dillon gear) and I bought it. I'm very busy ...

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    You Guys That DO NOT Reload... How Do You Afford to Shoot A Lot?

    I'm just starting to get into reloading. A buddy of mine was selling his stuff (all Dillon gear) and I bought it. I'm very busy right now and setting it up is taking a while... I like the idea of it & with the speed of a progressive, I am thinking I could do 400+ rounds an hour, so time's not a huge deal, but I do wonder about it and think I "might" be biting off more than I can chew... I am wondering though, is there much in-between the two extremes? Handloading your own ammo vs. all factory stuff? From what I can tell, you save about 70% of your cash by reloading brass (assuming you have the willingness to be a brass rat at the range) you already have vs. buying factory fresh ammo.

    The only other option I have found is buying reloads from a friend or small business that you trust. Of course, that can be dicey, depending on the amount of risk you are willing to take.

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    I buy rounds in bulk but its still costing me around 200 dollars for 1K of 9mm.
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    It's real easy for me nowadays. I used to shoot big calibers all the time, and I spent a TON of my time reloading.

    Then I decided to quit reloading. I switched to .22 for general practice and I saved the big calibers for serious practice. So now I do zero reloading but still shoot as many shots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Datsun40146 View Post
    I buy rounds in bulk but its still costing me around 200 dollars for 1K of 9mm.
    That's what I figured... I have found some great rates online but have figured that buying 3,000 rounds of various calibers each year would cost me nearly $1,000... vs. $250+ for that same amount reloaded. I guess it is just a time vs. cost issue? I mean, don't you have to shoot 3,000 rounds through your handgun every year to stay sharp? Or am I really overdoing it there?!?

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    For .45 ACP I was paying about .50 a round from my range. Prices at WW are less but as we all know it's hit or miss. Just started reloading and I'm at .18 a round with FMJ Bullets. When I start casting my own it will drop to about .9 cent a round.

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    Datsun, is that 200 USD for 1k of finished 9mm cartridges?

    I shoot Federal FMJ 40SW for 300 per 1000 at WM. I didn't think that I could beat that reloading. I get by by not shooting as much as I used to. That used to be 250/1000 a year ago.
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    I wouldn't get to caught up in the speed if I was you. Half the reason I handload is enjoyment. I wonder how many folks unknowingly buy reloads for their Glock at ranges and gunshows.
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    The reload calculator pretty much told me that I could not beat what I'm already paying, even if I buy once-fired brass, and that's not including shipping or haz-mat charges.

    I'm still going to get into it, but its not going to be for a cost reduction on ammo expenditures.
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    How much does it cost if you reload yourself .40 S&W?

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    I got 270 before shipping and hazmat, using the lowest prices on components that I could find on the net, and without the expense of new brass. That figure is for ball ammo, and not premium JHP, of course. 5.8 grains of Unique, 1 pound container, 180gr Magtech FMJ, Federal large handgun primers.
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    My employer pays for it. Other than that, we have a group of guys that buys ammo by the pallet. Bulk purchases save a lot of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    My employer pays for it. Other than that, we have a group of guys that buys ammo by the pallet. Bulk purchases save a lot of money.
    How much, out of curiosity?
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