This is a discussion on Looking for opinions on reloading; startup costs, savings, difficulty... within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; Well I bit the bullet, so to speak, and picked up a RCBS reloading kit. I'm looking forward to getting started! I even found out ...
Well I bit the bullet, so to speak, and picked up a RCBS reloading kit. I'm looking forward to getting started! I even found out that the Missouri Dept. of Conservation hosts a "learn to reload" class for free. Can't beat that!
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Well your next step will be a progressive press. I have 2. Obviously you don't save money but you sure get to shoot more.
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[QUOTE=OldVet;1780887You biggest savings will be in buying in bulk. 500 lead bullets cost less per bullet than 100 do. 1000 cost less than 500, etc. Same goes for primers. I pay $4.95 for a box of 100. I can order 1000 online but shipping and Haz Mat fees makes it almost the same cost. But if I buy 1000 small pistol and 1000 large pistol in the same order, the per primer cost goes way down.
A 1 lb can of powder wil run about $25-30 in a local gun store, but I get around 2500-3000 loads from it. Again, cheaper in bulk (4-8 lb cans), but that's a lot of powder unless you're really happy with it and use quite a bit.
If you know anyone who reloads, ask if you can sit in on a session and see what's involved. It really shows how easy it is. The basic steps are: resize and deprime case; prime; load powder; seat bullet and crimp.[/QUOTE]
OK, current prices from reciepts in the last couple of weeks:
I just bought 5,000 primers at Cabela's in Hamburg, PA, (CCI500) for $26.00/1,000 + tax in the store. I buy Berry's 115g Plated RN bullets online freight paid for ~$90.00/1,000. I buy a pound of HS-6 locally for $28.00. I get 1,000 rounds of 9mmP out of a pound of powder. (A pound is 7,000 grains, I use 6.9grains per cartridge, you do the math). I just bought a 1,000 rounds of once fired Federal brass from BrassMan Brass for $51.00 freight included. The brass will be reused 8 to 10 times.
So the cost per cartridge for my 9mm practice rounds is about $0.005 for brass, $0.09 for the bullet, $0.028 for the primer, and .028 for the powder which totals to ~$0.151 or fifteen centa a round or $15.00/box of 100. This is about $10.00 a box less than the least expensive price I can find for 9mm WWB. Over the course of a year (several thousand rounds of 9mmP) saving ten cehts a bang adds up.
The savings on rifle ammunition are much much bigger than a dime a bang. When one gets to the big boomer stuff, like .300RUM, .338 Lapua, and bigger, the savings really add up fast, and reloading is almost the only way to get the accuracy out of those cartridges.
I picked up some Berry's bullets along with some .223 bullets at Cabela's a few weeks ago when they had a 30% off sale on those items so now I'm all stocked up on supplies for a little while anyway!
Go online to all the powder company websites and order their free reloading guides. Unless, or until you get into rifle cartridges (a ton of fun to reload) you won't need many bullet company manuals. One exception might be the Hornady manual if you want to use some of their bullets, or Barnes for their totally excellent (but expensive) handgun bullets.
I don't think you got a set of check weights in that kit. If not, it's a very good idea to get a set of those. Not very expensive but they make sure your scale is reading right on.
Good of you to start getting stocked up on the supplies.
I wanted to take a quick moment and thank everyone that helped out and gave me some great advice. I'm up and reloading now and I'm really enjoying it. So far I've been playing with .223 and .40 rounds and I've probably loaded a hundred or so of each. It's been fun working each load up and seeing what the changes amount to on the range. Plus it's been a great reason to go shoot more!
Once again, thank you to everyone!
Sounds good! Enjoy!
I think I'll load a few rounds of 25-06 myself this weekend.
Good luck with the rockchucker, cant hurt it! .25-06, man I havent reloaded for that in years, what a fun one! 52 gr of 4831 pushes a 100 gr ballistic tip or partition at over 3400 fps! WHACK, serious stuff...
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S&W .41 Mag - Colt DS - Ruger Single Six - Ruger Security Six - Buckmark-Beretta 21A - S&W 351PD 22 Mag- Spfld XD 9mm -- Plenty Of Long Guns--- Dry Powder and RCBS.
I appreciate your input.
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