Ammo prices & Reloading

Ammo prices & Reloading

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    Angry Ammo prices & Reloading

    Well, it finally happened. The Wally worlds here in North Texas had been selling .45 cal Blazer Brass for $9.47 per 50 rd box and suddenly last week it's become $14.99.
    Looking all over for my next purchase of range ammo and the cheapest, even in bulk, is around $12 per 50rds. I haven't seen anything under $11.50. Sooooooooooo...
    Looking into reloading, but seems that unless I start collecting used brass caseings that I'm really no better off than over the counter. The exception is that I would be shooting better measured loads, but still cost is the issue.
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    Prices for .45 here are getting too high. As in, $20+ a box too high (Wal-Mart big white box).


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    Up-Front you will be thinking that the prices are rediculous to get into pistol reloading.

    You'll need a multi-stage press, reloading dyes, powder, primers, a tumbler, bullets, and of course brass.

    However, down the line you may be thanking yourself for the investment.

    Pistol reloading is something that is usually only done for competition shoots, but I think with these rediculous ammo prices it's going to become more of a practicality for many shooters.

    (Btw, think this belongs in Reloading forum :p )
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    A guy I learned reloading from had this to say about reloading versus buying ammunition. You will not save a penny reloading. What you will do is shoot more for the same money spent.

    There ya go...
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    Don't forget that even though you bought new brass you get to keep shooting it over, and over, and over....pistol brass lasts a long time!!
    A word of warning; if you can afford to do more Bear does not recommend giving your wife two pieces of bubble gum for her birthday.

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    The last time I figured it out, it was running about 11 cents per round for 9mm to reload my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airbornerangerboogie View Post
    Looking into reloading, but seems that unless I start collecting used brass caseings that I'm really no better off than over the counter.
    I learned way too late that I should have been saving my brass, for not other reason than just to sell it, but now that I'm reloading that is probably about 50-65% (rough guess) of my savings when reloading - since I can reload my brass about 6-8 times (maybe more depending on the loads).
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboy97 View Post
    I learned way too late that I should have been saving my brass, for not other reason than just to sell it, but now that I'm reloading that is probably about 50-65% (rough guess) of my savings when reloading - since I can reload my brass about 6-8 times (maybe more depending on the loads).
    I haven't decided whether to reload or not yet. But I am saving my brass. So far I have a large laundry jug full of 9mm and half of one of .45. I'll continue to save and may start reloading next fall.
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    I recently inherited everything to reload . I still need some powder ,primers and new dies. I am already saving my brass and I know the time is coming where I will be forced to reload to be able shoot as much as I would like. Time to buy the ABC's of reloading.

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    One of our newer Wal Marts have the 250 round UMC bulk packs right now!




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    If you want my opinion, RELOAD!
    Walmart ammo for me was up to 39.00 per 100 for .45 acp. I can not remember the exact cost for reloading, but its 1/3 the cost of new. I was lucky, bought a Dillon 550B off the net from another site for like 350.00 and it came with all the .45 acp dies, 357/38 dies, extra tool head, stands, low primer alarm, pick up tubes. Could not turn it down.

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    I can see shooting more, actually a lot more. So, in reality, I'll end up spending more. Sounds nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    A guy I learned reloading from had this to say about reloading versus buying ammunition. You will not save a penny reloading. What you will do is shoot more for the same money spent.

    There ya go...
    Thats a great saying, and very true.
    Just when I thought I have all I need there's always better stuff out there to buy that will help you out and make reloading a little easier..like a new digital scale I'm going to get..etc etc/

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    You can load 1000 round for those prices of 250rds. I can't understand why people don't reload. The only factory ammo I have in my house is 22LR.
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    Same here Tub. I do break down and buy a box of "carry" ammo every now and then, but only to reduce the possibility of a lawsuit if I need to use my sidearm for personal defense. Some say it doesnt matter what you shoot em with, but I dont need the additional hassel from some ambulance chaser with dollar signs in his eyes.

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