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    Where are the cheap bullets?

    So, I'm new to reloading and trying to justify this new hobby because I will save money. But, it appears the price of the bullets are crazy high! Anywhere between .24 and .31 cents per bullet. I'm looking for .40 S&W 165 grain bullets. Plain, run-of-the-mill bullets. I'm gonna shoot them at paper and don't need the most technologically advanced bullet ever, just a bullet that will fly straight and poke holes in paper.

    Anyone have any links to cheap .40 S&W 165-180 grain bullets?
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    try www.berrysmfg.com. thats where I order all my 45 acp. I order by the 1,000. they have the 165 grain fmj for $99. for 1,000
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    Take a look at Powder Valley. I ordered 1000 Zero brand 165gr. JHP bullets for $108.00 and 2000 Winchester 55gr. FMJBT bullets for $139.00. If you wanted to spring for 2000 of the Zero 40 cal bullets, the price is $199.00/2000 ($99.50/1000). With the items above and 500 rounds of 223 Winchester brass, shipping and insurance was $17.45. If I portion $10.00 of that to the 40 cal. bullets, that's still only .118 per bullet and these are jacketed bullets, not just plated. I can't say anything about the quality of the Zero bullets as this is the first time I'm trying them and they haven't arrived yet but for the price, I figured they were worth a try. Midway gets $105.99/1000 for Rainier 165gr. JHP plated bullets.

    If there's any disadvantage to Powder Valley, it's that they're not terribly fast. I placed my order on 11/15 and just received shipping notice today, 11/25. But, with the political environment, it could be that most suppliers are running slow.

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    I cast lead bullets from wheel weights I spend about .01 per bullet I cast 45acp,44 mag,38/357,9mm,40s&w
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    Yep, I usually order from Midway. Just got in a couple thousand Rainer plated and some Remington Golden Saber lead.

    Where are you looking that they are 24 and 31 cents per bullet. Can't you buy WWB ammo for that price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cvhoss View Post
    Take a look at Powder Valley. I ordered 1000 Zero brand 165gr. JHP bullets for $108.00 and 2000 Winchester 55gr. FMJBT bullets for $139.00. If you wanted to spring for 2000 of the Zero 40 cal bullets, the price is $199.00/2000 ($99.50/1000). With the items above and 500 rounds of 223 Winchester brass, shipping and insurance was $17.45. If I portion $10.00 of that to the 40 cal. bullets, that's still only .118 per bullet and these are jacketed bullets, not just plated. I can't say anything about the quality of the Zero bullets as this is the first time I'm trying them and they haven't arrived yet but for the price, I figured they were worth a try. Midway gets $105.99/1000 for Rainier 165gr. JHP plated bullets.

    If there's any disadvantage to Powder Valley, it's that they're not terribly fast. I placed my order on 11/15 and just received shipping notice today, 11/25. But, with the political environment, it could be that most suppliers are running slow.

    Hoss

    +1 for powder valley. That is where I get all of my bullets and powder.

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    This is good stuff. Thanks everyone for sharing!


    Now...how about cheap powder and primers???
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    Try tjconevera.

    Berry's 165gn fp are $98 SHIPed. Good people to work with.
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    I cast lead bullets from wheel weights I spend about .01 per bullet I cast 45acp,44 mag,38/357,9mm,40s&w
    The only way to go.

    7000 Grs per pound.-- S&W .40 180 grs--Bullets per pound =23 (40% lost of weight due to steel clips_

    Wheel weights Cost per Lbs =$0.20 = bullet cost of $0.0115 per bullet. for material

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    For cheap powder and primers, I go to the local gun shop. There is probably one in your area that sells reloading supplies.

    My guy orders for several of us at a time with a 12% markup over wholesale. That way we all split the shipping and hazmat fee if there are any, so it's a bit cheaper than ordering from Midway. If the order is big enough, then I think he gets it shipped to him from the supplier and he does not have to pay shipping or hazmat which saves us even more for large orders.

    The only drawback is sometimes I may wait for two weeks before he sends in the order, so I plan ahead accordingly.
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    I order powder and primers from pwder valley,5000 wolf primers 90.00 and powder is around 12.00 to 15.00 a pound buying 5 to 8 pound kegs,versus around 22.00 a pound locally and winchester primers at around 34.00 1000 local
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I order powder and primers from pwder valley,5000 wolf primers 90.00 and powder is around 12.00 to 15.00 a pound buying 5 to 8 pound kegs, versus around 22.00 a pound locally and winchester primers at around 34.00 1000 local
    Wow, I just checked their website and they are out of stock on a lot of stuff. The two powders I use are not available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghuqu2 View Post
    Try tjconevera.

    Berry's 165gn fp are $98 SHIPed. Good people to work with.
    Thanks for the link. I just ordered 1000 165 grain .40 S&W plated bullets and 1000 processed shot-once .40 S&W casings. Now I just sit back and wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghuqu2 View Post
    Try tjconevera.

    Berry's 165gn fp are $98 SHIPed. Good people to work with.

    Just got in my order of 1000 .40 bullets and 1000 .40 casings from these guys. They are a pleasure to deal with and SUPER fast. Thanks for the heads up!
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    I think I saw this somewhere but can't find it now, but is it true primers and powders can't be shipped together? That its 2 hazmat charges instead of just 1?
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