Ball park figure from someone who knows...
I am an avid shooter, and am growing very tired of paying high mark ups, no stock to buy and dealing with other buyers to stand in line to buy when a shipment of ammo comes in at the local Wal-Mart.
I am looking very seriously into buying the equipment neccassary to make my own ammo. I looked at serveral web-sites, and they all make suggestions on what to get, but are never conclusive.
Bottom line, from start to finish, what am I looking at as far as price (Out the door) for everything I'd need before I saw my first round hand made by yours truley?
I know it's in the hundreds, if not thousands. But I just need to know how long I'm going to be working overtime before I should stop.
Any advise, would be greatly appreciated.
One very pertinent question.
Rightwinger, are you planning on loading
* mostly rifle,
* mostly pistol,
* mostly shotgun, or
some combination of the above?
If you load primarily pistol and only one or two calibers, a Dillon Square Deal will suit you very nicely. If you load only rifle calibers, a single stage RCBS or Lee or Hornady or anything will do well for you - unless you blast away three or four hundred rounds an hour.
I have a Dillon XL650 and I load both pistol (by the bucket) and rifle in some volume as well.
Bottom level economy set up is going to run in the $400 range, depending on your taste and desire. Be sure to check out the "Equipment and Accessory" columns of all the gun and reloading forums you read. There's lots of used and slightly used stuff that are still very functional.
Oh. Get a good reloading book - Lyman's 49th is excellent - and read up on the basics. That will give you a better idea of your level of volume and needs. Dillon has an on-line website with prices and all sorts of attractions; I believe most of the other reloading manufacturers do as well - Lee, Hornady, RCBS and so on.
As you are doing now, do your homework before you get out your checkbook.