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Why didnt anyone tell me reloading was so cheap?
Pieceofpaper Member Posts: 1,496 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited July 2006 in Perry Shooter Competition Shooting and Reloading Forum
I just started reloading, I heard it would save you money, but I had no idea it was thsi cheap. The cheapest .357 magnums I found at all the gun shops/stores ive been to was $14.99 for a box of 50, which is $.30 per round. Now that ive gotten everything to reload .357 magnums, I see that it only costs around $.08 to reload each round. I knew reloading would save you money and allow you to shoot more.... but I didnt know it would save THAT much money.
Is it like this for anyone else?
Is it like this for anyone else?
Be safe, ask questions.
Now that you've found out how inexpensive it can be, wait until you find out how much your accuracy improves!
Big Al (see, you've got even more to look forward to.... )
I drove to mine one day this spring. The only one there. Did some rifle and handgun shooting. Looked down to find my brass from my 40....Went home with over a thousand casings from 223-45ACP. Spent about 6hrs up there only 2hrs of shooting. Brass can be your most expensive component. Until you get aboud 8-10 loads out of a single case. Pick up brass anywhere you can.
Also check Ebay and on the auctions here.
I won 2000 S&B 1x fired 40cal cases for $11 on here a few months ago. I can't believe what a steal that was.
Always be on the lookout for deals on any component. If you reload enough, don't be afraid of dropping $100+ on an 8lb "keg" of powder, or huge boxes(2000+) of bullets. Primers are cheap, buy in bulk anyways.
But, remember....in just a little bit of time and practice, your reloads will be better than anything you can buy.
So, IF you compare prices QUALITY over the counter ammo to your reloads, you have quite a bit of savings. I am not talking about $45/20 rifle loads....or the $120/1000 223...but like bullet with like/the same bullet.
Be careful about range brass, do you know the history of it? I stay away from it. I do NOT want a 44 mag coming apart in my hands, eyes, forearm, chest, etc.....
I reload 500 magnums for about 14 cents apiece--beats the heck out of $1.50-3.00 per round!
dtk-- I buy primers 5000-10000 at a time and gunpowder 40lb at a time to "dilute" the hazmat fees. Gunpowder and primers will keep for quite a few years if stored properly. Also, now that your reloading you will undoubtedly run into other reloaders at the shooting range so consider splitting an order (and hazmat fee) to save a few bucks--just remember to save your powder jugs. You can also save harder-to-find brass for each other. It's a good way to build up some friends in the shooting sports. Lastly, if you only want to try a pound of a particular powder you might pay around $21-26/lb for it off the shelf but still avoid the $20.00 hazmat fees--Anyhow, Welcome to reloading![:D]
I had hoped to get one of my buddys to split an order with me but they are all stocked up. I started reloading more than 30 years ago and just recently restarted after a 10 year break. I am currently using my stock that is more than 10 years old but was appropriately stored. I still have more than a thousand small rifle and more than a thousand small magnum pistol primers but less than 100 small pistol and large rifle primers. Powder jugs are getting low and there have been a lot of changes in the powder world that make me want to try some new stuff. I agree with you for a pound of powder for trials I will try a local shop. I am fortunate now and live where I can buy supplies at a couple places within a 5 minute drive. When I started it was more than an hours drive and it what I wanted was unusual it had to be ordered.
You say the same thing as everyone else who gets into it.
One, you can make a better round. A better or as good a round as what comes off the top end of the shelf, not the bottom end. You will find very little ammo that will give MOA at 300 yds or beyond 'off the shelf.
Two, by saving 7-15 bucks a box you save an incredible amount of money if you shoot a fair amount. For example: If you buy match ammo at $20.00 a box or produce it yourself by buying in bulk and loading good powder you will save about 15 bucks a box. It takes me around $.25 a shell to reload quality ammo. I bought Nosler Custom Competition 168 gr. .308 dia. bullets for $31.00 on sale for a 250 pack. 42 gr. of RE15 @$18.99 + tx comes out to $.12 for the powder and a penny and a half for the primer. -good luck, as I know you'll now enjoy shooting that much more.
realized, I find it quite relaxing