im using supplies i stock piled 5-6 years ago, so reloading is still cheap for me.
1 1/8oz loads are dinosaurs today. switch to 1oz for 12ga.
i sell used hulls. pm me if you need some.
lead in some places is 37.00 a bag. areas vary.
primers are cheaper by the 5000. cci are cheaper than winchester. best deal i find is federals.
stay away from noble. they are metric flash hole sizes. they open up your hull and others will then fall out.
reloading allows you to make custom loads. thus whatever it costs, some shooters say the trophy it wins them is worth it.
btw...buck a shot + is what im saying factory shooting is compared to 5.97 per 25 in shotgun shells....thus shooting skeet/trap is cheaper than rifle matches.
targets are 5.00 a game here. its still a lot more exciting than laying on your belly all day for 60 shots.
what makes shotgunning expensive is one game isnt enough and you can burn thru 5 10 boxes a day. well, at least i can.
i avoid big industry memberships...like nssa,ata,nsca, etc...they charge you to register your targets. the return on your invetment isnt worth the time, and it ends up being the same people you shoot against wherever you go. and they all seem to have mobile homes and shoot 40,000.00 k80's. and unless you were taught by a certified nssa instructor, or jp, bender, or shima....they look down on you.
local shoots are more fun, cheaper, and still have an element of social interaction and friendliness.