Originally Posted by wittmeba
Reloading 12ga today:
Purchase new empty / primed cases $18.00/100 - use #209 on reloads $40.00/500 (.18 each)
RedDot Powder - $18.00/1# (7000 / 1# or 388 loads) (.05 each)
Piston Skeet Wads - $15.00/500 or ClayBusters - $12.00/500 (.03 each)
7.5/8/9 shot - $100.00/50# (800 oz = 700+ shells) (.13 each)
Total cost for reloads: (.39 each)
Per box 25: .39 * 25 (9.75 each)
I question some of your numbers;
$40/500 for primers? OMG, I pay half that
What load are you using? My Red Dot load is 16.4 gr. That equates to 426 rds/lb That load is tight shooting and easy on the shoulder.
Claybuster's version of the WAA12 (white) wad is hard to beat. Virtually the exact wad used in the Winchester AA shells.
$50/a bag for shot? I don't pay more than $40. Check Rotometals.
Comparing such a handload to bargain basement loads is very much apples annd oranges. My loads shoot every bit as good as the high end AA loads for FAR cheaper. They will outshoot the typical "Dove and quail load" by a long shot.
If you are in the market, I have about 600 Federal Gold Medal hulls I am willing to part with. If you want to load heavier stuff, I have boo coo Federal #4 high brass hulls