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FatTire 08-30-2013 02:59 PM

.40 S&W cost breakdowns?
Howdy, so im getting setup to do a lot (i want to build up about 5k rounds) of .40 S&W for my glock 22. im using a lee press and rcbs dies, and i know it will take some time. I was wondering if anyone had done a cost per round breakdown? ive penciled it out and come out at about $0.33. is that about right? or am i dicking up my math? price includes buying the brass, powder (power pistol is what i use now, perhaps theres a good but cheaper alternative?) primers (cci), and 180gr fmj bullets (sierra).

This will be just for shooting, im looking to do a lot of defensive and tactical shooting cause it looks like a lot of fun. im not interested in competition shooting, so my thinking is i dont really need hyper accurate, just reliable and reasonably consistent. i could be wrong on that too?

Thanks for any input!

jjfuller1 08-30-2013 03:17 PM

around here sierra bullets are more expensive than hornadys. there are lots of different powders that work. so just have to try a few and see what you like. those changes might help lower the cost. also why not try to trade for once fired brass on here or other websites instead of buying it new?

Overkill0084 08-30-2013 03:36 PM

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You might want to take a second look at brass costs. Last time I bought brass, it was 60 for a 1000 once fired range pickups. This was to get things going. Since that time, range pickups have increased my supply as well. You will also need to account for the fact that brass is a multi-use item, and even if you bought NIB brass at full retail, it get cheaper every time it's used.
I was also going to tell you to look at cast bullets, then I remembered the issue with Glocks. Get an aftermarket barrel and you can save a fair bit there as well. But only you can determine if it's worth it to you.
Bulk orders of primers will save you money too.

The attached pic is what I came up with:
Powder: Unique Local price, 1 lb.
Primers: CCI or federal, local retail prices, last time I looked.
Bullets; Montana Gold 155 gr
Brass, Bulk once fired last time I bought any.
Cheaper than $.33per round. Still room for improvement though.
Hope this helps.

FatTire 08-30-2013 04:10 PM

Excellent! very helpful, thanks guys!

mseric 08-30-2013 04:20 PM

If you are going to load "just shooting" ammo then buy a cheaper bullet. If you insist on jacketed bullets, getcha some Precision Delta or Zero Brand. Plated and lead are a cheaper alternative, but lead has been frowned upon in Glocks with factory barrels.

Buy used brass, plenty of sites on-line that sell used 40 brass.

Buy powder and primers in bulk from a place like Powder Valley. Even with the haz-mat you can save $$ if you purchase enough.

JW357 08-30-2013 04:21 PM

I'd like to second the cast bullets suggestion.

Get an aftermarket barrel for it and you'll save a ton of money on bullets.

That's where I buy mine from. Good quality and they work very well in my M&P.

You could also look into smelting your own bullets. I haven't started that yet but I plan on it. A lot if times you can get lead supplies for free.

FatTire 08-30-2013 04:28 PM

Good point on making bullets, I do have it in my head to do that eventually, so Im gonna consider moving a barrel up the priority list :)

JW357 08-30-2013 04:38 PM

I think I saw casting equipment on midway for relatively cheap. I have it in my head that you can get started for like 100 bucks.

Crazycastor 08-31-2013 03:20 AM

I use power pistol for reloading my .40. To me its great in the glock 22. If you haven't done so yet your going to need a bulge buster for your brass especially if you are buying once fired brass. Also since your just messing around shooting, I would keep the powder right at 7 grains to save on powder. One pound of powder will do about 800 bullets. Buy in bulk when you can and things get cheaper.

armsmaster270 08-31-2013 12:22 PM

I got a 5 gallon bucket of once fired Remington nickel cases for free @ the sheriff's Range then loaded them with Gold Dots.

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