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Old 12-27-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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Anyone have any suggestions on economical .38 and .357 ammo for a revolver? I would like to stock up on some ammo, mostly for plincking but also in case ammo sees a price increase soon. Thanks!

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Old 12-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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Winchester white box is among the cheapest- but you should take a look at reloading. You can get a basic set of loading equipment cheaply enough, and relaod your own target ammo for about half the retail prices.

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I've looked into reloading but seems expensive to get started. Any suggestions on a starter package?

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You can get the Hornady classic lock and load for a pretty good price. It's a single stage press which is a good starting press. I think I saw it today at cabelas for $313 and some change.

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I've looked into reloading but seems expensive to get started. Any suggestions on a starter package?
I was in the same boat as you trying to buy in bulk for plinking. I spent a lot on ammo for .38/.357's and 9mm and 7.62x39 and its expensive. I bought the RCBS rockchucker supreme kit with dies and 100 primers and 100 bullets and a pound of powder for around $400. Even with buying high quality bullets I can reload 50 .357's for less than $11. When I buy in bulk online I usually get 50count boxes for a little over $20. Thats a great deal of savings plus when I get better at reloading I can fine tune a round specifically for my revolver. It will seem like a big investment when you first start and it will take time to get proficient at it. I just last night made my first 50 rounds and it took me almost three hours start to finish. I read all the books on setting up the dies, weighed every powder charge, recorded all the OALs of each round and it takes time. Now I just have to make a few more rounds and learn the ins and outs of reloading.
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I talked with some folks, they were at Sportsman's Warehouse today. They checked on reloading supplies for both rifle and pistol - not good!

I was at Walmart, picked up some 30-06 180 gr and .38 Special 130 gr., no .22LR, 9mm or .223 ammo. The guy next to me, picked some Tulo Ammo for 7.62 X 39.

I checking the websites and it is ugly!

I am going to the range; but, the Mr. Frugal will be taking effect. Not like before the election.

I posted on another thread, one store sold 3.5 years worth of ammo in 3 days.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f30/sometimes-we-all-get-little-crazy-78205/

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Look at the basic RCBS kit.

www.midwayusa.com

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What about a Dillion progressive press? Or should I start with the basic kit first?

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What about a Dillion progressive press? Or should I start with the basic kit first?
You could never go wrong with a dillon,

Bur IMHO, a single stage is the best way to start.
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I bought a Lee anniversity kit over 15 years ago. Still use it for every cartridge I reload. The kit is about 100.00. You'll add extras as time goes by.

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