Originally Posted by redrussell
I am talking about getting my cost down from $.29 a shot since this last year I shot and reloaded over 50,000 rounds. Pennies add up. I am trying to find who shoots what and what their load is so I can cross reference it with my load book and see if I have tried it and also see if people on here make sense and aren't retarded. No offense ment toward anyone. I am trying save in powder if i can because high grade bullets in the heavier weights cost more even when bought in bulk. Before I down graded to Varget I was using Vihtavuori if that gives you an idea of what ny cost used to be.
Okay, I can see where you might want to switch from Vihtavuori to a different type because it is significantly more expensive than other commonly-used brands. For example a friend and I have been helping each other develop .44 mag loads. He bought a can of Vihtavuori N-110. At the local Sportman's Warehouse it cost $31.99, compared to $21.99 for W 296, H110 and Lil Gun, the other powders we tried. We got our best results from Lil Gun. This really adds up if you shoot a lot and it sounds like you do. I have used Varget a lot for my .308 loading and found it to be a very good powder. I do not think Varget is a downgrade compared to Vihtavuori.
I guess I was just thinking about a few people I know who do what I think are dumb things to try to save money with their loading. One guy tried using powder that was faster than what was called for in the recommended ranges. He thought he could use less powder this way. He once was using a powder used for .223 in his .300 Win Mag and complained it wasn't working very well. He was using Bullseye for his .44 mag loads, and this powder is not listed in most published data for this cartridge.
Anyway, I think there are smart ways to save money and dumb ways to do it. I don't shoot all the time and I am willing to spend the money for decent reloading components. I always like it when I am able to work up a load that shoots great in one of my guns. Good luck with your loading and shooting.