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Old 03-07-2012, 04:31 AM   #11
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I consider cost per round anytime I'm shopping for ammo. I also base powder choice on charge weight for a desired load. If two powders have a 20% difference in charge weight for a given velocity, I use the one requiring the smaller charge weight, presuming similar cost per pound of powder. That equates to a free powder charge on every 5th round loaded.

Yes, I am that effen cheap....

I shop for retail prices around $.30 for .223 practice ammo in a brass case.
I am reloading .45 acp for about $.25, last I checked.

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I always consider cost but not to the extreme. I can load 357 mag using good components for 1/2 the cost of factory which means I can shoot twice as much for the same money. I cant load 223 for much less than the cheap ammo but a lot less then the expensive ammo again using good components like Blitzking bullets. I use the cheap ammo as a source of brass. I wont turn down a good price on good bullets.

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When I was a Kid my dad taught me and I think the main reason then was it was cheaper because the small town we lived in did not have a gun store to get ammo and the walmart of the day was sears and roebucks and that took weeks so it was cheaper to load up on components by mail and the occasional drive to Phoenix lol . In my late teens clear to my thirty's I shot practical pistol , cowboy action and high power so it was for accuracy and to save money as I shot so much and cast bullets are cheaper than jacketed lol . Now it is for fun because I enjoy doing it and I can load bullets for every thing I shoot way more accurate than I can buy it and if I dont tack on my time to load them I would say it is cheaper . I can fire form the casings for my rifle , seat the bullet so that it is just one thousands of an inch from the bore of my rifle , I can spend the time weighing every charge to work up just the right load for my choice of bullet and at this point this ammo is custom made for my rifle and might not even chamber in another . To me that is priceless because it would cost way more than I would to pay to have ammo custom made for the chamber of one rifle lol .

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I do check to see what my cost per round is. But not to the extreme. I pour my own lead. But for me it is a hobby/pasttime. I enjoy shooting what I made. It has become almost an addiction. I pick up brass that I don't even shoot. Then I end up buying another gun because I have a bunch of brass for it. It is a vicious circle!!!

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I consider cost per round anytime I'm shopping for ammo. I also base powder choice on charge weight for a desired load. If two powders have a 20% difference in charge weight for a given velocity, I use the one requiring the smaller charge weight, presuming similar cost per pound of powder. That equates to a free powder charge on every 5th round loaded.

Yes, I am that effen cheap....

I shop for retail prices around $.30 for .223 practice ammo in a brass case.
I am reloading .45 acp for about $.25, last I checked.
You are not even close to being as cheap as the guy I was referring to. He was complaining that a load someone recommended to him would cost $.11 per round, and that was just too much.
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You are not even close to being as cheap as the guy I was referring to. He was complaining that a load someone recommended to him would cost $.11 per round, and that was just too much.
Then he is out of touch with the costs of raw materials. My numbers don't even include brass because I reuse it indefinitely.

$.11 won't even buy the bullet I put in one round.
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I only reload .308Win and the reason I got into reloading was saving money on ammo, because quality .308 ammo is darn expensive around here. So, yes, I consider the cost per round but my goal is to get the most accurate ammo for the least amount of money.

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Then he is out of touch with the costs of raw materials. My numbers don't even include brass because I reuse it indefinitely.

$.11 won't even buy the bullet I put in one round.
Yep, you got it. I also think this guy is obsessed with the cost-per-round factor to the point where he is out of touch with the cost of materials. Maybe he is not counting the brass, but there are other materials involved.
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According to the numbers on my reloading scale there are 437.5 grains per ounce which translates to 7000 grains per pound. I can buy one pound of many popular powders here for about 21.00 This guy and I were talking about our .45acp loads He used Bullseye and I use Unique. He uses about 1 grain of powder less for his loads than I use for mine. I am not going to bore you with all of my calculations, but I determined the most he could save per box of 50 is approximately $.15, yes, fifteen cents. So, he can save by using a faster powder but it is not much. He would save $1.50 on powder if he loads 10 boxes. Primers here are about $3.99 right now for a box of 100 and I haven't seen cheaper primers anywhere, including online where shipping and Hazmat charges will be added. I am of the opinion that if less than one dollar makes or breaks someone they cannot afford to shoot. I guess someone could save a lot on bullets if they made their own with tire weights or something like that. I just don't care to do this. I don't mind paying for the jacketed bullets. Each to their own I guess.

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I only reload .308Win and the reason I got into reloading was saving money on ammo, because quality .308 ammo is darn expensive around here. So, yes, I consider the cost per round but my goal is to get the most accurate ammo for the least amount of money.
Same here. I reload for .308 and probably have more of them than all of the other cartridges I shoot. I see you are in Finland. How expensive is Lapua brass there? It is very good brass and very expensive here. Since it is made in Finland I was just curious if it is sold cheaper there.
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