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Old 03-05-2014, 01:21 AM   #1
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I have talked about reloading .44mags in the past but never got around to it and then I sold my .44 revolver, now I have a SP101 .357/.38 and am a bit more serious about reloading than before. Plain and simple question-how much does it cost to reload a round or a box of .38 special? I am thinking of staying with just light target loads.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:26 AM   #2
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I don't know all the totals, so others will help u out there, but for me, just finding the powder these days to load anything is the hard part. Good thing I planned ahead and hoarded before the communist invaded the white house.
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I don't know all the totals, so others will help u out there, but for me, just finding the powder these days to load anything is the hard part. Good thing I planned ahead and hoarded before the communist invaded the white house.
I just started a mini hoard, normally I don't feel the need to, normally I never keep more than 100 target rounds at a time to shoot, but somehow I kept going back online and ordering, and going to the local sports store when magtech 38 was and still is $17.99/50. Now I have 700 rounds stacked up, and am feeling even more ammo greedy the more I get.
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I have talked about reloading .44mags in the past but never got around to it and then I sold my .44 revolver, now I have a SP101 .357/.38 and am a bit more serious about reloading than before. Plain and simple question-how much does it cost to reload a round or a box of .38 special? I am thinking of staying with just light target loads.
I load 38 spl along with a variety of others. My reloading hardware equipment was bought and paid for more than 35 years ago. My component supplies - powders, primers, projectiles - were purchased over many years. So, for me, a 38 spl reload costs a nickle or less.

Your question, as posed, is not answerable without more information.

Do you own reloading hardware - dies, press, scale, etc, etc, etc....or do you have to buy these?

Do you own the component supplies, or do you have to buy these?

If you have to start from scratch with acquiring all the necessary reloading hardware and components, your cost will be significantly more especially at today's prices.
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It cost about $3.75 - $4.00 a box of 158 gr rounds for 38 spl. I cast my own bullets that helps to keep the cost down. good luck
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I have no equipment yet, was hoping to find the bare bones of what I need and stick to one caliber, and I have lots of time on my hands to tinker also so ripping them out on an automatic press isn't a priority to me.
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You can get a basic single stage press, dies, shell holder, priming tool and scale for $131, less if you shop for used equipment (ebay) http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Precision-50th-Anniversary-Reloading/dp/B00162RM3E

You will also need dies- $36 (less for used) http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000N8LCHE/ref=sr_1_2_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1393985032&sr=8-2&keywords=38+special+reloading+dies&condition=n ew

You will need brass, bullets, powder and primers. While brass DOES wear out, 38 Sp wadcutter loads are VERY mild, brass lasts a long time.

Wadcutter bullets are cheap (casting your own is cheaper) Look up price of components, use this calculator to figure your costs-
http://handloads.org/calc/loadingCosts.asp
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Forgot the most important thing- buy THIS before you buy ANYTHING else- and read it. THEN go shopping-

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0695804677/ref=sr_1_4_up_1_main_olp?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=13939 85591&sr=1-4&condition=used
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I cast my own, and buy primers and powder in bulk.

I load .38 special for about $4.50/hundred. ($2.25 per box.)
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I can reload .357 mag. for about .08 or .09 cents a piece................
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