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Old 08-29-2010, 02:59 AM   #1
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I shoot mostly 12g and 9mm
So is it a lot cheeper. To reload?
I can get 100 12g for 21$
And 50 9mm for 15$
What kind of cost are along with reloading

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I shoot mostly 12g and 9mm
So is it a lot cheeper. To reload?
I can get 100 12g for 21$
And 50 9mm for 15$
What kind of cost are along with reloading
I can't speak to those specific calibers, but I'm assuming that drops or rises in components would be across the board.
I reload .45 and the last box I bought was upwards of $30 for 50rds.
I can make that many for somewhere in the neighborhood of less than $9.
Hope that helps!
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I shoot mostly 12g and 9mm
So is it a lot cheeper. To reload?
I can get 100 12g for 21$
And 50 9mm for 15$
What kind of cost are along with reloading

Mrbirdguy,

There are a lot of factors you need to consider to determine if reloading is a viable source of ammunition for you. Consider these:

1. How much ammo do you use in a week, month or year?

2. What is the total cost to buy this amount of ammunition for a week, a month, and a year?

3. How much time can you afford to spend for preparation and loading?

4. Compare the total amount of cost to purchase your ammunition for a year to the total cost to buy a press, dies, scale, bullets, brass, primers and powder.

Hope this helps. I know I left something out, can anyone else jump in?


Oh, I forgot.. Shotgun will require a separate press, powder, primers and hulls and other things separate from pistol or rifle.


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I have been reloading rifle and pistol cartridges for 30+ years, but I have never been tempted to re-load shotshells. I only shoot 2 -3 cases of 12 gauge per year so it would not pay. I do have friends who shoot sporting clays every week, and they DO reload their shotshells.

As far as they 9mm goes, it is very borderline. If the 9mm is the only centerfire rifle/pistol round that you will ever shoot/re-load, then I would say no, the required equipment will not pay for itself. Watch the stock at WallyWorld and pick up ammo there when it is cheaply priced, or look for good deals on bulk ammo at the numerous on-line retailers.

Now, if you will eventually own and frequently shoot any centerfire rifle round (other than .223), then you can start to see some significant and immediate savings by re-loading.

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Handloading Cost Calculator

This cost calculator is for metallic cartridges, although, I once figured it out and it was cheaper for me to reload AAs when I was shooting trap a lot.
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Someday I am thinking of getting a 243 would it be better to reload it?

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If you use lead bullets, 9MM can be loaded for around $100 per thousand not counting equipment cost. $130 to $140 if using copper clad or plated bullets. Brass can be cycled enough times that it doesn't need to be considered in the cost. Once fired Brass is, IMHO, better than new as it is proven and 1/4 or less the cost.

If you shoot several thousand per year it will pay off fast if you shoot a few hundred per year don't even think about it.

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Someday I am thinking of getting a 243 would it be better to reload it?
It is always "better" to re-load. You can (with time and care) create better ammunition than you can purchase in a store.

If you shoot 300 - 400 rounds per year, you will definately see a cost savings in a just a few years.

Many of us just enjoy reloading in and of iteself.
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So what is a list of. Tools not material I. Am looking for a list of toools needed to reload 9mm
Couuld I. Use the same reloader w/different dies to reload rifles?

If I want to reload shotgun and buy a mec 9000
With auto primer feeder what if any outher tools would I need and what cost are associated with. Shotgun reloading?

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Also whare is the best place/price
To get supplies
Also the reloader it self
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