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Old 04-17-2012, 05:19 AM   #1
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Default What's the current cost to reload/handload .45 Colt?

I have a Ruger (old) Vaquero in .45 Colt and I am considering the reloading route. I dont reload now, but my dad has all the equipment, minus the dies and said I could use it so the cost would be a bit lower seeing as i dont need everything.

I want to load +P jacketed rounds and some to a .44 magnum equivalent if possible as I have heard that the vaquero can be loaded with very hot ammo.

Is just like a ballpark estimate, thanks guys.

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With new brass around 60 cents per round, cost drops as you use the brass over a number of loads. I would try Hard Cast lead to drop the price down even more.

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With new brass around 60 cents per round, cost drops as you use the brass over a number of loads. I would try Hard Cast lead to drop the price down even more.
So in all honesty, if I am planning to stock up rather than shoot a ton, would I be better off just shopping around for the best price on commercial +p loads?
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So in all honesty, if I am planning to stock up rather than shoot a ton, would I be better off just shopping around for the best price on commercial +p loads?

Way cheaper to reload. Especially if loading to normal pressures, I've got some 45 colt brass that I've been using for 25 years. Seems to only go bad if I push up the pressures.
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You can reload .45 Long Colt for approx. $11/box of 25 or $22/box of 50. Now it sells in boxes of 20 so you are best off reloading your own. This is based on buying all of the components rather than using your own brass in which case it would be about .21 cents per rnd cheaper. My numbers come from buying everything from MidwayUSA and breaking it down on a per round basis... That's less than half the price of store bought ammo... No brainer to me that's why I still roll all of my own ammo.

BTW... price per round was approx. .44 cents
P.S. Look out on the auction sites for components in bulk.. Once fired brass etc. You can save even more.

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I just purchased:
100 250 gn FMJ FN bullets $21.00 0.21/round
Tite Group powder 1# $20.00 6.3 gn/round 0.019/round
1,000 Winchester primers $31.00 0.031/round
about 0.26/round $26.00/100
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Got one better. Found a local guy makeing lead, 230 g round nose $27.00 per 500 placed a order for 3,000. Titegroup powder, winchester primers. Got it figured at under 6.00 per 50. Of course it helps not to pay shipping.

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Got one better. Found a local guy makeing lead, 230 g round nose $27.00 per 500 placed a order for 3,000. Titegroup powder, winchester primers. Got it figured at under 6.00 per 50. Of course it helps not to pay shipping.

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Well i dont like to sell the rounds i make, because of legal reasons. But i could probably get the lead. Im in lafayette indiana. Not sure where ur located, the shipping would be the costly thing.

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How much it costs to reload anything depends on what bullets, powder and primers we use and where we get 'em AND what tools we think we should purchase. Without that info we really can't say anything meaningful because all of those costs will vary tremendously.

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