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Old 01-28-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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I was talking to a friend yesterday who is just getting into reloading. He's estimating his cost per round will be less than 6 cents for his .45. That's enough savings to make me seriously consider investing in some equipment.

What are you reloading and what is your cost per round?

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:32 PM   #2
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If he is reloading 45acp for $.06/round I want to find out where he is getting his supplies. Last time I did the math I could reload mine for around $.16/round. That is buying primers and bullets 1k at a time and powder by the pound. At $.16/round it's still less then 1/2 of what you can buy the cheapest brass cased ammo(I don't shoot steel cases).
This is cheapest way I found to load things because of shipping costs. When you get into higher velocity loads things change a little but not much.

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Use this, plug in YOUR costs of components. I cast 45 bullets from wheelweights, and get a cost so low I blush.

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I am paying .60 a round for my .223 rounds, but I am only using premium componenets as I am an accuracy junkie.

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Using my own cast bullets I can load .45 for about $.05 each. That is rediculously cheap. That does not take into account the electricity.

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Using my own cast bullets I can load .45 for about $.05 each. That is rediculously cheap. That does not take into account the electricity.
Maybe I need to start casting....
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I cast my own lead too. I am about .05 or .06 for any pistol round including 44 mag.

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I buy all my bullets. I don't think I can load 9mm for 6 cents.

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I'm between .07-.11 depending on caliber. Using plated bullets. Not factoring brass, as its been loaded multiple times.

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for my loads

200 gr Rainer 2000 for $230= .12 each
Case= Free
Primer 1000 for $20= .02 each
powder Titegroup $19 per pound 5gr used = .013 each

So mine go for about .15 cents each. or $60 a hour.

It just depends on how you figure it out.

If you want to get down and dirty.

Dies= $56.60 they can load figure 1.44 million rounds (that is 400 rounds a month for 30 years.) .000003904 per round.
Press for my dillon that comes to $687.00 which just for 45acp at 400 rounds a month for 30 years is .000047708 per round.

Then you start adding up all the little things you need to get trimmers chamfers deburring tools hand primers, shell holders, a bench, oh and a place to put the bench. Some of the idiots over on TFL say you have to account for your time as well. ok add $15 a month if I load 400 rounds (1 hour on the dillon).

Reloading isn't about how much money you save it is about taking control and customizing ammunition to your firearm. It is a hobby to compliment the hobby of shooting. It is a away to spend some more time with your kids teaching them how to reload. Teaching them how to be self reliant. Because if the world ever does become FUBAR all the 556 and 762 ammo is going to get gone real damn quick. But if you have 200,000 rounds of ammo in components stock piled then that is money in the bank.

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