Originally Posted by Yunus
I shoot .40, .45, .223, .308 calibers for the most part.
Roughly how much does it cost to make a .45 or .223 round and how much time does it take? How much is an initial investment in equipment to be able to reload the 4 calibers mentioned?
I'm trying to consider and weigh the options to determine at what point reloading becomes cost effective.
There are several material cost calculators out there that can give you per cartridge cost. What they don't include is your time and initial equipment outlay. If you go beyond the "hobby aspect" of handloading then time spent should be a consideration. Equipment outlay can be controled to a point but ultimately it becomes what you make it..LOL.
Lets say a good start up will be about 800.00 to include your first 1000 rounds of .45acp.
*Manuals ABC's of reloading is a good start.
* Press For what you laid out above I'd go with a Lee Classic 4 hole Turret press. Reason is it's easy to learn on, and it can produce a fair amount of pistol cartridges per hour. It's faster than a single stage press, and less expensive than a true progressive press. Calibre change over is fast and simple with additional 4 hole turret plate and dies.
Example of press kit https://kempfgunshop.com//index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.f lypage&product_id=630&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid =41&vmcchk=1&Itemid=41
*Press II a simple use single stage should always be present on your bench they will always be useful.
*kinetic bullet puller
*Case trimming system (bottle necks only)
*Case prep tools
*Dies,wrenches, allen, wrenches
*Numerous odds and ends.
*note taking system
*Quite work area
*Solid work bench
*Trips to the range to work up safe accurate loads for your firearms.
enough powder for 1K
This is a primer for thought, there are others with far superior experience than I on this forum when it comes to handcrafting cartridges