How expensive is it to get into reloading?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by hq357, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    When we go shooting we leave behind Alot of brass at my local gun range. sometimes i feel like all the brass casings on the floor are bieng wasted or money going down the drain ive seen people that are reloaders pick up the brass and leave with a bucket full and they seem happy kinda makes me feel like a chump for not picking some up it looks like a fun hobby to get into and i do love shooting but ammo is expensive can this be a solution? I know very little about reloading equipment how much would it cost to get into reloading? Id like to reload 9mm 40s&w 45acp, 12 guage 556/222, 308 and 762x39 if possible how much would a complete set of equipment cost? Is it time consuming? Does it take up a lot of space? I live in a condo with no garage and a small back patio is it worth it?
     
  2. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    If you feel guilty, then why do you leave it? You should pick up the stuff you came with anyways...... If nothing else, brass is a metal any scrapyard will pay you money for. I recently got lucky, and found a guy who reloads that will give me more money than a scrapyard, and he took all of my hoarded cases (I don't reload), and exchanged them for ammo. Cool!
     

  3. Wouva1

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    I just got into reloading myself mate and I can tell you right now that its cost me in access of $1000 dollars AUS,it doesn't mean your going to spend that much.....one thing is foreshore that I've learnt is to buy yourself a good reloading manual and study it inside out and upside down, and when you've done that do it again as your manual or manuals as in my case will become like the bible in which you swear by...YouTube I have found will also educate you in the world of reloading,good manuals to purchase like I have are Lyman 49th edition,Lee precision loading and Hornady are all brilliant...I have come to the same conclusion as yourself that wasted brass is just that a waste and reloading will reap its benefits in the long run,you will need space or a bench to set up all your equipment as I have noticed and if space is limited you may have a problem.....hope this clarifies s few good tips for you.....cheers:)
     
  4. rjd3282

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    If you shoot a lot, it's more expensive not to reload. If you go to the range once or twice a year and shoot one box of ammo, then reloading is not for you. All of my reloading equipment has paid for itself many times over. Plus you get to shoot custom ammo that you tailor specifically for your tastes and guns.
     
  5. gunnut07

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    Price is going to vary on market and what you buy.

    Lee stuff is cheap.

    Dillon stuff is expensive.

    Really to reload all you need is

    Press
    dies
    scale
    powder measure
    bullets
    cases
    primers
    powder

    It all depends on how much you have to spend and what you want to do. Pistol dies are more expensive that rifle dies because they are for the most part carbide and 3 die sets. Look on craigs list yard sales anywhere you might find a good deal.
     
  6. Rick1967

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    You do not need a bench. Everything you need can fit in a box in the closet. You can work on your coffee table or the kitchen table. You will need a press. This is what I would recommend for the apartment dweller with limited space.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/665540/lee-breech-lock-hand-press

    I have one that I first got started with. I used to sit in front of the TV and prepare brass for reloading. My needs have gotten way too big now. You also need a set of dies for each caliber that you shoot. I would start with a caliber that is expensive to shoot, or hard to find. I am thinking .45acp or 308. You will need a powder measure and a scale. You will want a reloading block to sit the cases in while you are working on them. That is cheap...less than $10. Scales and powder measures vary in price greatly. I have seen scales from about $25 to up over $100. Powder measures are like that too. Lee makes some inexpensive stuff. Some of it is as good as the more expensive stuff. Some of it is not. Their hand press in the link above is a great tool. I do not know of anyone else that makes a hand press. A hand priming tool will speed up the process drastically. It is like going from walking to riding a 10 speed bike. Buy one.

    But the most important thing you should buy is a good book. Follow it to the letter.
     
  7. hiwall

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  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    reloading is very rewarding addition to shooting. it allows you to shoot premium ammo at the cost of cheaper grade ammo. allows you to tailor ammo to a particular rifle and achieve much better accuracy. allows you to shoot more and become a better shooter.

    a person can get into reloading for a few hundred dollars is a person buys a complete kit or set. or you can go whole hog and spend a few thousand dollars, or anything in between.

    my first suggestion if giving thought to getting into reloading, buy the book, The ABC's Of Reloading, which can be easily found at Amazon.com for usually less than $15. read it, then reread it several times. it will take through the reloading process and tell you what's needed and how the get set up and what to start with. very good book and highly recommended reading for anyone interested in reloading.
     
  9. JW357

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    Don't forget you need a hammer too!

    OP, I love reloading. It's one of my hobbies.

    I recommend starting with just one caliber, probably the most expensive one you shoot a lot. As has been previously posted, you don't need a lot of space, depending in your equipment. The Lee hand press is a great recommendation, as is the handloading kit. The handpress will allow you to pump rounds out slightly faster, whereas the handloading kit is probably the best value. But you will need something sturdy to pound on with a hammer. A work bench would be best but it doesn't sound like its available for you right now.

    Definitely get several reloading manuals. You can find used ones on eBay or amazon. I bet there's even a few people here who don't need their older ones anymore. The older ones are still valid, for the most part. I recommend buying your components based off of whatever book you have. For example, don't buy a certain type of powder if your book doesn't have listed recipes for that powder in that caliber. Of course you can get all these recipes from the powder manufacturers website, but I personally prefer the books.

    You will definitely invest a lot of time into it, but I think you will probably find it rewarding in the end.

    Just remember - you may not save any money on ammo. You will just shoot more with the same budget you had before! Or not. But that's certainly been my experience.
     
  10. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    You guys are alot of help thanks :)
     
  11. aandabooks

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    With the amount of calibers you want to eventually reload for just take the cost of a medium priced 1911 and that's about what it will cost.

    You've got $240 in dies on your list-not including 12 gauge.
    Primers are 4 different types for your list-$35 per 1000 x 4 so $140.
    Atleast 3 different powders to get started $22-25 per lb.
    Projectiles-$20/100 rifle and I like to buy lead for pistol so $30/500 and up.
    Since you want to do two different rifle calibers-case trimmer between $20-$100
    Press will be between $40-???-Depends on what you want to spend
    Scale-$25-??? You've got to pay for quality
    Lee hand primer-$20
    Some way to clean your brass-$5-$100 depending on how much work you want to do.
    Other misc.-trays, shellholders, lube- $50
    Powder measure-$30-$200

    Reloading is an extremely accessory driven hobby. It is very rewarding but you'll always be on the lookout for the next accessory or more consumables to stay ahead of your reloading rate.
     
  12. JW357

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    I'd say that's a very good answer.

    Hence why I recommended starting with one caliber and a small, either hand or turret, press.
     
  13. 7.62 Man

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    I seen a RCBS master reloading kit at cabelas the other day for like 300 bucks. It has everything you need to hand load qaulity ammunition other than dies and components. If a guy shoots a lot, rolling your own is the only way to go. I got into it because I love to tinker with my guns, and see how small of groups I can make them shoot lol. A huge benefit is tailoring loads to your particular firearm.
     
  15. hq357

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    I go out to shoot about 50 times a year 3 or 4 times a month i shoot trap/skeet and i plink with the 22 quite often and i pistol shoot about 1 or two times a month i mainly shoot 22 due to the price and 12guage is it worth it? How often do you reloaders shoot?
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    it depends on person's situation and other variables. i am pretty sure that just about everybod here on the forum would shoot much more if ammo quantity, time and a place to shoot were not obstacles!

    personally, i have a small range i built behind the house, so a place to shoot is not a problem, but i do still have to work and have other things to take care of. so if i do have an opportunity to shoot, i don't have to load up and drive somewhere. granted, when i do get a chance, i do know i shoot more rounds than if i bought factory loaded ammo. my opportunities to shoot vary. sometimes i have shot several times a week and sometimes only about once a week.
     
  17. Fred762

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    Expensive?

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    I started waaay back when in the 1970s with a 'RCBS Rockchucker' single stage press..worked OK but slow. I still like it for special rifle rounds..like say 7.62x51 for "long range" shooting. You can help yerself alot by holding it down to a few calibers. AK (7.62x39)ammo is cheap and mostly non-reloadable. I don't fool w it. Buy sealed ammo cans of it and be done w it.

    Decide on the pistol rounds you want: a good start is .45 and .38/357mag(same die set). Both these calibers are easy, since they are straight-walled cases. IMHO .38/357 are the best to start since they have a RIM on which the case "headspaces". I'd stick to calibers the military uses since components are cheaper and available. This IMHO leaves out the .40, but lots of po po use that so I guess it is OK. I've been a 9mm shooter for decades and plan to get back into reloading that caliber soonest to. I just decided not to fool w .40. 45ACP is fun to shoot and easy to reload. I try to limit the choices of powder I use, again to save $$$. I chose Unique for 9mm. 45 and .38/357 as well..it shoots fairly clean, and works well in my powder feed equipment.

    You'll need a set of dies for every caliber. A powder measure, a case caliper, a case trimmer, a 'deburring tool' to smooth out the mouths of the cases you trim, a powder scale to WEIGH the powder. Then get a Hornady or RCBS BOOK about the sport and read it. Youtube has boocoo vids about reloading setup and ???..go there.

    IF you wanna get fancy get a Dillon progressive machine. I have an older 550 model which I'm setting up after years of not using it...still works fine. Good luck and be careful
     
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