How Much Would I Save? (.45)

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by PeteZaHut, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. PeteZaHut

    PeteZaHut New Member

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    Looking for cheap bullets for target practice in .45. Tul Ammo winds out to be about 28 per bullet. Can I do better than that if I start reloading?
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    easily. especially if you use lead bullets. initial cost of the gear and cases will be a bit more but after a few runs of 500 rounds it all pays for itself and you start paying less.

    i dont think of it as saving anything since your spending money, what you ARE doing is shooting more for the same expenditure.

    if your reloading to just stockpile for shtf your not really saving anything unless you have a free or nearly free source of brass.

    reloading opens doors on cartridges and firearms that are crazy expensive to buy off the shelf. plus its a great secondary hobby as it really is fun.
     
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  3. Staestc

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    The .45 I have loaded in the last couple of weeks with 230 gr. FMJ-RN worked out to $0.32 per round or $15.80 per box of 50. The .45 I loaded with 200 gr. LSWC were $0.18 per round. I already had the brass for both of those, since I have been saving for a while. I am seriously wanting to pick up a Lee 20 lb furnace in the near future to cast my own as well. And your mileage may vary, but I am loving reloading. Mostly because I have an infinite number of variations in components and loadings that I can experiment with :)
     
  4. PeteZaHut

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    Interesting. I don't have any collections of brass, so I'd have to buy mine. And the .45 is the only gun I own, so I am not really interested in doing various types of reloading. Do you think it would be smarter to just buy some Tul Ammo?
     
  5. Staestc

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    That would depend on what you want to do. If you are interested in saving money only, I would say probably just buy cheap ammo, though you can get the equipment you need without spending a lot if you go with a single stage Lee press. If you are looking for a new and interesting hobby, they go for it and start reloading. If you are interested in getting your gun to perform and be as accurately as possible, then reloading is the only way to find that sweet spot, IMHO. But then I am new to reloading so don't know much more than what I have read. I do know that I have loaded 150 cartridges today and am really enjoying it all :)