What's the current cost to reload/handload .45 Colt?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by sputnik1988, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    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.
     
  2. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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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.:)
     

  3. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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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?
     
  4. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    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.
     
  5. TheOldMan

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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.
     
  6. beaglesam

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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
    I Love to reload
     
  7. ellwood45c

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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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  8. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    You wanna sell some?:)
     
  9. ellwood45c

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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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  10. 1hole

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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.
     
  11. sputnik1988

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    I'm on the KY/IN border. Yeah, I would imagine that shipping would probably be outrageous and would negate any savings. I like the lead nose but would probably prefer FMJs and JHPs anyway seeing as i don't compete, thanks though. If I change my mind I may PM you if you dont mind.
     
  12. ellwood45c

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    Sure not a problem. Ive found some good deals at the 1500 in indy on some FMJ stuff. Try there the next one is coming up soon

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  13. jpattersonnh

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    I bought some cast lead a while back for my .44-40, my buddy bought the same for .45LC. $27.00 per 500. .05 each. Brass is all used, 8gr of Unique, a primer. .20 a round. Why would you want to hot rod a .45LC?
     
  14. Rick1967

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    I pour my own lead. I use pure lead. 255 grain round nose flat point. My bullets cost $.02 each. Titegroup is about $20 per pound. Less than $.02 per charge. Primers are less than $.03 each. That adds up to less than $7.00 per 100 rounds. I have been collecting brass from the range for years.
     
  15. Durangokid

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    The OP asked about loading a Plus P load for a .45 Colt Ruger. Why he wants to load a hot load is his affair. Loading lead or FMJ does not fit his needs. He will need a very high quality rapid expanding .451 bullet over a heavy charge of W296 or H110. He will also need new not reworked brass. He did not ask for econmy loads. I prefer an ACP Cylinder and load the .460 Rowland for top end loads.:) I would prefer lead SWC in the Colt Ctg.:)
     
  16. sputnik1988

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    It's an old vaquero so it can handle the hotter loads. The same reason people buy .44 magnum Vaqueros and Blackhawks. If it can handle being hot rodded, I'm gonna do it.:D

    The .45 Colt is underpowered for what it is. I enjoy shooting the light recoil cowboy loads but just want something with more punch. I'd like to open/conceal carry it every now and then, when I feel like Clint Eastwood.:rolleyes: And I might possibly hunt with it. I know its not practical but I do it anyway.
     
  17. JonM

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    you need a type 06 ffl to manufacturer ammunition or components for sale
     
  18. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    I just wanna buy 1500 little paperweights shaped like .45 caliber bullets.:rolleyes:
     
  19. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    You are absolutely correct. I must have forgetten about that after reading through all of the other replies.
     
  20. sputnik1988

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    This post lost me after 4.51 bullet.:confused: but you are absolutely correct... I think.:) I also would prefer an ACP cylinder for the hot loads and use economy loads in the Colt. But from what I hear a new cylinder would have to be headspaced.

    Also I don't want all of the ammo to be the really hot stuff, I only want about 100 rounds of that. I'd like the rest to be a little stout, but not necessarily explosive +P rhinoceros loads.:rolleyes:
     
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