What's your cost per round?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by ScottA, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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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?
     
  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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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.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.

    Handloading Cost Calculator
     
  4. Squirrel_Slayer

    Squirrel_Slayer New Member

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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.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Maybe I need to start casting....
     
  7. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I cast my own lead too. I am about .05 or .06 for any pistol round including 44 mag.
     
  8. Logan2302

    Logan2302 New Member

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

    willfully armed New Member

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    I'm between .07-.11 depending on caliber. Using plated bullets. Not factoring brass, as its been loaded multiple times.
     
  10. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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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.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
  11. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    It is not just about how much you save. Before I started reloading I was lucky to get to the range once a month. I would maybe shoot 50 rounds of 9mm and a bunch of 22lr. Now I shoot sometimes multiple trips a week. I will often shoot 300-400 rounds a month at a minimum. I now own 18 handguns and 11 rifles. I handload for and shoot everyone of them. There is no way I could afford to do all this if I was not reloading.
    Then there is the awesomeness of wildcatting! Don't get me started there.
     
  12. Justen.223

    Justen.223 New Member

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    I think that pretty well sums it up. I got lucky enough to have a kid that interested in it...in fact it some times annoying to walk in from a hard day at work and get swarmed with "Dad can we go load, can we, can we, can we?"
     
  13. Eric0424

    Eric0424 New Member

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    The best I've loaded for 45APC was $0.174 each using Rainier bullets, my own brass, Hodgdon Clays and Remington primers. ($8.70 /50-rounds)

    Clearly we don't all load for the same reasons. A lot of people reload to save on ammunition, some load to tailor a load to their firearm, others reload simply because they want to reload. The savings, more accurate, consistent and tailor made ammunition is just a byproduct for some of us.

    Also, where are you getting primers for $20/1000?? I need to buy from these people.
     
  14. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    These are primers I am still working on from before the primer shortage where people were buying primers for $400 for 5k.

    The last primers I got were just over $200 for 10k. I got 5k small rifle and 5k large rifle. I am set for a long long time.

    The primers I got were wolf and I tell you what. I am sold. My AR loves them and shoots just under .3" groups at 100 yards with wolf primers.

    Widener's Reloading and Shooting Supply INC
     
  15. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I go through a lot of 45 ACP and 9mm shooting USPSA
    My cost is
    45Auto is $14.80 per 100(.148/round) using CCI primers, WST powder and 230gr Precision Coated (black bullets).

    9mm is 11.48 per 100(.115/round) using Fed primers, VV N320 powder and 147gr precision's

    5.56 practice ammo is 19.14 per 100 (.191/rd) using CCI #41, Ramshot TAC and 55gr rem fmjs

    It could be less but the smoke from cast lead creates a problem for me for action pistol, so thats why I buy the slightly more expensive moly/poly coated lead. I'm still buying powder by the pound and primers by the 1000, need to start buying in bulk to trim cost a bit more
     
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  16. Eric0424

    Eric0424 New Member

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    I see, thought there might be someone selling primers at 30% off. I was one of the unfortunates who got reamed on Gun Broker during the component and ammo shortage. I needed large pistol primers for the 45-auto I just bought and had to pay $85.00 for just 1000. :mad: Luckily, I already had small pistol and large rifle, so I was able to make them last until the shortage eased up and prices came back down to earth. I just shot the centerfire weapons a little more conservatively and ran through more rimfire. I was able to get 22lr and 17HMR without too much trouble.

    I haven't tried the Wolf primers yet, I've used CCI mostly, but also some Federal, Remington, PMC and Winchester, just nothing from Wolf yet.