Reloading vs Ready to Shoot

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by Shooter, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Shooter

    Shooter Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    I'm trying to put together some info on reloading cost, versus purchasing ammo.

    Anyone care to share how much they spend on reloading and what the over all cost per round is?
  2. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Well-Known Member

    I havent started reloading yet this is going to be interesting thread. I have heard you wont save much money reloading but you will shoot more :confused:

  3. duster066

    duster066 Well-Known Member Supporting

    By using wheel weights to cast bullets, and scrounged brass from the range I can reload 45acp for about 5 bucks a box. It probably costs a little more for the energy to melt the lead and a little gas money. 357 and 44 are a bit more because brass is hard to come by for free, but they are still way cheaper than factory ammo. I load some of them up plenty hot too. I figure for hunting or SD rounds I'm only going to use one or two at a time so I'm not worried about leading up a barrel. For plinkers I load them light and have very little leading problems.
  4. squirrelhunter

    squirrelhunter Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

    I haven't figured it up since I started reloading,that's been about 20 years,but at that time it cost about half as much to reload.That's with figuring using the same brass about 6 or 7 times. The longer the brass lasts the more you save basically.I don't cast though and could save more if I did.Like I said though,I haven't figured it up in a long time,things could've changed.
  5. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

    There are a lot of variables.
    I buy my primers by the 1000. So, what are they now a days? Maybe $30 or $.03 each.
    Bullets really vary based on caliber, weight, lead, jacketed, supplier, mfg., type.
    Powder cost also varies. Most is $20 - $30 a pound. Depends on how much powder you use per shell and the type of powder.
    Just so many variables. The only way to compare is to chose one or two calibers and develop a load to compare with.
    Years ago, one could save about 50% compared to new shells, even if you bought factory bullets. I reload center-fire rifle shells. I feel like I'm saving some money but I like to be able to vary from what is available on the shelves. For example, I load 30-30s with a 125 gr. flat nosed hollow point, for coyotes and load my 35 Rem. with Hornady 180 gr. XTP for whitetails. I also loaded both with the Hornady FTX Bullets.
    I would reload pistol shells like the .357, 44 mag. and 41 mag. However, I would not reload pistol shells like 9 mm or 45 acp. The saving is minimal unless you cast you bullets.
    I load my own 12 ga. shot shells. Last time I checked, they cost me $4.85 a box for a quality shell compared to $6+ for the cheap stuff at Walmart.
    So, there is at least a 20% savings, maybe more, and you get a quality load that was made by you. And you can customize a load that isn't sold in the stores. I shoot a lot of 1 oz. high speed loads in my 12 ga.
    If you want to pick a cartridge or 2 for us to build on, we'll be glad to put something together for you to compare. I'll have to search the web for prices cause I've lost track. Haven't bought anything in the last year or so.
    Don't forget, you're looking at a couple hundred buck, or more, for equipment to get started. And if you cast your own bullets, that's another investment plus the hassle of finding a lead supplier.
    Hope this helps.

  6. duster066

    duster066 Well-Known Member Supporting

    If you can find lead cheap casting doesn't have to be a major expense. The only tools I bought were the cheap Lee molds, a pot, and a ladle. A pot can be any old second hand cast iron pot. I use a hot plate, spoons (I stole em from the kitchen) coffee's cheap and I like doing it. I don't size yet and I tumble lube. If I start getting into rifle or really tuning loads then the cost will go up for a few more tools.
  7. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

  8. Bucky

    Bucky Well-Known Member

    My prices, for reloading
    Powders..$45 500 grms, or 7,700 grains/container
    Brass.......$65/100 to $100/100, depending on calibre.....Once fired $20 to $25/100, everything
    Projectiles..$30 per 100 (55gr Nosler Balistic tips, 224 cal. to $130/100, again depending on calibre and mamufacturer)

    we are getting ripped a bit, but thats the way it is
  9. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

    I bought lead at .85/lb. I have 100 lbs stored.
    Powder I use is $24.99/lb. Loading my 45 Colt ammo at 12.6 gr. per round I get 555 (+1) rounds per pound.
    Primers were $30 per 1000. I don't know what they are now.
    Cases typically were $22.95 per 100 when I bought them from Sinclair 6 months ago.
    My figures come out to $.322 per cartridge for 45 LC. Brass cost is written off until I need new brass. Next loading is $.23 less per cartridge because I write off the brass. It is the only reusable part. However I have been known to pick up 30 pounds of lead and several hundred brass at the outdoor range during wait times.. Not 45 LC brass but enough 45 ACP and 9mm to offset costs of the other components.
  10. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

    Right now the exchange rate is .96 (U.S.) = 1.00 (Aus.)

    Primers are a bargin down under....About $33 per 1000 here
    Brass is high there...Starline (from the Factory) is avg. $110 per 500(PISTOL) here with free shipping
    Projectiles.....About the same
    Powder is goin for avg. $23 Lb.
  11. Spoon

    Spoon Well-Known Member

    Seems folks have 'splaned' it putry good. B4 CT...9s were about $6.40/box of 50, 38s a bit less and rifle rounds and the like were about $10-$13 for top shelf components tailored to fit the weapon's tastes. Casting your own, CHEAP if you don't include the molds. Borrowing good molds from a buddy can make for cheap pills to perch upon handgun or reduced rifle rounds if you can get your metal to the right hardness/softness. Haven't cast in a long, long time, but pretty cheap per piece with Lee Tumble Lube styles for handguns. More $$$ if you have to size/lube/punch, all depends on each's abilities and preferences. Pooling resources may become a way of life if the ANTIs don't get their legs folded out from under them; that doesn't look promising. UN ATT may be signed TODAY :mad:, that's a whole nuther story. GRrrrrrr
  12. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

    This is some good stuff! Thanks
  13. Bucky

    Bucky Well-Known Member

  14. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Well-Known Member

    Are you serious :eek:
  15. Bucky

    Bucky Well-Known Member

    Bugger me

    Please drop 1 Zero off that

    Sorry about the "typo"
  16. Groffeaston

    Groffeaston Active Member

    :eek: Holly Crap!! The Last time I bought .270 win Remington ammo it was $10 to $12 a box for 20 rounds. Federal Premium ammo was about $10 more a box. Now the prices are double to triple what they were just 3 to 5 years ago!

    The last time I bought.30-30 win Remington ammo, it was $5 to $6 a box of 20 rounds and Federal Premium was $15 to $20 a box of 20 rounds. Now Federal Premium is $30 to $50 a box of 20 rounds!

    I still have some of both left, because I have not been able to get out and shoot that much due to a bulging disc in my lower back causing severe pain. Once that gets taken care of then I am going to start reloading!! I only have just a couple of pieces of odds and ends equipment to get and the Powder, Primer, Brass, and Bullets to get.