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Why I Reload
« on: January 08, 2010, 10:57:32 pm »
I just calculated my cost of a single 9mm load that I reload. $0.10 per round. 

I compare that to what normally runs at local stores, which comes out to $0.28 per round.   I save $9.00 per box.  That's a savings of over 64%!

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And that's on quite possibly the cheapest centerfire pistol cartridge out there!   When I start looking at .357 magnum or .45 ACP, I just giggle.

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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #1 on: January 08, 2010, 11:02:33 pm »
    Wait until you calculate how much you can save by casting your own bullets.

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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #2 on: January 08, 2010, 11:20:51 pm »
    One day.  One day...:)

    And to think, people were selling boxes of 9mm for 30 dollars per 50 at the gunshow I just went to.

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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010, 02:33:57 pm »
    If it weren't for reloading, many of us might not have progressed much past .22 rimfires.
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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #4 on: January 09, 2010, 05:11:11 pm »
    Because I suck at math:

    How did you determine that you save 64%?
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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #5 on: January 09, 2010, 08:10:30 pm »
    I'm afraid to calculate the "true" cost of my casting and reloading, especially if I were to include equipment costs and the value of an hour of my time at my day job.  But for a hobby, reloading and casting bullets is hell on wheels.  My time in the shop is my "therapy time" to clear my mind from the daily grind by concentraing on reloading.  I look at it that way, so powder and primer for handgun rounds is maybe 4 cents for each primer, a penny and a half for about 5 grains of powder, and next to nothing for the bullets.  A lot of time goes into all this but to me, that's the same as time spent fishing is to other people.

    Another reason to reload that I've learned though is how much reloading teaches you!  Reload for 380 and for 9mm, and then you'll TRULY appreciate the potency difference between the two similar rounds.  Reloading (& casting) is fun, saves $, and educational!
    « Last Edit: January 10, 2010, 10:10:43 pm by xsquidgator »

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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #6 on: January 10, 2010, 09:22:37 am »
    xsquidgator,
    When figuring the cost of reloading and the savings, don't forget to balance your therapy time, day job pay and the cost of visiting a psychiatrist.
    Chances are that reloading is a bigger bargain than you figured.
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    « Reply #7 on: January 13, 2010, 07:53:29 am »
    I figured out my .38 Special reloads made with bullets I cast myself were so much fun, both to reload, and to shoot, that the big cost saving was really just a bonus. Why more folks don't do it, I don't know.
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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #8 on: January 13, 2010, 08:11:33 am »
    I'm finding that any alleged savings are offset by shooting up the difference.....and buying new reloading whiz-bangs.

    Instead of expending one $20 box of factory ammo, I'm expending three $7 boxes of some-assembly-required ammo....and buying a new caliper, or scale, or powder measure, or die set.....

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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #9 on: January 13, 2010, 09:16:16 am »
    I'm getting into reloading this year out of necessity.

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    And the only player is Cor Bon and they want $39.48 per box of 20. Besides, their bullet choice is lame. I'm going to buy some Barnes XPB's and Belt Mountain "Punch" bullets. Those punch bullets are $2.50 each! So yeah, I'll also buy a bunch of FMJ's for "plinking".

    So yes, I'm going to cut my reloading teeth on .44 Automag. Then I can go ahead with the mundane task of loading 9mm and .45 ACP. :devillol
    « Last Edit: January 14, 2010, 01:38:57 am by HiVelSword »
    To all those killed by a 9mm, "Get up! You are not dead! You were shot with a useless cartridge!" -HVS

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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #10 on: January 14, 2010, 09:32:34 am »
    If you've got the money and know-how, you could always rig up an automated progressive press for those.

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    « Reply #11 on: January 14, 2010, 11:40:10 am »
    If you've got the money and know-how, you could always rig up an automated progressive press for those.

    The extent of my reloading knowledge stems from reading load data in gun rags and on the interwebz. I've also watched a friend reload for about 10 minutes. I think I pulled the lever a couple of times.

    That's it.

    So it will be a slow process but I like slow. And I like it's sibling "careful".  Especially if it involves stuff that could blow me up.  :devillol

    But I'm really not nervous. In fact, I'm actually really looking forward to crafting my own ammo. Can't wait!  ;D
    To all those killed by a 9mm, "Get up! You are not dead! You were shot with a useless cartridge!" -HVS

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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #12 on: January 14, 2010, 04:30:56 pm »
    It's pretty fun when you get into  it.  I started because I was too young to buy ammo at the store. :)

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    « Reply #13 on: January 14, 2010, 05:08:58 pm »
    I find that if I factor in the time value, it's more expensive for me to reload calibers like 9mm.  It's cheaper for me to buy bulk if I just want to shoot.  I reload those calibers for performance.  Other calibers, like 44 mag, and hunting rifle ammo, it is definitely cheaper to reload, even factoring in the time value.
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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #14 on: January 14, 2010, 09:35:26 pm »
    Great hobby to get into.  Spend winter loading up and the rest of the year shooting at will.  Great fun to see faces look at you like you're crazy to shoot 500 rounds of 357 mag in a day.  "Holy cow, that must cost a lot!"  Nope. Cost me about 3.60 a box is all.   

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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #15 on: January 14, 2010, 11:27:30 pm »
    I find that if I factor in the time value, it's more expensive for me to reload calibers like 9mm.  It's cheaper for me to buy bulk if I just want to shoot.  I reload those calibers for performance.  Other calibers, like 44 mag, and hunting rifle ammo, it is definitely cheaper to reload, even factoring in the time value.

    Yeah, that makes sense. I'll save up and buy 9mm in bulk and just reload for .44 AMP and up. Well, maybe .45 ACP too...
    To all those killed by a 9mm, "Get up! You are not dead! You were shot with a useless cartridge!" -HVS

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    Re: Why I Reload
    « Reply #16 on: January 26, 2010, 11:32:13 pm »
    I used to primarily reload my "expensive" calibers-.357. .44. 10MM.

    Other calibers were cheap enough that once I factored in my (lack) of free time, buying for example, bulk .223, I was better off buying "pre-made"

    Now, it makes sense to reload all my centerfire.

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