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kellyj00
April 13, 2007, 11:27 AM
I'm just starting into reloading. After reading many many posts and websites about the topic, I've made a shopping list but have yet to place the order.

Personally, I shoot about 100 rounds per month... usually less... because walmart whitebox is about $26 per 100 now.... so each time I pull the trigger on my 1911 it's like watching 26 cents fly down range. a full magazine of 8 rounds costs me $2, and that just ain't worth it.

I, and a few friends and family, would like to shoot more but cost has become and issue especially since there's one ar-15 in the group and .223 ain't cheap either. We've been saving brass the past few months and have quite a bit together, so there's that additional savings there of making stuff from what used to be my trash. (I know, I was misguided to just put the stuff in the brass bucket and drive away, still kick myself over it)

We're going to start into reloading to save some $$$, and as a neat little hobby that as always fascinated me. We're going to start off doing just .45acp and go into other calibers, including .223, later. After much consideration, I've decided on cast lead bullets to use for all my reloads. From Midway, they're about 5.6 cents a piece... I don't think I'm ready to start casting my own bullets, and I don't have an adequate supply of lead like wheelweights to do this cheaply anyhow. Is there any place to get them cheaper?

Primers are $20 for 1000...figured can't find em any cheaper than that so I'll get them locally. Powder's about 16 per pound, so locally there too. I'm thinking w231 for now.

I'm paying about $81 for the Lee Anniversary reload kit + book. I figure getting started is going to cost about $170 bucks or so with the raw materials for the 500 or so .45acp rounds we're gonna make. plus a caliber and a gauge for the .45 acp and the dies.

Does this all sound right? are their any hidden 'gotchas' I should consider before ordering?

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Dustinthewind
April 13, 2007, 11:44 AM
Buy the ABC'S OF Rloading and study it first. Loading .45 acp is pretty straight forward and you should have the basic necessities in the Lee anniversary kit. As far as supplies, check out Powder Valley in Winfield Ks. They have the best prices that I have found on powder, primers, and bullets. .45 bullets are a weighty item and the shipping can be expensive but the lack of sales tax when ordering sometimes offsets the shipping. Winfield is about a two hour drive for me so the price of gas figures into my expenses.

kellyj00
April 13, 2007, 01:03 PM
no joke? I'll look into this Powder Valley place next time I'm down there to buy firearms at Dave's gun shop... it's only open from 12-5 Wed-Saturday, but that guy has the cheapest prices I've seen anywhere....just wish he wasn't an hour drive away for me.

Where do you live Dustinthewind?

Walkalong
April 13, 2007, 01:40 PM
....just wish he wasn't an hour drive away for me.

Just wish he was that close to me.:)

Dustinthewind
April 13, 2007, 01:57 PM
kellyj00
I live in Hutchinson. Me and a couple of friends carpool down that way when we need to stock up. They have a website www.powdervalleyinc.com

DaveInFloweryBranchGA
April 13, 2007, 02:33 PM
If you're considering purchasing reloading equipment, you might want to read the sticky for new reloaders at the top of the forum. Could save you a good bit of headaches and cost getting started.

Regards,

Dave

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