How many rounds did you load in 2011?


December 31, 2011, 03:53 PM
Just finished some .45ACP. That’s it for 2011. My total for the year was 6,724.

I started loading in 1972. Since then (I keep good records), I’ve loaded a total of 196,000 rounds. Exactly. I couldn’t believe it when I punched the numbers into the calculator and came up with an even number. My yearly average was just over 5,000.

Most of what I loaded this year was 9mm, followed by .45ACP and .38 Short Colt.

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December 31, 2011, 04:03 PM
Wow, that's impressive. I have been loading for myself since 1999. I don't keep that good of records, but I can count my boxes. 2011 I only loaded 1850 rounds. The very large majority was .45ACP. Some of the other was .22-250, and .270.

December 31, 2011, 04:03 PM
I have loaded around 3500, just by counting the bullets i have bought and loaded. I am loving my lee classic turret press.

December 31, 2011, 04:28 PM
Japle, did you happen to work the numbers to determine your lifetime reloading savings? I bet that number would blow your mind!

December 31, 2011, 04:38 PM
Down from previous years...1800 rounds.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
December 31, 2011, 04:40 PM
More than some people and less than others.:confused:

In all honesty, I don't reload much these days and I also don't shoot much. I have ammo enough for each of my guns but not so much as to make the house cave in ((insert laughing-audience sounds here)).

I should get the junk off my workbench and reloading bench and perhaps whip up a batch or three.

December 31, 2011, 04:40 PM
about 1,000 pistol rounds and 500 rifle.

Rollis R. Karvellis
December 31, 2011, 04:51 PM
Right around 2000, if I, had made it home before the years end it would of been closer to 2500 because I, lucked into a .45 load on the first try.

December 31, 2011, 04:57 PM
Not Enough...

December 31, 2011, 05:18 PM
Around 3,000 .223.
450 .44 mag and spcl
250 .458 Socom
200 misc other

December 31, 2011, 05:30 PM
136 rifle rounds, but that was only from when I started in the middle of Oct to Dec, so prorated would be about 650. But I'll likely shoot a lot more in summer from now on.

I'd love to shoot pistol to get the round count up.

Happy New Year.

December 31, 2011, 05:36 PM
A good estimate for me would be about 8k for the year. And I'd be willing to bet 6k of that is 9mm. Two of my presses got a workout, one sat idle the whole year.

9MM - first
22-250 - second
25-06 - third
223 - fourth

Dillon 650 - 6k
Rock Chucker - 22-250, 223 and 25-06
Dillon 1050 - 0

Miata Mike
December 31, 2011, 05:55 PM
More than I shot. :banghead:

Maybe a couple thousand hand gun rounds and 600 rifle? It doesn't take long to use up the .223 rounds....

December 31, 2011, 06:13 PM
Japle, did you happen to work the numbers to determine your lifetime reloading savings? I bet that number would blow your mind!
Yes it would. :eek::what::D

I have reloaded over 300,000 rounds in 16 years and may go over million reloads before I die (I have been averaging 15K-20K per year and started reloading .223/.308 this year in addition to .38/.357/9/40/45 so the round count will increase in future years).

Using current factory ammo price of around $12/50 for 9mm to $28/50 for 45ACP ($0.24/round to $0.56/round), cost savings is substantial when I am averaging $5.50/50 for 9mm reloads to $6.50/50 for 45ACP reloads ($0.11 to $0.13). And chances are, cost of factory ammo and reloading components will only go higher in the future.
Factory 9mm/45ACP costs:
1,000,000 rounds x $0.24 = $240,000
1,000,000 rounds x $0.56 = $560,000

Reloaded 9mm/45ACP costs:
1,000,000 rounds x $0.11 = $110,000
1,000,000 rounds x $0.13 = $130,000

Cost savings:
9mm ~ $130,000
45ACP ~ $430,000

I didn't factor cost savings from rifle cartridges for this calculation.

December 31, 2011, 06:20 PM
bds, you want to see those numbers go really lopsided, start using lead for pistols. In the past 2 years I've probably done 12k of 9mm, all with a 147 gr lead bullet. The lead I get from a source that gets me wheelweights.

December 31, 2011, 06:28 PM
I loaded around 2800 rounds of 9mm and .45 ACP, but only shot half of them, mostly the .45s.

December 31, 2011, 06:32 PM
joed, 9mm reloading cost factored in jacketed/plated/lead bullets and 45ACP reloading cost factored in lead bullets for the calculations.

I have shot mostly jacketed/plated in 40S&W but have been testing Missouri bullets (140/155/170/180 gr) with good results so I will be shooting more lead in 40S&W in the future.

December 31, 2011, 06:35 PM
I just looked at my log book earlier.

~5500 9mm
~1500 45acp
19 7mm Rem Mag
50 308 Win
357 Mag 50

I just got my 45acp in May so still building up brass. I will be loading ~3000 45acp next year alone with 5000 9mm. Not sure on the rifle loads but I know I will load a few.

The problem about figuring cost is the material cost always fluctuates from year to year more so lately. I know in the 70s-80s primers/ powder/ bullets where pretty flat. And since I was not buying loaded ammo I do not recall what they ran. But in most all cases you could load pistol for about the same price regardless of caliber. Don't recall what rifle ammo cost without looking at some old powder cans.

But in any case you saved some Big Money over the years.

December 31, 2011, 07:12 PM
bds, I was never big on lead in autos. Unfortunately our club has steel targets on my favorite range and only lead bullets are allowed. I had one 9mm mold from when I had a casting business so started using it. Also have a .45 acp mold and will try that one next. I don't own a .40 but wish I did, I'm not a big fan of the 9mm.

December 31, 2011, 07:22 PM
Used 18,400 primers for my match/practic/play ammo along with another 5-6 hundred for other rounds.

December 31, 2011, 07:57 PM
Last time I checked my log the total was between 1800 and 1900. Most of these were .40 S&W, .38SPL, .357, 9mm, and .223, and all were on a single stage press.

I shot maybe twice that many, which means I have some brass around.

December 31, 2011, 08:02 PM
I have loaded this amount 500 this month witch was my slow month.

December 31, 2011, 08:18 PM
From 12/23/11 to 12/31/11

38 sp=798
total: 1391

Just got back into reloading this month after a 10+ year hiatus.

December 31, 2011, 08:21 PM
I've just been reloading since April, 2011. My total for the year is about 4,000, both .45 and 9mm

December 31, 2011, 08:22 PM
I load 1, 50 round box of ammo everyday except on Christmas day and my birthday. I have done this for the last 4 years. Hope to have a good supply stocked up in 2-3 more years. Cast my own boolits and buy primes and powder in bulk, some jacketed for rifles. All stored in sheetmetal lined palett boxes for when if.

Para Cassatt
December 31, 2011, 08:57 PM
It's been a slower year for me with
700-380 acp
400- 45 Colt
100- 30-30

December 31, 2011, 08:58 PM
I keep a log in Excel which is easy to filter and count.

380: 188
9mm: 1577
40: 82
223: 115
38: 145
357: 10
Total: 2117, at least 3/4 of them on my Lee Turret

December 31, 2011, 09:52 PM
What are you guys using to keep your records on? I have logs for the ammo I load but nothing to keep track of total rounds or total componets used.

December 31, 2011, 09:55 PM
I use an Excel spreadsheet. It's easy to track everything, and can be filtered. If you'd like, PM me your email address and I'll send you a copy.

December 31, 2011, 10:04 PM
What are you guys using to keep your records on?
I do it by keeping track of how many primers I have used (of course the total number of primers is adjusted continuously for primers purchased).

Total # of primers - primers on hand = rounds reloaded.

December 31, 2011, 10:39 PM
Wuz I supposed to keep count, keep track? Besides, it's none of yer D*** business. What are you a govmint spy?

Same answer here as on TFL.

December 31, 2011, 11:07 PM
What are you guys using to keep your records on? I have logs for the ammo I load but nothing to keep track of total rounds or total componets used.

My logs have the number of rounds loaded in each particular reloading session. So, the number of components is easy to calculate. Not sure why I would want to but if I need it, it is there. I do not keep track rounds fired except for a few rifles I want to keep track of the use on the barrel.

I check my inventory of components on hand periodically to determine when I need to resupply.

I do not keep track of factory ammunition shot except for the rifles mentioned above. Besides, I don't hardly shoot any factory compared to the volume of reloads.

December 31, 2011, 11:16 PM
I loaded and shot a lot less this year than past years. (health reasons)

December 31, 2011, 11:30 PM
Have not done much handgun shooting in the last couple of years(and I can tell it when I do unlimber a revolver and try to hit something), but have been doing a lot of banging with the .308s. Probably around 1500 centerfire rifle ctgs.

El Guero
January 1, 2012, 12:18 AM
Only got started this year so maybe about 1250 rounds of 38 Special, 100 rounds .357, and 40 rounds of 30-30.

January 1, 2012, 12:31 AM
About 1500 of .223
About 300 of 6.8 SPC
Even 100 of 30-06

Did not make any pistol ammo this year. I have a working stock of about 5000 .40 brass for plinking/target. I ran that through between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year and I still have 1400 rounds of that left.

January 1, 2012, 12:45 AM
I just started reloading this year.

This year I reloaded the following:

8030 .45 ACP (99% of it was 200gr LSWC)
2500 9mm Luger (99% of it was 124gr LTC)
72 .270 Win (hunting rounds)
1325 .223 Remington (just got my AR a few months ago. loaded up plinking & target rounds)

Hondo 60
January 1, 2012, 01:33 AM
Not enough - lol

My clean brass count is over 10,000
I've probably got about 8,000 loaded in various calibers.

But I need more $$ for bullets, primers & powder.
I'm guessing the $$ part is the same as most folks. :(

One New Years resolution is to keep count of how much I reload & how much I shoot.

January 1, 2012, 02:01 AM
Due to illness, not nearly enough. :banghead:

January 1, 2012, 02:41 AM
loaded approx 6,000 this year mostly pistol in .40 .38 9mm .357 .44mag .44special the savings in $ is huge. Penn bullets help keep costs down. Great quality with good prices. Everything is bought in bulk. Great hobby!!

January 1, 2012, 10:03 AM
What are you guys using to keep your records on? I have logs for the ammo I load but nothing to keep track of total rounds or total componets used.
I use a large journal that I “acquired” when I was in the Air Force. I can look up what bullet, powder, powder weight, primer and case I used, the number of rounds loaded, the velocity and SD of the load and the date I loaded the rounds.

There have been many times when I got an idea about a terrific new load, only to find out I’d tried it before and it sucked.
It’s good not to repeat your mistakes.

Big Nugget
January 1, 2012, 10:14 AM
Just started reloading this year in Sept on a Rock chucker.

I've done around 1700. Waiting to get my order of 2000 MO bullets to get started again. :)

January 1, 2012, 10:30 AM
I don't know. A lot I think (maybe 10,000+). Wife and I shoot weekly around 100 rounds each of .357 mag handgun ammo. I don't even know how much rifle ammo (not NEARLY that much). I won't even get into how much smallbore ammo/year.

January 1, 2012, 04:19 PM
~1K .40 and 600 various rifle on a single stage press.

A Pause for the Coz
January 1, 2012, 04:27 PM
Holy cow!!! Some of you guys sure know how to put the hammer down.

I think I got around 5000 + or -

And I thought I was pounding them.

January 1, 2012, 10:57 PM
In 2011 I reloaded 12,500 40 S&W's, and 7,500 9mm's using two Dillon square deals set up next to each other.

January 1, 2012, 10:58 PM
I just tear off the lid to the 1K count primer carton and throw them in the drawer. Count them at the end of the year.

9mm: 15,000 rounds
45acp: 2,000 rounds
38spl: 1,000 rounds
380acp: 100 rounds
223: 1,000 rounds
308: 50 rounds

These are estimations, but accurate enough. I started casting my own boolits this year, so my 9mm consumption took off.

Pete D.
January 2, 2012, 08:19 AM
Shotshells - between 8K and 10K of 12 gauge. A few hundred more 20's and .410s
.45 ACP - 2050.
.30-06 - 200
.44 Magnum - 200
.38 Special - 200.
.223 Rem - 200


January 2, 2012, 09:13 AM
24K 45ACP and another 3K - 4K odds and ends.

I know a few guys that crank out ammo like greedy counterfeiters print bogus bills; easily into six figures.

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