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Hornady's free bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RM, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. RM

    RM Well-Known Member

    Hornady offers 1000 free bullets with the purchase of one of their progressive presses. Their .45 caliber bullets (for example) sell for $28.77 per hundred. That adds up to $287.70. That seems like a large rebate on a $400. purchase. What's the catch?
  2. john1911

    john1911 Well-Known Member

    Don't know. Maybe it doesn't cost them that much to make the bullets?
  3. welshgrouser

    welshgrouser Well-Known Member

    It will cost you shipping also...

    I was not overly impressed by the selection of bullets they let you chose from either (you have to chose from there selected list of bullets and calibers).
  4. SASS#23149

    SASS#23149 Well-Known Member

    29.00 a hundred is high for bullets,so I'm sure they have some 'wiggle room' in thier pricing that allows them to do this.
    Local jacketed bullets...not hornad..are about half that price..
  5. MGD 45

    MGD 45 Well-Known Member

    Guys, I bought the Hornady Lock-N-Load press from Midsouth shooter's supply for $309.00 on sale. I checked off on the form that I wanted the .40 caliber bullets. I sent in a check to cover the shipping cost which was about $12...(I think). 4 weeks later I received 10 (100 count) boxes of XTP/HP .40 caliber bullets. This is still about $200 + dollars worth of bullets for free & if you subtract that from my cost of the press.......the press cost me.....maybe $100......not bad.
  6. pinkymingeo

    pinkymingeo Well-Known Member

    Get the press and you're far from done. Shellplates. Pickup tubes. Quick change powder drops. Powder thru expanders. Maybe some dies. They make plenty.
  7. Kentucky Jelly

    Kentucky Jelly Well-Known Member

    I bought the LNL AP also. I chose the 1,000 .40 S&W XTP HP bullets. A factory box of 20 retails around here for 17.99. That would cost about $900 for 1,000 rounds of factory hornady XTP HP. I figure the first run will make up the cost of all my hardware and supplies.

    Don't forget you also get 100 free bullets for each die set you buy too. So far I have purchase 10mm/.40, 45acp, and .270win die sets. Had 2 buy 2 shell plates (.270 and .45 use same one). I did purchase powder through expanders for .40 and .45. And the Powder cop die. I will handload the powder for the .270.

    Anyway a box of 20 Hornady 130 gr .270 rounds cost over a dollar a round. So the cost of the die will be covered in the first run of 100. And 100 .270 rounds will last me a while.

    Same can be said for just about any caliber. The shipping on the 1,000 was 21.95, and 6.95 on the 100. I plan on getting any die I may need this year.

    Oh and I love my Hornady hardware so far. the only thing is alot of Hornady stuff is sold out at the major online retailers due to the bullet rebate. I had to order my stuff from 5 or 6 different sites.
  8. layusn1

    layusn1 Well-Known Member

    That bites...that is a lot of extra shipping charges to figure into your math too...

    I have 2 of the New Dimension die sets, 243 Win and 223 Rem. I love the bullet seater sleeve. I also noticed the sizing die has a hole where excess lube squeezes out which is awesome...no more dimples...lol.
  9. Sommerled

    Sommerled Well-Known Member

    I got one a month ago and recieved 1000 240 gr 44mag bullets after doing the little bit of paper work and sending them a check for about $13.

    I think it is a great deal, they are probably engaging in some aggressive marketing to increase market share. God Bless America! and free enterprise.
  10. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

  11. 0reo

    0reo New Member

    How do Hornady's rebate bullets (.40cal particularly) rank for self defense purposes when compared to other top end bullets like the Win Ranger bonded, etc.?
  12. Kentucky Jelly

    Kentucky Jelly Well-Known Member

    I have recovered some bullets I shot, and they expanded really well and stayed in one piece.
  13. VARifleman

    VARifleman Well-Known Member

    Are you going to work up another load with another manufacturer's bullet after you get done with those or are you going to buy more hornady bullets of the same type? Probably more hornady bullets.
  14. bobotech

    bobotech Well-Known Member

    Their offer was slightly different last year. They gave you 500 free bullets even if you bought the Classic press alone (not the whole kit, but just the press). I bought a NOS Classic press for single stage loading from my local dealer. The box had a catalog from 2005 in it, so it had sat around for a while. I paid 89 dollars for the press.

    Sent in my rebate and got 5 boxes of 230 grain hollow point XTPs in .451. I ended up getting over 100 dollars in bullets for a press that I paid 89 dollars for.

    I was plenty happy with that deal.

    Too bad that they changed it to you getting only 100 bullets with the classic press this year.
  15. MinnMooney

    MinnMooney Well-Known Member

    *** NO CATCH ***

    I bought my Lock-N-Load AP from Natchez Shooter's Supply for only about $350 (incl. S&H) !! They are out-of-stock right now but put your name on their list and you'll probably be notified fairly soon. At their price of $338 + S&H, it's well worth the wait.

    I bought 2 die sets from them, also, and so I ordered 1200 bullets. The 1000 .45ACP 230 GR HP/XTP are great. They will make awesome self-defence loads and the deal makes them cheap enough so I can actually PRACTICE with the loads that I'll be relying on in critical situations.

    I also sent in for 200 of the 6MM .243 100 GR BTSP which are extremely accurate.

    What a Deal !!
  16. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    id rather buy a lee then i will have a lot more money to buy bullets
  17. putteral

    putteral Well-Known Member

    Me Too!!!
  18. shadowalker

    shadowalker Well-Known Member

    I got my 1000 bullets within a month when I got my LNL, it is a very good press, it did take a couple hundred rounds to get everything worked out but that is to be expected.

    The XTP is a good bullet, it doesn't expand as fast or as much as Gold Dot but does expand and features deeper penetration which is a huge plus for me.

    7.0 grains of Longshot and a 180 grain 40 S&W XTP does 1046 FPS in my Sig P229, max is 8 grains I believe.
  19. Rmeju

    Rmeju Well-Known Member

    I got mine from Midsouth - $309

    I got the 230 grain HP/XTPs - $12.95 shipping

    Those are the bullets in all my carry piece ammo.

    It's a GREAT deal. Yes, there are far, far cheaper bullets out there. I shoot a lot of lead. THESE bullets are high quality. If you don't have any use for them, then take that into account when you're valuing the free bullets.

    I really like the way the 45 HP/XTP's shoot. The only reason not to go with the Hornady is if you don't like that actual press and prefer the operation of a Lee/Dillon/RCBS. They're all solid but all have their problems. I like my Hornday, and I really like my free, high quality bullets.


  20. Hunter0924

    Hunter0924 Well-Known Member

    It is a great deal, though some complain about selection (which makes little sense to me).
    I mean the list is pretty comprehensive so you should be able to find a caliber you shoot.
    Not really fair to compare Hornady to Lee, 2 different presses in price and quality.

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