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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Satasaurus, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. 35 Whelen

    35 Whelen Well-Known Member

    Exactly. This same thing occurred to me after I posted above. Excellent point!
  2. Stainz

    Stainz Well-Known Member


    For a fellow who'd rather be shooting & reloading than doing math, you sure used it a lot in your earlier replies (#24, 64, & 111).

    As for using a new progressive press vs an inherited single stage, I guess I am guilty of spending what would have bought a nice firearm on equipment all at one time. Within a month of starting, I had made up 2,100 .45 Colts - which passed the break-even point on my amortized, actually 'rationalized', equipment expense. I've never had to buy a .32 S&WL, .38 Spcl, .44 Magnum, or .45 Colt case - folks donate them to me all of the time. I have bought fresh new Starline .45ACP brass - it loads into moonclips by hand and doesn't have extractor/ejector scars like range sweepings do. Revolvers deserve nice looking brass (This is a revolver forum...). While I have a lifetime supply of .357M brass, once again, Starline loads into my 627's X8 'clips more easily, so I bought some just for that purpose. I also have had to buy a few .44 Russians & Specials over the years - folks tend to keep them. Then there is the now-all-but-obsolete .327 Federal Magnum (CA, S&W, & Taurus have dropped their so-chambered revolvers. Starline has no brass in stock and it's not in their schedule.) - I found the Starline .327 brass in-stock - ordered it - and may have it in May. The loaded ammo is hard to find - Federal has other priorities.

    There is another reason to reload. As an example, about eight years ago, I bought 300 once used .32-20 cases - took .010" off the rim thickness by sanding them on a flat; took .024" off the rim OD on a micro lathe; size them in a carbide M1 Carbine sizer (Fed SP primer); load 100gr .313" LDEWC over 1.8-2.7 gr Titegroup (I had to modify the Dillon's powder measure) using a modified .32 S&WL die, and, voila, ammo for my 1895 Nagant revolver! Oh sure, there was the weak Ruskie target ammo - when you could find it - and Fiocchi had some $55-$60/50 ammo. My homebrews didn't bridge the b/c gap, but at least I can reload it. Starline briefly made the right brass, but it's thin mouth tore when reloading, so they quickly dropped it. So, add making oddball ammo to the reasons to reload. Of course, PRVI Partizan (Serbia) makes the correct ammo now - $24/50. Yeah, it bridges the gap - and I might get a reload out of it... they had it in stock, too!


    PS Normally, you amortize equipment that wears out - hardly a problem with Dillon's 'no bull' promise. Still, it allows clearing equipment costs to the point of little if any salvage value. Thus, as I am abt to do when I tire of a 'thing', I can 'donate' it, should my son not want it, to the thrift stores, etc, as I do regularly these days... just too much 'stuff' around here - and turning sixty-five is just weeks away. I sold my last Alfa Romeo eons ago - my sailboat, too. It really is like golf, I suppose... and the cost is for the fun involved. BTW, my favorite golf hole is the windmill - the pirate's head is next...
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2013
  3. 35 Whelen

    35 Whelen Well-Known Member

    You're right. I should clarify that I thoroughly enjoy calculating my savings, but find the thought of agonizing over equipment costs vs. savings horribly boring.

    And thank you for researching my posts. I'm flattered. :)
  4. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    it gives us something to do,if the wife see's your busy,no honey-do's,bores the wife,so she stays away,and it's better than spending it on ladies shoes.
  5. monet61

    monet61 Well-Known Member

    I reload .45 Colt, .45 ACP,.38Sp,.357. I shoot a LOT of them. Once I started reloading I realized that I liked it. Kinda Zen. I have friends that I give
    my 9mm and .223 brass and they give me the stuff mentioned above. And I pick up brass every time I shoot. It is a good thing for me. I have enjoyed this thread.
  6. Stainz

    Stainz Well-Known Member


    Please, please - don't be flattered - I'm just anal about remembering humorous posts - and I've been here since the first post.


    Great idea - to stay away from 'honey do's' - priceless! It kept me from weedeatting the yard today!

  7. gahunter12

    gahunter12 Well-Known Member

    You will save a lot of money per round, but will spend the same or more over all with the ability to shoot a heck of alot more. I stocked up on over 20,000 primers last year at $28/1,000, 10,000 bullets, and picked up 24lb of powder in preparation of last years election. I started loading late 2008 during the first election, and seen the craze.

    I am still loading on last years stock, and will for most of the year. I just picked up 7,000 primers about 3 weeks ago to replace the 7k that I have loaded since January for $36/1k.

    My wife's 38spl loads cost $12.40/100 or $124/1k (Platted bullets, CCI primers, W231 powder.

    My 40, and .45 loads are as follows.
    40s&w cost 14.51/ 100, or 145.15/1k. (Platted bullets, CCI primers, WST powder).

    .45acp cost 12.36/100, or 123.60/1k (Lead bullets, CCI Primers, and WST powder).
  8. Fire_Moose

    Fire_Moose Well-Known Member

    With the exception of "years ago"....I'm glad I started when i did, Dec. Of '11. Had to be ready for 12/21 eh?

    Found I loved it and started building a very modest stock. I was waiting til Feb of this year to finally pay off my truck and be able to build a larger buffer. Well that didn't work like I expected.

    I've skipped a couple matches to still be able to shoot as much as I want no issues. But if this goes more then 8 more months I'll have to stop. Lesson learned. Hopefully this will end in a non drastic fashion...

    Sent from my CZ85 Combat
  9. wgaynor

    wgaynor Well-Known Member

    I get my brass for free, I cast my own bullets, by powder and primers in bulk, and have learned how to get better quality bullets than the factory can provide.
  10. longshot7.62x51

    longshot7.62x51 Well-Known Member

    My .308 match loads cost me .45 each where can I get match quality .308 for $45 per 100 then add the cast .45acp loads at .17 and again never going to find that price even at wally world
  11. jolly roger

    jolly roger Well-Known Member

    Save a boatload particularly on 45 Colt and 44 Special. Also stuff like 303 British and 7.5x55 Swiss which I shoot a ton of out of a K31. Plus get to shoot a WHOLE lot more on other calibers also with cast bullets. If only I could load 22LR would be all set....
  12. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    I actually shoot very little .22 for the simple reason that I can handload .38 Spcl, 9mm and .40 nearly as cheap as buying .22s. Especially now. I've got a few thousand rounds of .22, but I just would rather have a little bigger bang. At $50-$60 per thousand for the big stuff, I usually end up shooting it.
  13. 4895

    4895 Well-Known Member

    I think I save about 50% off retail ammo, and I never have to wait in line.
  14. carbuncle

    carbuncle Well-Known Member

    I just like to reload/handload.

    Posted from my car phone.
  15. thump_rrr

    thump_rrr Well-Known Member

    Ultimate Reloader AKA gavintoobe or iraqveteran8888 on YouTube are good sources for online reloading information.
  16. EMC45

    EMC45 Well-Known Member

    "I get my brass for free, I cast my own bullets, by powder and primers in bulk, and have learned how to get better quality bullets than the factory can provide."

    We have a winner!!!!!!
  17. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    You can, it is called the 32 S&W Long; 2.5 grains of powder makes it cheap to shoot
  18. Match10

    Match10 Well-Known Member

    The most extreme case I reload.... .500 S&W Magnum

    Cost to reload brass I already own = $.74 each

    Cost to buy Magnum Rounds.... $4.25 each

    Give or take.

    similar with 7 mm RemMag and .44 Magnum

    .223 at $.30 each

    I have a ready ammo supply of very accurate loads.

    I learned to reload in 1963 on my grandfather's knee. My equipment is paid for and very high quality.
  19. ridgerunner1965

    ridgerunner1965 Well-Known Member

    i didnt read all the above posts but did read a lot of them.there is a certain satisfaction in knowing you harvested a game animal with a cartridge yu manufactured yourself.to feed your family.i have not shot any large game in years with a factory made cartridge.my 17 year old son had never killed a deer with a load he did not load.he has been hunting since he was 8.i dont think he would understand why anyone would shoot loads they did not load therselves.
  20. ridgerunner1965

    ridgerunner1965 Well-Known Member

    my gpa loaded his 32-40 shells with black powder, i load mine with smokeless.he would be proud as he was all about innovation.he taught me a lot!

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