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Old August 11, 2014, 01:34 PM   #76
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I am one of those who reloads for the pleasure as much as the savings. Having said that, it is an interesting question.

If I factor in how much I make per hour and compare it against the money I save reloading, I would still reload for the savings. Without going into my wages etc, I calculate that I still save about $8 per box on just 9mm if I paid myself the same amount per hour that I make at work.

When I move up to .357 or .44 mag, that number jumps up exponentially to over $20 per box.

I also figure that I spend a lot of time listening to music or books on tape when I reload. If I do that sitting on the couch, I don't get paid in ammo

I am not in the dark about how much my reloading is actually COSTING me either. As the old axiom goes, you never save money reloading, you just shoot more.
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Old August 11, 2014, 02:02 PM   #77
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How much is which time worth? The time Im sitting on the couch watchin TV, or the time Im sittin in the chair logged on to THR?
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Old August 11, 2014, 08:26 PM   #78
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Lost,

I pretty much read through the thread, but I think you are coming up a bit short on the hourly wage. Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see taxes factored in, and any realistic calculation of income needs to include uncle Sam's share off the top. And that share goes on top of the income, unless it fails to take the income above the nontaxable income limit.

In my case, I'm salary with a specific clause that states 'no moonlighting' or any activity that could affect my performance at work. It's not that I couldn't go and get a PT job if I wanted, but if the management thought it was affecting me, they would have a justification for letting me go. I have no issues with it - medical device, so they take the quality thing pretty seriously.

Anyway, this is one "moonlighting" job that I can do without breaking any contractual rules.
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Old August 11, 2014, 08:38 PM   #79
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If you want to pay yourself a bigger hourly wage, then you need to spend more upfront by buying components in bulk - that is powder in multiples of 8# jugs, primers by the sleeve of 5000, bullets by the unbroken case (amount depends on bullet weight), etc. Once you get your component costs to the absolute minimum, then factoring your a progressive machine that doesn't hiccup all the time, your cost to make will be the lowest, thus your pay back to yourself will be the highest
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