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30-06 - How much does it cost to reload?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rc601962, Jul 18, 2010.

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  1. rc601962

    rc601962 Member

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    I have some LC66, LC69, LC72, and HXP 30-06 ammo I bought a few years ago from the CMP.

    Not counting the start up costs, how much does it cost per round to reload 30-06 for the Garand if you already have the brass?
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Off the top of my head?

    Good bullets are $20 - $25 per hundred, or about .25 cents each.
    Primers are around $25 per 1,000, or $2.50 per 100, or 2 1/2 cents each.
    Powder is $18-$20 per pound.
    7,000 grains in a pound, so if you use a 50 grain charge, you get 140 rounds per pound, or about .14 cents per round.

    Looks like about .41 cents a shot, or $8.20 per box of 20 rounds.

    You can probably do better by shopping around for best component prices in bulk.

    rc
     
  3. ballbags(again)

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    If you Shop well and Look Hard you can get it down to 32 cents each. That is my cost . but I Buy Bulk
     
  4. USSR

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    +1. That's exactly what I did about 5 years ago. Now, using surplus IMR4895 bought at $78 per 8# cannister, I can reload .30-06 for about $.15 each with pulled milsurp bullets or $.22 - $.28 each with match bullets.

    Don
     
  5. Guncollector1982

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    bout 24 cents with FMJs, and surplus powder at recent prices
     
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    I'm just below $0.50 per round, but I am stuck buying low-volume. I would be challenging to go much more than $0.55 per round, and it would be really hard to get all the way down to $0.30. Don above is going to be sad next time he has to re-stock.

    Hornady FMJ-BT 150 Grain $0.25
    IMR 4064 $0.22
    Win LRP $0.03

    I count tax, shipping, and haz-mat in my numbers where applicable.

    If I bought bulk online I'd be closer to $0.40 per round.

    Some of the numbers in previous posts are based on pre-component crisis prices I think, and some of my prices are based on purchases at the peak of the crisis at the most expensive store in town (rhymes with Grass-Go-Shops).

    -J.
     
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    As you can see the cost is going to depend a lot on how much patience you have when you're shopping for good buys. At times you can make out real well, if you look around enough.
     
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    Since LC ammo is no longer available from CMP you might be able to sell it for $.75/round and use it to buy components for reloading the Greek. Almost every rifle I have shoots Greek better than LC, but for some reason LC is going for higher and I've actually seen people pay a buck a round for it.
    Pulled bullets is the way to go if you shoot at 100 Unless you shoot a bedded match rifle you probably won't notice the difference.
     
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    Don't look at it as to how much money you save; because you'll be shooting more.

    Good luck

    Jerry
     
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    Don't be feeling too sorry for Don. He bought 50+ pounds of powder and many thousands of bullets.;)

    Don
     
  12. ArchAngelCD

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    Using surplus M2 bullets my reload cost per round is 38.2 cents.

    Using a Sierra or Hornady Match bullet the cost jumps to 43.8 cents/round.
     
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