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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gbw, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. gbw

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    Cheapest I've seen, PSA has CCI Brass 9mm 115gr. for $150 / 1000 delivered - after rebate. (I put in for 3 rebates for .22 a while back, all came in no problem.)

    It really doesn't make sense to reload at that cost - .07 bullet, .03 primer, .02 powder = .12 /rd, IF you can get ball bullets at .07 ea. Plus you provide the brass and the time / effort.

    vs. .15/rd, no time, no effort, new brass case.

    Makes me realize how enormously profitable ammo really is for the manufacturers, considering what they've been charging when demand was higher for it all these years.

    Stock up!
     
  2. JR24

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    Well, if you like el cheapo 115 grain blaster ammo, sure.

    I prefer my range loads to as closely mimic my carry 147 grain loads as I can, and do so for .13/round.
     
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    …. or if maybe you just enjoy reloading!:)
     
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  4. Snowdog

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    If you cast your own (as many reloaders eventually gravitate towards), you really start to save money. I do add powder coat to the equation now, but it's still dirt cheap.

    As glc24 points out, most just enjoy reloading. Personally, I find it cathartic.

    Thanks for the head's up though. I still purchase factory FMJ ammunition when the prices are right.
     
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  5. Good Ol' Boy

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    I bought 1000rds of Federal AutoMatch brass for about $160 from Walmart and didnt have to wait for it or deal with rebates.

    The above mentioned is the cheapest local ammo you will find, and, quality stuff. I've not had nary a issue with it.
     
  6. frogfurr

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    The sellers of 9mm reloading components will drop their prices also. I am already seeing this with 9mm bullets.
     
  7. JONWILL

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    You are 100% right. I do cast my own bullets. If I had to buy FMJ. I would buy them at that price

    Really. If you shoot 2 boxes a week that is just over $750/year.

    My cost for 5K rounds is $250 that is with me casting my own bullets (free lead is hard to come by now. Wheel weights are steel or zinc)and range pick up brass If my bullets cost 5 to 7 cents each the cost jumps to between $500and $600 per year

    A good Dillon is close to $500 for the basic setup. You still need a powder measure. Brass tumbler

    Probably around $650.

    That would take 5 years or so to pay for the reloading set up

    Benefits of reloading are. Different bullet weights. Able to load different calibers. Hot vs powder puff loads
     
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  8. JR24

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    My lee single stage kit, does and a new scale were less than $150. I paid it off very, very, quick with 9mm and .45.

    Sure it takes a bit longer but with two wild toddlers sometimes dad needs his "quiet time" on the bench.
     
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    I know a single stage takes longer. But 100 rounds will take some time compared to a progressive press that works well. I did buy a Lee Auto Lock Turret type press. It actually works pretty fast and doesn't cost a lot. I think I have just over $225 with everything including dies and powder measure. The Disc on the Lee powder measure it ok but not the consistency of the Dillon.
     
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    Since I have a big stock of 9MM components I'll just keep on reloading. I wish I could find some of those 3 cent primers around here. Everyone wants 4 cents apiece for them. That's a real budget buster. :p
     
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    That's really where it's at with common cartridges. I suppose if one is retired or has plenty of free time the savings is worth considering, but my time is worth a lot more than saving a few cents per round.

    I don't reload 5.56, .308, 9mm or .45 ACP for range ammo. Saving $20, $30, $40/case isn't worth it. I do reload those calibers to tailor the ammunition to what I need. This is even more the case with suppressed firearms, where loads are worked up to provide the necessary performance in a given weapon with the lowest possible report on either end of the firearm.
     
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    I do everything in stages when I have time, but with primed brass I pump out one round every 10 seconds when I get into my groove. My simple Lee powder measure has been remarkably consistent, and the thing that takes the longest is getting my cranky scale to actually measure correctly for drop tests.
     
  13. jonnyc

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    I reload for my revolvers and bolties, as the quantities are fairly low.
    "I prefer my range loads to as closely mimic my carry 147 grain loads as I can".
    Does this really matter? At a max combat range of 25 ft., does one really notice any difference between 115, 124, or 147 grain 9mm? I practice with what I find cheap, carry good stuff, and check a mag or two of the the good stuff every so often.
     
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    I can pick up a quart bag or more of 9mn anytime I go to the club. I can find enough 380 to keep me shooting. I have yet to find a 10mm case that wasn't mine. I sweep up whatever is on the ground sort it I keep 380 some 9 mm give 40 to a coworker 45 to my brother in law
     
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  15. Anchorite

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    This. And as someone else mentioned in this thread, reloading can be cathartic. I also cast quite a bit, however, the 9mm is just one of those “plinking” calibers for me. It’s hard to equate the time in casting as saving money when you can buy a box of 9mm for $8-$9/100. I’d rather spend the time shooting than fluxing and casting, for “general use range ammo.”
     
  16. milemaker13

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    Ive read a couple reviews that this 9mm ammo is a little dirtier than others. What have you seen shooting it? Anything to worry about?
     
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