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9mm worth reloading?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by JonB, Nov 15, 2007.

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  1. JonB

    JonB Member

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    Title says it all. Is 9mm worth reloading in terms of price per round vs what you can buy for plinking ammo - ie 100 rd Winchester loose packs at wally world
     
  2. nunyadamnbiz

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    Kinda wondering the same here...for a 40 S&W....cause I know that the 100box winnes at wally are the cheapest around...almost makes you wonder....I too would love info on this...and will follow up on this post...sorry I couldnt help...I'll try googling this
     
  3. callgood

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    The first bin of 9mm out of my Dillon Square Deal B. I did 700 rounds in a couple of hours, which included mounting it in the garage and cleaning it and returning it to my gear closet in the house.

    9.20/k I stopped buying from Wmart when it passed 11.00/k so someone will have to do the math for breakeven (Dillion was 319.00 from Brian Enos).

    Not the most rewarding caliber to reload, but it's what I shoot the most of at the moment. I started reloading for 10mm on a single stage press I still have. You can save quite a bit reloading that caliber.

    I'm thinking of buying a .45ACP conversion kit for the Dillon.
     
  4. sublimaze41

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    You can save money regardless of caliber. I reload for many other reasons however.
     
  5. deanodog

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    If you like the process of reloading and it gives you pleasure and relaxation then any caliber is worthwhile.
     
  6. strat81

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    Yes, it is worth it. I can load 100rds of 9mm for less than $11. I could go cheaper if I used bulk powder and plated bullets.
     
  7. N.M. Edmands

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    Very few people save money reloading- they spend as much as before and shoot more! :D
     
  8. zxcvbob

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    It is if you can use cast bullets. Mine are costing me about 6¢ per cartridge, using commercial cast bullets that I bought last year before the price went crazy. When these bullets run out, I don't know if I'll buy more or start casting my own.

    (No, my time is not worth much when I'm casting or reloading because they are hobbies)
     
  9. trickyasafox

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    if you are willing to shoot lead and you save your brass savings are significant

    65 bucks per k delivered for 120gr TC from penn bullet
    20 bucks per k in primers
    10 bucks in powder- depends on what you use, so this actually could be cheaper

    brass- pretty much free, but if you have to buy it don't pay more than 20 per k

    115 for the first k, 95 for subsequent

    even if you shot wolf its 160 per k delivered from ammoman so no matter how you cut it your shooting better ammo for less money.

    these prices are without trying hard either.
     
  10. woodfiler

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    cost

    In the reloading section of GT there is a quickie formula to calcualte
    cost per round and per 1K...

    you'll save, unless your paying high prices for components.

    wood
     
  11. JonB

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    What is GT
     
  12. Grandpa Shooter

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    Price per thousand depends a lot on how much you bought and when. I have an 8 lb keg of Accurate I paid less $60.00 for. Sure beats today's prices.
     
  13. strat81

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    I have an Excel spread sheet that does a good job of giving the cost of reloading. If anyone knows how to link or post it as an atachment let me know.
     
  15. hapi

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    I'm glad I stocked up before lead prices sky rocketed;

    $48 per k of FMJ ( i bought 10,000)
    $18 per k of primers ( I bought 20,000)
    $9 per k of poweder (I bought 8lb keg)
    =$75 per K

    The cast lead that I shoot is about $70 per K

    It's well worth it to me because I'm not watching mindless TV when I'm reloading, I get to shoot more because my ammo is cheap and my ammo shoots better than cheap WWB.
     
  16. rdhood

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    my cost is $9 per 100 vs. $15 per 100 at wally world (9mm)

    and $11 per 100 vs $20 per 100 (.40 s&w)
     
  17. XD-40 Shooter

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    Dick's sell Remington UMC by the case (10 boxes) for $6.98/box. Calculating the cost of component's from Midway for 9mm, it breaks down like this:

    Bullets = $80 with shipping
    Primers = $20 from my local gun show
    Powder = $12.50 per pound, 8lb keg of Unique is $100 at Sportsmans Warehouse

    Comes out to $112.50/1000, Dick's would be $140/1000, not really enough savings to justify reloading in my opinion.
     
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    In my opinion it is a bad idea to compare the best price for loaded ammo to a bad price for components.
    I just recenetly bought 124gr plated bullets for $50 delivered from Roze, I use Wolf primers for around $20, and less than $10 worth of Bullseye.

    At 300 to 500 rounds per week it does make a difference to me.
     
  19. hapi

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    xd-40,

    the big savings comes from buying bulk, not by buying 1-2k worth of components. I'm loading 2k for the price that you pay for 1k at Dicks. I'm currently loading 115gr for plinking and 147gr subsonic rounds for suppressors; both loads are costing me the same (+/- a few pennies for differences in powder charges) because I bought in bulk. Get a group of your friends together and buy in bulk and save.

    ymmv
     
  20. Noxx

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    The cost of your bullets seems to make the biggest difference in the cost of reloading. I personally use 115gr plated for 9mm at about $50/K
     
  21. Roccobro

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    Where? I see Rainier for $68 but no plated for less. I know I'm not looking hard enough or I would have bought 5k already...

    Justin
     
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    Before the price of components went out of control, I was building a box of 9mm 115 Gr fmj for about $3.50-4.00 and now its about twice that or more! I do buy in bulk and shoot inexpensive bullets although I stay away from cast for my glocks sake. Right now, Winchester 115's are cheaper than Ranier plated so thats a go figure! If you put that $5-6/100 savings into a press (if you have the time) then you are saving $$. I put anything I may have saved into bulk components and store them as I have been loading for 14 yrs and NOT ONCE has anything gone DOWN in price in that time. I have found that when I load my own, I put some love into it and I enjoy shooting more although I don't tend to go nuts on the range and shoot alot more even though I built it for less $$. Instead, I tend to load several thousand of each caliber at a time and put them in ammo cans for when I am burned out on pulling that blue handle and need some stress relief!
     
  23. RustyFN

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    I reload 9mm for around $7 per 100 and can load .40 for around the same price. The best part is that I can reload 223 for around $9 per 100. That makes it well worth my time.
    Rusty
     
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    Greetings,

    I use Wolf primers, Unique powder and FMJ winchester bullets from TJ conevera at 56$/1000. My cost per bullet is about 8 cents.

    It definitively worths the reload.

    Thank you
     
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