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Did I do good?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by usmc0811, Jun 14, 2013.

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  1. usmc0811

    usmc0811 Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    I just bought 290 .40cal brass used for $30 and 1,000 cci small pistol primers for $50, it was all local 10min from me so I did not waste gas driving and did not pay a hazmat or shipping fee for the stuff. I think I did good but wanted to see what you all thought should I go back there for more more often or keep looking?
  2. GLOOB

    GLOOB Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    That's absolutely fine for a small quantity, local purchase. Many of us purchase primers by 5k sleeves, minimum. When they're in stock, they're usually only $20-$30.00 per 1k, plus hazmat and shipping. That way it might come out to anywhere from $27-35 for 1k primers.
  3. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Member

    Oct 6, 2012
    Central of the Commonwealth of PA
    over .10 a piece for semi auto brass. Thats ehhhhhh. About .05 is where brass in 9mm and 40SW is in the good buy range.

    Primers are still at pre-panic prices around here even though they are getting hard. 30/k for CCI and 32/k for Rem 9 1/2.
  4. Reefinmike

    Reefinmike Member

    Apr 17, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Alright for buying in a pinch if ya really needed to load up some ammo. 40 brass can be brought home by the bucket at the public outdoor range I visit... its an all you can collect buffet. Heck, my range practically pays to go there. In january, I spent a couple days at the range one week, maybe 6 hours total picking up brass and I made enough selling 223 to pay the mortgage! I did sell for the fair price of $110/k back when it was going for $240/k on gunbroker.

    Personally- If I shot and loaded 40, I wouldnt pay much more than $45/k. I had to liquidate the 500 odd pieces of 40 I accidentally collected last week for a low price of $20 shipped.

    Primers- Not the best price but not quite the traumatic scene of a lifetime TV movie where the woman is harmed and then seeks revenge on her attacker :) I can get most any flavor of cci or winchester primer here locally in dayton oh for $34/k but I prefer $20/k tula from PV ;)

    If you've looked high and low in your area and this was the best deal you could find- Great, now you can get back to loading and shooting for much cheaper than $25/box! Sorry if it sounds like im gloating, Ive just been lucky this past 6 months. I do pass along the luck to locals in need. I have a few thousand primers and a couple pounds of powder out on lend until range buddies can replace it.
  5. rg1

    rg1 Member

    May 26, 2006
    You overpaid for the 40 S&W brass by about double but local shops are selling primers in the $40-50 dollar range. Not too bad for a local deal. The way things are it's good to get any supplies.
  6. Hondo 60
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    Hondo 60 Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Born & Raised In Manitowoc, WI
    Brass is a bit high, but if you need it, hey ....

    The primer price was very good.
    I just paid $45/1k of WSP (of which I'm not proud) :fire:
  7. david bachelder

    david bachelder Member

    May 24, 2012
    Trinity Texas
    The gunshop in Huntsville Tx. gets $50.00/1000.

    It's usually cheaper to order on line, if you make purchases of 5000 or more.

    For small on the spot purchase you did as well as can be expected, during these times.
  8. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Sep 10, 2008
    SW Arizona
    For some folks during these though times, availability trumps price to some extent. Around here, primers are still running $30 - $35 per K, but can be rather difficult to find on a regular basis. But in all honesty, I've never spent more than $39 per K for them, and that was only one time, and like you, I needed them so I forked over the green.

    Regarding .40 cal. brass, I've never bought any, it's always laying around on the ground.

    I wouldn't exactly say you got beat up on those prices, but in the future I would probably do a little bit more research, and see if you can come up with some better deals.

  9. Mohave-Tec

    Mohave-Tec Member

    May 28, 2013
    Las Vegas
    On our local forums there are several guys who regularly sell 9mm and 40 cal once fired brass for $35 for 1000 in really good shape. I pick mine up off the range.
    Small pistol primers are going for $34 per 1000 regularly in Las Vegas. Yet....I couldn't say that what you paid was a bad thing. You'll be able to get 5-10,000 loadings out of the brass and the primers are so-so. I sure would have done it if I didn't have it.
  10. RandyP

    RandyP Member

    Jan 28, 2009
    The price you paid would be 'OK' in this area based on your stated short drive round trip to buy them, but the prices were not 'great'. $50 per K on primers is high.

    That said for small quantity buys avoiding hazmat keeps the costs down considerably if the savings are not used up in fuel. My friendly neighborhood local gas stations here in Chicago have regular at $4.60 a gallon and UP. My minivan gets 19mpg. The math on supposed 'savings' is pretty easy to do Most times I plan my grocery and other shopping based on the shortest round trip or stops while commuting to/from work just to save gas.
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