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how much did reloading used to cost?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hardheart, Nov 22, 2012.

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  1. bfoosh006

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    A few things that have caught my attention.... 1. you could buy surplus powder darn near anywhere, for really cheap. 2. Shipping and Handling costs have really skyrocketed at some suppliers.... Fuel costs have an adverse effect on all aspects of our hobby, hauling lead and copper and brass from point a to point b costs a bunch more nowadays.

    Soooo.... years ago reloading was cheaper.
     
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  2. Kerf

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    GuardDuck,

    Welcome to THR, and thanks for the memories, (mine are similar). A lot of people don't know it, but guard ducks can be dangerous...
     
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    3%/yr decrease in buying power. And the Gov lies about it. Clinton took autos and a bunch of stuff off the inflation list to make himself look better. Staple goods was about 2% until now. Expect ~5% from now on.
     
  4. dickttx

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    Actually it, comparatively, cost about the same as today.
    I bought a new Ruger Blackhawk 45 Colt in 1970 for $70 (after the 30% FFl dealer discount), but couldn't afford the extra 45ACP cylinder for an additional $7.
     
  5. Ken70

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    I bought some old Handloaders Digests from the 70's and 80's. The prices look cheap compared to today, but when you crank in a dollar in 1975 was worth about 5 times todays money, then it wasn't that cheap. 90's and early 2000's were probably the best, money still had value compared to today and the prices hadn't done the big jump we had in the last 6 years. It was reallly expensive back in the 50's, not that I was reloading, but $1.50 per hundred for primers is about $12.00 in todays money. No competition back then, CCI was the only company selling to the public. The ammo makers didn't sell back then as it ate into the sales of factory ammo.
     
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    Ken, not quiet correct about CCI being the only company selling primers in the 70's. When I reloaded in the late 60's/early 70's there were several companies selling primers. In fact the CCI's were relatively new on the market.
    My 1972 Handloaders Digest shows primers available from Alcan, CCI, Federal, Herter, Norma, Remington, Hodgdon, and Winchester. The list prices it showed ranged from $5.30 for Herters to $9.30.
    I have a lot of those 1970 era Gun Digest, Handloader's Digest, etc. Enjoyable reading.
     
  7. Ken70

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    It was the 50's that CCI was the only game in town for primers. Later the rest of them got into it.

    When I compare prices on some of the stuff I bought 30 or 40 years ago, I can see why I was always having to save up before I could buy it. Very little competition, everybody seemed to compete on other than price. Not just gun stuff; electronics, clothes, furniture, appliances. I remember going into a Price Club and marveling at the prices, something that was $50 at Sears, $35 at Price Club. And they were still making a profit. This was about 1987...
     
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    I remember that too. In 1980 I bought a Burrough B-92 (mini computer) with client accounting and payroll programs. The main unit weighed 800 pounds. $40,000. Seven years later I replaced it with a PC, printer and programs for client accounting, payroll, depreciation, and tax preparation for less than the annual maintenance contract on the Burroughs. Everyone I have bought since has been cheaper than the previous one.
     
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    When I very first started reloading about 14-15 years ago I was getting primers for $.99 to $1.39 per 100, my 243 and 308 bullets were $8.99 per 100, powder was $14.99 or $15.99 a LB.
    Started reloading shotshells about 9 years ago and shot was $13.99 a 25LB bag at Connies Components, $20.00 for 2.2LBs of REX powder (can not even find REX now).


    Michael Grace
     
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