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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 72Rover, Dec 28, 2005.

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  1. 72Rover

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    Back when I was younger and had more time (also: better eyesight...and more hair) I used to do a lot of reloading. For the .223 or 5.56mm, I could turn out rounds in the range of 11 to 13 cents a pop - not including my time, which was considerable as I only had a single-stage press. This was about the same as any of several reloading outfits would sell bulk ammunition at gun shows, so I quit. Same economics apply to the 9mm and .45: I can't make 'em for what I can buy 'em. Now that I have a new caliber to stock up on (a truly fine Garand), I may have to get back into it. Not including brass, what is your agerage cost per round for the 30-06? Not looking for national match ammo, either....

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  2. USSR

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    72Rover,

    $.02 per primer
    $.15 per powder charge
    $.15 - $.20 per bullet

    Figure $.32 - $.37 per round depending upon bullet used.

    Don
     
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    yep
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  4. taliv

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    rover, you can reload 5.56 for half that.

    for 30-06

    bullet:
    M2 - Ball - FMJ - Flat Base - 150 gr. For 30-06 - Sized and Polished
    $147 for 3000 = 5 cent/cartridge

    primers are 1.5 cent/cartridge

    powder
    accurate data 86, $60 for 8lbs
    60g / cartridge (estimate for pricing, actual load between 53-59)
    8lb yields 933 cartridges. = 6.4 cent/cartridge

    5+1.5+6.4= 12.9 cents per kaboom

    prices do not include hazmat or shipping
     
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