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What's your cheapest .223 loading?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Hammerhead6814, Mar 30, 2010.

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  1. Hammerhead6814

    Hammerhead6814 Member

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    One of my biggest problems with the .223 how expensive it's become. The cheapest non-brown/silver/golden bear .223 hangs just around $15 a box of 20 in my area. Reloading usually means cheaper.

    So, anyone here worked out a reloading regiment that brings the .223 price-per-cartridge down?
     
  2. Winston_Smith

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    Assuming my time is free... and not counting taxes or shipping.

    77gr SMK, New LC Brass, CCI #41 Primer, 24.0 gr RL-15 for $0.52/round. If brass is used for 3 loadings then $0.40/round.
     
  3. helg

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    Per one round:

    12c jacketed bullet, (montanagoldbullet). You can get plated bullets for less. You can even cast your own for free.
    5c powder
    3c primer

    The above gives 20cents a shot provided you have free brass from a range.

    –ěnce fired brass is 7c (gunbroker). Considering 10 times reloading this adds .7 cents per shot.
     
  4. rjbishop

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    Bulk Hornady FMJBT- .076
    Remington 7 1/2 primer- .033
    Most any powder, 1lb at a time - .087
    Total- 19.6 cents per round.

    This gets cheaper if you get powder in larger lots- problem I have is nobody carries 5 or 8lb jugs around here. Once I lock in the powder I like, I'll mail order at least 16 lbs, and the price comes down even more.

    I usually bring home more brass than I shoot.
     
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