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Old March 18th, 2014, 10:09 PM   #1
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After pricing out reloading, not including the press and my time, I have not seen a way to make it any cheaper other than picking up ammo at the pit and cleaning it myself? Am I looking int he wrong places, or is it cheaper to buy new ammo that reload my ammo unless I get free brass.
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Old March 18th, 2014, 10:16 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the cost of brass ?
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Well, if you are buying new brass, you arent RE-loading it.
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Old March 18th, 2014, 10:21 PM   #4
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It cost about the same to make your own ammo using all new components as buying factory cheap ammo. Your brass is reusable to a point so that turns into a cost savings. Personally I do it because I get extremely high end ammo that is fine tuned for the gun that will be shooting it.
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I think he is saying to buy NEW ammo and shoot for the brass ?
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Old March 18th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #6
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Shoot

Pick up brass

Reload

Shoot

Pick up brass

Reload

Shoot

And so on and so forth...
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Are you talking about the cost of brass ?
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Well, if you are buying new brass, you arent RE-loading it.
I guess I mis spoke, just assumed making the ammo myself over factory new should be chaper


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Shoot

Pick up brass

Reload

Shoot

Pick up brass

Reload

Shoot

And so on and so forth...
I guess this make sense, just seem like alot of work to save a few cents a round, guess I probably don't shoot enough to be worth it.
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I don't give a shit about the money savings. I care about the quality of ammo that I produce. I don't reload for handgun or my semi auto rifles. I only reload for my rifles that I truly care about pinpoint accuracy. If I shot a lot more I would probably do handgun stuff but I don't so it isn't worth it.
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It is cheaper to reload but you end up shooting more for the same price. Take 9mm your bullets are .08 cents , primer is .04 and powder is .02 cents a round. So thats is .14 cents times 50 for a box. So thats seven dollars a box.
Tell me what your paying for fifty rounds ? The above prices are high average you can save more shopping around.
I reload for every caliber I shoot. For some I form the brass from other cartridges . From 223 I make 17 fireball 221 fireball and 300 blackout. Im getting ready to make 260 brass from 308. It's like any other hobby as you don't get all your money back but the return is much better than say jeeps.

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It also lets you use components that aren't used in factory loads, like a nice flat shooting 6.5mm 100gr HP bullet loaded to safe pressures in my MilSurp M38.
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The one I always hear about reloading is you don't actually save money because you end up shooting more. Price per is cheaper, but you send more down range. The other I would see is being able to do special loads. Either finding that perfect load for your precision bolt/gas rifle or being able to make competition powder puff loads aka. 147gr 9mm loaded to minor power factor for IDPA/USPSA.

Reloading will be cheaper after more time once you can reuse the brass multiple times. Buying new brass kind of defeats the purpose of reloading to me. I have been saving my brass for a while now so when I do start reloading I have a large amount of brass ready to go. I even "help out" by cleaning up the brass other people leave on the ground or in the bucket at Island Lake. I tend to leave with a bag full of brass in various calibers.
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