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9mm reloading

This is a discussion on 9mm reloading within the The Ammo Can forums, part of the Armory Talk category; i have read on this site that reloading your own 9mm rounds is cheaper but just running numbers it will cost me about 226 just ...


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Old 02-19-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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9mm reloading

i have read on this site that reloading your own 9mm rounds is cheaper but just running numbers it will cost me about 226 just for the components case, bullets, primer, and gunpowder for 500 rounds. with going to walmart buying remington umc ammo i can get 500 rounds for 120.

my question is how many rounds are needed to start to become cheaper to reload than to buy at walmart
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The big thing is the brass.. I would go and buy factory ammo, shoot them, and keep your brass to reload with. Dont buy brass if you can help it. Not to mention that reloaded ammo is almost always more accurate than factory.
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I scavenge all the center fire brass I can find from the range. doesn't matter if I can reload it or not, trade friends something they can use for something I can use.
I have about 500 9mm, 300 .40S&W, and a hundred or so .45ACP. I just started loading the .40.
The brass is a big portion. Powder cost is almost nil, bullet and brass run about the same cost. so reusing brass cuts your cost in 1/2
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:21 PM   #4
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i have read on this site that reloading your own 9mm rounds is cheaper but just running numbers it will cost me about 226 just for the components case, bullets, primer, and gunpowder for 500 rounds. with going to walmart buying remington umc ammo i can get 500 rounds for 120.

my question is how many rounds are needed to start to become cheaper to reload than to buy at walmart

Your numbers seem on the high side to me. I just did some checking and I can purchase the materials to reload 124gr 9mm CMJ for around 185.00 for 1000 rounds. (1000 processed brass for $38.00; 1000 Montana Gold 124gr CMJ for 100.00; 1000 CCI primers for 29.00; and 1 lb of power for $18.00).
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Your numbers seem on the high side to me. I just did some checking and I can purchase the materials to reload 124gr 9mm CMJ for around 185.00 for 1000 rounds. (1000 processed brass for $38.00; 1000 Montana Gold 124gr CMJ for 100.00; 1000 CCI primers for 29.00; and 1 lb of power for $18.00).
Ad 25 bucks for hazmat fee, and you're at 21 cents a round. You can buy factory loads for that price. He'd still be better off buying 500-1000 factory loads, and then reusing the brass. Also, look into lead bullets. You can get them for much cheaper than jacketed bullets.

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Ad 25 bucks for hazmat fee, and you're at 21 cents a round. You can buy factory loads for that price. He'd still be better off buying 500-1000 factory loads, and then reusing the brass. Also, look into lead bullets. You can get them for much cheaper than jacketed bullets.

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Agreed. My numbers were just fast look-ups to compare with the OP statement that he was finding $226 for 500 rounds (45 cents a round). Those numbers are high.

I also agree about buying factory loads to start with. I probably had 4000-5000 cases saved up when I started to reload.
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I reload 9mm a lot. I scavenge brass at the range, and buy all my HazMat stuff locally. In fact, I buy everything locally, usually at gun shows. I can reload 9mm fort about $6/50.
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Once you have the brass, the cost comes way down...

Precision Delta bullets (2000 124 gr for $169.00), Primers $32/1000 and powder $20/ pound.. so that comes to about $.14 a round for me..

Reloading is not worth it if you shoot 100 rounds a month ... but shooting 2 or 3 matches a month plus practice the difference between Wally World white box and reloading is worth it ... I don't count my time as I do it as a hobby and when time is available
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I don’t have the exact numbers for mine, but I feel it is cheaper because I already have the equipment for other more expensive rounds, so just needed the shellplate and dies for 9mm. But the brass is the trick to the cheapest ammo, if you can get it for free somewhere the cost comes way down. Get some kneepads and crawl around the range and ask shooting friends to save their stuff.
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I'm reloading quality 9mm for a lot less than some of you guys. I pick up most of the brass that I use at the local range. I'm using Precison Delta 124gr bullets, AA#5 powder @ $119 for 8#, Wolf small rifle primers @ $15.50 per 5k. Even paying the hazmat on the powder and primers, when I'm buying 16# of powder and 10k+ primers in one order, I still come out a lot better than buying in gun shops.

Unprocessed 9mm brass is pretty cheap online.
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