Originally Posted by Shizzy
Just curious the cost savings on Reloading vs buying new?? cost per 100 after you are set up?? TY for any info
It depends on a couple of factors...what bullets you use since price can vary, how much powder you use which can vary based on brand/type of powder.
And you have to invest in brass to reload and will lose some now and then.
For 9mm you can figure a cost per round of about 16 or 17c, so 50 rounds would be $8, 1000 would be $160.
Remember, you have complete control over what you're shooting so you can load for whatever purpose you want - plinking, target, accuracy, self defense, etc.
If you compete in IDPA or steel or the like you can go through 500 rounds in a weekend no problem, do that for 10 or 15 weekends and the savings can add up to pay for the press in short order.
I'm getting into reloading in March (need to save up some coin first). I'm going with the loadmaster - it's a bit more than the 1000 but can do rifle and is a tad faster and from a local shooter that has had both he favors the loadmaster but does warn you need to be a mechanically handy person to use it successfully. I hear good things about the dillon and my brother in law has one but they're twice the price, perhaps more depending on options. I can't at this time justify the extra investment.
Figure you need the press, a book on loading formulas and such is probably a good idea ($25ish), powder, bullets, primers, brass. And you'll want a tumbler sooner rather than later so $60ish more, and a good powder measure just to be able to double check things, $30 for the lee. With the loadmaster and supplies for 1000 rounds I'm guessing I'll put out around $600 to get set up for one caliber (9mm).
I can hardly wait!