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So I've been told that I need to start reloading because it can save you some money. After going to multiple sites and a few local stores to compare prices on components my question to you is this. How do you save money by doing this?? As far as I can tell I could get 100 rounds of WWB at my local big box store at less than the cost of components needed for 100 rounds of reloads.
 

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Here's a rule of thumb that I used:

Use these rough figures for .45 ACP:
1# powder for 1000 rounds: $20
1000 primers: $30
1000 bullets: $120

Total price w/o brass: $170 for 1000 rounds = $17/100 or $8.5 per 50. I'm guess a 100 ct. box of WWB for .45 ACP would run about $30 at Wal-Mart.

Brass can be reused many times, so if you re-use your own, it's free, otherwise, it adds a negligible amount to the cost if you count 5-10 reloads per case.
 

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Where are you coming up with 1000 bullets for $120? The cheapest I can find is $20-$25 per 100 and that's just regular FMJ.
 

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Where are you coming up with 1000 bullets for $120? The cheapest I can find is $20-$25 per 100 and that's just regular FMJ.

to save with popular pistol rounds you have to buy in bulk. as a personal example i purchased several thousand rounds of 9mm 115gr fmj for 79.95 per thousand from zero bullets. now these are really only range rounds and i only use them as such. now when you start reloading for rifle or oddball calibers then that is where you start seeing a substantial savings.
 

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As with most things like this the return comes a bit down the road...

As said before if your using brass that you and your buddies are wasting(from now till you get your equipment) only cost involved is powder, bullets and primers.

After reloading a year you should really see where you are spending less and less to reload.
 

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Where are you coming up with 1000 bullets for $120? The cheapest I can find is $20-$25 per 100 and that's just regular FMJ.
Just under $100/1000 for my range 40s and even cheaper if i shoot lead. You can still save money buying the 100 rd boxes if you are loading huntin, match or JHP as opposed to factory ammo
 

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Precision Delta bullets is the source I use....

Also you can not just look at loading 100, 1000 or 5000.. if you reload you are in for the long haul ... also I think as most of us that reload have found out, we shoot more.

You can also work up loads that work best for you and your gun
 

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So I've been told that I need to start reloading because it can save you some money. After going to multiple sites and a few local stores to compare prices on components my question to you is this. How do you save money by doing this?? As far as I can tell I could get 100 rounds of WWB at my local big box store at less than the cost of components needed for 100 rounds of reloads.
You are doing what every newb does, you are pricing small quantities of components & adding the brass cost. Even if you buy brand new brass, terrible idea BTW, the amortized cost is less than 1c/round for pistol brass bought in 1000rd bulk. You can reload the case as many as 20x if you keep your loads of the top end. You also save little going to the local gunshop & buying in 100 packs. Like anything, you always save buying bulk. As noted Precision Delta or MontanaGold for FMJ. TJCOnev for plated or Berry's Manuf direct. I load 45acp w/ 230grFMJ for about $14/100 in todays pricing, much less w/ stuff I bought 10yrs ago. Yep, it never goes bad, so buying in bulk & sitting on it hurts nothing.
So, buying in some kind of bulk; 5K primers, 4# of powder & 1000 bullets, you can reload service calibers for 1/2 the cost of the cheapest factory stuff. If you load more "exotic" stuff like 357sig, 10mm or 45acp, any of the magnums, you can save 2/3 the cost of factory. Shoot commercial lead bullets save even more, cast your own, I can shoot 50rds of 45acp w/ cast lead bultes for the cost of higher end 22lr, about $2/50. Time is not a factor anymore either. With a good progressive press, 400rds/hr is pretty easily done. Best part of reloading, I make the ammo I want to shoot, when I want the ammo & never have to go to Wallyworld.
 

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Buy in bulk, don't buy anything fancy (FMJ or lead cast will do nicely for practice) and pick up your brass. The cost of the equipment will be amortized eventually. I can reload 9mm for about $7.50 per box of 50. A bonus for me: reloading is fun and relaxing.
 

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the cost saveings is there over time like stated above if you go out and buy 750 dollars in equipment and pirmers and also bullets and powder being if you are saving your spent brass in a year or more depending on how much you shoot the savings will be there. I shoot 600 rounds a month roughly i bought a single stage press I can reload 600 or more rounds in a month when I am bored. now depending on what you shoot will determine how much savings you will have 9mm is roughly 10.47 per box of 50 cheap federals from wally world where as you can reload 50 for 6.50 now take that 6.50 per 1000 abd divide by 50 = 20 now times that by 6.50 that equals 130.00 now the cheapest I found ammo for and they are factory reloads per 1000 in 9mm is 179.99 and that not including tax and shipping. and say 15 bucks tax and 25 for shipping another 40 bucks so now the 179.99 is 219.99 over the cost of 130.00 for you reloading. the key is buy bulk from powder to primers to bullets thats where the savings comes from. ow that extra 90.00 would go to the cost of the equipment say 600.00 for the equipment now it is 510.00 for that 1000 rounds. even buying WWB for 28.99 without tax per 100 would would still save reloading. 28.99 x 10 289.90

as for the OP comment how much it the 100 WWB of rounds cost wise? and are you looking at it per 1000 and not per 100.00 if you want to break down the per 100 then thats also easy

case's Should be free
primers 30 divided by 1000= 0.03 x 100= 3.00
bullets 120 divided by 1000= 0.12 x 100= 12.00
powder 1 lb does 1000 rounds roughly so we can make this easy 20.00 divided by 1000= .02 x 100= 2.00

cost per 100 is roughly 17.00 over what price your store has.....

Please let me know if my math is off!

Plus the bonus of a better round and better accuracy.
 

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case's Should be free
primers 30 divided by 1000= 0.03 x 100= 3.00
bullets 120 divided by 1000= 0.12 x 100= 12.00
powder 1 lb does 1000 rounds roughly so we can make this easy 20.00 divided by 1000= .02 x 100= 2.00

cost per 100 is roughly 17.00 over what price your store has.....

Please let me know if my math is off!

Plus the bonus of a better round and better accuracy.
Yep, I haven't bought a 9mm case in 25yrs! You can do much better on pricing:
Precision Delta 115gr = $76/1K
For 9mm, most powders will net you some 1400rds/ = $13/1K (4# jug)
Primers are about right unless you want to run Wolf/ = $30/1K
So your 9mm FMJ WWB equiv handloads would be under $12/100, a bit more than half of factory cheap practice ammo. Shoot a lot, pay your gear off sooner. A good progressivce setup, figure $750. At 500rds/m, you pay the gear off in 16-17m. Quality gear will outlive you, pretty good investment IMO.
 

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These are the numbers I came up with when I started getting into reloading.

Cost comparison calculations (taking into account use of any consumables I may use):
  • Buying PMC 115gr ammunition in bulk: $0.23 per round ($11.50/box)
  • Reloading with 147gr Speer Gold dot bullets: $0.20 per round ($10/box)
  • Reloading with Berry's or Precision Delta bullets: $0.13 per round ($6.50/box)
  • Reloading with purchased lead for bullets: $0.08 per round ($4/box)
  • Reloading with free wheel weights for bullets: $0.05 per round ($2.50/box)
1 box = 50 rounds
 

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9mm can be a little tougher to make any huge savings on unlike .45acp..but it can be done as shown. One of the best benefits, IMO is the ability to "tune" a round to your weapon. That will increase accuracy and efficiency. Also, should we have another ammo shortage, which is entirely possible, you will have your own source of loaded ammo. Components were somewhat easier to acquire last time than loaded ammo.

Once you do the pistol loading deal, rifle is the next step. You can really save money in rifle.:cool:
 
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