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Cost of loading your own 10mm?

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by HiccaBurp, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. HiccaBurp

    HiccaBurp CCCC

    May 20, 2010
    Wauconda, IL
    I shoot IDPA with my G17. I don't have a reloader yet, but have been saving as much brass as possible and soon will have a reloader. When I do, I might start working my G29 at the competitions so that I become very familiar with my ccw piece. What can I expect to spend on loading my own box of 50? Nothing special, just target stuff for IDPA. I will have to buy the brass since I find very little at the range besides my own.
  2. B.Reid


    Jun 20, 2005
    The way to go is to buy in bulk, Bullets by the 1000 will run $80 to $100 per thousand more for HP's. Thats 8 to 10 cents per shot, primers 2 to 3 cents each powder will vary but you should get 1000 rounds out of a pound again about 2 cents per shot. So you are looking at 15 cents per shot x 100 = $15 per 100. Give or take.

  3. Taterhead

    Taterhead Counting Beans

    Dec 13, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    Great idea.

    I am one of a few 10mm shooters in my local club.

    Once you have brass (I highly recommend Starline Brass direct from, the reloads are pretty inexpensive depending upon the bullet you use.

    A load that has served me very well in IDPA matches is as follows:

    Berry's FP plated DS 180 gr
    9.2 or 9.3 grains Blue Dot
    Standard LP primer (I have used CCI 300s, WLPs, Magtechs, etc.)
    COL 1.26" if your gun will run them that long.
    Velocity in my G20 is 1035 fps.

    It is a bit dirty with powder residue, but it groups very well.

    A couple of peculiarities with this type of bullet. Plating is thin and soft. When expanding your case mouth, give a bit more bell than normal. Seat and crimp in separate steps. The key is to disturb the plating as little as possible.

    Plated bullets are creaping up in costs. My club occasionally puts together a group buy to get a discount. You might look into that.

    15 to 16 cents per round is doable for reloads.
  4. MinervaDoe


    Jan 26, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    Not counting the cost of brass, I can reload 10mm for about 15 cents a round. I believe my 9mm reloading cost is about 11 cents a round.
  5. id1otbox


    Oct 14, 2011
    Fort Collins CO
    Where are you finding those prices. I would love to pick some up for that price as long as its actually 10mm power. I didn't get a g20 to shoot .40s&w.

    BVAC has some for $175ish(500 rounds) but its not full power 10mm
    Georgia arms has some for $200(500 rounds) but i can't vouch for its power
    The new leader in the market Underwood has $25 bucks and up for a box of fifty.
    Hard to believe you can find 1000 rounds for $80 to $100 rounds.Would love to get some for that price.
  6. Ethereal Killer

    Ethereal Killer

    Aug 24, 2011
    you'll spend 4-5x more on reloading equipment shooting just 50 rounds a match than you will ever save reloading.

    better off buying reman ammo then selling your brass off. that'll save you $.10 a round right there.
  7. B.Reid


    Jun 20, 2005
    Those are just bullets for reloading.
  8. id1otbox


    Oct 14, 2011
    Fort Collins CO

    Oh haha my misread. Sorry. I was going say I would really really like to know where you buy your ammo so I can save a ton of money
  9. gwsanfor


    May 9, 2011
    I figure $0.13 to $0.28 per round, using actual January 2012 prices, depending on the components used, charge weight, etc., per http://I Am A Spammer. Please Report Me./ePDpW.

    Component, Cost per ($), Source

    Federal LPP Match Magnum #155M, $0.026, Grafs
    VihtaVuori N105 12 gr, $0.052, Grafs
    Starline brass loaded 3 times, $0.050, Starline
    Hornady HAP 180 gr, $0.154, Wideners
    Total $0.282

    Tula LPP, $0.020, Powder Valley
    Bullseye 5 gr (I suggest caution here), $0.009, Powder Valley
    Range brass (I know, good luck), $0.00, whatever
    IMI 180 gr FMJ, $0.099, Wideners
    Total $0.128

    Interestingly, I hear that if you return your brass to Underwood Kyle will reload it for $0.354 in lots of 500, FMJ.
  10. dsb1829


    Nov 2, 2011
    I can reload Hornady XTP HP for around $.35 per round ($35/100 for those not good with math). Basically I can load premium ammo for less than the cheapest factory downloaded rounds ($20/50rd is as cheap as I have found it). If I shop around I could drop that to around $30/100. I am still searching for the best low price. Lead wins, but I would want to get a replacement barrel if that is what I was going to shoot in bulk.
  11. HiccaBurp

    HiccaBurp CCCC

    May 20, 2010
    Wauconda, IL
    Thanks for all the replies everyone!! I will definitely shoot more 10mm once I get up and running with reloading equipment. I'm sure my Ruger GP100 .38spc/.357mag will appreciate being used more as well :D