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I'm so glad I'm a reloader....

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Boxerglocker, Oct 24, 2010.


  1. Boxerglocker

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    Took a walk through Wally World this afternoon.... stopped by the sporting good area to grap some Breakfree and check out the ammo situation just for kicks. They actually had quite a bit of everything on the shelfs.... .45, .40, even .380 then it dawned on my to take note the price of 9mm WWB.

    Holy Jimminy $23.97 a 100! Kinda shocked me! :faint:

    I load 9mm currently at $107 a 1000.... WWB, at the above price is $262.47 a K (including 9.5% sales tax), that's a savings of $155 and change a thousand. Which means starting from scatch I would have paid off my XL650 in a little over 6K (3 months for my current rate).

    Made me want to say thanks again to all you guys that helped me out when I was a complete noob. :supergrin:
     

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  2. GioaJack

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    What'da ya mean when you were a noob? :whistling:


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  3. Kasinefect

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    I'm in the process of teaching a friend's son how to reload. He loves to shoot but it can be a budget buster with store bought ammo.
     
  4. shotgunred

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    Did you happen to look at the 357 sig prices? Now that will give you a heart attack.
     
  5. EL_NinO619

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    I feel you. I think my firearms would be safe queens if i did not reload. Oh ya try living in CA, a box of a 100 9mm is $33.
     
  6. Boxerglocker

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    Yeah, yeah.... everyones a noob when in comparision to you Jack. Flint locks were considered "assault rifles" back in your hey day! :supergrin:
     
  7. Colorado4Wheel

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    $35 per K Baby.
     
  8. Boxerglocker

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    I really outta look at casting even just .45 to offset some costs... OK, what's the recommended casting bullet for dummies book.
     
  9. GioaJack

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    Lyman's book on casting... even the front part of their manuals gives a pretty good short description.

    (Or you could attend C4W's Academy of Casting.)


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  10. fredj338

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    Casting is a great way to shoot cheap, but only f you can get alloy for free or less than $1.50/#. Even at that, 1K 200gr 45s are going to run you about $45 plus several hours & the gear. Fortunately, alloy is still available for that or less, even free if you can find a tire shop still using lead ww & not already selling them to someone else.:dunno: You can also get into casting pretty cheaply if you just shoot as cast & pan or tumble lube. I prefer a sizer that does that & that adds quite a bit to the cost of gear as the best is the Star/Magma & that is just about $300 for one caliber.
    Yep, I rarely buy factory ammo unless it's SD ammo. I had to buy factory 45acp for a couple of training classes, ouch, I am still feeling the pain.:crying:
     
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  11. shotgunred

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    My pot sizing die and first set of dies should be here some time this week. The local scrap yard sells lead for 60 cents a pound and has several tons on hand. I am starting with 40 instead of 9mm just because of bullet prices.
     
  12. Colorado4Wheel

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    You don't need no Stinking Book. ;)


    Seriously, The Lyman manual has a good section in it. Lyman molds come with a decent manual. BIGGEST thing is to not focus on production at the start. 2 cavity molds get up to temp quick and cast easy. Learn on that and then get the bigger mold.
     
  13. MrOldLude

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    If I shot outside more, I'd consider casting. But right now, I stick with plated.

    That said, yeah, I save money per round, but I shoot more because I load more.
     
  14. fredj338

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    I rarely shoot indoors, can't stand it, but if I have to shoot their & it's more than 50rds, I'll shoot plated or jacketed.:crying:
     
  15. Bob2223

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    Jack's buddy!

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    I like shootin indoors when it's really cold out .
    My wife doesn't like it though, especially when I use the coffee table for a bench rest and let cold air in !


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    Do you make her hold the targets?:rofl:
     
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    I'm not surprised that you shoot from inside the house... I'm amazed you found someone who would actually marry you. :whistling:


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    I'm closer to $140 per 1000, but I use 147gr MG bullets. But I'm still saving something like $120 per 1000. Yep, it doesn't take too many "thousands" to be breaking even and then to be SAVING money.

    Like you... I *too* am glad I'm a reloaded. It's nice to be able to walk out and crank out 300 bullets or so in 30 minutes and head to the range.
     
  19. Bob2223

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    Jack's buddy!

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    Well shooting in the house doesn't go over real well but casting in the house is definitely out of the question!

    Casting in the house,,
    heck I'm amazed you found 3 that would marry ya!

    :tongueout:

    Bob
     
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