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Is reloading 9mm worth it?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Pro 2A, Oct 6, 2011.


  1. Pro 2A

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    Figuring I can get U.S. mfg. 9mm for about $15 per 50 (I'm in the OH/KY/IN tri-state area), how much could I save with a reloader per 50 and how long would it take to pay off the investment in all the equipment?

    I'm happy to get the equip. if it's worth it and really appreciate the sticky posts for beginners. But without knowing the costs of all I need (bullets, cases, powder, etc.) and the initial investment costs (though the sticky does list a few of the costs) I can't seem to figure out if it will be cost effective enough to make it worth it.

    Are the bullets, cases, etc. available on-line? Can the powder be mailed or does a local supplier need to be found.


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  2. Tpro

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    The short answer is yes. But that is the short answer. How much do you shoot? How much TIME are you willing to invest in learning how to reload safely and correctly? How much TIME are you willing to spend reloading? How much are you willing to spend to reload AT THAT LEVEL. I said at that level because if you shoot 500 rounds a month a Lee Classic turret is more than enough and can be had for about $300.00 with a scale and reloading manual. You'll still need bullets, brass and powder. That is the LEAST press I recommend. Others will say single stage. I say don't waste your time.

    Plus you can make better ammo if you do it correctly. And what will you do if there is an ammo shortage? When you can go to wally world and buy ammo?

    If you are reasonably intelligent and cautious you can reload safely in a short amount of time.

    Good luck.
     

  3. CitizenOfDreams

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    The components for one 9mm round will cost you 15 cents or less if you buy them bulk.

    A single stage press with all the accessories (dies, scale, powder measure, tumbler...)can be bought for as little as $300. If you don't shoot thousands of rounds each month, it could be all you ever need.
     
  4. atakawow

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    $15.00 for a box of 50?!? You must be out of your mind to be paying that much for 9mm.

    For me, I cast/reload 9mm and my cost is about $5 per 100 round, $2.50 per 50. This is just components cost. Brass is free.

    The investment into equipment is paid for the first couple of months.
     
  5. freakshow10mm

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    Brass: free (pick them off the ground or buy them for $20/K and reload them ten times. They are worth $.002, 2 tenths of a cent, per shot so why bother counting?)
    Powder: $20
    Primer: $30 per K
    Bullet: $80 per K for jacketed
    $66 per K for lead

    Looking at $130 per K for jacketed or $116 per K for lead.

    Powder and primers have a Hazardous Materials fee of $25 per shipment. Sometimes you can save money buying local. What I suggest is to buy a pound locally to try it out. If you like it, get an 8lb keg or two to spread out the HazMat fee and shipping charges. You'll save money that way.

    With reloading, buying in bulk (at least 1,000 bullets, 8lb powder, 5,000 primers) will save more money than small lots.
     
  6. Pro 2A

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    Thanks all! Looks like I'll be looking more into reloading :) $5 per 100 rounds sounds sweet! Time isn't a problem for me and I can be meticulous with things that matter. Things that go bang fall into that category :)

    I'd like to do more IDPA and IPSC matches (1 each per month) with the occasional GSSF shoots and occasional practice shoots. So about 500 rounds per month? I am a fair weather shooter though, so the upcoming cold weather months will give me time to practice with the loading to get ready for shooting in the spring. This will also give my husband another set of items to add to my gift lists besides tools and guns
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  7. BUG'S

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    Pro 2A: The biggest advantage in reloading is to be able to fine tune your loads for accuracy in each gun. Can also reduce loads to control recoil, muzzle rise etc.
     
  8. leeward419

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    The amount of savings depends on the bullet cost, the most "expensive" component.
    Primers next
    My savings are
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  9. ron59

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    My cost for loading jacketed is closer to $128 per 1000 or $12.80 per 100.

    However, to realize THOSE costs... it's not cheap. I buy 10,000 primers at a time *along* with some powder. That's $400 right there. I buy bullets 3000 at a time, another $310. You have to buy the components in large bulk quantities to see the types of savings you see mentioned here (or you're casting your own lead bullets).

    But I see that I save over $100 for every 1000 rounds I shoot, my press has been paid for as I've loaded/shot close to 40,000 rounds in over 2 years.
     
  10. rpgman

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    Ron,

    I purchased 2000 bullets from Precision Delta two days ago.
    What's their turn around time?

    I didn't get any e-mail confirmation or anything.
    Is that unusual?
    thanks,
    greg
     
  11. xXGearheadXx

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    I've cut the cost of shooting in half by reloading 9mm.

    Cases: recycled
    Bullets: $.082 apeice delivered (jacketed hollow points)
    Primers: $.025 apeice
    Powder: .005 per round, but this depends on type used and amount...a half cent per round is my rough estimate.

    That brings down the cost to 11.2 cents a round...at $15/50 you're paying 30 cents per round...if you're shooting a lot, it's well worth it.

    Lets assume you invest roughly $900 in equipment for 9mm only (calipers, scale press, dies, tumber, separator, pulller, etc...) at saving 18.8 cents a round, you'll pay for the equipment in 4787 rounds...that's 4 months assuming 1200 rounds a month.

    If you have to buy new cases you won't be saving much off the bat...but if you've been stashing your once fired for a while you're set...
     
  12. Agent6-3/8

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    In my experience, the general saving is about 50% over factory ammo. Some of the uber cheap crap out there will lower the margin, but once you get rolling, you can load high quality ammo for 25-50% of factory costs. (and even more so than high end factory stuff.

    I also have to second CitizenOfDreams' suggestion of a single stage setup if you don't shoot a whole heck of a lot. I shoot somewhere around 400 rounds a month on average, certainly less than 1,000. I've been loading on a single stage setup (and mostly LEE stuff too! *gasp*) for about 10 years now and it really has served me well. I've got my methods refined to the point I can load about 70-100 rounds a hour depending on what I'm loading.
     
  13. cowboy1964

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    I load 9mm with plated bullets for about 12-13 cents each. Cheapest I can ever buy commercial stuff is about $11 when you factor in shipping or sales tax. So it's worth it. I also load 45 ACP and 38 Special and the savings are even greater there.
     
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    Not unless you are buying the wrong places. At current price levels, buying in bulk, you can do 9mm for just under $11/100. So anytime I can save 50% off osmething, I think I am saving a good amount of money. While not needed, a progressive press eliminates the time factor that many complain about when reloading. Using a 650 w/ case feeder, your effective hourly rate loading is around $50/hr for 9mm. Since I don't net $50/hr, it's like someone is paying me to reload my own ammo.:supergrin:
    BTW, no one is reloading 9mm for that unless they are quoting you from supplies bought years ago. Sure, I still have primers I bought in 1993 for $10/K, but that doesn't help a noob understand actual costs. Even casting your own from scrounged alloy & using range pickup brass, you are barely touching $5/100.
     
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    It all depends on how much you shoot and how much you value your time.
     
  16. freakshow10mm

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    It's a HOBBY! There is no value to your time in a hobby.
     
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    Only way to reload 9mm for $5/100 is to make your own bullets.
     
  18. M1A Shooter

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    i reload nato spec 124s for half the cost of WWB at wal-mart. last idpa club match i went to, the wwb wouldnt put down a steel target that was leaning forward but 124gr nato ammo would. anything in 40 or 45 would as well. so i load them as hot as i can manage and i pay about 120/k.
     
  19. ron59

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    I've actually only used PD bullets once. A buddy and I went together and bought 10,000.... 5,000 for each of us. He made the order and I just paid him my half (came out to $90 per 1000 with the bulk discount they have).

    I don't know about the email... I'd assume they sent one. When we ordered them, they were in stock and we had them within a week or so. The *danger* with PD and 147grainers, is when they are on backorder, it can take awhile. Back in 2009 I placed an order in March, in October they called asking if I still wanted them. I laughed, I had made/received 2 or 3 orders from Montana Gold by then.

    I checked last week and they were on backorder, but checking just now they have them. So I'd expect you to get them within a week or two. They're good bullets, you'll like them.
     
  20. fredj338

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    So you missed the part where I calculated the hourly rate upwards of $50/hr? That means you must make $80/hr to net $50 that reloading your own 9mm saves you. I don't know many people making $166K/yr.:dunno: If I did, I would probably buy my 9mm too.
     
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