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Reloading Cost

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Fatman73, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Fatman73


    Mar 16, 2011
    I have been shooting alot of 45acp and was thinking of getting started loading, i was just wondering to load 500 rounds" just for a number" what would that cost compared to buying those rounds complete. just a ballpark cost per round? not talking bench set up costs ect ect.. thanks
  2. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Powder - $24 for 1lb
    Charge 5.3gr
    Brass -- Free
    Bullets -- 2k for 248
    Primers --- 1000 for $29 (this includes shipping and hazmat charges... Make sure you order in BULK to offset the hazmat and shipping)

    Works out to $8.55 per 50

    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012

  3. Rumbler_G20


    Dec 5, 2011
    N. Florida
    Hi Fatty. Just too many variables to get close, but it is my opinion that chances are if you can not load them for 50% or less of what they would cost in a store, you are probably doing something wrong. :wavey:
  4. TX expat

    TX expat

    Dec 26, 2011
    KC MO
    I don't load .45 but I can give you some basic numbers for some rounds I do load and happen to know off the top of my head.

    I load 125 gr. lead 9mm rounds for $0.098 per round and I load 55 gr. FMJ .223 for $0.18 per round.

    A lot of your individual cost is going to depend on what kind of bullet you want to shoot. Obviously cast bullets are going to be less expensive than plated or jacketed rounds and I use found brass for almost all my reloading, which cuts another cost out. One thing to understand is to get the absolute best per unit cost on your rounds, you have to buy some decent size amounts of supplies, or split an order with one or more other people. If you go to your local reloading supply store and buy a pound of powder and 100 primers and a small box of bullets, your costs will be much higher.
  5. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    That's pretty accurate.

    Locally, 100rds of .45, runs about $20(or at least the last time I bought .45 that's what it was running, but it's been quite a while)
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  6. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas
    I don't really consider the cost savings of reloading.

    I love to reload and would continue to do it even if it cost more than buying
    commercially loaded ammo.

    There's just something about making your own ammo.
  7. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Do you want the simple cost or should we just throw the cost of the first divorce in there and ball park it?
  8. vtbluegrass


    Dec 1, 2009
    Once you have the brass the cost of reloaded ammo should be about 50% of production ammo in general.
    There are many places to make greater savings. Buying in bulk saves, you can use cheaper primers such as Tula, cast or plated bullets can save depending on the brand, then there is casting your own from recycled lead(this does require more time commitment and equipment). If you are just going to make the cheapest ammo you can for plinking you can get cost saving substantially greater than 50%.
  9. Hogpauls


    Nov 6, 2009
    $8.24 for a box of 50. Well below 50% of what a box of 50 runs in my area. Even though the only component I buy in bulk are projectiles.
  10. Bottom line is if you have more time than money then reload.

    If the opposite is true you are better off buying factory.

    If you need an excuse to be in the garage, basement, man cave and get some quality 'me' time then reload.

    I don't think about costs anymore. I reload because I enjoy it. I find it peaceful and relaxing. I did however buy some factory milsurp .308 last week :whistling:.

    It is a skill that I think is worth learning.

    Good luck.
  11. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    The last 1000 .45acp I loaded cost me $0.085 each.
  12. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    Yes that was a loooong time ago, before Nobama. :rofl:
  13. emopunker2004

    emopunker2004 Da Jaila'

    Apr 17, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    It's running close the $20 for a box of 50
  14. Fatman73


    Mar 16, 2011
    Thanks for the replies any thoughts on a good beginner press to get started thanks again
  15. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    Yeah, I gotta pile on too.:rofl::rofl:

    I bought my first ever .45ACP just over a year ago (G30SF). Knew I was going to reload for it, but bought a box of WWB from Walmart to shoot first, as well as to chrono so I could figure out where I should be.

    Pretty sure box was marked $34.xx, then add tax. And that was over a year ago. Might have gone up another buck or too even then.

    We can't even get 9MM for $20 per 100 around here now. 2009 when I first started shooting, yes, but WWB is close to $24 per 100 now.
  16. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    Dillon 550 Basic Loader for $259. You can upgrade it later to a full 550.

    You're going to want one eventually anyway.
  17. scccdoc


    Dec 28, 2011
    Very true,50%......................but I shoot three times as much as I used to:rofl:
  18. TX expat

    TX expat

    Dec 26, 2011
    KC MO
    Personally I think you should consider a few variables before you start looking for equipment. First off, how much money are you wanting to sink into an initial investment? Secondly, what's more important to you, your time or your money? A single stage press is going to cost the least but it's also going to have the slowest production. A progressive press is going to crank out rounds much faster, but your initial costs will also be dramatically higher.

    The most economical option to start out woud be a kit. It will/should have all the major components that you'll need to get started and it's going to be less expensive than buying individual items. Of course, then you are stuck to one brand and some folks don't care for that. An example would be some people can't stand the Lee primer, or the RCBS scale or whatever. Personally I don't see that as a big deal because you won't know what you like, or don't, until you start using some equipment, so any initial investment may, or may not, be the equipment you want to keep using. I still use every piece of hardware from my initial RCBS kit and I crank out plenty of rounds for my personal use, although I will add that I'd like to someday add a Dillon to my reloading bench.
  19. scccdoc


    Dec 28, 2011
    There's an entire thread on that topic in "Reloading" may be this same thread ........DOC
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  20. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011

    Read the 'stickies' at the top of the forum.

    If 'good beginner press' means 'cheap' then no. The reason is that you will then start with a single stage press and within a week or so reallize that you can shoot a LOT faster than you can load. Yes, single stage presses are great for learning the craft of reloading and they do have a purpose but that purpose is NOT in loading bulk quantities of pistol ammo.

    Shortly after, you will be in the market for a 'good' press and then there are a many options. However, most reloaders that shoot a lot of pistol will steer you toward the Dillon 550B but there are other presses around.

    It all comes down to how much you plan to shoot. If you start with the assumption that a good 550B setup is going to set you back close to $700 then all you need to do is figure out how long it is going to take to recover your investment. If you buy .45 ACP for $400/1000 and you reload it for $200/1000 then you need to load about 3500 rounds to recover your investment.

    How long is it going to take to shoot up 3500 rounds? How long (in time) should it take to recover the investment? If you shoot a couple of hundred rounds per week you can recover the investment in 5 months. That's actually a pretty good return on investment when you consider that the average CD is paying less than 1%. To make the deal even sweeter, Dillon presses hold their value (you will almost always be able to sell it for 80% of cost, or more) and can be passed down through the generations.

    Head over to for a discussion of the various Dillon offerings. If you are only interested in pistol reloading the Dillon SquareDeal is a pretty decent way to start. The 550B, OTOH, is the workhorse of reloading.