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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Javelin, Sep 20, 2011.
If so would it be even worth it to go through the time when you can buy it so cheap?
What brand ammo are you talking?
It's IMI ammo that is being imported in heavy quantities.
62g FMJSCBT's run around $99/K, about 4#'s of military pull-down powder is $40ish, Wolf SRM primers $16.... total $156
Time for brass prep is what makes or breaks whether it's worth it or not. I size and trim in one operation on a Dillon XL650 with an RT1200, 1000 pieces is only a hour for me if that. So it still is worth for my to reload my existing brass.
Yes you can always do better that anything commercially reloaded or loaded.
Time is only relevant when you're getting paid for it. If you aren't getting paid to load ammo, it's called a hobby.
Do you have a manual sizer or do you have the automatic one from Dillon?
RT1200B trimmer on a XL650 works like this... cuts so smooth just a tumble for an hour in dry corncob while removing lube takes care or any minor burrs.
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That is amazing
Sure, buy in bulk, you can get under 20c/rd. Time, well, that is always the question, but if you shoot a lot, then it would be worth it loaded on a good progressive, 550, LNL or 650.
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Yea but that takes all the fun out of case prep.
If you already have a reloading setup, sure. If not, well...it'll take a while to reach that $0.28/rd mark. Just depends how elaborate you want the reloading equipment to be.
I have a Hand Press, works fine.
How much cheaper are we talking here?
Th catch for many "small scale" reloaders like myself is we simply can't afford to buy primers and bullets by the 10,000 and 20+lbs of powder at a time. Buying in bulk will indeed get the cost per round lower, but it takes a sizeable initial investment to acheive.
Reloading, especially rifle ammo, isn't just about saving money. Many reloaders are doing it for quality, not quantity.
Who's selling IMI in the US?
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Sure you can. You have to buy ammo by the case to get the best price. You are spending several $100 to do that or you can buy 10K rpimers & 4# of powder. It doesn't go bad. If you are buying ammo 100rds at a pop, you aren't getting it for 28c/rd.
That's one reason to find 2 or 3 friends to order with. If you order 5,000 primers each and 4 or 8 pounds of powder it turns into a decent order and spreads the hazmat and shipping out pretty good.
I figure you can buy 5k primers, 4lb powder, and 1k bullets (and not have to buy any of these things in larger bulk than that), for pretty close to the same $ as 1000 rounds M193 or equivalent ammo. This assumes you have brass and the spare time to prep it and load the ammo. The next 4k rounds of reloads, you don't have to buy primers, so you save a bit there.
Speaking of which, I need to buy some .224 55gr FMJBT.
While reloading saves money and thats why most of us got into it, it is also a nice way to get away and clear your mind for a while. I go into my gun room turn on the radio and sit there and reload for a hour or so and the better half knows to let me be. Most of the cheap bulk stuff you are finding are not going to be as good as the reloads you will make for the same price.