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Seems like there is always another gizmo to buy for reloading.

Curious, what do you guys really have invested in reloading equipment (not consumables) - the number you would tell the insurance company, not what you tell your wife?
 

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If you are referring to equipment only i'd say i have about around $900.00 invested.If i were to amortize it by the volume of ammo made in the past 12 years then it has long been paid for several times over.
 
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Everything reloading related but no supplies.. it was $20k when I upped my insurance.. that was several month ago.. I'd say around $22k these days. If I counted all the small tools and mods hiding in all kinds of places.. I don't even want to know.

I never got into reloading to save money. I freakin LOVE tools and tinkering.
 

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I have no idea! Lots and lots... All in, I think I counted 17 presses including 5 shotgun loaders. I don't want to think about it!

The active presses: 650, 1050 and T7. Everything else is in storage and I suspect my heirs will sell it all and party on. Good for them!
 
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Scary thought, lets see;
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Casting equip, plus scales, powder measures, tumblers, case prep machine, I gotta think in excess of $10K? I shoot 8-10K a year, 40yrs worth, its all paid for 5-6X over. Guns are cheap, ammo is expensive.
 

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I have no idea! Lots and lots... All in, I think I counted 17 presses including 5 shotgun loaders. I don't want to think about it!

The active presses: 650, 1050 and T7. Everything else is in storage and I suspect my heirs will sell it all and party on. Good for them!
17? Holy cow. How many calibers?
 

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~$4 k. Break even on cost was a long time ago.
If you look at it in terms of Trump's tax cut plan, you could depreciate those in the same year you bought them and for 5 years after, so, actually, you're way ahead, and if you've had them for 5 years, their cost is zero. Now, it's just the maintenance (oil, springs, etc.) consumables (powder, primers and bullets) cost... So, actually, over time, you've saved yourself a small fortune.

At least, that's how I tried to explain it to my Frau when the UPS guy dropped off some bullets... When she walks into the man cave, she just shakes her head. :supergrin:
 

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Sometimes I wonder what my setup would be if I would have gone the "minimalistic" route. And I'm not talking about a hammer and a bunch of those Lee reloader kits.

For the longest time I thought it would be the Redding turret but I think I changed my mind. My minimalistic setup would be more like this:

- Dillon 550, single stage kit, shell plate mod, Inline LED
- Dillon die sets, Lee universal decapper
- Hornady hoper, case activated powder drop, pistol drum, micrometer, expander set
- Dillon case gauges
- Frankfort stainless steel tumbler kit
- The "cheapest" lab grade scale made in Germany or Switzerland (no China crap)
- The "cheapest" caliper from Mitutoyo
- Redding tickler



Did anybody try the Uniquetek single stage kit?


 

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Sometimes I wonder what my setup would be if I would have gone the "minimalistic" route. And I'm not talking about a hammer and a bunch of those Lee reloader kits.

For the longest time I thought it would be the Redding turret but I think I changed my mind. My minimalistic setup would be more like this:

- Dillon 550, single stage kit, shell plate mod, Inline LED
- Dillon die sets, Lee universal decapper
- Hornady hoper, case activated powder drop, pistol drum, micrometer, expander set
- Dillon case gauges
- Frankfort stainless steel tumbler kit
- The "cheapest" lab grade scale made in Germany or Switzerland (no China crap)
- The "cheapest" caliper from Mitutoyo
- Redding tickler



Did anybody try the Uniquetek single stage kit?


Been a while since I was on the Uniquetek site, I didn't know these existed, not that I need one, which two single stage presses in my arsenal. :)
 
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