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What's it costing you to reload .45ACP now?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by cowboy1964, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. cowboy1964

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    I'm getting into handloading and am starting to order components. I've found FMJ 230gr bullets for around 12.75 cents going up to 15 cents or so. Lead runs almost half that, but I will be shooting these from Glocks so I figure it would take a long time to recoup the cost of an aftermarket barrel so I'm figuring just using FMJ bullets for now. Primers seem to run about 3 to 3.5 cents. Haven't figured powder costs yet so I'm estimating 2 cents (is that a good guestimate?)

    So total should be 18-20 cents per round. Does that sound reasonable? I already have brass so I'm not including that.

    Components (primers especially) seem to be more available lately. When I first started checking months ago I couldn't find hardly anything. Of course now I've also found more sites to check.
     
  2. atakawow

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    Mine cost about 9.5 cents a round. I shoot 230gr lead. Primers at my part of town run at 38/k (tax included).
     

  3. sdelam

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    I havent had to pay for lead or brass yet and I cast my own. $.015-.02 for powder is about right, $.03-.05 for primers depending on where you find them. So that means it cost me about $.05-.07 per round. Even if I buy the lead at say $1 lb, that still only adds about $.03-.035 per round for a 230g bullet.

    If you dont cast your own than $.06-.07 for a lead bullet sounds right (last time I checked). So that would save 60-70 bucks per K. Barrels run about $120ish, so thats 2k to break even. If you dont shoot much I can see that sounding like alot.
     
  4. stoneypete

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    Just shy of .20/round because I shoot jacketed. I used to cast, but the gent with the equipment is no longer a shooter.
     
  5. BK63

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    I load lots of 45 and remember sitting down to figure this out about a year ago. I think it cost me about half to load my own vs store bought. It's a lot less than that now because I shoot a lot of lead and a Lone Wolf barrel. If you shoot a lot, switching to lead and the LW barrel you will recoup the cost of that barrel quickly. I used to shoot Montana Gold jacketed bullets at 170 bucks a thousand and I now buy lead round nose for 70 a thousand. That 100 bucks is the cost of the LW barrel right there.
     
  6. njl

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    If you shop around and order all the components in bulk at reasonable prices, you should be able to do it for under $0.20 per round.

    Figure about $0.03 for the primer, $0.12 for the jacketed bullet, $0.02 (maybe less) for the powder = $0.15 if you have brass. If you have to buy brass, that will push the initial cost well over $0.20, but hopefully you'll recover and reuse the brass many times.
     
  7. netmage2112

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    +1....

    The key is buying in bulk to leverage shipping\hazmat charges for primers (pounce when in stock!)\powder, and bulking bullets in bulk for price breaks.

    Precision Delta appears to be the best source for FMJ, just a little slow to deliver.
     
  8. njl

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    doh!...I just noticed I added 12 + 3 + 2 and got 15. Obviously, I should have typed 17.
     
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    My best load is with 5.1 grains of HP-38 and a 230 grain Berry's Plated RN. My cost to load them is about $0.20 a round. If/when I start buying components in bulk, the cost will be even less.
     
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    about 110-115 per thousand with lead.
     
  11. freakshow10mm

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    I had lightning delivery (230g FMJ 45acp) from them last week. They may be catching up.
     
  13. Gunnut 45/454

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    Less then $.10 per round as I cast my own and I have tons of brass!:supergrin:
     
  14. fredj338

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    At todays prices, buying in some bulk (5K primers & 4# powder), w/ 230grFMJ bullets (PD) about 15c/rd or $15/100. That includes shipping & HM cost. Diff bullets & powder can increase or decrease a bit, maybe upto 1c/rd either way.
     
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    I'm less then $50 per 1,000 (including brass costs). I cast my own with mostly free wheel weights and I bought bulk powder and primers before the price jumps.

    For those that are interested:
    Bullets: .006 (for the average cost of $15 per bucket of weights and a little LLA)
    Powder: .01 (solo 1000 in bulk)
    Primer: .02 (wolf in bulk before price jump)
    Brass: .0075 (I get my brass for $45 per 1,000, then I figure about 6 reloadings per piece before they are damaged or lost)
    Total: $.0435 per round or $43.50 per 1,000
     
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    I could post numbers like that as well. I still have primers form 1991, $11/1K, powder too, $13/# & I do cast my own from free ww, but that really isn't providing a newb useful info about realistic cost of ammo today.:shame:
     
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    something in the vicinity of 50 per 1000.

    I don't buy brass or lead though. Have plenty of each.
     
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    Your right, as a newbie if took me awhile just to afford decent reloading equipment, my casting equipment came later.

    To the O.P.: An aftermarket barrel will probably pay for itself before you realize with the price difference between FMJ and cast bullets. Kead bullets (just using them as an example) is at $71 per k on 230gr bullets, so almost half the cost of FMJ's. You will pay for the barrel within 2,000-3,000 rounds.
     
  20. njl

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    Do you guys loading bare lead (or especially casting your own lead) get your lead level checked periodically? I've known one or two heavy shooters/reloaders who've had to do chelation treatment.