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    Plinker

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    Cost of reloading

    What is the average cost per round to load 9mm plated target ammo? With the cost of manufactured target ammo averaging around $10 a box of 50 rounds. Is it worth getting into reloading? I have seen used progressive presses with all the equipment needed to start for around 300 - 500 dollars.

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    Plinker Indy574's Avatar

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    You can typically reload 9mm for $.12-.15 per round. More or less depending if you wait for deals or buy in bulk.
    Last edited by Indy574; 03-15-2019 at 16:40. Reason: typo

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    ljk
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    I collect my own brass.
    7-8 cents per bullet, 2-3 cents primer, 2 cents powder = $0.12/rd

    It's not the cost of the ammo, it's the idea of IF Necessary, I can turn up 5000 rounds of 9mm overnight, makes me feel good.
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    I haven't been loading 9mm in about a year now as its just not very cost effective at the moment, but there are lots of calibers where it is.
    I save a ton by loading 380, 308, and 6.5 grendel. I save a little loading 223 and 45acp.
    With being able to find 9mm in bulk for .14 per round ive just been buying it and stockpiling the brass

    I don't think i would bother "getting into" reloading at the moment if all your going to load is 9mm. Just stockpile the brass and next time prices spike, which at some point they will, then get into it. If you have other calibers to reload the equipment will pay for itself much quicker however.

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    Plinker

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    I have 380, 45 223 and 12 gauge that I shoot occasionally but I go through a lot of 9mm and am getting a nice stockpile of spent brass. I try to go to the range at least once a week and shoot. If I had the equipment to reload I would probably shoot the other calibers more often.

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    I consider my 9mm brass as free since I've picked up so much in the last few years from the range. When the next gun scare happens it will become cost effective again. I have a decent supply of my own product to last a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruger333 View Post
    I have 380, 45 223 and 12 gauge that I shoot occasionally but I go through a lot of 9mm and am getting a nice stockpile of spent brass. I try to go to the range at least once a week and shoot. If I had the equipment to reload I would probably shoot the other calibers more often.
    Reloading 380 will probably have the most significant cost savings in my opinion. Extremely difficult to find 380 ammo under .25 per round for factory ammo. I can load 380 for .09-.10 per round and loading flat point, round nose, or hollow points the spread in cost isnt much different. Buy your bullets in bulk, if you decide to reload, and that helps a bunch

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    Sharpshooter

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljk View Post
    I collect my own brass.
    7-8 cents per bullet, 2-3 cents primer, 2 cents powder = $0.12/rd

    It's not the cost of the ammo, it's the idea of IF Necessary, I can turn up 5000 rounds of 9mm overnight, makes me feel good.
    Agreed, and I think you get more knowledge of the process and your own particular firearms by reloading.

    Quote Originally Posted by ruger333 View Post
    I have 380, 45 223 and 12 gauge that I shoot occasionally but I go through a lot of 9mm and am getting a nice stockpile of spent brass. I try to go to the range at least once a week and shoot. If I had the equipment to reload I would probably shoot the other calibers more often.
    That last part is reason enough to keep your eye out for a good deal on a starter press be it a single stage or a 3-4 hole Lee press. There were a few like that on here a few weeks ago.It's not just the cost savings. YOU get to decide when to buy and when to roll your own.

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    The Lee 125 grain RNFP works pretty well for most of my 9mm, 38 ACP, and various similar calibers. With a 6 cavity mold I can produce quite a few bullets.

    Where's the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth shattering Kaboom.

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