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phillyr121
10-11-2012, 04:14 AM
After the initial costs, is reloading worth it?
Discuss where you buy brass, powder, primers and bullets.
Question:
Use new or once fired brass.
How to tumble brass and get shiny brass. What your method.
Tumbling? Wet or Dry.

Let's hear from you.
:cool:

YoungArShooter
10-11-2012, 07:42 PM
it is a huge money saver if your reload in bigger quantities (1000+)
Wether or not to get new or used brass- it really depends on what your doing with the ammo. is it just for target or long range accurate. if just for target used is fine, if long range competitive shooting new nosler brass. The target ammo will cost you less to make. while the competitive ammo will cost you a lot more about a dollor more a round. i use a frankford arsenal tumbler and use corn cob media (dry tumble) put media in, put brass in , leave on for 4 hours. comes out shiny. wet tumbling takes longer but you get a better job done primmer pockets are shinny as new. just looks like brand new brass
hoped this helped here is my website i have a reloading spread sheet
http://ar15man223.wix.com/youngarshooter#!more-info/cqsc

otasan56
10-18-2012, 05:40 PM
I have been reloading since 1978 - and saved hundreds of dollars.

milesman
10-18-2012, 11:54 PM
its just fun and rewarding regardless of how much you save not to mention the comfort level knowing you have the ability to replenish your stock should ammo availability ever become a problem

Fieldstone
10-19-2012, 05:29 AM
its just fun and rewarding regardless of how much you save not to mention the comfort level knowing you have the ability to replenish your stock should ammo availability ever become a problem
You hit the nail on the head

harbofdoom
11-04-2012, 09:21 PM
I have been thinking of reloading my own ammo. So I don't know which questions to ask.

Fieldstone
11-04-2012, 09:37 PM
I have been thinking of reloading my own ammo. So I don't know which questions to ask.
Youtube is your best source for information.

glock-a-holic79
11-05-2012, 11:08 AM
what's a fair price to pay for a reloading set up?

Fieldstone
11-05-2012, 08:35 PM
what's a fair price to pay for a reloading set up?
There are many variables to consider. Single stage press,turret press,progressive... It all depends on how elaborate of setup you want. For the beginner i would suggest LEE brand.
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=lee+reloading+kit
You can get the whole setup from Lee reasonably priced.Make sure you do alot of research beforehand that way you wont get any surprises.I have well over $1000 in my setup.

Reloading is not a huge money saver as some may say.For me its more of a hobby then anything.

norahc
11-05-2012, 10:18 PM
its just fun and rewarding regardless of how much you save not to mention the comfort level knowing you have the ability to replenish your stock should ammo availability ever become a problem
Agreed, and the Lee Classic Loaders are a great addition to any Bug Out/SHTF bag.

Tux
11-30-2012, 06:17 AM
I primarily load .44. Looking at a retail box of 50 for $30-$40.

I can get a box of 100 Hornady XTP for about $23. (or straight lead SWC - 200 qty for about $26) $4 for primers and a few pennies for powder. I already have many, many hundreds of rounds of brass already purchased and reused so I figure I'm saving 50%.

In addition I know my quality control is 100% and my rounds can be customized to what I want.

Fieldstone
11-30-2012, 05:25 PM
I primarily load .44. Looking at a retail box of 50 for $30-$40.

I can get a box of 100 Hornady XTP for about $23. (or straight lead SWC - 200 qty for about $26) $4 for primers and a few pennies for powder. I already have many, many hundreds of rounds of brass already purchased and reused so I figure I'm saving 50%.

In addition I know my quality control is 100% and my rounds can be customized to what I want.

To be accurate you need to ad in the price of brass.Even if its your saved up cases,you still paid for them when you bought the loaded ammo.

Tux
11-30-2012, 06:44 PM
To be accurate you need to ad in the price of brass.Even if its your saved up cases,you still paid for them when you bought the loaded ammo.

But every time you shoot, that cost becomes less and less. It would be like counting the cost of my 3/8" wrench in the cost an oil change. After a while the cost is negligible.

$30 for the first bag of 100. It becomes $15 for the second reload $7 on the next. Let alone any preloaded brass you reclaim from previous retail purchases, plus any range brass one may collect, or brass one gets for free from buddies who don't reload.

Sorry in my case, I've got nearly 1000 pieces of empty .44 brass. At this point it is down to pennies.

YMMV

Fieldstone
11-30-2012, 07:28 PM
But every time you shoot, that cost becomes less and less. It would be like counting the cost of my 3/8" wrench in the cost an oil change. After a while the cost is negligible.

$30 for the first bag of 100. It becomes $15 for the second reload $7 on the next. Let alone any preloaded brass you reclaim from previous retail purchases, plus any range brass one may collect, or brass one gets for free from buddies who don't reload.

Sorry in my case, I've got nearly 1000 pieces of empty .44 brass. At this point it is down to pennies.

YMMV

I realize that but it still costs and needs to be added in.Everyone likes to fool themselves into thinking theyre saving a ton of money by reloading but its just not the way it is if all factors are included.

norahc
11-30-2012, 10:51 PM
I realize that but it still costs and needs to be added in.Everyone likes to fool themselves into thinking theyre saving a ton of money by reloading but its just not the way it is if all factors are included.
Or you can troll your local gun range and pick up brass from people that don't reload.

Tux
12-01-2012, 10:16 AM
I realize that but it still costs and needs to be added in.Everyone likes to fool themselves into thinking theyre saving a ton of money by reloading but its just not the way it is if all factors are included.

I'm not fooling myself at all.

$26 for cheap 240G .44 SWC box of 50 rounds at http://www.cheaperthandirt.com (http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/AMM-4980)

A box of 200 240G .44 SWC bullets for $27 at http://www.midwayusa.com (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/525588/hornady-bullets-44-caliber-430-diameter-240-grain-lead-semi-wadcutter-box-of-200)

$6.75 per 50 for the bullets, $1.60 for 50 primers maybe $3.00 in brass as I have so much, $1.00 in powder. I can load very comparable ammo for about $12.35 now vs. $26.

Even if I used brand new brass at $30 for 100 units (so $15 for 50 units), that would be $24 and I'm still ahead of the game. The next time I reload that $24 now becomes $17.

It can certainly depend on caliber, suppliers, etc, but in my case with .44 ammo I easily save 50%.

MP Gunther
12-01-2012, 10:37 AM
I'm not fooling myself at all.

$26 for cheap 240G .44 SWC box of 50 rounds at http://www.cheaperthandirt.com (http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/AMM-4980)

A box of 200 240G .44 SWC bullets for $27 at http://www.midwayusa.com (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/525588/hornady-bullets-44-caliber-430-diameter-240-grain-lead-semi-wadcutter-box-of-200)

$6.75 per 50 for the bullets, $1.60 for 50 primers maybe $3.00 in brass as I have so much, $1.00 in powder. I can load very comparable ammo for about $12.35 now vs. $26.

Even if I used brand new brass at $30 for 100 units (so $15 for 50 units), that would be $24 and I'm still ahead of the game. The next time I reload that $24 now becomes $17.

It can certainly depend on caliber, suppliers, etc, but in my case with .44 ammo I easily save 50%.


Just wondering, I don't reload but, how often do you or should you reuse the brass?

Tux
12-01-2012, 11:03 AM
Just wondering, I don't reload but, how often do you or should you reuse the brass?

Depends on what you do with it.

Some of the high pressure +P .44 magnum loads I'll only reload 2-3 times....maybe four times.

On the lower pressure .44 special brass I can easily get 7-10 times. You just have to really inspect your brass for sizing, cracking, primer pocket getting loose, etc. After a while you get the feel for how it looks, feels and behaves.

Revolver ammo is more forgiving than auto loaders, from my experience.

Valerko
04-10-2013, 03:13 PM
You don't save anybody. If you get into reloading thinking you save money you wrong.
What you do get is a whole lot more soothing for same money. ;)

flintlock62
05-13-2014, 02:59 PM
After the initial costs, is reloading worth it?
Discuss where you buy brass, powder, primers and bullets.
Question:
Use new or once fired brass.
How to tumble brass and get shiny brass. What your method.
Tumbling? Wet or Dry.

Let's hear from you.
:cool:

I save around 50% over factory, and my reloads are more accurate.
I buy brass and bullets at my LGS. I also cast
Usually, once fired brass
I tumble with corncob media, dry of course. I add Nu Finish polish to the media to get my brass shinny.

flintlock62
05-13-2014, 03:06 PM
Just wondering, I don't reload but, how often do you or should you reuse the brass?

It depends on several factors. First of all, what you reload, straight wall pistol, or necked rifle. Barrel tolerances come into play too. I had to change out my lose tolerances Glock barrel for a much tighter Lone Wolf. The lone Wolf expands the brass .006 less. That may not sound like much, but the more brass is stressed, the shorter the life.

Brent
05-16-2014, 10:43 PM
I sometimes see used ones on eBay. Would there be any concern buying used reloading equipment?

SpringOWeiler
05-17-2014, 01:08 PM
If the price seems to good to be true then maybe somethings up. A lot of people get all their reloading gear then decide later that they really aren't into it.

Brent
05-20-2014, 07:23 PM
If the price seems to good to be true then maybe somethings up. A lot of people get all their reloading gear then decide later that they really aren't into it.

I really need to meet someone who reloads and watch how they set up a new caliber and other things that are hard to find on YouTube.

SpringOWeiler
05-20-2014, 07:39 PM
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/423081/lee-challenger-breech-lock-single-stage-press-anniversary-kit?cm_vc=ProductFinding

This is what I started with and still use. I have access to a dillon 550B if need be but I still enjoy the single stage.
Just think of it this way for most non military rifle cartridges. $50 Die Kit, ~$100 new brass and 100 bullets, $4 100 primers, $25 lb of powder.

noylj
03-17-2015, 12:45 AM
After the initial costs, is reloading worth it?
Yes, if you want loads tuned to you and for less per round than factory.
Discuss where you buy brass, powder, primers and bullets.
Either on-line or local gun shop. Gun shows can, sometimes, be good.
Question:
Use new or once fired brass.
Depends on the cartridge. Rifle, I buy new. Most pistols, I buy once fired or range pick-up
How to tumble brass and get shiny brass. What your method.
Tumbling? Wet or Dry.
I only care about the case exterior getting clean and not shiny. 30 minutes in 20/40 corn is more than enough. All that is needed is to wipe off the case exterior on a rag. Anything beyond that is for YOUR pleasure and not for any other reason.

NorCalChuck
03-23-2015, 04:42 PM
Check out Dillion Press . . . . http://www.dillonprecision.com/
There are many great machines to use for reloading but I have yet to hear any complaints about a Dillion.
Your education has just begun and as far as costs go . . . . . It depends on how much you want to shoot.
The more you shoot the better the investment . . . . Plus you never has the problem of running out of ammo.

But as the saying goes . . . . There are books written about this subject.
And it makes a great winter project as you load for the summer matches . . . . . Yeppie-Ki-Yea!

noylj
04-26-2015, 02:58 PM
Buy a reloading manual and read it.
If you have been saving your brass cases, you already have the #1 or #2 most expensive component at hand.
Price ammo and then price bullets. Add 1-2 cents for powder and 1-2 cents for primers and see what you could save for yourself.
Lee makes a perfectly functional press for about $25 (Lee Reloading Press). It isn't a joy to use, but it does work. I have two. Then you need a balance/scale to weigh powder and a ram-prime to prime cases and Lee dies for your cartridge. After than, add in whatever you learn from your manual(s) and other reading that you might like.