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Javelin
09-19-2011, 22:27
If so would it be even worth it to go through the time when you can buy it so cheap?

Boxerglocker
09-19-2011, 22:35
What brand ammo are you talking?

Javelin
09-19-2011, 22:37
It's IMI ammo that is being imported in heavy quantities.

Boxerglocker
09-19-2011, 22:58
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.

freakshow10mm
09-19-2011, 23:02
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.

Javelin
09-19-2011, 23:12
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.

Do you have a manual sizer or do you have the automatic one from Dillon?

Boxerglocker
09-19-2011, 23:17
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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Javelin
09-19-2011, 23:32
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.
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MLyK1UwuK3M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

That is amazing :wow:

fredj338
09-19-2011, 23:57
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.

freakshow10mm
09-20-2011, 00:25
Time, well, that is always the question,
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.
Fist bump to Fred. :rofl:

Colorado4Wheel
09-20-2011, 07:15
That is amazing :wow:

"Dilllon, When you want something that works"

RustyFN
09-20-2011, 10:08
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.
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MLyK1UwuK3M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Yea but that takes all the fun out of case prep. :rofl:

chris in va
09-21-2011, 10:48
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.

Agent6-3/8
09-21-2011, 14:25
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.

Bren
09-21-2011, 14:34
If so would it be even worth it to go through the time when you can buy it so cheap?

Reloading, especially rifle ammo, isn't just about saving money. Many reloaders are doing it for quality, not quantity.

njl
09-21-2011, 15:51
It's IMI ammo that is being imported in heavy quantities.

Who's selling IMI in the US?


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fredj338
09-21-2011, 16:47
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.

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.:dunno: If you are buying ammo 100rds at a pop, you aren't getting it for 28c/rd.

RustyFN
09-21-2011, 19:35
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.

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.

njl
09-21-2011, 20:01
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.

michael e
09-21-2011, 20:15
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.

EOD3
09-21-2011, 20:29
I buy bulk ammo "quality brass" to shoot in my AT&T rifles and reload the brass a few times for those rifles. When the brass is getting old, I load it (sometimes twice) for one of my AR's and then chuck it in my scrap-brass bucket. I don't take reloading bench time into account so my overall price per round is pretty low and I'm firing match grade ammo (minus the original load) in my bolt rifles.

The "price" of factory match-grade ammo can run to over $2 a round but it can be made for the time and expertise plus some relatively inexpensive components. :fred:

PCJim
09-21-2011, 21:40
Well, it's not 62gr but you can very easily reload 55gr for roughly 15 cents a round at current online pricing. Yes, you need to buy in bulk but as Fred stated earlier, you are doing the same to get the best price on loaded ammo.

Wideners: Hornady 55gr bulk pack, 6,000 bullets for $430 delivered
Powder Valley: Wolf .223SRP, 1,000 primers for $15.50
Powder Valley: BLC2, 8# for $129 (26.5gr loading)
Primers and powder pricing do not include HM or S/H.

This is my standard load.

RustyFN
09-22-2011, 15:38
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.

Yes great point. I also fine reloading very relaxing. I also find casting bullets very relaxing. Somebody might have said it but I didn't see it, you will end up with a lot better and more accurate ammo.