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malleable
11-17-2011, 13:39
I previously inquired about learning to reload, but as i only shoot .38 special occasionally it didn't really make sense. However, I recently bought a .44 special Ruger Vaquero and I absolutely love this gun. Can you reload .44 special for considerably less than factory?

F106 Fan
11-17-2011, 14:12
Primer $0.03 each
Powder $0.02 each
Bullet $0.09 each (180 gr S&S cast lead)
TOTAL $0.14 per round

If you have to buy brass, figure $0.18 each for new Starline
If you want jacketed bullets, add about $0.20 per round

Richard

Zombie Steve
11-17-2011, 14:22
Take the price of brass and divide by 10 shots as a nice round number. You'll probably get more loads out of them if you're loading to reasonable pressures, but it keeps the math simple.

malleable
11-17-2011, 14:25
Thanks for the replies.

F106 Fan
11-17-2011, 14:35
Take the price of brass and divide by 10 shots as a nice round number. You'll probably get more loads out of them if you're loading to reasonable pressures, but it keeps the math simple.

So add $0.02 for brass depreciation bringing the cost to $0.16 or about $8.00 per box of 50. Try to match that at Wally World!

There are other expendables like polish media and polish compound but those just aren't significant. When I tell the wife how much money I save by reloading, I tend to overlook a lot of little details.

I pick up a lot of range brass and I also buy both once-fired and new brass. Unfortunately, centerfirebrass.com didn't have any 44 special. They have a LOT of 9mm and .45 ACP and they ship fast!

The trick to keeping the costs down is to buy primers and bullets in multiples of 1000. The next thing is to use powder and primers that you can buy from the LGS or gun show. Paying the hazmat fee for shipping primers and powder definitely drives up the cost. If it can't be avoided, buy a LOT of stuff in one order.

Richard

fredj338
11-17-2011, 17:15
Rounds like the 44sp, 44mag, 45colt, 10mm, 357sig, all canbe loaded for well under 1/2 the cost of factory. Certainly worth the effort for any serious shooter. 45colt is why I bought a progressive 25+ years ago.

norton
11-17-2011, 17:38
Especially cheaper if you cast your own bullets.
I'm getting ready to load 50 rounds of .44 mag from my own cast bullets.

TN.Frank
11-17-2011, 18:49
Especially cheaper if you cast your own bullets.
I'm getting ready to load 50 rounds of .44 mag from my own cast bullets.

Ditto, I just loaded up 50 rounds of 40S&W for under $3 bucks using home cast bullets.