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Old 10-24-2010, 20:39   #1
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I'm so glad I'm a reloader....

Took a walk through Wally World this afternoon.... stopped by the sporting good area to grap some Breakfree and check out the ammo situation just for kicks. They actually had quite a bit of everything on the shelfs.... .45, .40, even .380 then it dawned on my to take note the price of 9mm WWB.

Holy Jimminy $23.97 a 100! Kinda shocked me!

I load 9mm currently at $107 a 1000.... WWB, at the above price is $262.47 a K (including 9.5% sales tax), that's a savings of $155 and change a thousand. Which means starting from scatch I would have paid off my XL650 in a little over 6K (3 months for my current rate).

Made me want to say thanks again to all you guys that helped me out when I was a complete noob.
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Old 10-24-2010, 20:42   #2
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What'da ya mean when you were a noob?


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Old 10-24-2010, 20:46   #3
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I'm in the process of teaching a friend's son how to reload. He loves to shoot but it can be a budget buster with store bought ammo.
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Old 10-24-2010, 20:47   #4
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Did you happen to look at the 357 sig prices? Now that will give you a heart attack.
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Old 10-24-2010, 20:51   #5
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I feel you. I think my firearms would be safe queens if i did not reload. Oh ya try living in CA, a box of a 100 9mm is $33.
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Old 10-24-2010, 21:16   #6
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Yeah, yeah.... everyones a noob when in comparision to you Jack. Flint locks were considered "assault rifles" back in your hey day!
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Old 10-24-2010, 21:18   #7
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$35 per K Baby.
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Old 10-24-2010, 21:23   #8
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$35 per K Baby.
I really outta look at casting even just .45 to offset some costs... OK, what's the recommended casting bullet for dummies book.
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Old 10-24-2010, 21:26   #9
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Lyman's book on casting... even the front part of their manuals gives a pretty good short description.

(Or you could attend C4W's Academy of Casting.)


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I really outta look at casting even just .45 to offset some costs... OK, what's the recommended casting bullet for dummies book.
Casting is a great way to shoot cheap, but only f you can get alloy for free or less than $1.50/#. Even at that, 1K 200gr 45s are going to run you about $45 plus several hours & the gear. Fortunately, alloy is still available for that or less, even free if you can find a tire shop still using lead ww & not already selling them to someone else. You can also get into casting pretty cheaply if you just shoot as cast & pan or tumble lube. I prefer a sizer that does that & that adds quite a bit to the cost of gear as the best is the Star/Magma & that is just about $300 for one caliber.
Yep, I rarely buy factory ammo unless it's SD ammo. I had to buy factory 45acp for a couple of training classes, ouch, I am still feeling the pain.
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:47   #11
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I really outta look at casting even just .45 to offset some costs... OK, what's the recommended casting bullet for dummies book.
My pot sizing die and first set of dies should be here some time this week. The local scrap yard sells lead for 60 cents a pound and has several tons on hand. I am starting with 40 instead of 9mm just because of bullet prices.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:25   #12
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You don't need no Stinking Book.


Seriously, The Lyman manual has a good section in it. Lyman molds come with a decent manual. BIGGEST thing is to not focus on production at the start. 2 cavity molds get up to temp quick and cast easy. Learn on that and then get the bigger mold.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:06   #13
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If I shot outside more, I'd consider casting. But right now, I stick with plated.

That said, yeah, I save money per round, but I shoot more because I load more.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:22   #14
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If I shot outside more, I'd consider casting. But right now, I stick with plated.

That said, yeah, I save money per round, but I shoot more because I load more.
I rarely shoot indoors, can't stand it, but if I have to shoot their & it's more than 50rds, I'll shoot plated or jacketed.
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I rarely shoot indoors, can't stand it, but if I have to shoot their & it's more than 50rds, I'll shoot plated or jacketed.
I like shootin indoors when it's really cold out .
My wife doesn't like it though, especially when I use the coffee table for a bench rest and let cold air in !


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Old 10-25-2010, 13:28   #16
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I like shootin indoors when it's really cold out .
My wife doesn't like it though, especially when I use the coffee table for a bench rest and let cold air in !

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Do you make her hold the targets?
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I'm not surprised that you shoot from inside the house... I'm amazed you found someone who would actually marry you.


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Old 10-25-2010, 14:20   #18
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I load 9mm currently at $107 a 1000.... WWB, at the above price is $262.47 a K (including 9.5% sales tax)
I'm closer to $140 per 1000, but I use 147gr MG bullets. But I'm still saving something like $120 per 1000. Yep, it doesn't take too many "thousands" to be breaking even and then to be SAVING money.

Like you... I *too* am glad I'm a reloaded. It's nice to be able to walk out and crank out 300 bullets or so in 30 minutes and head to the range.
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Old 10-25-2010, 16:09   #19
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I'm not surprised that you shoot from inside the house... I'm amazed you found someone who would actually marry you.


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Well shooting in the house doesn't go over real well but casting in the house is definitely out of the question!

Casting in the house,,
heck I'm amazed you found 3 that would marry ya!



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Lyman's book on casting... even the front part of their manuals gives a pretty good short description.

(Or you could attend C4W's Academy of Casting.)


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