Originally Posted by philb81b
Has anyone every figured the cost of reloading a .40 bullet with new brass? If so please let me know.
OK, I'm feeling nitpicky this morning.
A "bullet" is the projectile that goes into, and discharges from a "cartridge". "bullets" are generally hard to "reload" due to deformation and changes is shape during the first firing.
If one is using "new" brass it would not be "Re
loading" since none of the components are being "RE" used. It would be "Handloading".
Now that that is out of the way, I have found a neat way to avoid worrying about the cost (which is IMO, rarely effective finacially using new components) For a common caliber like the .40 I hardly ever have need of new brass, since if I shoot it enough to need to save on the ammo, I probably then, have a pile of brass BUT on other, less common rounds, 10mm .41 mag, .44 special, I buy new brass to make handloads that are not commonly available from the factories. this might be heavier bullets, higher velocity (10mm), lower velocity .41, .44 mag etc. I then simply look at it as the "cost of getting what I want".
If you have a very fast progressive it will still take you thousands of rounds to "break even" with all new components. If you have to buy the press and start from scratch with all new components, I would say do it 40 hrs a week for about 3 months and you might make it to "break even" (that is actually just a SWAG, off the top of my head)
I have never known anyone who made it pay off to use new components for a common caliber. Buying new brass is for testing loads or loading rare or uncommon calibers. .264 Winchester and 6mm Rmington come to mind.