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Old 07-07-2019, 09:30 AM   #1
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Default Gotta love handloading!

Made a big batch of 10mm ammo. 275 rounds. Had approx. $66 in components.

Equivalent would have been $388 retail!

Loaded some 180gr lead fpís and some 200gr XTPís



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Old 07-07-2019, 10:03 AM   #2
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nice savings!!!
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:46 AM   #3
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Yeah you can definitely save some money.

Recently Iíve been loading these 45-90ís, 560 grain paper patches. These babies are about $100 for 20 rounds. Hopefully theyíll shoot ok. Still trying to perfect my technique.






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Old 07-07-2019, 12:06 PM   #4
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Yup I can reload most of what I shoot for 1/2 to 1/10th the cost of off the shelf ammo and get better components and accuracy to boot. Still not worth my time for 9mm or 12 gauge though.
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Old 07-07-2019, 02:27 PM   #5
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I load everything I shoot, excluding shotgun and rim fire. I cast all of my pistol bullets and some rifle bullets as well.
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Old 07-07-2019, 03:58 PM   #6
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I load everything I shoot, excluding shotgun and rim fire. I cast all of my pistol bullets and some rifle bullets as well.
Get you a 16 or 28 gauge and you'll start reloading for that shotgun

Those two are way expensive to buy off the shelf.
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:18 PM   #7
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Get you a 16 or 28 gauge and you'll start reloading for that shotgun

Those two are way expensive to buy off the shelf.
Ainít nobody got time for dat
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Old 07-08-2019, 02:40 AM   #8
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I try and reload every I shoot too. My problem is my wife always wants to bother my when I’m in my concentration mode. Don’t have enough time to reload for my shotguns. It’s just easier to buy 60-80 flats a year.
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:43 AM   #9
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I try and reload every I shoot too. My problem is my wife always wants to bother my when Iím in my concentration mode. Donít have enough time to reload for my shotguns. Itís just easier to buy 60-80 flats a year.
60-80?!? Dang!
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:43 AM   #10
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Just started reloading again. In cowboy action shooting it’s a must really. The 12ga feather light loads that are a favorite are usually about $10 per box. 1000 rounds of 38’s are about $380 to $450 for factory reloads. I shoot about 8 to 12K a year and I cut my cost by about 60 to 70% plus I can load them how I want.
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:04 AM   #11
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I have a few calibers that don't even exist in the commercial world. I have to reload those. Others, like the 416 Rigby are not affordable enough to purchase. Loading is a must for me.
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:20 AM   #12
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I load everything I have for rifle, shotgun, and pistol. I do have some factory stuff for .223/6.5X55/6.5 PRC and some old 270 and 7 mag stuff that was given me, but I enjoy loading too much to shoot factory. I finally have enough space to put out all four shotgun presses and my pistol press and my single stage rifle press, but I think I'm going to purchase the Lee mounting kit and maybe one from MEC so that I can switch out presses and save some space on the bench.

I load .223/6.5 Swede/6.5 PRC/22-250/257 Roberts/270/7 RSAUM/7 Mag/9mm/45 ACP/357 Sig and 4 shotgun gauges. About the only thing I won't load for anymore is 12 gauge. I can't load it any cheaper than the factory stuff.
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:13 PM   #13
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Ainít nobody got time for dat
Too funny!
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:24 PM   #14
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I guess I’m the oddball. I buy all rifle/pistol ammo and reload shot shells.
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:05 PM   #15
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Yeah you can definitely save some money.

Recently Iíve been loading these 45-90ís, 560 grain paper patches. These babies are about $100 for 20 rounds. Hopefully theyíll shoot ok. Still trying to perfect my technique.






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I hear ya, I load for a 45-110 and couldnít think about buying loaded rounds.
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:57 PM   #16
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I hear ya, I load for a 45-110 and couldnít think about buying loaded rounds.
My rifle is currently on the assembly line at Shiloh. Talked to Lucinda the other day and she said my walnut is on the sanding floor. Should have it in my hands mid August to September. Cannot wait. Gonna use these 560ís to hunt with this deer season. What bullet are you shooting out of that 110?
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:15 PM   #17
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I began reloading when I got a .44mag. $.80 each for the cheapest ammo at Walmart. I can load them with coated bullets for under $.20 most of the time. Got a Square Deal B setup for .44 mag. Got a 650xl setup for .45acp, and a couple other calibers when needed. Lee classic turret and a single stage for precision rifle.


Have not saved any money for some reason though. If I amortize the equipment for 30 years maybe. But I have lots of ammo, most of the time.
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:01 PM   #18
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I began reloading when I got a .44mag. $.80 each for the cheapest ammo at Walmart. I can load them with coated bullets for under $.20 most of the time. Got a Square Deal B setup for .44 mag. Got a 650xl setup for .45acp, and a couple other calibers when needed. Lee classic turret and a single stage for precision rifle.


Have not saved any money for some reason though. If I amortize the equipment for 30 years maybe. But I have lots of ammo, most of the time.
Generally most do not save money reloading, they just shoot more. Some exceptions have been mentioned though, wild cats, old cartridges and limited run ammo. One huge benifit though is customizing loads to your gun and you control the components and how they are assembled.

Loading paper patch bullets at first was an exercise in frustration but once you have it down it is not that bad
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