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Old June 4th, 2021, 02:37 PM #1
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Reloading vs buying new

So how much cost savings are you going to get to reload your own ammo? Say 556 is at a $1 a round new, what would that cost be if I made it at home?
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There are reloading cost calculators to determine what your cost per round is based on what you paid for the components.

https://www.dillonprecision.com/relo...alculator.html


http://www.losttarget.com/costcal.htm
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Shotgun reloading is gauge dependent. 12s are slightly cheaper than new. 20s are a bit more savings, but 28s and .410 are much cheaper to reload....like about 3 times cheaper. Both are running between $15 - $20/box and can be reloaded for under $5/box. While primer and wad costs are about equal across the board, you are using much less powder and shot in the smaller gauges, while the new cost is much higher per box.

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Depends . . .
Firstly, comparison pricing is difficult due to ridiculous current prices and lack/poor availability of some components.
Secondly, do you want to include set-up costs? If so, amortized over how many years/rounds?
Thirdly, as always, higher quality = higher cost.

However, backing out set-up costs by amortization over a long time period, you could likely make 5.56 ammo for less than $1 a round. (Considering multiple reloadings per case.) The difference would/could/should be in QUALITY. Use of quality components and proper reloading and tuning techniques will yield far better ammo than you will currently get for $1/round.
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The consensus from the reloaders I know is that you have to love reloading as an activity upon itself. If you’re doing it just to save money it becomes tedious.
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In addition to saving money there are other benefits.

You can hand load more accurate ammo.

You can load cartridges that are not available commercially, different bullets and different power levels.
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The kicker right now is what will you pay for primers....IF you can source any.

Bar room napkin estimate, and assuming you have brass to load.

Say you can source 15 cents a primer at the unicorn store, 13 cents a bullet, and 13 cents a powder charge, with the primers being the big "IF".
All told, nets to 41 cents per round.

These numbers can definitely vary significantly, as everything related to price and availability is up in the air right now, with primers being the biggest rub. Just some "sorta kinda" figures to give you a quick ballpark, if only a somewhat rough idea.

In "normal" times, .223/.556 tends to be one of the least cost effective rounds to load for. But, any cost difference can become more significant with increased volume. And cost aside, you can make better performing ammo than you can buy, when comparing your own good loads vs. "blasting ammo" prices. The quality piece however, and what it may or may not be worth to you, is a whole different discussion.
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There was a time where the savings were significant. There was a time when they were not. Now you can't get components. If you can, they are so costly, it's ridiculous. Now, ammo is crazy but coming down. If you fear ammo will not be available for what ever reason and you want to make sure you can still manufacture it if you cant buy it, it makes sense.
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The .223 I compete with I still load with Nosler Custom Competition projectiles, Varget powder, and CCI primers I bought in 2016. It’s about $0.21 a round, back when match .223 was already $1 a round. Once fired Lake City brass is free, but once fired brass can also be sold.

I didn’t consider it worth my time to load blasting .223 on a single stage, especially considering that it cost almost as much as simply shooting factory ammo I got by private sale and selling the brass. I would have only saved a few cents a round.
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bulk 223 is going to be About 23-25 cents plus price of Primer yes, primers were 3 cents a piece 2 years ago.
My bulk plinking were about 26 cents including primer for the primers I still have that were 3 cents a piece. The moderatly accurate (nosler varminter bullet) was 32 cents a round
Whats the black market price on primers now? 20 cents? (not the I have a bot price)
Will you save $ vs say buying bimetal Tulamo for 40 cents a round? Maybe not
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