Just fired my 500th round downrange from my "Venture into Reloading" Having Fun, but am interested in the question of cost recovery also. Been into it for less than a couple months.....I Did Dive in Deep, but am seeing the surface up there somewhere in the future.
So after hearing guys mention, "don't save your reciepts," concerning the addictive nature of reloading. I had to cringe cause, being self-employed, I never throw rcpts away, they were laying in a file haunting me so, here are the numbers hope to help some of the new guys see what Current Costs are to enter the world of Reloading your own Ammo,
this is for one rifle .270wsm
I bought all brand new and started with the kit, but having seen the quality of construction of all this stuff I would highly recommend putting your own gear together and even finding used stuff online or thru these forums, you could save some real money. But, then I WAS loading within twenty hours of return from the City with my kit stuff, so... you're call.
I also used these forums to research stuff before buying with questions like "best case trimmer?" there is a lot of experience here and per example, I found a great trimmer made by Wilson found on Sinclair website and am REAL happy with it, thanks to this handloading forum. So, hope I am able to help others with this info.
Thanks Lots, Murphy, Stid, Smitty, Montana, ADfields, Agl4now, 1Cor, rbuck, Snyd, Vince, Elmerkeith, 270ti
I could on and on about the help found here from these way cool guys ! Do I miss anything here you guys?
I bought my RCBS kit (a bit overpriced but to help local guys out, $385) on Jan 29, 2010 and all I needed to get started on one shopping/reading like crazy trip in Anchorage. Then most of the rest was ordered online or while traveling down south at considerable savings.
Here's the "Basics" Start-up to be able to reload. If you are a "three boxes a year guy looking for hunting loads," this will get you there, but watch out!! It's hard to stop there once you get reading manuals....
PS just buy a Case Trimmer right off, you'll need it absolutely, and it adds $150 or so to the initial cost listed below
Reloading Expenses: (Tallied 4/24/2010)
510 rounds Loaded and Fired since First Load 2/13/2010 (was traveling for thirty of those days)
Essentials : $589.88 ( to get started “Basically”)
RCBS Kit (+Bullet Puller, 1 Case Holder)
Digital Caliper (Hornady)
One extra Reloading Manual (Hornady)
Set-up Costs (lumber, bolts, etc.) $50 ( Sorry about the font size chg, I can't fix it so, get your glasses on)
1 lb Powder (120 rounds), 100 Primers,100 Bullets
You could stop there and have a lot of fun, but I was in Anchorage and being an Island Guy I had to "Stock Up" so bought Bullets, Powder, and Primers for 1000 rounds and lots of experimenting,
Factory Ammo available to me was two loads and one brand in Kodiak,
Federal 130gr Powr shok, $39.95/twenty, and 150gr Vital Shok, $52.95/twenty
So the BEST part of reloading is the bullets available, I bought 1,050 for $377.73, with a wide variety,
Sierra 90 gr HP Varminters, Speer 100gr, Hornady and Barnes 110gr, Speer 130gr SST, Hornady and Nosler 140gr, Nosler and Hornady 150gr and Finally Nosler 160gr Partition Spitzers, QUITE THE VARIETY
Bought Powder based on what I read out of manuals standing in the store, looking for types I could use for a variety of my loads, and what was available in Anch. The guys at GNG were extremely helpful in info and best prices, then SWhse had some more available, Spent total of $251.98 for 8lbs which should get approx 960 rounds at 60gr avg. load
Got IMR4350 3lb, H4831sc-2lb, RL-19 -2lb, RL-22 1lb.
And Primers approx $100 -2500 (for 1000 rounds it cost $40)
and returned from Anchorage anxious to start, two days later, here's my setup BUT, Watch out, this picture has a lot of Add-Ons, Cost listed below
So, here's what I added in the first two months, First I started with more manuals and ended up with FOUR, which will "get you thinking what you really need," to do this right, my last purchase was a Chronometer and Tripod for the range, I actually think I have all I need for a while hence my reason to tally it all,
AHHHH Get A GRIP
Hang On, the Justification and Reasoning, make a bit of sense at bottom
OAL Gauge, w/Modified Case (Hornady)
Precision Mic Headspace Gauge (RCBS)
Extra Case loading tray
Universal Decapping Die (Lyman)
RCBS Stainless Dial Caliper (my digital one freezes up while working outside late at night in my garage, at 35F not cold enough to stoke the stove...)
Flash Hole Uniformer (Sinclair)
Primer Pocket Uniformer (Sinclair)
Shallow Angle Chamfer Tool (Lyman)
Case Trimmer, w/case holder (Wilson)
Neck Sizing Die (RCBS)
Powder Measure Stand (RCBS)
Powder Measure Baffle (RCBS)
Storage Shelves (Walmart)
Chronometer ProChrono, w/ tripod (Midway)
4 cans- Imperial Die Wax
4- Dry Case Neck Lube (RCBS)
3- Reloading Manuals (Barnes, Nosler, Lyman)
Other books, Propellant Profiles, Precision Shooting,...they're all over the house
Plus I bought 200 rounds of Factory Ammo originally that I am using the brass from, cost $315.87 in Anchorage considerably cheaper than Kodiak
(eventually brass may factor in at approx $.60-1.20 per round but I have currently 80 in use, 4 batches of 20 and they have been reloaded as such:
Batch 1-7times, #2-5x, batch 3 - 5x, and batch 4-7 reloads for a total of 520/80 pcs brass, none discarded as yet, so this may take quite a while (certainly my goal of 1000 rounds) before I have to purchase new brass (remember I have 120 Factory pcs still once fired ready to load)
Hard Facts :
Since I started Factory Ammo for .270wsm went up to $39/box in Kodiak (from $32.95-130gr Fed) so are approx $2.00/round
1000 rounds = $2000.00 at local Kodiak Prices (not including the premium bullets, $52.95 for Fed 150gr Vital Shok))
For total of $2,208.66 I have supplies for over 1000 rounds = $ 2.21/round (this includes the original Factory Ammo purchase which is way high for brass cost)Also all kinds of Long-Life gear to continue for quite some time.
I have available in Kodiak two options in Factory Ammo for .270WSM, 130gr and 150gr
Am able to Load for Seven Different weight/types Bullets 90gr,100gr,110gr,130gr,140gr,150gr,160gr
I have already fired 510 rounds with this equipment and brass = $1,020.00 value (as compared to Factory prices)
Could have Loaded with just the Basics for 100rounds - $734.88 (incl Case trimmer $145)
After 1000th round, I will have nearly recovered the Total Cost of Reloading, all the gear will be paid for in savings (including all my overkill fancy gear, Chrony, Neck Sizing Die, enough Imperial Die Wax for about eight years !!!)
and my $2.00/round cost will be replaced by $0.64/round to Reload
Powder = $32.00/lb – 120 rounds = $0.27/round
Primers = $4.00 - 100 rounds = $0.04/round
Bullets = $32.00 – 100 rounds = $0.32/round
Brass =when I need it, like a year from now, I may be spending $1/pce (high end brass) for what ten loads or more on each piece... less than a dime more?
$.75/ round Custom Handloaded OR $2.00+/ round Factory "anygun" stuff, ??
Seven different types of Bullets and weights or two at the local store??
Yes, I am Shooting Way more than I used to but that was a big part of my decision to dive in hard, I really like to shoot for accuracy and watch Velocities develop as I learn, I really like the idea of getting this one rifle able to hunt all kinds of game from Fox to Bull Elk, so wanted to "Get to Know" my rifle really well and this is definitely doing that beyond any expectation.
So, What are you waiting For.......?
Hope this helps you guys to see what the cost today of getting started is and some of the extra benefits
PS Don't over inspect my math, ok, stuff like "I couldn't find a Barnes Bullets receipt anywhere," may be included.
This is supposed to be fun so will be the LAST TIME I count receipts, right, WHEW