This is a discussion on New member, new owner, considering reloading within the Ammunition forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I also don't compare my handloading costs against cheap bulk ammo, but against FGGM instead. I got extremely lucky, since my M1A happens to really ...
I also don't compare my handloading costs against cheap bulk ammo, but against FGGM instead. I got extremely lucky, since my M1A happens to really like the 168 AMAX load I previously developed for a 308 AR, of which I already loaded a lot.
For general short range plinking with irons, XM80 bought in bulk is a good solution. Selling your brass is also a good idea.
I made this decision because I could buy the loaded ammunition for not much more than the cost of once-fired-brass.
If what you want is blasting ammo, then just buy it.
If what you want shoots as well as FGMM 175, then <see below>
My plan was to shoot the 500 rounds I bought, save the brass and reload. Here is my problem... I will have to purchase the dies, a swager, and a pocket uniforming tool, so my startup cost will be higher than with other calibers. By my calculations it will cost in the neighborhood of $.50 per round to reload
Even at the prices of a few months ago, the reload costs are closer to $0.45 than $0.50. From my stash, I am reloading at $0.36/pop.
(not including brass or equipment costs) so the savings would only be around $.10 per round. At that cost it would take forever to even break even with the equipment cost.
You are comparing blasting ammo at $0.50/pop with <potentially> precision ammo that costs $1.00+/pop.
BTW, I 'swage'* my cases with an exacto knife I already owned...... (*) cut the crimp off.
You are already reloading so you have the major pieces, all you need are the dies-get some Hornady dies and 100 free bullets, use your reamer to take out the primer pocket crimp, run a ladder to find the loads that your rifle likes, and don't look back. Besides, when the SHTF, you can't buy ammo on line or at your local gun store.
Really the only way to save SERIOUS $$$ on ammo reloading is to cast your own boolits. The projectile is the most significant component cost. My 45LC, 38spl and 9mm loads with cast boolits are about 5 cents each that way; cheaper than current 22LR prices.
In the end you do end up shooting more if you hand load because it's cheaper per round. Funny how it works, but either way you end up spending the same amount on ammo at the end of the day.
Start up is steep no doubt but if you get decent equipment you can always sell it if you decide it isn't your cup of tea. I load on Dillon presses and use my 550 now more than the 650 because I load more calibers and less quantities than I used to when shooting USPA. Most of the pros and cons have already been stated, its a entirely new hobby and a very rewarding one. It takes time that could be used shooting or whatever but well spent and relaxing. I hoarded primers during the Clinton scare that I paid $65 a sleeve for, if you carefully purchase components you will save money. Forget the equipment cost because its still going to be bolted to your bench and not sent downrange. I've found powder, primers, and projectiles from folks just trying to get rid of it and not really looking, few and far between although. Have a few that save their brass and hand it over to me, give it a shot.
I use a 168 grain Nosler custom competition bullet for 95% of my reloading for 308. I am averaging $0.45 a Reload and almost exclusively shoot reloaded ammo and buy Factory Ammo when I have extra cash just to have if I need it. There is something special about watching loaded ammo come out the back side of a Dillon 650..........kachunk, kachunk, kachunk!!