New member, new owner, considering reloading - Page 2 - M14 Forum

M14 Forum


New member, new owner, considering reloading

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 ...


Go Back   M14 Forum > M14 M1A Forum > Ammunition

6Thanks
Reply
 
LinkBack Moderator Tools Display Modes

Old February 26th, 2017, 11:26 AM   #16
Snappin In
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: KS
Posts: 26
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.

Grizzman is offline  
Remove Ads
Old February 26th, 2017, 11:34 AM   #17
Old Salt
 
bustedknuckles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,985

Awards Showcase

With my math, reloading don't save me money but allows me to shoot more

bustedknuckles is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 12:11 PM   #18
Automatic Rifleman
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Austin Texas
Posts: 142
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rickstwowheels View Post
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>

Quote:
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.

Quote:
(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.

MitchAlsup is offline  
 
Old February 26th, 2017, 05:43 PM   #19
Old Salt
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: south dakota
Posts: 1,128
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.

boomerpusher is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 05:50 PM   #20
wxl
Designated Marksman
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: South Texas
Posts: 598
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rickstwowheels View Post
WXL, do you mind sharing where you sourced the SMK 168 projectiles and what primers you use?
Midway & Midsouth (many others at time on sale) 31 cents (500). Hornady as good or better accuracy and slightly cheaper. Wolf primers (~16 per thousand last time I bought 5k)

There are sites that search prices, example "http://www.gunbot.net/reloading/bullets/30cal/ "

wxl is offline  
Old February 28th, 2017, 07:08 PM   #21
Automatic Rifleman
 
Badger5th's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Eastern Mass
Posts: 160
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.

Badger

Badger5th is offline  
Old February 28th, 2017, 10:42 PM   #22
No social life
 
m14brian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Pyrite State
Posts: 11,545

Awards Showcase

Welcome from SoCal!
m14brian

m14brian is offline  
Old March 3rd, 2017, 06:07 PM   #23
Rifleman
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Bay Saint Louis,MS
Posts: 57
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.

Temac is offline  
Old March 3rd, 2017, 06:21 PM   #24
Lifer
 
3Gunnah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,530
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!!

3Gunnah is offline  
Old March 3rd, 2017, 06:32 PM   #25
Rifleman
 
Yooperboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Colorado
Posts: 68
New to hand loading ammo? Here's a shopping list for newbies.

Yooperboy is offline  
Old March 3rd, 2017, 07:21 PM   #26
Grunt
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Midwest
Posts: 109
I only reload for accuracy, match performance. My time is in short supply and is valuable. If I spend it reloading, I expect nothing but the best results.

For plinking, I shop around for deals and then use the fired brass. Buy in bulk to get the best price.

This may not apply to your situation.

Yahoo

Yahoo is offline  
Reply

  M14 Forum > M14 M1A Forum > Ammunition

Moderator Tools
Display Modes


Similar M14 Forum Discussions
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
new member, new M1A owner Merle New Users 22 October 9th, 2016 03:46 PM
Reloading Guide LC Brass M1A96819 Ammunition 8 September 22nd, 2009 10:36 PM
Garand Reloading sarcrew00 Steel and Wood 2 April 19th, 2009 05:37 PM



Top Gun Sites Top Sites List