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Not too shabby, if i had a extra $300 id get some :D

Ive grown fond of the Steel case junk.. can shoot it and drop it on the ground :D
 

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Dang I can't make it that cheap! If I reload the brass 5 or 6 times, then my cost per round finally gets down to around 30 cents/round.
 

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Powder: 25gr @ $25/#......... 9 cents each
Primer: .............................. 4 cents each
Bullet: (62gr FMJ)................. 10 cents each
Brass: FREE (Range Pick Ups).. 0 cents each
Total:................................ 23 cents each

WOW.... That still SUCKS due to the current HIGH cost of components..............


On the other hand........ Adding 10 cents for once-fired brass, that comes to 33 cents/rd (or $330/1000). Much more than $300 (to the door) for fresh FACTORY ammo.

Sorry guys, we are stuck with these prices for now......................

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You can get the powder and primers cheaper, you just have to be willing to buy more than 1 lb or 1k primers at a time. The primers I bought today were $3.50 per hundred. I bought 1 pound of powder a couple of weeks ago for $20.
 

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jbpmidas said:
You can get the powder and primers cheaper, you just have to be willing to buy more than 1 lb or 1k primers at a time. The primers I bought today were $3.50 per hundred. I bought 1 pound of powder a couple of weeks ago for $20.
Yes.... very true. You have to buy in bulk to save $$$$

But I am from a "time" when...............

Rifle powder & pistol powder was...................... $10/# (cheaper in bulk)
Primers @..................................................... $12/1000 (in bulk)
Jacketed Bullets (ie: 9mm)............................... $35/1000
Lead Bullets (ie: 9mm).................................... $20/1000
Brass in general (223, 308, 45).....about............ $45-65/1000

NOTE: Right after "911" 9mm, 40S&W and 357Sig brass hit rock bottom because the market was flooded with this brass from all the training the Gov. and LEOs did. I bought all 3 types at around $7-9/1000. (Anybody want 5000 once-fired comm. 357Sig brass....? Also, I should have not sold all that 40S&W brass I had, but at the time I didn't own a 40S&W pistol)

Have you priced once-fired Mil. 308 brass lately (when you can find it)...? HOLY CRAP....

And TRUE..... We will probably never see those prices again. But hopefully the slow economy will help to bring the prices on ammo & components down some more.....................

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Bulk is the way to go on powder, primers, and bullet tips.

SGF - I, too, can remember the days of $10 primers (K) and powder at less the $10 @ lb. However, those were also the days when you could purchase surplus 5.56 ammo for around .10 a round and they were practically giving away M-2 Ball (30.06) and 7.62x51. Now M-2 Ball in running .50 a round and you are lucky to find surplus 7.62x51 at .50 if the brass is boxer primed.

I still have around 10K of 55gr FMJ .223 tips that I bought in bulk for around .04 each and about 24lbs of Varget purchased at $16lb. - only enought to load about 6000 .223. My regret was not buying a large stash of small rifle primers at the time.

For pistol, bullet casting is the way to go to reduce cost -- Provided you have a good source of alloy and the time to do it!!
 
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