Sunday, March 2, 2014
What have I begun?
After a long time of internal debate, I’m now starting to reload my own ammo. Prices aren’t coming down fast enough if at all and this will allow me to dig deeper into my hobby of choice and save some coin to boot.
To date, the following has been amassed…
1. Reloading bench 11. Powder trickler
2. Hand press 12. 30.06, .308 & .223 dies
3. Priming tool 13. Tumbler
4. Powder measure 14. Case trimmer
5. Lube pad 15. Calipers
6. Neck brushes 16. Walnut shell media
7. Scale 17. Bullet puller
8. De-burring tool 18. Shell holders
9. Powder funnel 19. Components: primers, brass, powder & bullets
10. Case loading block 20. Spec manual
I still need to get some more component bits when I go back to the gun show tomorrow but I should be set up completely with all brand spanking new equipment for less money than I would have spent on one case of 7.62 X 51 or two cases of .223.
I’ll probably start making .223 which I should be able to make for…
Primer = 3 pennies each
Case = 4 pennies each
55gr bullet = 12 pennies each
Powder = 14 pennies each
Hmmm…so basically if I buy all the components and consider my time/labor worthless, it still costs me 35 cents per round.
Reclaiming the cases on the ammo I’ve already bought will save a few cents but not much. But then again, I’m trying to duplicate factory ammo so I can always buy a lighter bullet and use a different powder with a reduced load just to plink with and save my Zombie ammo for actual Zombies. I need to do some more homework before I start slinging lead down range.
Nobody said the shooting sports was a cheap hobby
UPDATE: I just found online the same powder I bought today at the gun show for almost half what I paid so future .223 builds are doable for 26.7 cents per round; then shave off 4 more cents for the reclaimed brass so 22.7 cents per round or $227 per 1000 rounds.