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Break even cost reloading vs. off the shelf ammo

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I’m trying to get my head around the investment in equipment to reload vs. good quality off the shelf ammo.
Currently I’m using 1000 rounds per month of 9mm Federal 115 / 124 at $325 per case.
Appreciate your input.
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That was fantastic !!!
I thought I would save money reloading ! HA HA not . If you dont value any of your time then sure tons of money saved. It is very time consuming but if you like dialing in your own recipe then it is worth it especially for small batch expensive ammo like 38 super 👍
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I’m trying to get my head around the investment in equipment to reload vs. good quality off the shelf ammo.
Currently I’m using 1000 rounds per month of 9mm Federal 115 / 124 at $325 per case.
Appreciate your input.
I just paid $264 delivered for 1k of 9mm have to keep it cheap as possible because I am going thru 1k a month from competition. Not worth it to reload at that price for me . 45 and 38 super yes def worth it . YMMV
Great skill to learn . I see more problems at matches because of reloads it isnt even funny it is crazy . Most stem from leaving powder in a hopper in a moist environment - dont do that ! I saw a 5k Atlas getting smashed on a 2x4 trying to free a locked slide with one in the chamber due to a mouse fart load . Learn the correct way and no matter the savings/ cost it will be a life long skill 👍best of luck to you on your journey .
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Seriously I spent $2000 plus to get into reloading 300 BO because during the pandemic it was like $3 a round...I am not sure it’s worth it for 9mm with recent deals in bargain section I don’t know that you can reload for .21 to .25 a round.

Primers are almost no existent at least since last time I checked…they are like .10 a primer if you can find them, add brass, bullet and powder and I bet you are over .25 a round.

You would probably want a progressive reloader the one I have is a single stage and for 300 BO it’s ok but if you want to crank out a bunch of ammo it will be beneficial to have something that pumps out several hundred rounds and hour.

Good luck I am sure people who reload pistol will have more information.
Primers are hen’s teeth in my area and are .14 each when I can find them which it just about never . So to use them for 38 super which runs $38 a box of 50 here (insane) it is worth it but for $14 a box 9mm no way .
Least with the 300BO you can workup accurate loads for your rifle 👍
I just had a slide lock 1/8 “ out of battery today with one hot in the chamber because of too long OAL on 9mm Norma . I have shot that brand a ton and never seen it happen before - that is another thing you get reloading - quality control .
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One thing to consider if your not competing and dont need to pump out 500 rounds at a time- single stage press . You can probably get into reloading for around $600
Lee turret press
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Calipers (digital)
Misc tools for case prep
Powder scale
Case tumbler
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