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Old 03-02-2014, 06:49 PM   #1
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Reloading recipes for Kimbers

Other than the ammo provided at work for duty and mandatory training, I have not purchased center fire handgun ammo in many years. Depending on schedule I usually reload about 12-15k 45 and 9 rounds per year. More for 5.56 rifles.

How many here are re loaders and what are your recipes?
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Here is OK with me. I don't reload, and not sure how many members do. Guess we'll find out!
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:12 AM   #3
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Hi Mike right now for 45acp I'm using zero 230gr. fmj with 6gr. Unique powder with Federal primers. to load about 10k a year.
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Hi Mike right now for 45acp I'm using zero 230gr. fmj with 6gr. Unique powder with Federal primers. to load about 10k a year.
Factoring in the cost of the press and supplies, what do you guess is the cost per round? I used to reload but got out of it many years ago. I found it to be an enjoyable way to pass the time. I can buy 500 rds (reloads) of 230gr .45 for $205.00. That's about $0.41 per round. I'd consider buying a press, etc. if the resulting savings per round added up.
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Hi Gary here's my breakdown.
1000 bullets 150.00
1 lb. unique 29.00 will reload around 14-1500 ruonds
1000 primers 42.00
time spent by myself priceless
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I hear ya on the 'personal time.'

Probably the most fun you can have alone, in the house, without alcohol.
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You got that right!!
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OK, I decided to use the interwebs to get some numbers and try to figure out a break-even point for number of rounds. I'm sure I have left of some minor accessories but this is probably close. If not, let me know.

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OK, I decided to use the interwebs to get some numbers and try to figure out a break-even point for number of rounds. I'm sure I have left of some minor accessories but this is probably close. If not, let me know.

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You're missing a couple of hundred dollars worth of equipment. A case cleaner, a good scale, storage bins, case lube, misc brushes etc. Unless you're reloading for a bunch of guys you don't need a press that can knock out 800 rounds an hour. Save a couple of hundred dollars and go with a Square Deal "B" @ 400 rounds an hour or a RL 550B @ 500 rounds an hour. I used to reload back in the day and still have all my RCBS stuff, unfortunately all I could afford back then was a single stage press.
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A couple years ago a friend wanted to start reloading and we figured at 6k rounds of 9mm he would break even on equipment (Dillon Square Deal and misc necessities). So in six months he was even.

My 45 load is 16 cents a shot. Until my supplies of components run out and the newer prices of things will hit me. But it's still about 40% of WWB.
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