mac5155 wrote:Whats reloading cost, really? Is it substantially less per round than buying in bulk for say 35 cents a round?
If you save your brass casings you can save a lot by reloading. Remember reloading is also for accuracy/consistency as well. Finding that perfect load for what your specific firearm likes it great!
You need a primer (about 35 dollars per 1000) Casing (free if reusing) Powder (about $20 lb) and a bullet about $119 per 1000 (for .223).
With an AR .223 load you can get about 250 rounds out of a lb of powder.
So for 1000 rounds 35 + 80 + 119 = $234 dollars in base material. so that's about 23 cents per round for good ammo. About a 30% savings over buying junk ammo.
About the only thing you lose is your time ,which is dependent on how much you spend up front for your press.
Sidenote -- there are some other costs such as case lube,brass cleaner and etc. But those costs are offset by having to go to the store or pay for shipping online. The costs are really non significant when you look at the overall picture.
PS -- for the most part, all brass cases (in good condition) can be reloaded but you can NOT reload any steel (light grey) cases typically used in cheap ammo.