cant reload steel cases...only brass or nickle...just buy some once fired cases you can reload them a bunch of times...for 9mm its 3c for the primer 7c for the bullet(lead) and 2c for powder(7000gr in a pound and 6grs of unique in the case=close to 1200 rounds per pound)...then depreciate the brass at 1c per loading (that allows for not finding all you've fired) and your cost is 13 c per round...100 rounds is 13.00...great hobby ....its the up front cost for tools that costs....rifle rounds really save bucks....as to the 223 I generally just buy the cheapo stuff (5.00 a box)for fooling around and you dont have to worry about the cases - I do re load my hunting rounds....enjoy....
so its not stupid to reload .223 cause my father in law and i are going to be throwing 1000's down the range well atleast till the world ends
FireCop203 (or anyone else), do you have a "honey" load for 9mm? I'm looking for an accurate plinker load...not something too hot. I bought some blue dot powder and 115JHP to give it a try. I've loaded 270 back in the day, so have a basic understanding of the process...just getting back into it since the 9mm is scarce as hen's teeth lately. Thanks for your help and info!
What Mitch is talking about is the effort that goes into loading 223. Trimming swaging etc. This was also before prices went full stupid. You could up until a few weeks ago get PMC bronze for around 300 per K to your door. Then you could sell the cases for 50-60 bucks and be at 250 per K. That wasn't enough savings for a lot of people to invest in a trimmer/die set/tool head for your press. Not to mention the time that goes into brass prep.
Handgun calibers including 9mm will save you 25-50% over factory if you buy your components correctly. Primers by the 5-10K, powder by the 8lb jug, and bullets starting at 2K.
"It's a very deadly weapon to know what you're doing." William Murderface
Do a lot of you guys pick up range brass? I can't bring myself to do it. I don't know the history of the brass. Without any way to check the thickness of the base of the casing, I guess I'm just scared it may already be too thin to reuse and err on the side of caution. I can see buying from a source that knows the history, such as someone on this board that says it's once fired. Should I just assume (I know) that range brass is once fired?
Its a punishment, because you have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort,
to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson
I've been reloading for around 45 years. There is a lot of satisfaction in knowing that you are producing the load that you used to take a nice buck. But the best advantage I've seen to it in the last few days is the fact that I have enough components where as I would never have to buy anything again and I would always have ammo. Might not be exactly what I wanted but I would always have something to shoot. I hope the ban everyone is talking about never happens of course..But if it does then Ole VIKING will still be shooting and hunting for a long, long time.
i've got a full set up i'm looking to git rid of, if you are interested you can drop by and i can walk you through what everything is and what you'll need, and if you're interested i'd sell it to you at a fair price. i've been reloading 44 mag, 45 acp, 45-70, .243, 38 spc and some others for years. got a lot of brass and lead for these. let me know if you're interested in checking it out!