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Thread: Cost of Ammo

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    Cost of Ammo

    I know many of you home load but I would like to know how much you all pay for your factory loads.

    I currently pay £25-£30 per box of 20. Federal/Norma

    Am I paying over the odds as my local shop has a reputation for being expensive?

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    I bought some 7mm08 last month for £18 a box of 20 federals

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    When I do buy factory rounds (very rarely these days) I noramlly pay between £18 and £25 per 20...

    I know the initial expense when setting up as a home loader is a lot but it does pay for itself. Plus can help with acccuracy!

    Chops

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    I last bought factory rounds, with the exception of rimfire, about eight or nine years ago for my Hornet and I forget how much they were. I currently reload for four calibres and, with the exception of my Hornet, none have ever fired a factory load. Looking at the prices that are being paid for twenty rounds, I am very pleased about this.

    I agree with Chops, after the initial outlay in setting up for home loading, it is the way to go. Depending on how much you shoot the initial cost can soon be recouped. Plus it is another string to your reloading bow, very interesting, enables your control over velocity etc and improves accuracy.

    John

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    swampy
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    DON'T DO IT..... RELOADING

    DON'T DO RELOADING. IT WILL CAUSE ALL SORTS OF PROBLEMS. YOU WILL KEEP HAVING TO TRY NEW BULLETS, NEW POWDERS. YOU WILL HAVE TO BUY LOADS OF MANUALS. YOU WILL SPEND HOURS IN THE RELOADING ROOM, THEN MORE HOURS ON THE RANGE. IT CAN TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE.

    YOUR GROUPS WILL GET A BIT TIGHTER THOUGH AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO PULL THE TRIGGER MORE.

    if you want to do a bit of shooting and are happy with the factory performance of federal or pmc or privi then stick to factory stuff.

    If you are like me and want to shoot the best groups you can. with bullets you couldn't normally buy/ afford and want to start a really absorbing hobby then reloading is for you.

    swampy

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    Im paying £22.50 for a box of 20 fro my .243 remmington, but they shoot well with my rifle.
    Out of intrest how much does it cost to set up your own reloading kit. and once you have payed off the cost of the initial outlay, how much is it per round.

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    I can't remember how much the kit I have now cost to set up, My first bought set was a Lee hand loader back in the early sixties, cost £6 and built up from that.
    I know how much my rounds cost now and I load .222 - 22-250 - .243 and .308 and they all, more or less, come out at apx 30 to 35 pence each. I could use more expensive bullets like V Max, ballistic tip and others I've heard of but my cheap rounds do the job so I stick to them.

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    Carl Gustaf
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    At Minsterely Ranges the price of twenty 6.5x55 Norma Nosler is £19.
    I would like to take up Reloading but don't get enough trips out to make it worth while. That I think is the thing that you may need to consider, otherwise its a false economy.

    I have improved my grouping by switching from Lapua to Norma and dropping from 156 grain to 120 grain, sweet!

    Although after going to see the film 'The shooter' at the pictures last week I did start looking through the reloading catalogues again!

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    I used to have to reload when I was pistol shooting as I was shooting up to 500 rds a week and all different calibres,comps and practise and generally messing about.
    But now I buy factory and try and buy at least 100 @ time or 500 @ time for discount purposes (.22 I buy 1000), and also when ordering that amout theres a good chance of being same batch.
    I haven`t felt the inclination to reload, if I had serious problems with accuracy I may think about it though.
    My 30-06 costs £15.00 per box for Federal, not sure about the 22-250,still working my way through last lot, and the 458 is £50.00 per 20.All very reasonably priced I think.

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    Has anybody tried these Privi Partisan, I think that's how it's spelt.
    I have heard mixed reports but most seem to of the opinion that they are good enough for 'hunting purposes', I assume they mean 1" groups at 100yds, and they are extremely cheap, as advertised in Gun Mart.
    I have looked at the range available, which is quite extensive and the price makes it sound attractive even if you only 'fire them off' and use the Brass for reloading!!!
    Unfortunately none of my local shops stock them and carriage makes it a bit of a no no at the moment.
    If they were/are any good I may give up reloading for a while and get some even if it means travelling, maybe a romatic week-end away with the wife and 'Oh look Dear, there's a gun shop I didn't know that was there'!!lol

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