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    Reloading costs

    Hi all, I've never reloaded as still fairly new and don't shoot enough yet to justify it but it is something I'd like to get into at a later date (mainly when I have room for the gear).

    what I'm asking advice on is a rough cost per 100 rounds for a .223 and .308 without the cost of brass as I have access to free military once fired brass. .223 would be for fox and .308 for stalking purposes (fallow and roe and hopefully boar at some point) and also maybe some distance/target work.

    i know prices will depend on brands and type of powder and primers and also on differing bullets (weights and type) so I'm just after examples of rough figures so I can decide when to start saving up to get the necessary equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun_hunter View Post
    Hi all, I've never reloaded as still fairly new and don't shoot enough yet to justify it but it is something I'd like to get into at a later date (mainly when I have room for the gear).

    what I'm asking advice on is a rough cost per 100 rounds for a .223 and .308 without the cost of brass as I have access to free military once fired brass. .223 would be for fox and .308 for stalking purposes (fallow and roe and hopefully boar at some point) and also maybe some distance/target work.

    i know prices will depend on brands and type of powder and primers and also on differing bullets (weights and type) so I'm just after examples of rough figures so I can decide when to start saving up to get the necessary equipment.
    Not trying to be rude, but why would the members spend time looking up the costs of components and doing the math when you are probably just as capable? There are 7000 grains of powder to the pound, and loading data is on line. Figure roughly 23 grains for the .223 and 45 grains for the 308. Look up the costs of the powder, bullets, and primers and get out a calculator. As I said, I'm not trying to be harsh but if you do reload, you will need to get used to doing your own leg work and engaging the brain on this kind of thing is good practice towards self reliance when reloading. Too many new reloaders spend more time on the Forums trying to wheedle load info and such from the members than they do reloading. Reloading doesn't need to be expensive. The Lee Classic Loader will fit in a shoe box and not require bench mounting. About $30US for the kit for a single caliber. Get a Lee's "Metallic Reloading Volume II" and read it before you do anything. You'll do well, and if you get free brass??? Excellent!! ~Muir
    Last edited by Muir; 05-11-2013 at 14:21.

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    to get you going allow 200 ish inc dies
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    Re military cases... I think they are still Berdan primed.
    ​You need to read up on that if you want to use them.
    "Don't say I didnae warn ye !"

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    Quote Originally Posted by private fraser View Post
    Re military cases... I think they are still Berdan primed.
    ​You need to read up on that if you want to use them.
    Not actually come across any 223 berdan primed brass. RG was all boxer LC stuff from the bases FC military was all boxer.
    Have had some berdan 243 (head stamped 243 not resized 308)

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    Roughly speaking

    .223 - 25-30p a round
    .308 - 50-60p a round

    above depends on bullet heads and powder

    BE

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    Cheers for the help guys, I was just asking as I do not have enough knowledge to even know where to start looking, no idea what the differences between various powders are.

    Muir I wasn't expecting anyone to look it up for me, I was more hoping someone in the UK who already reloads these calibres had worked out the cost for themselves and would be willing to say. My local gunshop doesn't sell any reloading gear as he is more about shotguns so there would be no point going to ask him as he wouldn't even know what I'd be after!

    I like the idea of experimenting and fine tuning my own loads but that is a way off yet, I was after a rough cost simply to work out if I can afford to start doing it and then continue doing it. If or when I do start then getting a good book will be my first port of call.

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    give us a ring 01263 732740 iuf you want any help and i dont mean just selling you stuff either
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    The Lee Classic Loader will fit in a shoe box and not require bench mounting. About $30US for the kit for a single caliber. Get a Lee's "Metallic Reloading Volume II" and read it before you do anything. You'll do well, and if you get free brass??? Excellent!! ~Muir
    As the OP has been answered regarding approx costs, this advice by Muir for someone starting out is spot on.
    Cheers
    ​Richard

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    Definitely good advice, I'll get a book first then when I have a better understanding I'll take up Spud on his offer

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