How Much Will It Cost to Start?
The costs vary to widely to provide a cost
estimate for reloading equipment and supplies. It all depends on
your circumstances, what you are reloading and how much you are
willing to spend. You have to do your homework and shop around.
- Cost of books and videos
- Cost of supplies
Cost of miscellaneous equipment (reloading bench, lights,
Do You Know the Dangers Involved with
Reloading or Shooting Reloaded Ammunition?
Do You Have the Discipline?
Reloading is not for everyone. Are you
capable of total concentration
without distractions such as the radio, television, conversation
or other? Are you capable of not making any mistakes while
Do You Have A Safe Room?
safe room for reloading is a secure room separate from your household with
no distractions where you can work in peace and privacy. Good
lighting and ventilation is required. The room and/or
equipment and supplies in the room must have the
capability of being locked.
How Do You Learn to Reload Ammunition?
If you don't have a knowledgeable friend to
teach you and show you exactly
how to reload, be prepared to buy some books and
do a lot of reading up on the subject. Also, spend time viewing
ammunition reloading videos on the internet to get a feel of
what it's all about.
Is It Easy to Get Supplies?
Friends that do a lot of reloading tell me
that have to do a lot of online shopping to find their reloading
supplies and that it is not always easy to find what they need.
Also, the price varies greatly as well as the shipping costs.
Buying in bulk is cheaper but having large quantities of gun
power around isn't always safe. You also have to wait for the
Wives or Roommates May Not Like The Idea of
Reloading In Their Home
The person living with you may not
appreciate the equipment and the dangers that come
with it, especially the bulk gun power laying around.
How Long Does It Take To Reload Ammunition?
The time it takes to reload your own
ammunition depends on many factors including the equipment that
you have, the condition of your
casings, whether your casings are clean or dirty as well as
the workspace that you are in. If you are experienced and have a
multi-stage press, a rough estimate is that you can
reload about 100 rounds per hour.
Is Reloading Your Own Ammunition Worth The
You have to decide for yourself. If you
enjoy being alone and like peaceful and quiet activities then
reloading might be for you. My friend equates it to his "Zen
Time". I prefer lots of noise and the television blaring.
How Much Does It Cost to Reload 9mm Luger
Component Costs as of January 2010 - Jacketed bullet $ .10,
Powder $ .02, Primer $ .04
Total $ .16 per round of 9mm Luger Reloaded Ammo. Compare to
$.32 per round of equivalent factory ammo retail price.
Conclusion: Reloaded ammunition costs about half the price of
store bought ammo.
Is It Worth Reloading 9mm Luger?
(As of January 2010)
- With a good turret press a practiced loader can conceivable
load a 100 rounds an hour.
- For a beginner lets assume that he can load 50 rounds per hour
(1 Box of 50)
- Current Cost of 50 rounds of 9mm Luger is $16 (including 7%
tax as of 1/13/2010)
- Reloading your own ammunition saves you 50% of the cost of new
Therefore for the work that you are doing to reload your own
ammo you are saving (or making), depending on your point of
view, $8 per hour. This does not include the many hours of
learning how to reload or the costs of the equipment and
If you assume $250 for reloading equipment costs, then $250 / $8
per hour = 31 hours. Therefore, the number of hours you would
have to work reloading 9mm cartridges to recoup your initial
equipment would be 31 hours (just to break even). That equates
to producing 1,550 rounds of 9mm luger ammunition.
Note: Cost savings for most other calibers would most likely be
higher because 9mm is about the cheapest commercial ammo
available. So there is a cost saving, depending on the caliber
of ammo that you reload. Availability of commercial
ammunition is another consideration.
Why is reloaded ammo bad?
Reloaded ammo can be bad if you don't know
who made the ammo or how it was made. It could be dangerous to
shoot. Reloaded ammo doesn't have the same level of quality
control as factory ammo does. Maybe the reloader made a mistake
and used too much powder which could cause an explosion when
fired. Maybe he used too little powder which could cause a squib
which could be equally disastrous. Maybe he used the wrong
primer or bullet or used casings with cracks or imperfections.
There is a whole lot of things that can go wrong with reloaded
ammo if you don't know what you are doing or are careless during
the reloading process.
What if primers are not fully seated?
Typically primers that are not fully seated
do not impose an increased danger level, they probably just
won't go off when you shoot them. This is due to the firing pin
not have sufficient "travel" distance to gain the required force
to set off the primer. In such cases you can try firing the
round again (if often shoots the second time) or break the round
apart and reuse the components.
What is I use incorrect gunpowder?
Using incorrect gunpowder for reloading
could be disastrous. Reloaded ammunition uses specific
components with exact quantities of gunpowder for safe shooting.
Different gun powders have different energy levels and burn
rates and are made for specific purposes. Using the wrong
gunpowder or using the right gunpowder but not the right amount
can lead to all sorts of problems including damage to the
firearm or injury or death to you or those nearby.
Is reloading ammo worth it?
Yes and no. A friend once told me "It
doesn't save him a lot of money, it just lets him shoot more."
NO - If you have lots of money and there is no shortage of
ammunition at the retailers, it probably isn't worth the
cost and effort.
Yes - If there is a shortage of ammunition in
the market, if you want an
enjoyable hobby or if you want to learn
about guns and ammo, if you want to save some money or if you want to make sure you have custom and accurate