9mm reloading vs cheap brass ammo

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I have started shooting more now than ever . My question is how many rounds a year is going to make reloading profitable . I work a 40hr job , as well as Pastor a Church . My 14 son plays travel baseball 6 months out of the year . My time is limited ,but money doesn't grow on trees . I'm not into performance just relaxing while punching holes and ringing plates . Thanks in advance for advice .
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With 9mm as cheap as it is, I can't see reloading it for casual shooting. At 16 or 17 cents a round I could see maybe saving 5 cents a round reloading. Is your time worth that?
I do keep my brass.
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At today's prices, buy your ammo. Spend the extra time with your son. When he is gone to college or out from under your roof, what do you want to say to yourself, "look at the few pennies I saved by reloading ammo, or, look at the extra time I had with my son"? However, do save your brass.


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A lot will depend on what caliber you're talking about, as mentioned 9mil can be found loaded fairly cheaply, when you get into larger calibers and rifle ammo, the savings when reloading can be significant. Of course with some calibers you can find military surplus type ammo that isn't that expensive if you shop around.


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I reload for accuracy and consistency; not cost savings.

9mm plinking / blasting ammo is not worth my time to reload. Even many action shooting events do not need any significant measure of accuracy.

My 9mm 1911 gets 124 gr LSWC for x ring accuracy on PPC targets to 25 yards; I can get softer recoiling and more accurate loads for my G34 with lead handloads vs jacketed bulk ammo.

I cannot load quality handloads for much less than $.10 each; the 650XL is a huge time saver but for general blasting just get bulk FMJ factory ammo and forget about it.


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If you are only shooting a 9mm, it is probably not worth it if you are only considering the time and money. I was loading coated SWCs very cheap and they shot good, but my seating die made it more trouble than it was worth. It would build up a layer of lead over time causing the bullet to stick and take a while to clean out. I'm buying HAPs in bulk when on sale and it is worth the extra few cents, IMO. I load a few other calibers, so I already have an assortment of powder. It does not take that long to load them with a turret press with a powder measure attached. I figure it is better time spent than watching tv or surfing the WWW to clear your mind.

The way this country is going I would not be suprised if in my lifetime the govt. shuts down the ammo supply, since that will be much easier than confiscating firearms. I like the idea of being self sufficient.
I think getting into reloading is a long-term vision thing. Right now, you aren't going to really save any money. 5 years ago or so when ammo was sky high and hard to find, you could save $$. Prices of components and ammo do change over the years. If you stock up on components when they are relatively affordable, you'll be prepared when ammo and components are scarce.

I'd say, buy a good turret press and dies. Buy components when you see them on sale or can afford to buy in bulk. The day will come when you will be happy you did.
I both cast and handload. I have a LOT of 9mm brass, and generally collect some every time I go to the range. 99% of it is brand new once fired purchased there, as it's a requirement if you use their pistols.

I have the time to putter now that I'm medically disabled and a colon cancer survivor, but a tad weaker than I was. Some times I'll go cast a pile of rifle or pistol bullets, the next day or so I'll lube and size them or just store them for later sizing. I don't get out as much as I used to, so the reloading room is a huge blessing!
It depends on how much you shoot. We shoot about 500-1000 rounds of 9 per month. That savings adds up quick! IDPA etc...
300 bo adds up really fast!

But if you're only shooting a couple boxes a month or less reloading for savings is not effective.