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Simple question. I'm only shooting a 9mm and that's it I will never shoot any other caliber. Is it worth it to just reload 9mm.
 

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Honestly? No.

9mm Parabellum ammo is about the cheapest pistol ammo out there, and spending X amount of Dollars in materials, parts, components, time.....for just one caliber....and the cheapest caliber at that.....sorry, it does not compute.

If you are looking at reloading other calibers as well (now or down the line sometime) then maybe.

My $0.02
 

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I think it would be, especially since you can pretty much get all the brass you want for free since no one seems to ever pick it up. Hit a couple sites that sell bullets and get some prices, then figure your primer and powder costs and see what ya' come up with. If you have the free time to load then I'm sure you can save a few bucks.
 

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I only reload 9mm because I shoot the crap out of it.

Cheapest store bought factory target ammo around here is Federal at Wally World, $20 for 100. So $200 plus tax for 1000{when you can find it}. Some brands up to $280+ per 1000{locally}.

I'm not even loading lead yet and I load 1000 9mm for $160 with enough powder left over for another 3-400 rounds out of 1 pound. Add lead to that equation and it's going to drop another $20 or so. I haven't even tried other recipes like using power pistol powder which would drop my load from 4.8gr to something like 2 something to stretch the powder out even further per pound. Also I don't have to buy brass. I already have a couple 10 thousand pieces.

To me, yes it's very worth it, plus it's just something cool to do.

YMMV
 

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I only reload 9mm because I shoot the crap out of it.

Cheapest store bought factory target ammo around here is Federal at Wally World, $20 for 100. So $200 plus tax for 1000{when you can find it}. Some brands up to $280+ per 1000{locally}.

I'm not even loading lead yet and I load 1000 9mm for $160 with enough powder left over for another 3-400 rounds. Add lead to that equation and it's going to drop another $20 or so. I haven't even tried other recipes like using power pistol powder which would drop my load from 4.8gr to something like 2 something to stretch the powder out even further per pound. Also I don't have to buy brass. I already have a couple 10 thousand pieces.

To me, yes it's very worth it, plus it's just something cool to do.

YMMV
Thanks for that. I'm always looking to spend my time doing something COOL and saving some cash bro. Your right I've picked up tons of brass from others that's why I was asking. I think I found a hobby that might pay for its self lol
 

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Well I also got a SMOKIN deal on a new/unused Dillon rl550b progressive loader. That's another reason I got into it. I paid 1/3 the cost of a new one.

There is no way on this earth I would load pistol rounds for range use on a single stage press......no way what so ever. But that's just me. To much time and effort for range use.
 

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Reloading can be fun and a hobby all to itself. Lets you really understand bullets and it is rewarding to make your own accurate rounds. I shoot a lot of 9mm in combat style training and save money reloading 9mm. Buying in bulk saves money. I use the 124gr Berry's plated bullet which costs $86 for 1,000 shipped to your door. I use 5 grains of Winchester WSF which yields 1,400 rounds per pound of powder. Add primers and a little time and I get a case of accurate, standard pressure ammo that is extremely clean burning with no barrel fouling for about $125. That is worth it to me. Bill
 

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I only started loading 9mm when my wife picked up shooting with me... Plus it was ray to stock up on brass at the range because everyone discards it... And that's where you save most of your money... I say if you have the time and need a hobby go for it I haven't looked back since I started reloading. Just my 2 cents
 

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I only started loading 9mm when my wife picked up shooting with me... Plus it was ray to stock up on brass at the range because everyone discards it... And that's where you save most of your money... I say if you have the time and need a hobby go for it I haven't looked back since I started reloading. Just my 2 cents
Excellent point about the 9mm brass. I got buckets full of it. Every trip to the range I bring back a lot more 9mm brass than I shoot. Bill
 

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I reload the heck out of 9mm, even more so since getting my 550B at Christmas. Between myself and my father in law we are feeding 10 or so 9mm handguns every month. 9mm maybe one of the cheapest commercially available ammo, but you get what you pay for. When you do a cost comparison for instance you have to figure in the type of ammo you are buying. I can pretty much load 50 rounds for $6 on average.

At the low end I am maybe saving $4 - $6 a box on ammo, but that is jst a price comparison. If you look at the quality, then I would looking at 9mm that runs $15 - $20 a box for match grade ammo, and then I am saving $9 to $14 a box, very big savings. Also there is the factor of not having to worry about scrounging around stores or the internet for deals, the convience of having it on demand when I want. Being able to work up loads for each gun and type of shooting.

For example, my open glock will only run on 147gr. premium self defense rounds if I bought commercial ammo which can run $20 - $40 a box of 20 - 25 rounds. I can load my own for $7/50. Now considering that I can go through 2 or 3K of rounds in a month sometimes:

3000/25 * $25 = $3000 factory
3000/50 * $7 = $420 reloading

net savings of about $2580

for match 9mm

4000/50 * $20 = $1600
4000/50 * $6 = $640

about $960 savings

You need to look at the big picture and think about what you are paying for. Sure I can buy bulk stuff and get some good deals, but for a little less I can load it myself, get better quality, better performance and avoid some inconviences in the process.

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Mike P said:
I only reload 9mm because I shoot the crap out of it.

Cheapest store bought factory target ammo around here is Federal at Wally World, $20 for 100. So $200 plus tax for 1000{when you can find it}. Some brands up to $280+ per 1000{locally}.

I'm not even loading lead yet and I load 1000 9mm for $160 with enough powder left over for another 3-400 rounds out of 1 pound. Add lead to that equation and it's going to drop another $20 or so. I haven't even tried other recipes like using power pistol powder which would drop my load from 4.8gr to something like 2 something to stretch the powder out even further per pound. Also I don't have to buy brass. I already have a couple 10 thousand pieces.

To me, yes it's very worth it, plus it's just something cool to do.

YMMV
You bring up good points, but for me time is precious, so I don't mind paying more to get time back for other things like family time, or time to read the Glock Forum site :)
 

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I reload the heck out of 9mm, even more so since getting my 550B at Christmas. Between myself and my father in law we are feeding 10 or so 9mm handguns every month. 9mm maybe one of the cheapest commercially available ammo, but you get what you pay for. When you do a cost comparison for instance you have to figure in the type of ammo you are buying. I can pretty much load 50 rounds for $6 on average.

At the low end I am maybe saving $4 - $6 a box on ammo, but that is jst a price comparison. If you look at the quality, then I would looking at 9mm that runs $15 - $20 a box for match grade ammo, and then I am saving $9 to $14 a box, very big savings. Also there is the factor of not having to worry about scrounging around stores or the internet for deals, the convience of having it on demand when I want. Being able to work up loads for each gun and type of shooting.

For example, my open glock will only run on 147gr. premium self defense rounds if I bought commercial ammo which can run $20 - $40 a box of 20 - 25 rounds. I can load my own for $7/50. Now considering that I can go through 2 or 3K of rounds in a month sometimes:

3000/25 * $25 = $3000 factory
3000/50 * $7 = $420 reloading

net savings of about $2580

for match 9mm

4000/50 * $20 = $1600
4000/50 * $6 = $640

about $960 savings

You need to look at the big picture and think about what you are paying for. Sure I can buy bulk stuff and get some good deals, but for a little less I can load it myself, get better quality, better performance and avoid some inconviences in the process.

malladus
Thanks for the info. I'm going to start reloading thanks to everyone who has replied to this thread you guys have good points on the subject
 

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You bring up good points, but for me time is precious, so I don't mind paying more to get time back for other things like family time, or time to read the Glock Forum site :)

I can crank out 450 an hour. Just sayin.

Could probably do 600 if I had more primer pick up tubes on the ready.

When work isn't in the way like it has been the last two months I average 2k+ a month at the range.
 

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I can crank out 450 an hour. Just sayin.

Could probably do 600 if I had more primer pick up tubes on the ready.

When work isn't in the way like it has been the last two months I average 2k+ a month at the range.
But how many hours did it take for you to get up to speed and proficient enough to crank that many out. I know it takes me time to drive to the LGS and buy my Fiocchi's , but I like interacting with the staff / clients there.


But you have convinced me, it's cheaper if you have the time to reload even 9mm
 
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