It's an unanswerable question without more details. $4 is a stretch using premium components at today's prices. If you don't currently own a loader that must be factored in as well. I reload. If you are looking for big savings, forget it. If you are looking to load premium shells at budget shell prices, it's very possible. That's why I reload.
1 bag of shot reloads approx. 14 boxes of shells 1 1/8 oz load. $36.50 divided by 14 is $2.61 a box. 1 lb. of powder does approx. 14 boxes maybe more, keeping it simple 8 # @92.00 = $11.50 a lb. divided by 14 is $.82 a box. Primers at 3.6 cents a piece equals $.90 a box. Wads $8.50 for 500 equals $.42 a box.
Total $4.75 plus tax
Maybe not exact but close enough for horseshoes, hand grenades and nucelar war!!!!!
All true. Which makes buying of cheap new shells a popular choice. When you can get them of course.
I got in on the Bass Pro gun clubs at $4.97 a box and bought 30 flats. And will buy some addl new cheep-o shells when our club buy happens this winter. Thinking Kemen because of the hard shot. 5% antimony (I believe). I"ll look that up. Website added.
Tjeh only concern I have is the potential for law enforcement to think that hav ing 50 flats might lead them to think I am a reason for concern.
David, it sound like you need a new place to get components. I have a shop and just figured out the cost with CB 4118 wads. Fiocchi 209's, Eagle Mag. shot and Red Dot and it comes to 4.57/box of 1&1/8 loads + tax. Thats what I sell the components for. Using Promo would be a little less per box.
David, our gun club orders targets from a supplier about 300 miles away. When the targets are ordered we also order primers, power, wads and shot. The supplies are maintained at the club for the members.
The club adds 10% to the cost and adds sales tax. The overall cost to the members is about $5 per box for the supplies.
Shipping the supplies with the targets is very inexpensive and gets the cost out of everyone's way.
Check with a local gun club and see if you can get something like this going. The company we deal with is Park's and Son in North Carolina.
Another local club orders from another company and forces the member to pay for the product when the order is placed. All products are handed out when it arrives. No products are maintained at the club.
OK, thanks. Yeah, my local store sells 209 primers for about $45 per 1000, Powder is approx #21 per lb, Wads are $12 per 500, and lead is about $48 for 25 lbs. Once you add tax (almost 9%) then it almost $7 a box. So yeah, if I was a club member somewhere then maybe I could get in a group deal. I searched all over the internet and the shipping fees just seem to even it out with the local prices. I know of one guy that's a member that lets me go as a guest, so I'll check with him.
I don't put a price on something I enjoy doing. In 1957 it cost me $1.00 a box to reload. We shot 50-75 shells a day then. Cheap entertainment. I have not calculated since then. When I started registered, it was no longer cheap.
If my math is anywhere near correct at today's prices using premimum components reloading is costing about $4.51 per box. Now I'm working out of stockpile of shot, wads and primers I bought back in the 90's so I'm loading them a lot cheaper than that. The only thing I have to purchase is powder and I usually get in on a group buy from the local club.
Those prices above include shipping, hazmat, taxes, etc.
I buy in bulk, (full cases for example).
Lead is the most expensive current component price...
So if you are using current prices and premium components I think the $5.15 price per box
is reasonably reflective of that.