Well loading with the shot, primers, powder and wads i had purchased this last fall my last figures came to $3.73/box. Thats $37.73/flat for STS. Of course now that shot is alot higher as well as Powder the next batch will be higher but i still bet giving i buy in bulk again i'm not much over $4.00/box. Thats worth my time. If you are going to factor your time into the equation you may as well not reload. Its my relax time besides the fact that i get a personal enjoyment when i shoot a good score with my shells.
smsnyder--remember if you go drop that money on a Spolar, bushings, scale and any other extras it will take a little while to get back in the green. Try to buy your components in bulk. You usually get better prices that way. Also look for good deals on the components and buy when the deal is there. If you have to order your supplies you'll pay a Hazmat fee but usually only one charge for no matter how much you buy. Buy alot and the Hazmat fee barely shows. Best bet is to find a local supplier.--Matt
I have not loaded a shell in over 5 years. Around these parts 5 years ago,primers were non existent. I can buy new at around $50/53 a flat. I still have 25 bags of shot, 3 or 4000 primers, wads and powder. Maybe next winter I'll load some. Right now, my spare time means more to me than saving a quarter/box. My Wife, Daughter, Granddaughter and myself like Estates. For the State Shoot I'll splurge and Wife and I will shoot STS. Larry Evans
I buy in large quantities, and scored a ton of lead last summer. There are several guys at the club that pool our needs together and beat hazmat and freight issues, but close to wholesale I suspect.
1-1/8 oz loads in Nitro hull runs 3.64 a box. 1 oz no doubt are slightly less, but not enough to make me look.
I enjoy reloading, heading up to do quite a bit this weekend. I use a hydraulic Spolar and it is a pleasure to use. My loads are crazy consistent, I believe better than factory loads..including Nitro and STS. No comparison to the cheap shells, using West Coast hard 8's.
If time and trouble concern you more than a great shell to shoot, I am sure buying flats in bulk you could still get them at around 5.00 a box. I see various ads around there. I personally enjoy the job, and the finished product is worth the effort to me. It is just an extension of making them empty again.
To me it is more than cost of the shell. You need a good place to load or the wife will make it not fun. You need a good place to store all those shells. You have to save and handle the empty shells it just get to be to much to save a dollar on a 9 dollar transaction. Tom
I figured this all out on a different thread of which the link is above. This is at todays prices with tax. I do not know how to attach a link you can just click on. Click on Stl Flyn about 2/3rds the way down the list. Jon
Just did some checking, With Clays powder and cheddite primers, downrange wads and Lawerence mag shot. l l/8 oz. loads at $4.66, l oz. loads at $4.32, now Universal clays powder in the next two and Hll0 for last--$4.00 a box for 20 ga. and $3.54 for 28 ga. and $3.05 for 410's a box. Now add in reloaders,scales,e-z-pak,extra bushings, misc. Not worth it right now in 12 ga. at all. Now if shot prices stay up there this summer and do not come back down because of high gas prices and other reasons, new shell prices are going to go way up again. Right now new shell makers on locked in there total year prices, but when there contracts with there lead miner come up again. Well you get the idea. Have fun while we can for as long as we can. Best of Luck and Break-em all. Jeff
I don't know if reloading is worth it or not but I enjoy reloading as much as shooting, almost. It is what I do in the winter when they are long and cold. Load up and stock up for the summer shooting. I also like putting my own little touch to the loads. That is why I reload. Not for the cost savings.
The only way you will save money is by purchasing reloading components in volume. It really doesn't pay for me as I purchase 1 lb. of powder, 300 primers, 1 bag of shot, and 500 wads at a time. The reason I do this is because I am continually trying to come up with a really good reload and trying new recipes. Once I find something that works well I will order from Recob and have them deliver enough supplies to last me awhile.