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#5628251 - 03/01/15 12:32 PM How much do you save reloading .308?
Lead Kisses Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 03/01/15
Posts: 26
Loc: Dallas, TX
I can't remember that last time I bought any .308. In fact, I'm not sure that I ever have myself. I've probably just skimmed it off the top of my dad's stash. I thought that it wasn't really worth it to reload until I was looking at prices and FMJ with brass case seems to be over $1 a round. How much are you guys saving reloading .308 ATM? If you're not reloading, who is making a 168 grain load with brass cases?

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#5628379 - 03/01/15 01:44 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
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Registered: 07/05/13
Posts: 2617
Loc: Hurst
Don't know about .308 but I cut my cost in half with .243 and 6.5 Creedmoor. If I added the gas driving to and from Cabelas I save even more.

It is basically buy 1 get one free, but I mainly reload for accuracy, the cost saving is just a bonus.
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#5628406 - 03/01/15 02:00 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
Lead Kisses Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 03/01/15
Posts: 26
Loc: Dallas, TX
That's what I always figured, but it seems like some of the common stuff like 223 isn't often worth my time to reload because I can find good deals. I get my brass from factory loads anyways, so I will need to buy some. For my, accuracy is a bonus. Just been shooting for fun since I've been in Texas. The few times I've gone hog hunting, I haven't seen anything.

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#5628413 - 03/01/15 02:02 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
jeffbird Offline


Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 1808
Depends on the components, but comparing hand loads with identical bullets such as a 175 SMK and the number of times brass can be reloaded, cutting the cost in half is doable without counting the initial equipment cost.

Factoring in the equipment cost for a nice set up, it pays itself off in a few thousand rounds and beyond that is a savings.

However, what really happens is that shooting volume goes up, so it really is shooting more for the same budget.

More importantly, the quality is dramatically better and it is always on the shelf.

If you start to load, do yourself a favor and buy a Giraud trimmer right off and do not waste money on other trimmers.

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#5628416 - 03/01/15 02:04 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
boonee Offline
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Registered: 01/09/11
Posts: 2120
Loc: Mesquite
I save ALOT! But I mostly shoot .308 sub-sonic! Also the cost of premium components has driven up the reloading cost.
Even if it was a "push", I would still do it. I enjoy the Quiet time, and reload year round, when I'm not working.
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#5628483 - 03/01/15 02:36 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
Tactical Cowboy Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 3059
Loc: Abilene
I can load a box with 150grn core locked bullets for about $9.
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#5628502 - 03/01/15 02:42 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
patriot07 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
Posts: 1236
Loc: Royse City, TX
I thought I would save a bunch when I started reloading 38 special and 40 S&W a few years ago. Ended up being expensive to get started, 75% as expensive as factory ammo, and very time consuming. If you really shoot a lot, it's worth it. If you shoot once every month or two like I do and you have a family that you're taking time away from to do it, then it isn't even close to being worth it IMHO.

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#5628507 - 03/01/15 02:43 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
Drew in Tejas Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 03/31/12
Posts: 114
Loc: Mckinney, Tx
Here is a easy brake down with quality stuff.

Lapua 308 Brass $80 per hundred (can be reloaded about 10 times, so lets call it $8 per 100 loaded rounds.

Varget 8lb keg $220 (I use to pay around 165, that will get you close to 1000 rds)

Primers $50 per thousand

1000 178amax $300 per thousand.

Puts you at .65 cents a round.
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#5628579 - 03/01/15 03:22 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
headhunter54 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 07/07/11
Posts: 578
Loc: Longview, TX
Cost's 1/2 but you will shoot twice as much.

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#5630042 - 03/02/15 09:26 AM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
Korean Redneck Offline


Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 2356
Loc: Houston
I did a little cost analysis of reloading and the savings. Here's what I found as a beginning shooter and just getting ready to start reloading.

- If you are shooting just whatever and whenever ammo for the cheapest price, then probably not worth it. There is a BUNCH of bulk 308 ammo out there just to go blasting, probably as low as $0.70. Hell, Chad's reloaded 308 is about $0.75 a round and it shot great out of my bolt gun. I don't do it regularly, but I have shot 2" group of 3 at 200yds with the ammo. Which meant the other bad groups that day was all me. So reloading for about 50 to 65 cents, depending on component costs, did not seem worth it at all.

- HOWEVER, I'm just trying to get more serious about long distance shooting. So as good as Chad's economical ammo was, the factory "match" ammo was noticeably better. But this was all brand new brass with supposedly match level components and, most importantly, match level prices. The cheapest "factory match" ammo I could find was about $1.27. Shipping and tax not included. And that was on a good day, usually was around the $1.35-$1.55 range. And the price of match ammo only goes up from there. I've seen some at $2.50 to $3.00. I wanted to attempt shooting this level of high quality ammo, so I decided to start trying to reload.

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#5630222 - 03/02/15 11:04 AM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
603Country Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 5153
Loc: Central Texas
My 260 and 270 loads are about 50 cents each, with 223 being maybe between 30 and 35 cents. So cost is Ok and I shoot the bullet I want to shoot and I never have to worry about changing ammo lots or makes. POI is always the same, year after year, and accuracy is great. So...would I want to pay more money for worse factory ammo? Nah.

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#5630264 - 03/02/15 11:27 AM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
oldoak2000 Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 2134
Loc: Valley View, TX
Half price, and it lets my $200 gun shoot like a $1000 gun smirk

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#5630280 - 03/02/15 11:37 AM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
Dave3575 Offline
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Registered: 02/12/12
Posts: 1044
Loc: Plano, TX
If you really consider everything required, you are not saving money for a long time, if ever at all. It all depends on the quality of supporting infrastructure you purchase such as...

- dies
- presses
- tumblers
- scales
- calipers
- gauges
- and and and....

you can't just look at the components and say it's $x.yz, you need to factor in all of it. Once you do that you will wish you hadn't.

you don't reload to save money, you reload to be consistent and consistency means accuracy.

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#5630329 - 03/02/15 12:02 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
redchevy Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 24402
Loc: Texas
I think that depends. Ive shot about 10 or so boxes of ammo though my 300 wby, it would cost a lot to buy 10 boxes of 300wby loaded with premium bullets.

If your going to load 223 rem with 55 grain Remington soft points or 308 155 gr FMJ for plinking ammo, then its likely not worth it, but it can be in certain circumstances.
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#5631287 - 03/02/15 08:34 PM Re: How much do you save reloading .308? [Re: Lead Kisses]
Capt Craig Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 341
Loc: Corsicana, Texas
I reload not so much to save money, but to gain the accuracy that I want round to round.
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