Reloading Cost Breakdown For .223

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  • billt

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    If your intrested, this is a cost breakdown for the 2,350 rounds of .223 I finished loading a while back. A fellow on another forum, who was intrested in reloading for his AR-15's had asked me. The brass was mixed headstamp. CCI, Remington, Winchester, Lake City, S&B, and a few others I'm forgetting. This brass was obtained from on line sources on the web. I processed it all the same. First I resized and deprimed all of it with a RCBS Small Base Sizing Die. Then I processed all of the primer pockets on my Dillon 600 Super Swage, because some of them were military with crimped primer pockets. I then trimmed all of them to uniform length on my Giraud Powered Case Trimmer. After that they went into the tumbler for several hours and received a polish with ground corn cob and Dillon Rapid Polish added to the media. The final step was to run it through my Dillon and crimp with a Lee Factory Crimp Die. They turned out very good. My total investment in this batch of .223 was:

    Brass---------$20.00 total. (It was free, but I paid the shipping).

    Powder-------$65.00 for 8 pounds of AA 2230C. (25.0 Gr. per load X 2,350 = 58,750 Gr. 58,750 divided by 7,000 Grains per pound = 8.39 pounds of powder total.)

    Primers-------$59.38 for 2,350 primers @ $25.00 per thousand.

    Bullets-------$172.21 (2,350 Winchester 55 Gr. FMJBT from Midway)

    Boxes--------$52.00 for 100 boxes and trays from Midway. (Actually $26.00 because I used only 47.)


    Grand Total = $342.59

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    By comparison the 1,000 rounds of Remington UMC FMJ in .223 pictured above cost me $371.00 delivered from Natchez. Reloading can be extremely cost effective but you must find good scources, and buy in bulk. Here are 2 very good scources for brass, bullets, and powder.

    www.gibrass.com

    www.patsreloading.com
     

    glock9

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    Where did you get such a good price on the powder????

    "Powder-------$65.00 for 8 pounds of AA 2230C. (25.0 Gr. per load X 2,350 = 58,750 Gr. 58,750 divided by 7,000 Grains per pound = 8.39 pounds of powder total.)"


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    billt

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    Where did you get such a good price on the powder????

    "Powder-------$65.00 for 8 pounds of AA 2230C. (25.0 Gr. per load X 2,350 = 58,750 Gr. 58,750 divided by 7,000 Grains per pound = 8.39 pounds of powder total.)"


    Glock9

    Natchez Shooters Supply www.natchezss.com had AA-2230C for $65.00 for an 8 pound jug for quite a while. It was a canister grade ball powder with a burn rate about the same as AA-2460. I grabbed 16 pounds of it. I wish I had bought more! Bill T.

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    ForneyRider

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    Military powder is up there in price with commercial reloader powder.

    Brass and Bullets are most expensive. Scrounging around helps. Some guys shoot home case lead, but I can't bring myself to do that in a semi-auto rifle.

    Wolf primers are cheapest.
     

    sharky47

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    Believe it or not, I have started reloading Wolf .223 steel cases. They actually run great through the dies and the primer pockets are much more consistent than brass. I don't bother re-reloading them, not worth the effort - but everyone I shoot with gives me the wolf cases because they are otherwise worthless.

    I loaded up and shot quite a few yesterday with 21.5 grains of H335, a 59 grain bullet, and wolf magnum small rifle primers and they all functioned flawlessly.
     

    SIG_Fiend

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    Wow, nice writeup Bill! :) Am I mistaken or is that $342 all said and done for 2350rds of .223?! If so, wow! I really want to get into reloading soon, and I've seen some of the cost benefits for pistol ammo, though I had no idea it could be THAT cost effective with rifle ammo. That's what, under HALF the cost of buying the same number of rounds commercially? That's crazy!
     

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