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Author Topic: Who's shooting today?  (Read 39131 times)

Online imahangtia

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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #250 on: August 25, 2018, 11:07:27 AM »
Yesterday, Friday, was a good day.  80, light breeze, dry

It was LCP II day, and the 2nd test of the Deteknix Xpointer open box I got for $75.

https://www.amazon.com/Deteknix-Pin-pointer-Detector-vibration-Indication/dp/B01133741A

I mounted the Xpointer on the end of a very thin wall, light aluminum tube.  Works great for finding brass that is hiding in 4 - 8" of grass.

Rather than close up practice with the LCP II yesterday was longer distances.  I want to push it out to 100 feet or more for giggles.


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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #251 on: August 25, 2018, 03:50:48 PM »
Just came back from Hamden Fish and Game 3-gun. Had lots of fun with the guys. ;D Joe and Mark are great organizers and hosts. Was able to hit all targets with my G19 and Ruger PCC, even the 100 yard steel. This on top of PCC plate night at Greysons on Wednesday. The ol' "Glock Carbine" got a good workout this week.

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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #252 on: September 09, 2018, 10:56:42 AM »
Shouldn't be too hot for you today.
Continuing to blow off some 7.62x51mm in the FR-7 and lightening up my stash of .45 ACP to make things easier to move.
Might as well empty some 12 gauge hulls, too.

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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #253 on: September 10, 2018, 09:24:00 PM »
How many rounds a month is everyone shooting?  Between my wife and I we are about 800 rounds a month.
If I’m paying 17C a round now for 9mm. How much would I save reloading?
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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #254 on: September 10, 2018, 09:53:56 PM »
Simply crunch the numbers. If you've already amortized the cost of the press, dies and other gear, just add up your cost of components... roughly 10¢ for a 115g FMJ bullet, 3.5¢ for the primer, 2¢ for powder = 15.5¢, assuming your brass and labour are free. You might cut a few cents with coated bullets and bulk purchases, but it's a marginal savings at best.
Most reload for the joy of it. It's hard to rationalize it for economy purposes with 9x19mm 115g ball ammo. Wal-Mart steel-cased Tula is ~ $8 with tax.

As for round count.. how about 11 pounds of lead or roughly 590 rounds (.22, .38, .45 ACP, 9x19mm, 7.62x51 and 6.5x55mm). Today, I only spectated with two rounds (one with sand, the other just a primer) of 12g in a starter's cannon.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2018, 10:10:10 PM by CTSixshot »

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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #255 on: September 11, 2018, 12:49:21 PM »
How many rounds a month is everyone shooting?  Between my wife and I we are about 800 rounds a month.
If I’m paying 17C a round now for 9mm. How much would I save reloading?

CTSixshot numbers are pretty good.  I save a bit more ordering in bulk so my cost per round for 9mm reloads is about 12cents/round $6/box 50.  That is using coated bullets and buying in bulk.  If you really wanted to drop your cost you could also cast your own bullets and powder coat but that is more time consuming than just reloading purchased bullets.  If you get lead for free and cast your own bullets cost goes down to $2.25/box 50 but you have other costs for furnace, molds, etc.

Reloading for calibers other than 9mm has a much bigger cost savings.  Calibers like 45 long colt can easily be 75cents per round.  Reloading saves a lot there given the purchase price.    Even 45acp which is around $15/box has a much bigger costs savings than reloading 9mm.

That said I do reload 9mm but have a dillon 650 with bullet feeder.  Easy to crank out 100 rounds in 7 minutes.  Lots of people shoot 9mm and don't bother to reload so brass is free and plentiful if you are willing to pick it up.  You can also tailor the round to your gun/shooting style from powder puff loads for newbie shooters to full house loads.

I reload 9mm and 45 acp for two reasons.  Yes it does save money but more importantly when shelf stores go bare I am able to keep shooting.  If you enjoy reloading and view it as a fun recreational activity have at it.  If it is a bother/chore/source of frustration you are better off just buying 9mm in bulk for as cheap as you can find.       
« Last Edit: September 11, 2018, 12:53:21 PM by ridenclimb »

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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #256 on: September 11, 2018, 02:38:31 PM »
If ya have the components reloading comes in handy during ammo shortages like in 2013-2015.

An inexpensive single stage press that sees daylight once every 20 years is better than no personal stockpile of ammo and empty store shelves.


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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #257 on: September 11, 2018, 10:02:01 PM »
How bad was the shortage? Nothing was available aside from reloading components?
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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #258 on: September 11, 2018, 10:05:31 PM »
How bad was the shortage? Nothing was available aside from reloading components?

It was bad, and reloading components were also scares and also expensive (unless bought in bulk, like max hazmat shipment weight of 48lbs).

Let's keep the thread on topic, start a new thread in the reloading section if you'd like to discuss the topic more.
« Last Edit: September 11, 2018, 10:06:59 PM by SafeActionJackson »
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Re: Who's shooting today?
« Reply #259 on: September 12, 2018, 05:37:19 PM »
Thanks T; what a thrill to pop a few rounds in a post-war (1964) Walther P1.
Who cares about a little drizzle?