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I got the reloader , but everyone just buys their shells instead of using their reloaders .

What does it cost to do a box of shells (25 ) in components and shot ?

What is the price of a bag of shot now ?
 

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A bag of shot costs anywhere from 35 to 55 bucks for 25 pounds. I can reload trap loads - 1 oz loads, with international powder, figure 8 wads and Remington primers to accurately duplicate a nitro 27 load, for about 4 bucks a box, with used nitro 27 hulls. They go for about 8 bucks a box new. Generic trap loads still cost me 3 - 4 bucks a box, and can be purchased for 6 bucks a box or so depending on brand, and sale prices.
Not much difference when you factor in the bulk costs of reloading supplies.

Where you REALLY start to save is when you are making fast hunting loads. You can reload THOSE for about 5 bucks or so a box versus the 20 - 25 a box you will pay for them at the local stores for GOOD hunting loads. ( 1.5 oz, 1500 FPS #4 loads, or similar)

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Are you reloading to save money or customize your loads?

If you're looking to save money, then you'll have to load a bunch of shells to just break even for the equipment...Afterwards, the shot, powder, wads, primers, husks, will save you between 50% to 70% depending on your loading.
 

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>>but everyone just buys their shells instead of using their reloaders .<<

That's often the case with 12 & 20, but the real savings come when reloading 28 & .410.
 
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Due to the "war on lead" shot prices have gone steadily upward, so of the shotgun reloading components, shot is currently the most expensive. Hulls and wads can be recycled at low or no cost. Powder, even at $30-35 retail, a pound will still load a bucket full of 1 oz. trap loads.
That said, if you really shop around, you can buy trap loads on sale that are cheaper than reloading. At my age, I find that's a better option. I'm not a shotgun hunter, so it works for me. :)
 

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Don't reload to save money, the economics are not there. Do it as a hobby. Do it as a focal point to get together with friends, family, etc (I involve my grandkids).

By using better components, I end up with a better shell than the bargin priced brands.


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I shoot sporting clays. Every club I ever shot at has a buying group for shot shells and components. The trick is to buy enough materials at one time to get free shipping. For a long time the threshold was 100 flats, that could be mixed. Then those that wished to do so could add shot, shells and wads to the order. Shipping is the real expense for shot orders.

A good many frequent shooters (3-4 times a week) still roll their own, especially if they are “picky” and insist on shooting the original 12ga loads of 7/8 oz. Like many, I buy 12s and 20s but roll my own 28s and 410s, like Rut mentioned.
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