I have some 9mm bullets that I bought for under 2 cents each! Brass was kinda free, primers go for under .02 and powder goes for under a penny. I guess that means I can load my own for about 5 cents each. .05 x 100 = $5.00 !! I f you had to buy bullets at todays prices ~ .05 and brass first time around .05! That makes it $13.00 per hundred for the first load and then $8.00 per hundred after that. JM2c
Initial set up cost can be from $200-$300 up to infinity, you can get a quality set up for less than $500 for reloading pistol cartridges in quantities good enough to be worth doing, people go through a lot of pistol cartridges, a lot more than rifle cartridges, for just about any rifle but an AR anyways!
I have the Dillon XL650 with casefeeder. Excellent set-up. I like the "powder check system" and think that it makes it worth it to go to the 650 model. I shoot 9mm in an AR too, so I like loading my own for that too! Buy a good loading manual and read it like you "should" the Bible.
The cheapest setup you can get that is even remotely worth bothering with is a lee turret kit + a tumbler + dies + powder measure upgrade + bullet puller + calipers
That's what I started with about 4.5 years ago and it cost me about $280 then.
If i were starting over i would have just gotten a progressive press off the bat. Starting from zero and getting a progressive plus all the goodies you need to use it safely, you are probably talking $700.
if that'd buy enough ammo to not worry about it for a year or so, then reloading probably isn't for you.
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