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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-22-2013, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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OMG pistol ammo prices.

I have seen posts and heard whining about ammo costs. I recently purchased a Virginia Dragoon in 357 mag and figured may be a new box of ammo to shoot it. $34.99 plus tax for a box of 50? Crap, that is 75 cents a shot.

No way am I spending that kind of money for target shooting.

I already had the supplies for reloading for my 2 single shot 357 rifles, but haven't loaded any in years. I pulled out the reloading gear.

All these years of shooting black powder guns has me spoiled. My 1862 Colt Police clone costs about 6 cents a shot. The Ruger Old Army costs about 9 cents a shot.
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Re: OMG pistol ammo prices.

I am in the process of tumbling 20 years worth of 44 mag brass now. I have not reloaded pistol ammo in a month of Sundays, but like you said, you would need to make an investment today to buy new stuff. I found a lb. of 5744 on the back row, should get me several hundred rounds made up.

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Re: OMG pistol ammo prices.

My policy since I was 12yo has been - if it doesn't automatically eject the fired casing, reloading is the way to go.

I've loaded up countless thousands of rounds of .357mag over the years - one cartridge at a time on a RCBS Jr that my uncle gave me the summer I turned 12yo. Not to mention all the .44mag, .38spl, .44spl, .32-20, .45-70, and many other cartridges for my and my family's manually operated guns.

.357mag has been overpriced for a long time. It only costs a penny or so worth of brass versus .38spl to make the casing, and maybe a couple pennies worth of powder over a .38spl. Bullets and primers cost the same for 357 versus 38. But .357mag ammo is substantially more expensive from the store.

If you have to track your game, then you aren't using a big enuff gun.
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Re: OMG pistol ammo prices.

You can buy target/plinking ammo for around 21-26 bucks a box of 50. Walmart is your best shot for cheap ammo. Midway has a couple brands in the low 20's but you need to buy bulk or need something else to justify the shipping. Graff only charges a flat fee of 7 bucks, but one must stay on top of it because they sell out quick. Affordable ammo is out there, you just have to search.
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