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Radnor

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Cost to reload 9mm
« on: January 06, 2020, 12:38:03 PM »
OK, let make some ammo!

I had a great conversation with a friend yesterday who is new to reloading.
Prices are from Cabelas web site since they are here in Delaware.  Sure if I shopped I could find better prices.

What I priced up was 9mm 124gn qty 1,000
This is just for the consumables VS new ammo.  It assumes you HAVE press, dies, and accessories need to load.

New ammo $11.99/50 so 20 boxes.... $239.80


Bullets I found 1,000 on their site for $93.98
Powder chose Tightwad (I personally use W231) 14oz @ $19.99
The UPPER end is 3.4gns so we can load 1,800 rounds from this can.
Primers $32.99/k


So to make a round of ammo would be...
Bullet       .0939
Powder    .011
Primer      .033
Total        .1379 per rounds or 137.90/k


A savings if $101/k LESS your TIME.  At todays prices it's not so bad looking at the investment cost of that machine.

I made this post because of my conversation yesterday and a post on DGR today.

And a reminder while reloading NO DISTRACTIONS! Jake, NO FOOTBALL on.
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Re: Cost to reload 9mm
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2020, 07:31:39 PM »
?????  did I put powder in that one?????  Did I double load it?????  Yikes!!!!!

But you can do experimental loads for your particular type of shooting, and its soothing way to spend an afternoon/evening.  You can't buy custom ammo, or put a price on a load well done.  Just READ the charts for the powder/bullet you are using and DO NOT exceed!!!!  Oh yeah, I can replace that barrel for you but blown up frames/slides/cylinders are harder.
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Re: Cost to reload 9mm
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2020, 07:36:06 PM »
Great breakdown on prices and the distraction caution while reloading.  Two additional cautions: no food or drink, and handle used primers with care to avoid spreading residue.

My supplies and procedure differ from Radnor.  First my reloading is manual, i.e., no motorized equipment.  Second, I use a slower burning powder.  On the Hornady burn rate chart where lower numbers are faster, Titewad is #3 while my choice is Power Pistol at #25.  Other favorites include Bullseye #2, Red Dot #5, and Trail Boss #17. 

For bullets, I use the Hornady Action Pistol (HAP) 125 gr bullet which is the same as my commercial carry load, Hornady 124 gr XTP, except for the bullet expansion serrations, with a muzzle velocity of 1100 fps.

Loading the 125 gr HAP with a near max load of 5.6 gr of Power Pistol yields a nominal 1100 fps which means that my range ammo closely matches my carry ammo. 

Conversely, per the Brian Enos forum at Maximum Load of 3.4 Grains Titewad yields a Velocity of 942 fps.

My personal preference is to use a powder that nearly fills the cartridge case so that an inadvertent double charge is immediately obvious.

Comparing Radnorís cost with mine. Costs a nickel more but more closely matches carry reality.
           Bullet    Primer   Powder   Cost
Radnor 0.0939   0.033   0.011   $0.1379
Mine    0.133   0.031   0.021   $0.185
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Re: Cost to reload 9mm
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2020, 10:04:32 AM »
Two additional cautions: no food or drink,
I'm guilty of this.  Frequently have a soda and maybe a pack of crackers between batches of 100 rds.

Second, I use a slower burning powder.  On the Hornady burn rate chart where lower numbers are faster, Titewad is #3 while my choice is Power Pistol at #25.
My powder of choice is W231or HP-38 (same powder). Burn rate of 36 & 35.  The reason I went with 231 is...  When I started reloading I was loading 9 & 45.  Wanted a powder I could use in both so I only needed 1 type of powder on hand.

My personal preference is to use a powder that nearly fills the cartridge case so that an inadvertent double charge is immediately obvious.
A double of 231 is quite a bit of powder. Fills the case about 2/3 of the way so it is noticeable if I drop a double.  Looking at the CURRENT load data, they've revised it DOWN since the last time I looked....  Based on that, I'm now into +P area.  When I first started reloading I went with Berrys plated bullets.  Contacted a lady there and asked for a recipe which I currently use.

I shoot a very heavy load for the SAME reason CB does.  I want something that performs like my carry ammo.  Can I save even more money by dropping the powder down, YES!  But I pray I NEVER have to use my defensive loads I want to train with a load similar.  Currently carry Underwood .45(s) traveling at 1100fps.

This post was created for a new to reloading friend and a question that came up on DGR that I directed here. 


I went to Cabelas for the original post 2 reasons. 1. I could surf for current prices. 2. They're local and I "could" go there to get the supplies.  I actually get bullets from Precision Delta.  Powder & primers from a FFL in the club or if I can find an even better price on the net.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2020, 10:08:45 AM by Radnor »
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