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Default Reloading: tips/tricks to help save $$

I know reloading in general doesnt essentially save you money, but enables you to shoot more (from what ive heard)

What are some things you guys do to help save $$ for your reloading costs?

do you always pick up empty cases at the range?

a tip/trick on saving cash on bullets/primers?

Im trying to come up with something I can show to the little lady that will make sense on paper so I can get started on it.

I'll probably start with 9mm, and I plan to build an AR at some point this year too.
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well, i found using grease that you lube a car\truck suspension with is just as good for resizing than using resizing lube. a tube costs about 2.00 and lasts thousands of cases. especially for the big shells.
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Try to buy in bulk or quantity whenever you can. Usually saves quite a bit of money. Get a C&R License. Many suppliers will give you dealer pricing on your components.

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Ditto on bulk buying. Although expensive up front it pays over the long run.
I'm always a brass hound at the range. I shoot it I grab it.
Second don't get cheap with your press. I know several people who said I was nuts buying my Dillon 550 because of the cost. Well I bought it in 1986 and have quick change overs for every caliper I load. It takes about 5 minutes to swap from .380 to .300 WinMag. Everyone of these naysayers that bought those cheap Lee $125 presses at the time all have Dillon's today.
Even if you go with a single stage press buy the best you can afford. You will be glad in the long run.
When you find a powder and bullet combination then buy them in bulk.
Powder and primers if kept stored in a cool, and dry place will last for years.
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Ditto on bulk buying. Although expensive up front it pays over the long run.
I'm always a brass hound at the range. I shoot it I grab it.
Second don't get cheap with your press. I know several people who said I was nuts buying my Dillon 550 because of the cost. Well I bought it in 1986 and have quick change overs for every caliper I load. It takes about 5 minutes to swap from .380 to .300 WinMag. Everyone of these naysayers that bought those cheap Lee $125 presses at the time all have Dillon's today.
Even if you go with a single stage press buy the best you can afford. You will be glad in the long run.
When you find a powder and bullet combination then buy them in bulk.
Powder and primers if kept stored in a cool, and dry place will last for years.
good advice...........especially for the tips and primers\powder. with these stupid laws trying to be passed who knows how long this stuff will be around. or affordable. just a couple of years ago i bought 5000 50cal api tips for just under 375.00 today that will cost about 1000.00 or so....
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best place to buy projectiles from?

Some people I talked to said to make your own lead, but Id rather lessen the chance of lead poisoning if possible.

Once I get a pile of usable brass Im going to start planning what id like to buy on paper at least.

Some say to use carbide dies to save cash on lube...is that a true statement.
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If you are going to load 9mm ( or any other straight cased calibers) carbide is the way to go.
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If you are going to load 9mm ( or any other straight cased calibers) carbide is the way to go.
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Don't believe that one. Wait until you snap the head off a case pulling it out of the sizing die. You will wish you had lubed it first before resizing it. I can't tell you how many .357 magnum cases I have had jam in the carbide die.
.223 don't even think about resizing them unlubed. I have pounded too many out when I first started loading them using carbide dies. I have never had a problem with .380, 9 mm, or .45 acps with carbide dies YET. Anything longer than a .45 acp use lube.
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ALS,

I have been resizing .32-20's, .44's, .357's, even .357 Maximums, etc. since the early 60's Used nothing but carbide dies (RCBS) have not had one case stick. You must be doing something wrong.
I never mentioned .223's or any other tapered necked case. Would not try to size those without lube.
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http://www.moyerscastbullets.com/

there is a link to buy bullets from
i have been using his lead bullets for about 3 months now with no problems and they are cheaper than anything else i can find

also use a powder that you don't need as much of per case i use titegroup in my 9mm and unique in my 38s i only use 4 grains per round for both so that is 1750 rounds per pound so if you figure 18 dollars per pound that is just over 1 cent per round and is like 1.03 dollars per hundred

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