Monday, December 5, 2011


I have in the ballpark of thirty pounds of once fired .45 ACP brass.  I have no idea how many individual pieces that amounts to, thousands I'm sure. 

Of course, I don't have the first piece of reloading equipment to my name, and I'm not sure if I want to take it up.  I probably should get a simple set up for preparedness reasons, but it's an expense I never seem to budget for.


Sean D Sorrentino said...

What do you plan on doing with all that brass?

Reloading is fun. It's a bit pricy to get started, but once you're set up you can reload that .45ACP for about 20 cents a round.

Or you could ship it all to me. I would find it a home.

RobertM said...

I've got a friend who keeps eye balling my bucket. He's got first dibs. I'm also thinking of getting a reloading set up together in the near future.

Old NFO said...

Robert, you have to reload at least 5000 rounds to break even on the cost of reloading equipment and supplies, after than, then the costs go down dramatically.

Kevin Baker said...

Want to sell some?


Kevin Baker said...

NFO, 5,000 rounds of .45ACP Hardball maybe, but not, say, .303 British or 6.5x55 Swede, or even match-grade .308. Each of those retails at well over $1 per round, and can be reloaded (better than factory) in the neighborhood of 30-40¢ each. Have you seen what personal-defense pistol ammo costs lately? Speer 200gr Gold Dot +P .45ACP is over $1 per round. I can load it for well under 50¢ (assuming I can get the projectiles.)

Sean D Sorrentino said...

Buying everything brand new from Dillon, and loading 230gr FMJs from Montana Gold and your breakeven should be around 8,000 rounds.

Do It! It's fun, and it gives you something to do when you can't shoot.