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Cheapest .38 reloading

Thread in 'Reloading' started by GAgunLAWbooklet, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. GAgunLAWbooklet

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    So this young man I know just got interested in shooting, handguns in particular.
    His grandmother has taken him shooting with a .38 revolver, 4" barrel.
    That's the handgun he wants to shoot more often, and his mom and grandma are OK with that, but they're not going to keep buying the ammo at $27 for 50 rounds of cheap range ammo.

    This family has shot up $100 worth of factory / re manufactured .38 ammo in the last 2 months.

    So... What do y'all think about the 18 year old reloading, with a single caliber reloading kit, making one round at a time?

    Cost of Lee loading kit: $40,
    Cost of 1lb powder (enough for 2500 rounds, at under 3gr. per charge), $20,
    Cost of 500 cast lead bullets -- $40 (8 cents each)
    Cost of 500 small pistol primers-- $20.

    I can give the kid a bunch of fired cases to get started.
    I figure the kid can build ammo for about 13 cents a shot, plus shipping, and amortization on the loading kit (figure he'll use it for 2000 rounds, or 2 cents per shot).

    Is this a viable plan to get a young man shooting a .38 for not much cost?
     

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    Certainly, I've known many reloaders that started with a Lee loader.

    After awhile a single stage press is usually requested for a Birthday or Christmas present and a life time of reloading starts.
     
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    Just impress on him how easy it is to double-charge 38 spl with most powders.
     
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    Like bill said that's a really slow process, buy him a cheap single stage press , he will load 10x the ammo for just a few bucks more
     
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    I think I would change the powder, maybe something like unique or a heavier powder (more charge per load, filling the case) just to keep him from double charging a round. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    What does such a press cost?
    I used to use a Rock Chucker press, and it wasn't cheap.
    The dies and shell holders cost more than this Lee single-caliber kit.
     
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    See the thing is if you get a single stage press, then you need a set of dies, then you need some lock rings for those dies, then you need a place to stand those unfinished rounds and you're probably going to go from the scoop to a powder measure...

    And well what the hell am I saying! You know how it is. We've all been down that path.
     
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    Man it's hard to fill a .38 case! I can't think of a powder that will do it.
    Certainly not Red Dot or Unique.....
     
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    ok buy him the lee loader , even a cheap lyman press and dies will cost a 100 bucks at least.
     
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    it will be easy to over charge a 38 case , he will need to be extra careful
     
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