i miss 80$/1000 rds of 7.62x39mm
Me too. You used to even get higher quality Israeli 7.62x39 HP ammo for only about $119 per 1000 and chicom was as low as $90 for over 1000 in sealed tins. Im still sitting on a few cases of 7.62x51 for my CETME i bought for $169 a 1000 many years ago (still sealed in tins). Its too hard on good brass and loves cheap steel case. I never had a 9mm "plinker" back then so i dont remember any 9mm surplus pricing. I do remember 9mm commercial HP ammo at well under $10 a box for hollow points.
I do enjoy reloading on a smaller scale but mass production feels more like work unless you can make something unique to your needs/wants and saves money. No one offers 130gr 9mm that i can find as an example
and it seems like a neat round to try in the carbine. If i can get hardcast 130s to shoot well then it will "perk" my interests. Locally i cant even find any 124gr FMJ. Its all 115gr or very expensive "defense" ammo.
Im staying away from +P reloading until im very comfortable with the 9mm reloading procedures and powder specs. I like to find 1 powder and stick with it when possible. I use mostly IMR3031 in my 308 based rifle ammo just because it fits me needs for a few calibers/weights. Its not the best but works for me and reliable safe data is plentiful. In 9mm ive narrowed my choices (in a carbine) to Bluedot and #7 for the same reason. I dont currently have a 9mm pistol so that isnt important to me but i do have a 357mag and reloading for it saves me a fortune at todays prices.