The short answer is Yes, reloading does save you money. Some calibers are cheaper than others so cost savings will vary from one caliber to another. If you have to purchase new brass for a given caliber your price per round will increase. Most reloader's are hard core brass scroungers, or as I call it dumpster diving for brass. Picking up once fired brass at the range is one of the best ways to build up your brass stocks while reducing the need to purchase new brass, this means you cost per round will be lower and in the long run this is a good thing. This past Christmas Strangerous gave me a set of .380acp dies, Lee Factory Crimp die and the case length trimmer. He picked up his own bullets and gave them to me so I could reload .380acp for him. I already had my press and several die sets for other calibers so the basic equipment has already paid for itself by reloading those calibers, namely .44 Special. Here is my breakdown for Cost Assessment for 200rds of .380acp I loaded for Strangerous over the last couple days. Prices for the factory ammo is from my local Wal Mart in the 100rd value pack. Factory Ammo $51.92 WWB 95gr JHP 200rds (2x 100rd Value Packs) $03.11 Sales Tax $55.03 Out the door total Reloaded Ammo $15.12 Rainier plated TMJ's from MidwayUSA (breakdown price of 500rd box) $06.00 Cost of 200 primers out of 1k bulk purchase locally (includes tax) $01.86 Cost broken down by grain wt, 1lb local purchase (includes tax) $22.98 Total cost $55.03 Factory $22.98 Cost to reload $32.05 Savings Price per round of factory and reloaded .380acp ammo $00.27 per round of factory .380acp ammo $00.12 per round of reloaded .380acp ammo The first 200rds of hand loaded ammo pretty much paid for the cost of the dies and case trimmer Strangerous purchased. From now on any rounds I load for him will be free and clear savings over factory ammo. Not all calibers have this much of a savings factor over store bought ammo, but generally you will save enough to pay for the equipment and purchase more equipment or components the more you reload.