I have been looking online for once fired brass and if I am doing the math right it is going for about a dime/case. At that price, is reloading still cost effective?
Come to think of it, instead of buying once fire brass, I could just buy quality ammo with the knowledge that reloading will get part of my money back. I think I like that idea better!I agree with both SW and SV.
Been told that brass can be reloaded as much 10-12 times for low to medium power loads. If that is the case you'd need to divide the brass cost by more than 1.
But then again I can cipher like a Wall Street banker to justify something I really want to buy in the 1st place.
I have a hill out back that I can shoot into. I don't plan to spend a lot of time at the range. Plus, as you said, when I do go to the range picking up other peoples brass is against the rules! I do pick my own up though.Or just do like I do. When you're at the range, just start picking up every piece of brass you see, on every range, at every shooting station. That's how you get 5 gallon buckets full of just about every caliber of pistol brass you want to reload.
Yeah, it's kind of against the rules, but the range master looks the other way in my case since I volunteer alot of time out at the range helping out with chores and stuff.
I know that you can't really figure in your time, but if it came to picking up an overtime shift at work so that I have the money for ammo, or spending the evening reloading, I'm pretty sure I would rather spend the evening reloading. Plus they can't tax you on the money you save!Reloading isn't as cost effective as you'd think. Unless you shoot a lot, if you figure in your time it ain't cost effective at all. I've learned a whole lot reloading, spent countless hours with my sons, and generally had a blast. On top of all that it's a damn rewarding feeling rapid firing a couple of magazines of your own ammo. :devilsidesmile:
LOL, too true Delmar! But be certain that someone out there is scratching their head trying to find a way to work it INTO the Tax Code!! :'(I work in Nuclear Medicine at a hospital and all the radiopharmaceuticals we get in come in lead lined containers. We can't trash it because of environmental regs so I save it. No clips to have to get out like wheel weights. Some of it is painted but most is just wrapped in plastic.
There are only two ways that I am aware of that the government can tax you on your own "sweat equity" and both involve real estate. I bought an old run down vacant house for $57K eight years ago and fixed it up with my own hands. Now the state has it valued at $120 K for property tax. Also If I sold it for $120 they would tax me for the "capitol gain" on $63K. Still it was quite gratifying turning a 100 plus year old run down house into a home!Yep, they are probably loosing sleep trying to figure out another way to tax us. I don't think they will ever be able to place a tax on the relaxation reloading gives me. Setting down at the casting and reloading bench really is "my time" and like the commercial says "priceless". That is one of the ways I can recharge my battery. Doing what I want and at my own pace is priceless.
Thanks for the correction. Learning is good!Delmar: Don't know where you live, but being an ex- real estate agent. I believe they can only tax you on the amount you DO NOT reinvest into real estate. Therefore, If you buy something for the $120,000, you pay NO capital gains..... you just have to keep going up everytime you sell........ until you reach retirement, and then you can take the whole ball of wax tax free....... Wisconsin rules anyway.....check with your accountant..............