s your Heavy Metal rifle eatingyou out of house and home? Areyou tired of loading bottle-neckedcases? Need to work more withthe “big rifle” but even with handloadspractice is too expensive? Well, fellowheavy metalist, have I got a deal foryou!
Up Close And Personal: The Reloading Option
A quick perusal of online reloadingcomponent suppliers nets the follow-ing: bullets from $90 per thousand de-livered for 147 FMJBT military surplusto $180 per thousand for Speer bulk150 FMJs. These may not be your firstchoices for ultra match ammo, but let’sfinish up assembling components andsee where we go from there. The pow-der needed for 1000 rounds at 45grains per shot (give or take) will re-quire seven pounds of powder, with alittle left over in the powder measure.If you buy surplus “Data” powder oryour favorite name brand, you willpart with $80 to $120 to make thiswork. Primers are cheap, right? Theywere. What was a penny apiece wayback when are now 1.8 to 2.2cents per, so to make our 1000 loads gobang, another $18 to $22 are needed.Cases? “We don’t need no stinkingcases.” Maybe not in the final analysis,but let’s keep $40 per thousand inmind for once-fired cases, amortizedwith three reloads each before replace-ment. You now have a shop full of lowend components, so fire up your fa-vorite progressive and turn that pile of parts into ammo. Tick, tock, tick,tock…ding! Two or three hours lateryou might have it all loaded and readyto shoot!With your time worth….. (Ohyeah, I forgot, it’s “relaxing”). OK,skip the time element. So you nowhave 1000 rounds of “less expensive”ammo in front of you that out-of-pocket cost you between $228 and$362 depending on your choices andhow well you squeezed your nickels.
Don’t Drink The Water: Imported Military Surplus
Now enter my zone where hand-loading is NOT required and yourmoney goes further! Drum rollplease… Try pre-rolled military surplusammunition made by folks from coun-tries where you might not drink thewater! Since we are not drinking theammo, read on, and you will probablyfind that military surplus will at LEASTtake care of all your under-100-yardstage needs and makes for great prac-tice fodder. Why practice hoser stageswith your time-laden, carefully pre-pared match ammo when this resourceis available?
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