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LouHannoe
05-28-2012, 2:40 PM
I am on the hunt for something cheap to feed my pistol and walmart seems to be out of stock whenever I need something to plink with.

So far I've tried the $20 Remington, the $18 Federal, and the $15 Tula, all 50-round boxes, with positive results. Winchester White Box has been out of stock but I would like to give it a try.

Outside of committing to 500 rounds, what is the cheapest .45acp you know of? I just need cheap practice ammo to get my skills up before I start testing defense ammo.

InGrAM
05-28-2012, 2:43 PM
Tulammo is the cheapest I have seen it go for.

Try reloading, I reload .45 and it is about half the price of the Tulammo.

scglock
05-28-2012, 2:43 PM
Have you tried reloads?

http://www.freedommunitions.com/45-Auto-230-gr-RN-B-p/b45f230r.htm

RED VASQUEZ
05-28-2012, 2:54 PM
CCI Blazer runs about $14 a box online. Its aluminum case, though, so no reloads. You may be better off committing to 500 round bulk.

MaxMoto
05-28-2012, 3:04 PM
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Low-Pressure
05-28-2012, 3:10 PM
Tulammo is the cheapest I have seen it go for.

Try reloading, I reload .45 and it is about half the price of the Tulammo.

^^^This one! It will not save you money, but it will make you shoot cheaper. The more you shoot the better your groupings will get!

NiteQwill
05-28-2012, 3:11 PM
Reload. I pay $6-7 for a box of 50.

zfields
05-28-2012, 3:38 PM
^^^This one! It will not save you money, but it will make you shoot cheaper. The more you shoot the better your groupings will get!

+1.

Save a ton by reloading, and can tailor your rounds for what you are doing. My competition .45 loads are extremely low recoil to keep you front sight on target.

cebuvfr
05-28-2012, 4:20 PM
Try reloading. I'm planning to get a 650 before year end. You'll save a lot more and can control loads that best fit you.

Fishslayer
05-28-2012, 6:11 PM
Outside of committing to 500 rounds, what is the cheapest .45acp you know of? I just need cheap practice ammo to get my skills up before I start testing defense ammo.

The stuff I make in my garage is pretty cheap... ;)

Lead Waster
05-28-2012, 8:34 PM
OP, OK, so people are pushing you to reload, the next best thing is to buy from a reloader!

Solidux
05-28-2012, 8:39 PM
I dont know why you guys havent recommended to him:

BULLET MAN! Serge's reloads are probably the best outside of factory.

Fired THOUSANDS and never had a single hiccup. It's MUCH better than polymer (wolf/tula/garbage)

Mark hodge does an almost monthly group buy that has never gone wrong. Make sure to stock up when this happens.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=397946 25 pages of satisfied customers.


I would like to apologize to Serge right now and say I made the biggest mistake giving some money to Jack Ross. I should have paid $10 more... would have my ammo already and most likely already shot it.

Bug Splat
05-28-2012, 8:51 PM
Reload! I also pay about $7 a box.

Lee Classic Turret Press complete Kit: $200
1lb powder: $25
1000 Primers: $25
1000 45 bullets : $108
Range brass: free
Total: $358 ($17.90 per box of 50)
Cost for every other 1000 rounds: $158/case ($7.90 per box of 50)

new1911
05-28-2012, 9:39 PM
Reload! I also pay about $7 a box.

Lee Classic Turret Press complete Kit: $200
1lb powder: $25
1000 Primers: $25
1000 45 bullets : $108
Range brass: free
Total: $358 ($17.90 per box of 50)
Cost for every other 1000 rounds: $158/case ($7.90 per box of 50)

is that all? everything you need to start reloading immediately is the Lee clasic turret press kit?

L84CABO
05-28-2012, 9:41 PM
You can improve a lot of skills with 9mm and even 22cal. Just a thought.

KWB977
05-28-2012, 9:41 PM
CCI Blazer runs about $14 a box online. Its aluminum case, though, so no reloads. You may be better off committing to 500 round bulk.


Just put 200 rounds of this through my SA yesterday, flawless..........

tennisman
05-28-2012, 9:51 PM
reloading is great , used to do it myself , but for what I make an hour its cheaper to by factory loads, I by a lot of blazer alum at Palmetto 13.99 box and 12 dollars delevered to your door never ever had a problem with this ammo

Bug Splat
05-28-2012, 10:13 PM
is that all? everything you need to start reloading immediately is the Lee clasic turret press kit?

Yup, this is where I got mine...

https://kempfgunshop.com//index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=190&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=630&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=41

Only thing you will need thats not in the kit is a small scale to measure your powder. I don't trust the lee volume-to-weight chart. Best to make sure your drops are in the right range.

dadoody
05-29-2012, 4:37 AM
I am on the hunt for something cheap to feed my pistol and walmart seems to be out of stock whenever I need something to plink with.

So far I've tried the $20 Remington, the $18 Federal, and the $15 Tula, all 50-round boxes, with positive results. Winchester White Box has been out of stock but I would like to give it a try.

Outside of committing to 500 rounds, what is the cheapest .45acp you know of? I just need cheap practice ammo to get my skills up before I start testing defense ammo.

Blazer 45acp made of Aluminum was selling for $14/box of 50 @ gun show last time. I bought 5 boxes.

h0use
05-29-2012, 8:38 AM
wolf 45 box of 50 at the gun show was about 10$

Fishslayer
05-29-2012, 9:07 AM
Yup, this is where I got mine...

https://kempfgunshop.com//index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=190&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=630&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=41

Only thing you will need thats not in the kit is a small scale to measure your powder. I don't trust the lee volume-to-weight chart. Best to make sure your drops are in the right range.

The kit I got from Cabela's included a Lee scale. It's not as hard to use as some people say. My kit didn't come with dies though.

Must haves that didn't come with the kit were a caliper and a bullet puller.

x2 on the powder volume to weight spread sheet. It's meant as a guideline to get you in the ballpark. You need to verify with a scale. Volume to weight is going to vary a bit from powder lot to powder lot.

WWDHD?
05-29-2012, 1:08 PM
Reloading is probably the cheapest way to go, after you break even on the cost of all the equipment. Then theres you time which is certainly worth something but many people enjoy the satisfaction of loading their own ammo. I get satisfaction from finding a good deal on factory loaded ammo either online or at gun shows. to each their own.
Palmetto State Armory is hard to beat on price. No tax but shipping can be costly. Then at gun shows you got to pay to get in and tax + parking. Best deals there are when you buy 500 or 1000 rd. case. I've found a few good deals online when theres free shipping AND the ammo is on sale. Cabela's did this back around Xmas. That was probably the best score I ever got. Watch the marketplace section here and wait for a good deal to come along. Good luck.

Quinc
05-29-2012, 1:14 PM
Grafs usually has good deals on .45 and 5.95 flat rate shipping.
http://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog/category/categoryId/52?

Also check the link in my sig.

JeremyS
05-29-2012, 1:34 PM
I don't shoot or shop for .45, but the husband and wife that run militaryshooters.com are nice... good service, good prices. 500 rounds of factory brass cased for $155: http://shop.militaryshooters.com/catalog/product.asp?ret_id=140211&pid=1028157 and $165: http://shop.militaryshooters.com/catalog/product.asp?ret_id=140211&pid=1030083


Also, sites like these two are pretty handy:

http://www.ammoengine.com/find/ammo/.45_ACP
http://gun-deals.com/ammo.php?caliber=.45+ACP

LouHannoe
05-29-2012, 8:12 PM
...that was a lot of replies in a short time O_O

I should have mentioned in the first post, reloading is not an option in the near future as I simply do not have the physical space or upfront funding available, but will certainly happen once I have settled into a house.

I usually warm up at the range with several many magazines of .22 before I start shooting bigger holes into my wallet targets, for the express purpose of building skills.

Seems like buying reloads is the way to go for now. Are there any reloaders near Temecula who are selling .45 for cheap?

cindynles
05-29-2012, 9:28 PM
If you can't reload your best bet is Walmart. The one in Temecula on 79 south usually has it in stock. Federal 50 round boxes for $17.50

bandook
05-29-2012, 9:42 PM
reloading is great , used to do it myself , but for what I make an hour its cheaper to by factory loads, I by a lot of blazer alum at Palmetto 13.99 box and 12 dollars delevered to your door never ever had a problem with this ammo

I too went through that line of reasoning until I realized that I was getting paid a solid $0/hr on the weekends. ;)

I still save enough on .45 and 357magnum to justify loading. I get powder/ primer in bulk so that cost is only about 3.5c/round for me. So 230gr FMJ is $7.50/box and moly/poly are closer to $5/box. Shooting 10-12 boxes a month can run up the bill ( or savings) fairly quickly.

9 mm can be had cheap so that one gets bought by the case.

loosewreck
05-29-2012, 10:08 PM
I dont know why you guys havent recommended to him:

BULLET MAN! Serge's reloads are probably the best outside of factory.

Fired THOUSANDS and never had a single hiccup. It's MUCH better than polymer (wolf/tula/garbage)

Mark hodge does an almost monthly group buy that has never gone wrong. Make sure to stock up when this happens.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=397946 25 pages of satisfied customers.


I would like to apologize to Serge right now and say I made the biggest mistake giving some money to Jack Ross. I should have paid $10 more... would have my ammo already and most likely already shot it.

+1

OP, if you can get in on a group buy I highly suggest it, if not he also ships.

roc_my_tims
05-29-2012, 10:50 PM
i have shot bullet mans, ammo and it's great but i am also getting into reloading 45 acp

sd_fox_racer
05-30-2012, 3:36 AM
Reload! I also pay about $7 a box.

Lee Classic Turret Press complete Kit: $200


or for 20 bucks more you can get the loadmaster
http://www.titanreloading.com/presses/lee-load-master/lee-load-master-pistol-calibers/45-acp-lee-load-master-

Brandon04GT
05-30-2012, 3:59 AM
Hmm....45 ACP, strike one. You can't reload, strike two. You don't want to commit to buying in quanity, strike three. Like others have said, Wal-Mart is probably your best bet then.

Twiggz
05-30-2012, 1:25 PM
I should have mentioned in the first post, reloading is not an option in the near future as I simply do not have the physical space or upfront funding available, but will certainly happen once I have settled into a house.


Just FYI, I just set up my small reloading section in the corner of a room in my house. I used a black & decker Work bench (225) and just bolted my Lee classic turret press to it. Its fine for pistol rounds, but might not be sturdy enough for bottle neck cases. I just shot my first set of lead round nose .45 this last weekend. It's a great feeling shooting your own ammo. Your setup doesn't need to take up a lot of space. ;)

InGrAM
05-30-2012, 2:13 PM
I am not understanding this whole "time" argument against reloading people are making. It takes me about 10 minutes to do 100 rounds. Driving to the local store takes more time than that.....

bandook
05-30-2012, 2:20 PM
...that was a lot of replies in a short time O_O

I should have mentioned in the first post, reloading is not an option in the near future as I simply do not have the physical space or upfront funding available, but will certainly happen once I have settled into a house.

I usually warm up at the range with several many magazines of .22 before I start shooting bigger holes into my wallet targets, for the express purpose of building skills.

Seems like buying reloads is the way to go for now. Are there any reloaders near Temecula who are selling .45 for cheap?

Home reloaders can't sell you their hand loaded ammo (at least not legally).

The Lee presses are fairly small and can be mounted on a 2x6x(width of your dinner table). Use C-Clamps. Its fairly sturdy.

Or, one of the locals may let you use theirs for a bit until you get situated.

Good Luck.

beretta929mm
05-30-2012, 2:25 PM
Reload! I also pay about $7 a box.

Lee Classic Turret Press complete Kit: $200
1lb powder: $25
1000 Primers: $25
1000 45 bullets : $108
Range brass: free
Total: $358 ($17.90 per box of 50)
Cost for every other 1000 rounds: $158/case ($7.90 per box of 50)

Where to get 1000 .45 slugs for $108?

Budd
05-30-2012, 2:28 PM
Like others have said - reload - you don't need much space. In the mean time Hill Billy here on Calgun's is a FFL and has good deals on ammo.

cindynles
05-30-2012, 2:39 PM
Where to get 1000 .45 slugs for $108?

Missouri Bullet Company: $86/1000 + $13 Shipping
http://www.missouribullet.com/details.php?prodId=59&category=5&secondary=13&keywords=
http://www.missouribullet.com/cw3/assets/product_expanded/softball.jpg

bandook
05-30-2012, 2:48 PM
I am not understanding this whole "time" argument against reloading people are making. It takes me about 10 minutes to do 100 rounds. Driving to the local store takes more time than that.....

'Time' is a component of the true cost of the box of ammo you produce.

For some of us, 10 'work' minutes translates to more than what a couple of boxes of ammo would cost.

But like I said earlier, we usually don't get paid for sitting at home watching TV on nights and weekends. :)

bandook
05-30-2012, 2:53 PM
Missouri Bullet Company: $86/1000 + $13 Shipping
http://www.missouribullet.com/details.php?prodId=59&category=5&secondary=13&keywords=


Or get 2000 230 gr FMJ for 246 shipped. ($123/1000)
http://shootersconnectionstore.com/Zero-Bullets-IN-STOCK-Section--C793.aspx

LouHannoe
05-30-2012, 4:54 PM
...Anyone ever try one of these? I can swing the price of entry and table space.
Reloading with a Lee Loader (http://youtu.be/UeEl9wZyabc)

ubet
05-30-2012, 9:07 PM
If you arent reloading, you arent shooting enough.

Low-Pressure
05-30-2012, 10:51 PM
Where to get 1000 .45 slugs for $108?

I get mine from Phillips Wholesale in Covina. X-Treme plated bullets 200gr. Last time I was there $52 per 500 count.

InGrAM
05-30-2012, 10:51 PM
'Time' is a component of the true cost of the box of ammo you produce.

For some of us, 10 'work' minutes translates to more than what a couple of boxes of ammo would cost.

But like I said earlier, we usually don't get paid for sitting at home watching TV on nights and weekends. :)


Sorry reloading is not cost effective for you, but for most it is very much cost effective.... NTM, the OP is not in "your boat" so your argument is meaningless.