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Old 02-15-2017, 7:48 AM
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Question What are you reloading match type .308 ammo for?

So far I've gotten my cost down to around 60-65 cents per round using the following:

- Fiocchi Brass
- CCI Primers
- Sierra Matchking 175 BTHP bullets
- IMR 8208 XBR

Does that sound expensive to you guys?
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Old 02-15-2017, 8:02 AM
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That's way better than the price per round of 175 gr. FGMM.
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Old 02-15-2017, 8:12 AM
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No not really. buy your powder in 40 lb. min. to help out.
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Old 02-15-2017, 8:13 AM
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That's way better than the price per round of 175 gr. FGMM.
Yeah, cheapest I can find online for FGMM 175 grain is about $1 a round if I buy by the case.
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No not really. buy your powder in 40 lb. min. to help out.
Good point.
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60-65 CPR is a little on the high side but you’re using new brass. You’re still ahead considering a good price for factory loaded SMK’s are $1.00 per round.

IIRC the last time I loaded 168 and 175 gr SMK’s (last year) I was in the 51-54 CPR with CCI primers, IMR 4895, and range pick up brass (PMC).

If you’re looking to cut costs, buy powder/primers in bulk and use range pick up brass. Then maybe take a look at the Hornady 168 or 178 gr HPBT’s when they go on sale.
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How are you amortizing your brass price? Is this your price for the first loading, or accounting for brass life?
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How are you amortizing your brass price? Is this your price for the first loading, or accounting for brass life?
Just on the brand "new" price. As I reload the brass, I agree with your sentiment that price goes down geometrically.
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60-65 CPR is a little on the high side but you’re using new brass. You’re still ahead considering a good price for factory loaded SMK’s are $1.00 per round.

IIRC the last time I loaded 168 and 175 gr SMK’s (last year) I was in the 51-54 CPR with CCI primers, IMR 4895, and range pick up brass (PMC).

If you’re looking to cut costs, buy powder/primers in bulk and use range pick up brass. Then maybe take a look at the Hornady 168 or 178 gr HPBT’s when they go on sale.
51 cents? That's impressive.
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I reload in Lapua cases, with Varget and Sierra match kings for 1.26 per round, with new cases.

Realistically this brass will last between 15 and 20 loadings. However, only accounting for 5 loadings, I match your price of 60 cents per. If I hit 10 loadings I'm down to 51 cents.

I buy powder by the pound and primers by the 100-1000, bullets by the 100. Prices could drop another 10 cents buying in bulk
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I'm @ .49c with 44g Varget by the 8, 175 SMK by the 500, and primers by 5k.
Purchased bulk LC11 several years ago, on the third time around.
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Below are my components:

Lapua Brass - 75 cents per piece but you can use it 7 times ( way more if you neck size and anneal)
SMK 168 grain - 32 cents a bullet, I buy online and in bulk
IMR 4895 - 6.5 cents a charge, 43.2 gn, I also buy in bulk
CCI 200 - 2 cents, bulk again


Total cost around 50.5 cents a round, if I use the brass 7 times. I know guys are on 15 and 20 loads with Lapua.

I also have a ton of PMC brass that cost me 5 cents a piece.
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I use Nosler Custom Competition blems from Shooters Pro Shop. Around $24 per hundred, but I buy them once a year on sale for around $19 per hundred. I have bought and fired 3K so far, and for me they work as well as SMK.
http://www.shootersproshop.com/nosle...lem-100ct.html

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IMR 4895 - 6.5 cents a charge, 43.2 gn, I also buy in bulk
That's under $85 for an 8 pounder! Powder you've had for a while?
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I'm down to a bit over .35 per round based on my latest costs:
Nosler 168 Custom Competition $190/K
Primers $30/K
IMR 4895 $190/8-lbs
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I'm down to a bit over .35 per round based on my latest costs:
Nosler 168 Custom Competition $190/K
Primers $30/K
IMR 4895 $190/8-lbs
Using range-pickup free brass?
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Using range-pickup free brass?
Half that & half "once fired" from whoever is cheapest on line. I don't keep track but I usually get 6-7 reloads before showing signs of case stretch and have to toss it.
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