Originally Posted by skinner
what should i look to spend to get started reloading? and is it worth reloading .243 win. i am looking to save some cash on ammo and having some fun trying different loads.
I think it's worth it for both fun and saving money. I just got into it about 8 months ago and I'm really glad I did.
I bought an RCBS Master kit, dies, electronic calipers, bullets, trimmer, powder and primers for less than $500. I got most of it all new at a local gun shop. I could have got it a little cheaper if I went to Walmart. If you want to go even cheaper than walmart you'll see deals on ebay for both complete kits and individual components. You could probably get your initial cost down to $300 if you worked at it.
I mostly reload 270 wsm and 308 cartridges. The factory 270 WSM cartridges that I used to buy cost $45 per box. I think my cost is around $15/box (probably less). That's around $30/box savings. At that rate, I paid for the initial equipment cost after about 20 boxes. I'd did that in the first 2 months. I've also gone through about 1000 308 rounds since I started. An while I don't save as much with the 308's, I still save. In addition to the savings, I'm also getting very accurate ammo for my guns. AND, I'm much better shot because of all the practice reloading allow$ me.