Originally Posted by stevesdl
Is anyone reloading 338 Win Mag with either BTSX or NAB?
I purchased a new 338 Win Mag a month ago. After waiting around trying to purchase Federal's Fusion 225 at a decent price but never finding it for a decent price I have really given thought to reloading and using either BTSX or NAB (Elk and Mule Deer in CO)
I already have the brass from previous Federal NAB rounds. Can one give me a close approximation of just what that particular round would cost per 50 or 100 or apiece. I am willing to invest in reloading if it will be at least a little worth it. I do not care about the time involved or my cost in time.
The two primary reasons I reload is to be able to shoot ammunition optimized to my particular rifles which is very satisfying, and because I "really" enjoy it. I'm retired. It's all about having fun.
I can't tell you what ammunition costs me per cartridge. The price of components changes, I have old primers and new primers, and I don't count the cost of the equipment. That said, having loaded about 6,000 rounds of handgun ammo and 4,000 rounds of rifle ammo (based on primer consumption), all in the last 4 years, I'm pretty sure I'm well past the breakeven point on what it would have cost me to buy off the shelf ammo. The most savings happen on big cartridges like the .300 and .338 magnums and ultra magnums. I'd estimate you can make back your investment in good name brand reloading equipment in the first 1,000 rounds loading .300 and .338 mags and ultra mags.
Bottom line, get yourself an RCBS RockChucker kit or the Redding equivelant with a good cast iron "D" press, and have at it. You will find yourself shooting more, enjoying it more, and putting bullets right where you intended them to go more often than before you started loading your own. If you are going to mostly load big cartridges you might consider a Redding UltraMag - it is excellent for any cartridge but one of the best for big magnums.
You will get more fun out of it than the equivelant investment in a whole lot of things.
My recommendation: buy a Speer reloading manual, read the front part of it which in a totally excellent introduction to the basic what & why of reloading. Work into it from there. You'll be glad you did.