Thanks for clarifiying.Not if they have enough rifles/pistols to shoot it from. If this hypothetical person only had one 204 Ruger and nothing else then yeah, they're pretty much just buying stuff to be buying it at that point because there's no possible way to shoot all that down the one barrel. He'd be better off to buy a new barrel, a new rifle, a new scope, or something that's actually useful to him, because 80% of his loading components are useless to him. Hence, this hypothetical person is a hoarder because he's buying things that are useless to him. It's a self-referential conclusion.
10k primers and 50 pounds powder isn't really very much, I have more than that just to keep testing options stocked. I also load for 10+ rifle calibers ranging from .223 to 338LM, so keeping options around for that much stuff means I have a lot around at any given time. If you buy primers by the 1k brick and get several brands in large and small, magnum and non magnum and you get to 10k right away. I have 10k sitting on a shelf right here, and no more than 1k of any given type.
First, I hope we can have just a cost discussion and not HIJACK this thread into a vilification of certain on-line sellers.
So reading all the threads on primers, powders etc and decided to put to paper costs to see how bad the difference is and I was a little bit surprised by the numbers. We can take unique cartridges and use them as why costs have sky rocketed but I decided to use a bread and butter load that a lot of folks have used.
[email protected] grains/load = 93 loads/lb of powder (7,000 gr/lb) - pulled a normal load and not a primer pocket killer
FM215 standard primers - 1K box of primers
Hornady brass - 50 count and used simple 5X loads on each piece - we can argue this all day but just for demo purposes.
Assume purchased at LGS since HAZMAT costs are not standard. No sales tax just raw pricing. I still can buy and bought some 200AB at exact same price as before. I used Hornady brass just as a place holder. Pick your own and put in. Primer costs are the main complaint but reality the lowest cost of the loaded round. We can say their costs have doubled but is that a "so what" when going from $0.04 to $0.07? Brass and powder are bigger increased costs. But the powder costs seem to be only outrageous on line since I bought some 4000MR last week at LGS for $35/lb. My issue with on line is if LGS can sell powder at $35 just LAST WEEK, why can't on line sellers do so as well.? Just an observation and curious why there is such a disparity when on line sellers have greater buying power? Brass is another issue since metal costs have sky rocketed and virgin brass costs are rising faster than a lot of other metals so not surprised there at all.
Again let's not HIJACK this thread into a vilification of certain on-line sellers.
So how has your cost per round gone up based upon your component costs?
Bullet Brass Powder Primer Costs 200 AB Hornady (50) 1lb RL26 1K FM215 Pre-Covid $40.00 $49.00 $35.00 $40.00 per loaded round $0.25 $1.00 $0.04 Assume 5x loads $0.20 Assume 75 gr/load = 93 loads $0.38 Cost/load $0.87 20 rounds $17.40 Post-Covid $40.00 $58.00 $70.00 $70.00 per loaded round $0.25 $1.16 $0.07 Assume 5x loads $0.20 Assume 75 gr/load=93 loads $0.81 $1.33 20 rounds $26.60 Assume powder and primers are purchased at LGS to make it simple comparison since HAZMAT cost is not standard.