Reloading vs Factory Ammo: Stop wasting money!

Reloading vs Factory Ammo: Stop wasting money!

Reloading and purchasing ammo are completely different in terms of the cost to the user. In this video, we investigate which is cheaper.

My recommended reloading setup for $895:


  1. baugwan1 on December 29, 2022 at 12:47 am

    The problem I have when I clean the brass, is that there is always some corn cob stuck in the flash hole. How do you deal with that problem? Why don’t you do a video about what happens when you reload a rifle round and tumbling media remains/lodged in the brass. How it effects pressure, accuracy, and how likely it is to blow up the gun. You make awesome videos and I’m most grateful for all the work you do.😮

  2. Warrior of the Wasteland RV on December 29, 2022 at 12:48 am


  3. Bob Parvin on December 29, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Done got hooked reloading when Moby Dick was a sardine and I’m exceptionally happy I did.

  4. alzathoth on December 29, 2022 at 12:49 am

    personally, IMO, i think that the supply problems/prices are on purpose… government can’t mess with the 2nd Amendment, but they can mess with ammo manufacturers…

  5. rachel white on December 29, 2022 at 12:49 am

  6. Gary Postell on December 29, 2022 at 12:50 am

    The big advantage is better groups and maybe cost depending on where you live. So what reloading equipment do you recommend?

  7. K D on December 29, 2022 at 12:52 am

    How about the cost of inventory? How about all of the "swings and misses"? (Inventory that you don’t use because you don’t like it). How about all of the expensive shipping costs you run into for shipping powder?? How about all of the different powders that you have on hand at a single time? Just look at ANY reloaders bench and you’ll see a ton of supplies, bullets, powders, et al! This video is as ignorant as it gets.

  8. Keith Nordin on December 29, 2022 at 12:53 am

    I like loading for what use I’m going to be hunting or defense situations that I’m going to quite possibly encounter! Never maximum listed loads! If I need more energy at the terminal end, instead of a 30-06 Springfield, I take a 300 RUM! Or a 338 Winchester Magnum! But setting back locking lugs isn’t an option!

  9. Tatsuhiro Satou on December 29, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Well for 338 lapua it’s about 1/3 the price to reload counting the cost of brass but spreading that cost evenly over the 5 loadings I’m expecting per piece of brass since my 338 will probably never see factory ammo.

  10. Mike Coglione on December 29, 2022 at 12:56 am

    It’s cheaper to buy factory ammo due to the time consuming nature of reloading. Unless you’re poor, close to minimum wage or on a (very low) fixed income with lots of time it’s cheaper to work your day job and buy factory ammo. It’s hard to imagine how a reloader could crank out better ammo than the factory which is guaranteed and comes with a backing in that if your gun blows up and someone gets hurt (provided the shooter followed safe rules of shooting and all laws), it’s not your fault as they go after the deeper pocket. With reloads, something goes wrong and you’re screwed because there is SO much you can screw up rolling your own. The reason reloads are cheaper is not only do you have to waste time handloading it but there is no insurance protecting you nothing in life is for free!

    Don’t shoot crazy calibers like 6.5 Creedmoor or 7 rem mag. I still stick with my guns to the superiority of 308 (or even better 556) because you can get relatively inexpensive bulk milsurp ammo. My favorite is CBC magtech for both 556 and 7.62 NATO: hot, accurate and clean. Can hit clay pigeons on the 200 yard berm and the little pieces of the pieces of the pieces that break off with a scoped PTR 91 all day long and that’s not even that great of a gun. Ever hear of the Pareto principle, where you get 80% of your effect for the first 20% of the effort. Why drive yourself nuts to accomplish that last 20%?

    A better strategy would be to save the money you’d be wasting on reloading gear, and take the time you’d waste on cooking your own ammo and WORK MORE to make more money. The next time a gun friendly administration is present and ammo prices free fall, take the savings and pick up as much ammo as you can knowing things will eventually get lean again as anyone whose been in the sport more than a handful of years should realize it’s a cyclical process.

  11. NiCSu on December 29, 2022 at 12:57 am

    I include the price of brass and divide it by the amount of firings expected. Because $120 for 100 pieces is not insignificant.

  12. Palko Energies on December 29, 2022 at 12:57 am

    great video!

  13. Gary Postell on December 29, 2022 at 12:58 am

    I getting a box for around 30$ to 35$ for a box!

  14. Pat Coder on December 29, 2022 at 12:58 am

    I’m load pistol cartridges love my Hornady reloader in a box I’ve had it for ten years haven’t replaced any of it could not afford to shoot without it

  15. James Oaks on December 29, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Anybody knows any good reloading shop around Orlando FL? Bought the tips thinking I was buying the whole bullet, do not have the casings though

  16. Skip Mitchell on December 29, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Not about cost at this point. Its about availability of what you use/need

  17. Pat Dennis on December 29, 2022 at 1:01 am

    The difference is hitting what you’re aiming at. I have rifles from budget to custom, factory barrels to hand lapped expensive. NONE are consistently better than MOA with factory ammo. Most will shoot quarter MOA with loads tuned for the rifle. So, if all you want to do is ring a 24" plate at 600 yds good factory loads might be OK in a good barrel, but i punch paper and strive for tiny tiny groups and you just aren’t gonna get that with a factory load.

  18. Rob Goins on December 29, 2022 at 1:02 am

    The gear for reloading pays for itself in no time. I also have zero issues with either of my Lee presses in 7 years so I don’t agree with that on sir.

  19. Nina Aniston on December 29, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I don’t reload to save money.
    I reload because it is therapeutic and I get bullets that shot from the bench vice always hit the same hole.

  20. Adam Ruen on December 29, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I would love to know where prices are today on this. Picking up some 6.5 CM factory match ammo in the $1.25 range on the auction sites. I am looking to get into the custom reloading as I get more into precision. Thank you!

  21. waptek2 on December 29, 2022 at 1:04 am

    3:00 as of 2022/09/18 reloading 9mm
    Primers cost 5 cents each
    propellant costs 2 cents per shot
    bullets cost 9 cents each

  22. Paul Castillo on December 29, 2022 at 1:05 am

    I don’t count the initial investment of press, dies and scale…etc as a delta. You can always sell them to get your money back. Not that I ever would.

  23. penisred on December 29, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Hand loading rounds is a lot like tuning a car. People love to do it, it save them money and gets them better performance.

  24. enterprise59 on December 29, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Lee Precision is my equipment for the most part. Now, we’re full time RV’ing and have to down size.. trying to make a potable set up for just .38 and 9mm

  25. Keith Prinn on December 29, 2022 at 1:12 am

    such an expense to get gear to load . the time involved is offset by customising and the feeling of doing something great and these days a necessity or pay through the nose when and where you can all that and if you buy top brass and factor in your time very different story. bit like making all your own fishing rigs and building your own rods in game fishing. or maintenance on a car boat or bike.

  26. Dan Sherwood on December 29, 2022 at 1:15 am

    What I’m running into is not being able to find my pet factory ammo that matches my custom turrets. Bummer!

  27. Matt T on December 29, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Reloading makes sense if you want to make powder puff pistol rounds for a competition or high quality match grade ammo for hunting or long range precision shooting competition or whatever, or if you are using a more boutique round – but for mag dumping 9mm into trash I don’t think it makes a ton of sense.

  28. scott russell on December 29, 2022 at 1:19 am

    I have been reloading for 25 years.. save huge money over factory… way your talking about it is going the wrong way with it.. time sure doesn’t factor in if you enjoy it

  29. x XDarkSamuraiX x x on December 29, 2022 at 1:19 am

    if y’all want brass just pay to go to the gun range and ask if you can take the brass, 75% they just gon say no (if other people are shooting or it’s early in the day) if they’re ab to close tho, they just throw it all away usually so they’ll let you take it, my range usually has two 5 gallon buckets full of brass

  30. Dinty Moore on December 29, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Reloading .. Don’t forget the non-quantifiable “satisfaction” issue. There is a gratifying sense of accomplishment when you’ve finally tweaked a loaded round to a point of real compatibility with a rifle. The tedious process of doing so can be as complicate as you want it to become. Target shooting aside, reloading is an enjoyable (and sometimes humbling) lifelong hobby.

  31. ben nichols on December 29, 2022 at 1:22 am

    cant get any factory ammo. now what?

  32. Asian Lovebug on December 29, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Commietube can’t be realer than that

  33. Jan Leiter on December 29, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Commie tube indeed, ma channel got flaked and removed because I uploaded RuZZian warcrimes IN PRIVAT … no strike cooldown, nothin just bam bam bam 5 strikes from 25 Vids.

  34. Chuck Finley on December 29, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Reloading discord, I get notifications on my phone when stuff comes in stock

  35. no taboos on December 29, 2022 at 1:25 am

    If you can afford to buy at least 500 rounds of factory ammo at a time, then reloading is more expensive, especially considering equipment and space.
    I get 8×57, 303, and 25-06 all for under $1 each. 45ACP even less. The only one I can’t get cheap is 45-70.

  36. Bull Gravy on December 29, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Bought some used reload equipment, found some primers, a good deal on lead cast bullets, and my once fired brass. Can confirm that after reloading 3 full boxes of .45-70 the savings were $70+

  37. Kobe Greer on December 29, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Here in Canada I can get primers for about 6 cents and if bought in very large quantities like 5,000 or 10,000 its roughly 5 cents CAD powder is roughly the same and bullets are a little cheaper. Almost all powders are made in Quebec Canada and are shipped to you guys in the states then packaged and shipped all over including back to us lol

  38. boogerwelder on December 29, 2022 at 1:33 am

    For the calibers I shoot, reloading saves me at a minimum 50%. Not to mention the ability to tailor loads to each gun.

  39. John Peluso on December 29, 2022 at 1:33 am

    I don’t even reload… Still have like 70# of brass cuz I clean up after myself and will shit I might wanna reload lol

  40. Peter August on December 29, 2022 at 1:33 am

    For most people reloading will never reach its break even. Equipment, space, tools, all the small things will add up and are not included in the majority of peoples calculations.
    Hoewever what it gives you is trust in your equipment, the abality to build the ammo you want, and a certain level of self reliance.

    Reloading is a hobby, treat it as such, or go all in and turn it into a business, like everything else, the closer to get to the quality of a commercial product without actually sellign that product, the more it will cost you.

  41. Dumpsterfire on December 29, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Cost isn’t the factor here
    Have the skill to press your own, and when they restrict ammo sales flip the bird.

  42. Brandan Weber on December 29, 2022 at 1:39 am

    😂 Man when you pulled out the fiver of brass I knew I loved watching your videos!! I too have brass by the five gallon bucket lol … this is an awesome video I’ve got a ‘load’ for elk and for deer and have wondered the actual comparison between buying factory and making my own… mine always shoots better but I’m usually ok with minute of deer

  43. #4-MK1 on December 29, 2022 at 1:39 am

    It really just depends on what you are reloading. It cost $80 for a box of 20 Norma 7.7. It cost me $42.00 for 20 rounds, estimated, to reload my own.

  44. RON Pilchowski on December 29, 2022 at 1:40 am

    I’m not sure what I’m missing
    1)new brass primed + bullet + ammo box 250/ $85.00 -$0.32 ea
    2) 3 peace .223 lee die set $44.91
    3) Lee single press $57.54
    4)lee powder measures $70.91
    5) need to get powder and scale
    Once I get those I think I’m ready
    To go tools total $275.81
    (Dont tell my wife) LOL
    I figure powder should run somewhere around $.18 each
    Fill.. set….crimp $.50 ea.

  45. WaynesWorkVlog on December 29, 2022 at 1:41 am

    can buy complete rounds for less and not have to spend any time… not sure why you keep saying its cheaper to reload… just the cost of primer, powder, and projectile is over $1 a round on your spread sheet when these can be bought for as low as 50 cent a round… and no time or $500+ equipment needed… also not turning a room of your house into an explosion hazard…

  46. Leakedboss on December 29, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Don’t worry Youtube pretty much hates anyone on their platform now

  47. Joseph mccormick on December 29, 2022 at 1:42 am

    I don’t think most folks, especially rifle guys are actually trying to save money by reloading and, in my case it’s a fun hobby

  48. Boris Ptitsyn on December 29, 2022 at 1:45 am

    we both shoot, so this is a video designed to split the gun community. this channel is as bad as the atf.

  49. Thomas Ford on December 29, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Reloading is a skill that will payoff. You may have to wait but it will pay off.

  50. You_Worm on December 29, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Learned nothing…