So at lunch today I ran by my favorite Merchant O’Death’s place of work and picked up some powder. They’d just gotten in a shipment of about a hundred pounds of various types (still no Unique – which at this point should just be renamed “Unavailable”), and I’d had him set me aside a bit: three pounds of H110 and one of Accurate 4064.
Remember when powder was around $20 a pound? Yeah, so do I. Four pounds of powder set me back a little over $116 including tax.
A few years ago, I did a post on the basics of reloading with a list of recommended materials. I thought this would be a good time to review that and see just how much things have changed.
Originally I recommended the Lee Anniversary Kit, which consisted of their Challenger “O”-press, powder measure, powder scale, reloading manual, priming tool and (most) shell holders. It was $89.99. That particular kit is no longer available, but the current one is the Challenger Breech Lock Anniversary Kit, which at $126.99 contains:
- Lee Breech Lock Challenger Single Stage Press
- 1-Breech Lock Die Bushing
- Lee Large and Small Safety Prime
- Lee Cutter and Lock Stud
- Lee Perfect Powder Measure
- Lee Chamfer Tool
- Lee Primer Pocket Cleaner
- Lee Safety Powder Scale
- Lee Powder funnel
- 2 oz Tube Lee Resizing Case Lube
Next up came dies, and I again recommended an all-Lee lineup:
Carbide .38/357 4-die set:
Carbide .45ACP 4-die set:
Steel .30 Luger 3-die set:
.22-250 3-die set:
.243 Winchester 3-die set:
.308 Winchester 3-die set:
.30-06 3-die set:
.30 Carbine carbide 3-die set:
Next up was lube. The Lee kit above has their lube, but I recommended a can of Hornady’s One Shot spray lube. For the sake of economy, I’ll leave it off this list.
I recommended a steel dial caliper micrometer: Still $25.99
I recommended a Hornady universal reloading tray:
In the article I stated that a minimum of TWO reloading manuals should be on hand. The Lee Anniversary kit had one in it originally, but not now. The Speer manual at that time cost $26.99. Now it’s $29.99, and the Lee manual is another $21.99
Then there was powder and primers for all the calibers we were buying dies for. Powder is per pound, primer pricing is per thousand.
And then there was case prep, cleaning & miscellaneous:
Iosso Case Cleaning Kit:
I suggested a primer pocket cleaner and chamfer and deburring tool, but those are now included in the Lee Anniversary kit.
$8.99 $4.49 – that’s the only item to reduce in price.
So in 2007 all the materials you’d need to start reloading for eight different calibers, with the exception of projectiles, was $542.76. Today it would be $702.12, an increase of 29.4%. Powder has gone up almost a third on average, if you can find it. Primers have gone up almost 50%.
I’m glad I didn’t record bullet pricing back then. I don’t think I want to know how much THAT’S gone up.