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Hi, Jim:
I guess this depends upon how much time you have available, and if you feel you'd like to spend time at the reloading bench. For me, it's nice to get a little quiet time at the press. A major advantage once you get a little experienced is that you can custom-tailor loads for individual situations, i.e., bullseye loads, run&gun loads, self-defense stuff (I know, I know...) and perhaps some soft stuff to use to introduce new/small shooters to the sport.

Cost is another rationale for reloading. Assuming you have the brass lying around, lets see what you can assemble 1000 rounds for:
1000 bullets (200gr. LSWC, from Western Nevada Bullet): $36.50
1000 primers (WIN., gun show price): $12.50
1 LB Bullseye powder: $16 (gun show price)
Lets see, that totals: $65.00 so far. Let's assume another $10 for tax and/or shipping, and we're at $75/1000rds. Less than one-half what you're now paying. Keep in mind that buying in bulk will lower this price.

Equipment-wise, you'll need the following (example equipment, read from my Dillon catalog, which happens to be in front of me):
A press: ex. Dillon RB-550B progressive goes for $325, including one caliber conversion.
A set of dies (ex. Dillon 3-die carbide set): $50
Scale (non-electronic): $50
Tumbler package, including case separator, 10# media, polish: $123
Primer flip tray (RCBS): $8
Midway bullet pullet $15
Posters of scantily clad women for the bench area: "Priceless" :grin:
Did I miss anything guys? Let's see, this adds up to $571 for equipment, which should keep you going for awhile. Keep in mind that better prices are available. One gentlemen on this forum has offered discounts on Dillon equipment, for example, and used equipment and gun show deals can also be found. Try it, You'll like it! HTH.
 
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