@Tempestman - what are you asking though? There are at least a couple of questions in there. One is price, the other is quality and then you sort of go into a discussion.
Quality - depends, but you with your rifle on hand, taking time and care, you will always be able to load:
- premium ammo with the same or better components cheaper; and
- cheap plinking ammo with the same or better components cheaper.
- you will not be able to load any ammo faster.
Then you move into cost of equipment, rather than cost per round. This is where things get tricky. For example, if you have $1200 scales and $400 press (you’d probably go cheaper, but I am using extreme examples here), but you only shoot 223 at the range for fun, at $15 per box of 20, then… Purely from equipment costs, you are looking at shooting around 2100 rounds before it even gets close to paying for itself (so before then, it’s not cheaper).
If you are shooting anything in 30 calibre or bigger, it pays for itself a lot faster. If you are shooting milsurp calibres, then 90% of the time, it will either (a) pay itself of a lot faster or (b) you have no other options - some calibres are either not made anymore or ridiculously expensive for what they are.
Then you looking at bulk vs small purchases, small you are not really saving much money, but learning what you should buy in bulk.
So… The question is. What are you asking? Quality, price or something else?