Someone actually asked me about some running costs, that forced me to guesstimate, so I thought I’d share it here.
Running costs of Cat H, assuming you reload. I am estimating on reasonable bases and averages. I also know that a couple of people I spoke/see arrived on freakishly similar estimates. I am going to do this based on 9mm, but it all balances out in the end.
- Doesn’t matter how strong your brass goblin foo is, you will get 5% - 10% brass attrition.
- Something I do, up to you how you manage your estimates, but I consider all cases essentially free (paid off) after I have shot them once. I don’t bother with depreciating bullshit and what not.
So, some reasonable purchase costs for non-commercial qualities of components.
|Primers||$60/1000 (could be a lot less in bulk, but $60 is a good median)|
|Cases||$230/2400 (give or take)|
|Powder||$55/500gm (could be less in bulk)|
6c per primer
9c per case
12c per bullet
2c per 3.3gr charge
So we have 30c per cartridge. Or we have 21c per cartridge after you reload again.
|shoots per week||shoots per month||rounds per shoot||rounds per month||12 month||with case||no case|
Typically, I’d say 200 rounds per week is realistic, be it one visit and you make the most of it or a few visits where you don’t consume as much. I’d also say that if you are into shooting and like your club, you’ll be there a lot. So say 2 shoots per week on average. Some weeks none, some weeks heaps.
And here we have it, to help you estimate 9,600 rounds per year per person at circa $2900. Or $2000 on conservative side.
Where did 200 come from?
Most competitions with the exception of very few are around 50 rounds. Shooting comps and checking your skills against others is awesome. So there’s 50 rounds there. Competitions are rapid, so bam, bam bam and you’re done. I typically like to send a few more after or before a comp. That’s another 50. And that’s your 100 rounds per shoot.
The ‘with the exception’ are comps like IPSC and ICOR (maybe others, I don’t shoot others), where you are expanding a lot more ammo, but over longer period of time, so just basing it on me, not really in the mood to shoot more after that. So 100 is a good ballpark. Of course if this is the only day you are shooting, you may want to double that number.