Haha, I was just planning on polishing and selling the brass to those who reload...but if you guys want me to make some rounds for you, I can possibly do that as well. I'd have to check AmmoMan.com and others to see if I could beat their prices though. It might just make sense for you to buy though an established dealer. Especially since I'm currently only setup for 9mm, 40 S&W, and .357 SIG. Though I was planning on getting setup for .45 and .50AE. (EDIT I might be able to do 10mm as well. I have to research it as the .40 and 10 use the same bullets and die, I may just have to pick up a differnt crimping die)
Lemme look into it and see if I could make it worth it to you guys to roll rounds for you. Otherwise, I have plenty of brass for rounds I'm not planning on using.
Could you give a break down on what you would need to get started in reloading?
That's a tough question that really takes a lot of research on your part. Some basic decisions need to be made, like how many rounds you plan on making/using per month. What caliber and how much do you shoot. Some calibers are totally worth reloading because off the shelf prices are obnoxious (.50 AE and .357 SIG I can reload for 1/2 to 1/3rd the cost of off the shelf). Some calibers, such as 9mm are often cheaper to just buy in bulk. Is it worth it to invest $450 in reloading gear to save $1.50 a box on 9mm? Maybe...if you're planning on making 100,000 rounds. LOL
Another advantage to rolling your own, is that you can dial in the rounds for each specifc gun. For example, my HS2000 (which is now called Springfield XD) absolutely loves 124gr HP with a really light load. I'm talking, so little gun powder that the slide barely racks after each shot. I can make those rounds and have the pistol super accurate, and even a 95lb lady could handle it. Or my SIG 229 loved really *hot* rounds. There was a point were too hot and it's accuracy would drop, but right before that it was like a laser beam.
So reloading for compitition or accuracy is useful.
The basics you need are a bullet press, dies (which form the brass and seat the bullet etc), used or new brass, bullets, primer and powder. You'll need a caliper to measure the completed rounds, and a reloading specific scale. (I don't think I'm missing anything, but that's the absolute bare minimum).
You can get into it with a full manual press and the above mentioned hardware for a couple hundred. But it's really all the little accessories that will kill you.
I went with a $550 press, and probably spent another $250 on accessories (back in 2001). I have a nice digital scale, a go-no-go gauge, a couple brass tumblers for cleaning and polishing used brass, a special hammer used for dissasembling bullets (you have to see it to understand it, but super useful), I got a nice digital caliper vs an analog one I might misread. I have a stack of books and guides and recipies for making various types of rounds.
It's very involved (and expensive) really, but very relaxing. I prefer shooting my own rounds to factory rounds, as I can make them just as well, and with some dialing in...even more accurate, not to mention cheaper to boot.
I just got back from MegaSports. Their reloading section is very sorry (and collecting dust). But they had the one part I needed to get back into business. I was so floored by their gun stock though, that I forgot to get powder and primers. LOL I guess I'm heading over to Bass Pro for both in a few minutes.