Here is my answer using 1 shot brass, Winchester Large Pistol Primers, E&E cast 200 Gn SWC Bullets and WW231 Ball Powder.
5 cents for the brass from River Valley Ordinance www.rvow.com
1.5 cents for the primer
1 cent for the powder (estimate) 5.8 gns.
4 cents for the bullet
Total per round = 11.5 cents
Now, you can reload the brass 10 times on average and if you amoritize the cost over 10 reloadings, the cost drops to 1/2 cents for the brass. The total cost drops to 7 cents per round.
Buy your bulk powder in 8 lb. kegs and your primers and bullets by the thousand from Powder Valley. Combine all the components so you only pay the hazardous Material (HAZMAT) charge once.
As far as time goes; if you use a quality progressive reloader like the Dillon 550B, you should be able to REASONABLY load 1,000 rounds in 3.5 man hours. This would include reloading the primer tubes etc. and using a carbide sizing die so as not to have to lube and clean the finished cases.
Some would argue that you could do it faster, but I said in a REASONABLE amount of time. You'll want to take a few breathers.
Very good post. I would add that I buy all of my components at guns shows. This saves HazMat on the powder and primers and shipping charges on those heavy bullets and the powder and primers. I get cast 230 gr RN for $35 per thou, primers for $12 per thou and 231 powder 8 lb keg for $75.
"Even the most normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats"
Starting with new brass from Starline and assuming it will last 20 cycles. Buying bullets online from Oregon Trail. Primers and powder from my local WhateverMart: ~$90 per thousand. Substitute range brass, bulk powder purchase from Arms&Ammo, and bullets from a local caster: ~65/1000.
It would take me about 31/2 hours to produce 1000rnds with my SDB. I usually never do more than 300rnds at a 1 hour sitting as I get bored.
When and where was the last time you bought 8lbs. of 231 for $75? Dealer price for a case (4 8lb. kegs) breaks down to more than that per keg. I need to buy powder where you do. $12/1000 primers is pretty cheap too. Somebody's giving you a hell of a deal, or you haven't bought powder and primers in the past 15 years.
231 is available at http://www.gibrass.com/gunpowder.html for $60/6 lbs. Of course, that doesn't include HAZMAT and shipping. I can usually buy primers at gunshows for $13.50 a K. That's the best I've done lately.
[This message has been edited by Eddie (edited 11-10-2001).]