BUSINESS IDEA-post 2 of 2 today
After reading the comments and the one on diversifying your self employment income, suddenly I remembered a guy I knew twenty years ago. I hadn’t thought of him all this time. He would take your fired brass and reload for you, selling at a nice discount from a retail price. Now, obviously this was only one of his businesses, and I think it never occurred to me[j1] to think of this as a viable one because, well, you know-everybody who shoots a lot reloads themselves. And I always discounted post-collapse reloading as a business because you would need those irreplaceable components for your own tribal needs. But I was looking at this the wrong way. If we are in an economic contraction, and the weekend plinker becomes a thing of the past, and gun owners aren’t all reloading themselves because it is no longer economical to buy the equipment as you can only afford to shoot a little now lather than a lot, perhaps becoming a commercial reloader on a small scale can be a business.
This is a Great Depression business, as envisioned. You aren’t catering to a guy with a 9mm shooting 500 rounds. Rather, the hunter needing a half a box or a guy target practicing a clip at a time to stay proficient. You are, in effect, selling single cigarettes rather than packs or cartons. My question becomes, what is the cheapest reloader and dies that will last a long time you could invest in? What dies will cover most of the population ( the least amount of calibers to cover most of the population )? Buying powder in bulk saves on the hazard fees, so how much less is the least amount of powder compared to someone buying it themselves? I don’t think you save much buying bulk primers, but I’m sure you do with powder. We are talking about the cheapest in inventory you can get away with and still provide a cheaper price than for someone to do it themselves. The equipment isn’t meant to be fast and easy, manual labor is okay here.
I’m presenting these questions for comments. This is not a how-to article. Those reloaders with experience are asked to please share in your knowledge. I don’t know if I want this to be MY business, but knowing the options is nice. It might help out those that have the investment income ( remember, we are minimizing here. $1k might get you a great set-up and inventory, but that is a long payback at ten cents a round profit. A better option would be, say, $4oo ). Think of answers such as, do they sell bulk bullets or is a few dozen about the same price as a few hundred? Primers-price per at a hundred, or a thousand. Price per charge at one can powder, or at the max amount of powder in one shipment? The best press at the cheapest price? The cheapest dies ( but not low quality )? Thanks for your help, in advance.