Reader Milton F. asked "What do you estimate the cost (of reloading .410 shells) to be?" in the comments section of the post "The Forgiving Zone".
Capital equipment cost: Essentially zero. This post discusses how one gentleman in Alaska uses common tools to reload .410 shells. Those tools are things like 5/16" and 7/16" sockets and bit drivers.
I intend to cut a funnel with slits in the small end out of material from an old pop bottle to help ease the wad into the case. I may use a piece of broken, fiberglass tent pole instead of the bit driver to press in the wad. I have to play with things to see how it goes.
On a per-hundred basis:
The hulls were given to my by Russ Nelson at Family Shooter's Corral. I buy brass from him and he threw in the hulls just because he likes me. If Russ was out of .410 hulls my plan was to find the local 4-H shooting club and make a donation, then ask the advisor to collect .410 hulls for me to reload.
Powder: I paid about $25 for a pound of H-110 powder at Bob's Gun Shop in Hastings, Michigan. At 15.5-to-16 grains per hull that works out to about six cents a shell or $6 a hundred.
Wads: I bought 500, Federal wads from Graf and Sons. Including postage that came to $22.53 which pro-rates to 4.5 cents a shell or $4.50 per hundred.
Lead shot runs about $2 a pound. One hundred shells will use 50 ounces of shot at a half ounce per shell. That works out to six-point-two-five cents a shell or $6.25 a hundred. For the record, Mr Pepper plans to use the shells for in-barn pest control so we will use the softest 7-1/2 shot we can find to minimize the danger from "bouncers". Mr Pepper is a hellova shot. He once killed 13 possum with one shot.
Shotshell primers run about $30 a thousand or $3 a hundred for an additional three cents a shell.
Totting it all up, I get about $20 per hundred loaded shells or $4 for a box of twenty...not counting time.
Pictures of reloading the hulls with some simple, handmade tools