So, I don't buy a lot of j-words. I get a few, most for my .264LBC.
But I got the BFR in .500S&W, and after casting some wondered how it might shoot with copper condoms.
So I dropped in the local gunshop. They are well-known to have competitive prices.
They only had Barnes, which is kind of high-end to a cheapskate like me. My ancestry may be showin'....
They were $20 a box! Which, if I were buyin a hunnert, I'd pay in a heartbeat.
But the box had 20 in it. They were a dollar a pill.
I don't really track my cast costs. Lead costs me, but not much. I give the guys at the tire shop a big box of donuts now and then.
I sort 'em for free.
I buy a bottle of propane to smelt. It's gotta last a long time, as in all my smelting I have yet to run one out. I run 'em out brewing beer.
I run the pot on electricity. That's a little, but not much.
I buy molds. That is by far the biggest single cost. 2 cav Lee, $20 6 cav, $40 when I need one, which isn't much any more, I have about all the calibers I might ever need.
So a boolit might cost me 3 cents, if I amortize the mold cost over 1000 boolits or so.
I may not shoot many j-words ever again.