I know I didn't pick a cheap caliber to shoot. But if my calculations are right, if I load my own, the price per round should be about $1.50 after all is said and done. Compared to $3.50+ for premium factory ammo.
So it's only a matter of time before I get all the tools needed to reload. Something I'm really looking forward to.
Hand loading is a fun hobby and I have been doing it for over 40 years now. I am still using my first press and a few of the tools that came with it, but I have upgraded a lot of tools as the time has gone by.
As for cost you are about right and by reusing cases the cost goes down. Here is a site that you can input your information and it will tell you what your cost per round is.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...