Prices reflect what it is your shooting..410 ammo prices are enough to make shooters get into reloading.
Love to have my old Mossberg bolt-action again.
Std 2.5" #8 lead shot goes for about $10 a box.
Prices go way up for any the Hevi Shot or premium shells.
I would pay $15 for a box for small game loads, wouldnt sweat it one bit.
Now if I was chewing through a $15 box of shells every 2-3 days, Yes Id sweat the price.
But since its hunting.
Hunting has its good days and bad.
I guess you could make it a policy to fire off all your days allotment of cartridges for the day wither you harvested game or not.