No, I haven't asked him. Mainly because if brass is not provided, the cost for plinking ammo will not be lower than the available Fiocchi. It should take quite some time to shorten those 38 Super Comp cases. Even if brass is provided, and he did mention it previously, the price would not be in the range of the Geco SOG. If only for the fact that he will load them to higher specs than the Hirtenberger. As an example, my 90 gr. GDHP seems to spit out at about 1075 fps out of my PP Super. On average. The equivalent loading, the 9x18 Makarov has been clocked at more than 1100 fps out of a Bulgarian Makarov. With an average of 10 rounds at 1088. The 95 gr. XTP loading does basically the same. That is way more than what Geco provides. As you know, in ascending order then come the Fiocchi and then the Hirtenberg.
S&S 9x18U ammo comes to slightly more than $1.00 per round shipped. With the XTP or GDHP bullets. So the only way to procure a less inexpensive round would be to provide him with the brass and use a standard FMJ bullet. As to how much it will cost then, I have no idea. He never mentioned that. But I seriously doubt that it will be in the vicinity of $8.00/50. Unless, of course, we handload our own. Which will not account for our time. And leaves us again back where we started. Fwiw, I have about 1500 rounds left of Geco and Fiocchi. Hirtenberg is gone. Unless my son develops an affinity for the 9x18U cartridge, prefering it over the 9x18M, which he might, I could be covered for a couple of years. And that might allow for a new batch to make its way here to the US. For all I know, it is still a popular cartridge in Europe. So the possibility is there. Slight, but there. For some reason, I can imagine a depot somewhere where Geco has remained virtually untouched for decades. Mainly forgotten. Problem is now, how to find it. But even if it happens, I can bet that it will not be for $8.00/50. But definitely less than Fiocchi and good enough for plinking.
For all of my imagination, I have started to research handloading. The way I see it now, saving the brass saves a lot of time. And it might actually be less complicated than it looks. Reloading seems to be the answer now.