Break Even Calculator

Super 1050
Dillon Super 1050

This calculator will help you determine just how long it will take for you to “break even” on the cost of your reloading equipment. You can use our Reloading Costs Calculator to figure out your cost per round if you don’t already know that figure.  If you don’t already reload and don’t want to hunt all over the web for some of this data there are estimates below the calculator.  Do not input $$$ into the calculator or you will get zero results.

You can find the cost of our Dillon Precision Reloading Machines here.  If you click on a press there is a buying guide that will help you add on any accessories that you may need.

At the time this was updated, July 11th, 2018, the cost of bulk pack ammo purchased from an online retailer* was as follows:

Retail Ammo Prices

  • 9mm  – $179.99 for 1000 rounds.
  • 40 S&W – $270.75 for 1000 rounds.
  • 45 ACP – $299.99 for 1000 rounds.
  • 223 REM – $299.99 for 1000 rounds
  • 308 WIN – $529.98 for 1000 rounds

For those who don’t currently reload we ran our reloading cost calculator for you using current prices for components.

The following prices are based upon using components sourced from a popular manufacturer.

Cost to Reload Coated lead bullets**

  • Average cost to reload coated lead 9mm – .1112 or 11.12 cents per round.
  • Average cost to reload coated lead 40 S&W – .1329 or 13.29 cents per round.
  • Average cost to reload coated lead 45 ACP – .1441 or 14.41 cents per round.

Cost to Reload jacketed bullets**

  • Average cost to reload jacketed 9mm – .1319  or 13.19 cents per round.
  • Average cost to reload jacketed 40 S&W – .1741 or 17.41 cents per round.
  • Average cost to reload jacketed 45 ACP – .2047 or 20.47 cents per round.

Cost to Reload Rifle Ammunition**

  • Average cost to reload 223 with 55gr FMJ’s – .1926 or 19.26 cents per round
  • Average cost to reload 308 Win with 150gr FMJ’s – .3689 or 36.89 cents per round

*Prices from several online retailers were compared with the lowest price being chosen for our comparison.

**Reloaded ammunition cost was calculated by using our Reloading Cost Calculator and the price for once fired brass was divided by 10 to account for reuse of the cases and for loss of some cases while shooting.

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