We’ve partnered with Hodgdon to provide reloading data via our app. To access their excellent Reloading Data Center click the image below.
The calculator is setup to work with the number of components you bought at a given price. We have found that dividing your brass cost by the number of times you plan to reload it helps give a more accurate representation of your reloading costs. Many of our competition shooters use a formula of dividing by 10 but you may feel free to use whatever factor you feel is most appropriate for the type of shooting that you do. If you get your brass or any other component for “free” just put in .01 for the cost.
If you don’t know your velocity or bullet weight don’t just go by what the book says it should be or what’s printed on the box. Use a quality chronograph to measure velocity and reliable digital scales to check your bullet weight. Don’t get caught short at the match chrono station just because you took somebody else’s word for it.
Power Factors required by major shooting organizations
Major – 165
Major – 320
Minor – 150
Minimum of 120 in all divisions.
BUG (Backup Gun) – 95
Stock Revolver – 105
Enhanced revolver – 155
Compact Carry Pistol – 125
Stock Service Pistol- 125
Enhanced Service Pistol – 125
Customer Defensive Pistol – 165
All divisions minor – 125
Major by Division
Open – 160
Standard – 170
Classic – 170
Revolver – 170
Production – 125 Minimum (No Major)
All Divisions minor – 60
No velocities below 400 fps allowed.
Maximum velocity for revolvers – 1000 fps
Maximum velocity for rifles – 1400 fps
Pocket pistols, derringers, and long range rifles are exempt from the power factor and velocity requirements.
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, October 11th, 2017, the cost of bulk pack ammo purchased from an online retailer* was as follows:
Retail Ammo Prices
- 9mm – $159.80 for 1000 rounds.
- 40 S&W – $263.49 for 1000 rounds.
- 45 ACP – $299.99 for 1000 rounds.
- 223 REM – $299.99 for 1000 rounds
- 308 WIN – $699.50 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 – 10.68 cents per round.
- Average cost to reload coated lead 40 S&W – 12.71 cents per round.
- Average cost to reload coated lead 45 ACP – 13.69 cents per round.
Cost to Reload jacketed bullets**
- Average cost to reload jacketed 9mm – 13.03 cents per round.
- Average cost to reload jacketed 40 S&W – 16.80 cents per round.
- Average cost to reload jacketed 45 ACP – 20.20 cents per round.
Cost to Reload Rifle Ammunition**
- Average cost to reload 223 with 55gr FMJ’s – 19.05 cents per round
- Average cost to reload 308 Win with 150gr FMJ’s – 35.39 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.