This is a HTML form based tool to illustrate the cost of reloading of rifle cartridges, versus buying factory ammo.

You can use this to determine how much factory ammo you can buy for the investment in equipment, which you can use to work out how long it's going to take you to break even, or if it's even worth your time to reload for your rifle.

Fill in the fields on the tabbed forms that apply to your situation. If you cast your own bullets, fill in the fields on the Casting Cost tab, which will set the factory bullet cost on the Components tab to zero.

You will also see how many rounds you can expect to reload to cover the cost of the reloading equipment.

The more accurate you are with the numbers you enter, the more meaningful this will be for your situation.

Analysis of Rifle Ammo Reloading Break-Even

Equipment Cost
  • Total cost of all hardware used for reloading. This value is automatically calculated.
Factory Rounds for Equipment Value
  • The number of factory rounds you can buy for the cost of the reloading equipment. This value is automatically calculated.
Required Reloads for Equipment Value
  • The number of rounds you must reload to recoup your investment in equipment. This value is automatically calculated.
Reloaded Round Unit Cost
  • The cost to create one reloaded round.
Factory Round Unit Net Cost
  • The final cost of a factory round after the brass is monetised. This value is automatically calculated.
Cost Saving per Reload
  • The difference in cost between a reload and a factory round, after the factory round brass is monetised. This value is automatically calculated.
Factory Ammo Unit Cost
  • The cost of one round of factory ammo
Once Fired Brass Value
  • The amount you could recover from selling one once fired factory brass.
Reloading Press Cost
  • The cost of the reloading press, or presses, used for reloading this rifle cartridge
Dies Cost
  • The cost of all the various dies used for reloading this rifle cartridge. Include the cost of full length, body and seating dies, expanding mandrels, etc.
Powder Scale Cost
  • The cost of the powder scale used for reloading this rifle cartridge, or 0 if you don't use one.
Powder Measure Cost
  • The cost of the powder dispenser used for reloading this rifle cartridge, or 0 if you don't use one.
Trimmer Cost
  • The cost of the case trimmer used for reloading this rifle cartridge, or 0 if you don't use one.
Neck Reamer Cost
  • The cost of the neck reamer used for reloading this rifle cartridge, or 0 if you don't use one.
Powder Trickler Cost
  • The cost of the powder trickler, or 0 if you don't use one.
Priming Tool Cost
  • The cost of the dedicated priming tool used for reloading this rifle cartridge, or 0 if you don't have one.
Annealing Tool Cost
  • The cost of the annealing tool used for annealing these cases, or 0 if you don't have one.
Brass Unit Cost
  • The cost of one piece of brass used for reloading this rifle cartridge, wether bought used or new.
Brass Life - max firings
  • How many firings you can reasonably expect from your brass.
Factory Bullet Unit Cost
  • The cost of one bullet used for reloading this rifle cartridge. A bought cast bullet is considered a factory bullet.
Primer Unit Cost
  • The cost of one primer used for reloading this rifle cartridge.
Powder Cost per Pound
  • The cost of one pound of powder used for reloading this rifle cartridge.
Powder Grains per Reload
  • The number of grains of powder you use for reloading one cartridge. This is divided into the cost of one pound of powder to get the powder cost per reload.
Lead Melter Cost
  • The cost of the lead melter you use for casting. If you have one melter for scrap and one for moulds, total both, and include any extras like ladles, etc. If you made the melter, enter the materials cost to make.
Bullet Mould Cost
  • The cost of the mould used to cast this bullet.
Bullet Sizer Cost
  • iThe cost of all equipment used to size bullets, cost of the bullet sizer or dedicated reloading press including all dies, top punches, etc.
Cast Bullet Grains
  • The weight of the cast bullet in grains.
Gascheck Cost
  • The cost of one gascheck, if you use them.
Lead Cost per Pound or Kilo
  • If the cost of the lead is per pound or per kilo.
Lead Cost
Cast Bullet Cost
  • The cost of one cast bullet you make. This is calculated from the Casting Costs automatically.