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My local gunshop charges about $20 for 50 rounds of .38 Special or 9mm. Hollow-points are about twice that, with a box of 20 costing $25. I'd like to stock up on self-defense and range ammunition , but I want to make sure I get my money's worth. Can anyone recommend some websites with better prices?
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Also, walmart.

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Best deal on 9mm target ammo - Swiss brass ammo @ 20 cents per round:
http://www.weaponsworld.com/ammuniti...ound-case.html

Good prices in general:
www.getgunsonline.com
www.weaponsworld.com
www.wideners.com
www.aimsurplus.com
www.cabelas.com (when they have coupons)
www.gandermountain.com (when they have coupons)
www.cheaperthandirt.com
www.sevenspringsarmory.com
Walmart in-store
Academy Sports and Outdoors in-store

Price comparison:
www.ammoengine.com (ammo price search engine)
www.slickguns.com/category/ammo (user submitted ammo deals)

Always buy in bulk if saving money is a main concern. If buying in bulk is too much money at one time, I would stick with Walmart. After local sales tax, Federal 9mm should be about $11-12 for 50 rounds at Walmart. Personally I avoid Winchester white box and Remington ammo, I find them dirty and inaccurate. Since I don't know much about defensive ammo, and there is so much variety out there, I like to get those in-store, like at Cabelas or Gander Mountain or your local gun store where you can talk to the salesperson and ask questions.

If you get good gun deals from your local gun store, and you don't spend too much money on ammo, it might be wise to continue to buy from them and get face time with them just for the gun deals.

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Old 08-28-2011, 05:35 AM
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Also, walmart.

Wal-Mart can't be making more than a dollar per box of ammo. They are close to the bottom when it comes to per box ammo purchases.

But like the other guy said, you can't beat bulk. As well, you can't beat components. I spent $300 on components for 1000 .223 rounds when the going price for that much is at least 400 for brass cased stuff. Tula is kind of enticing, but I really need to test its ability to fragment before I'd buy much.

I hear that it "shouldn't" fragment because it's got a thick jacket, but I really think that the margins are so low the Russians would buy the correct copper sheet stock to make the jackets since it is so much more expensive than lead. I'd say it probably performs on par with other .223's, as far as fragmentation is concerned anyway.
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This place has pretty high shipping, but they are one of the few places to get top shelf defensive ammo in 50 round boxes like Winchester SXT, Federal HST, and Federal Tactical Bonded.

http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/

Also if you have a GLOCK or similarly high quality pistol you may be able to find great prices on Federal 9BPLE, which is a +P+ plain vanilla 115gr hollow point.

And this place usually has slightly better than average prices on 50 round boxes of top shelf stuff, but they are usually out of stock.

http://www.policehq.com/Ammunition
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Also, I didn't give any numbers for range ammo.

My bad.

But my local Walmart has Federal Champion .38 Special target ammo for $16 a box. I would base other "deals" off of that price, because I don't think you will find it for lower than that.
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.38 special, $11.88 /50 from cabelas
Code: 8WFREE for FREE shipping on orders over $150
Order a minimum of 13 boxes, $154.44 shipped
http://www.cabelas.com/handgun-ammun....mc_id=k351838

Shipping cost usually kills online deals when compared to Walmart, but when there's free shipping available, that's when you know to stock up.

Alternately, you can pay a little more for Swiss made RWS, I'm a big fan of RWS, I think you're getting equal or better quality compared to American target ammo, at prices that are close to Russian/Eastern European ammo. If you get charged tax by Cabelas, I think RWS from weaponsworld.com is a no brainer, I'm not 100% sure, but I believe they're based out of Florida, so only sales tax to FL residents.

$264.99 for 1000rd, plus $9.99 flat rate shipping
http://www.weaponsworld.com/ammuniti...case-1196.html
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RWS has bimetal jackets though, so some indoor ranges may not allow it.
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RWS has bimetal jackets though, so some indoor ranges may not allow it.
Using public indoor ranges is like not reloading.... It means you're doing it wrong
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Also if you have a GLOCK or similarly high quality pistol you may be able to find great prices on Federal 9BPLE, which is a +P+ plain vanilla 115gr hollow point.[/url]
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RWS has bimetal jackets though, so some indoor ranges may not allow it.
Good info for people to keep in mind for people that go to those ranges.

However, RWS looks like regular copper jacketed ammo, so it should pass the "eye test" at gun ranges.

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Stay away from this site, they are scam artists that marked up the ammo like crazy when the great obama scare and ammo shortages happened a couple years ago. You can still find the screen shots that say -50% savings or whatever it was.
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Stay away from this site, they are scam artists that marked up the ammo like crazy when the great obama scare and ammo shortages happened a couple years ago. You can still find the screen shots that say -50% savings or whatever it was.
Yep.

Fuck CTD and Spikes Tactical for their price gouging bullshit.

They are free to do it, but I am free to shop somewhere else.

I can't find the negative savings picture, but here is where they flat out lied about the MSRP of a PMAG to make it look like you were getting a deal. I am pretty sure that is illegal too.

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Yep.

Fuck CTD and Spikes Tactical for their price gouging bullshit.

They are free to do it, but I am free to shop somewhere else.

I can't find the negative savings picture, but here is where they flat out lied about the MSRP of a PMAG to make it look like you were getting a deal. I am pretty sure that is illegal too.

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That's over 200% of what they sell for now.

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Hell I wouldn't buy them if I could get them for $9 shipped.

They do nothing better than quality USGI mags and every so often there is a bad lot of PMAGs due to worn out molds or whatever. I have also had issues with them dropping free in 90 degree+ weather.

The PMAGs I have are designated as range mags and nothing more.
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Yep.

Fuck CTD and Spikes Tactical for their price gouging bullshit.

They are free to do it, but I am free to shop somewhere else.

I can't find the negative savings picture, but here is where they flat out lied about the MSRP of a PMAG to make it look like you were getting a deal. I am pretty sure that is illegal too.

Well I feel like a dumbass now. I had no idea they did this. I did last use the site before Obama, but still
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Nothing, you should be taking it off enemy troops like a good guerrilla soldier.
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OP--I strongly suggest you support your community and buy local.

Here, ammo is cheaper at Wally World than at the local gun shop, but at least the money spent there stays in the local economy.
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Hell I wouldn't buy them if I could get them for $9 shipped.

They do nothing better than quality USGI mags and every so often there is a bad lot of PMAGs due to worn out molds or whatever. I have also had issues with them dropping free in 90 degree+ weather.

The PMAGs I have are designated as range mags and nothing more.
Interesting to hear. I do like the durability of the PMAG though, and USGI's aren't all that tough. HK mags are supposed to be fairly tough, but are pretty expensive.
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Interesting to hear. I do like the durability of the PMAG though, and USGI's aren't all that tough. HK mags are supposed to be fairly tough, but are pretty expensive.
I have heard the feed lips on the HK mags bend easily, but I have never tried them firsthand so it may just be rumor. Though there is no quality trainer (Pat Rogers, Larry Vickers, Ken Hackathorn) that uses the HK mags at all, and Ken and Larry are both HK-fags so that should say something.

I have never had a malfunction with PMAGs while the rifle was operating. All of my issues are either ejection or insertion related.

75% of the time when I insert one of the PMAGs it will do what the right one is doing:



When it does that you just can't get it in on a closed bolt.

I'm not knocking them or telling others they shouldn't buy them, I'm just never going to use them again.

I use NHMTGs with the Magpul follower and they work great and have none of the issues that PMAGs have had for me.

I do agree with PMAGs being tougher though, which is why I use them on the range because when I step on them I know they will be OK.

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