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Old 12-27-2012, 21:17   #1
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What do you do when you can't find ammo?

I usually shoot Federal .40 at the range, and for the last few months there are NO boxes of this at any Walmart I go to. I got 50rds for Christmas because that's all my parents were able to find, and right now I have a whopping 57 rounds. Since the last time I went shooting in November I haven't seen a single box of .40. This is getting ridiculous, is the only other alternative buying online and paying a boatload in shipping?
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Old 12-27-2012, 21:24   #2
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I throw rocks and garbage.

Seriously, the ammo market is feast and famine. Kinda like the stock market, buy regularly to balance out the highs and lows. Also do your research on where to buy.
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Old 12-27-2012, 21:28   #3
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Why not order online? Luckily I kept about 500-1,000 spare rounds of everything all the time.

Just got a 22lr and 1,500 rounds for that (went to 12 stores and only got 3 boxes). Should keep me okay till the frenzy dies down.


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Old 12-27-2012, 21:35   #4
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Why not order online? Luckily I kept about 500-1,000 spare rounds of everything all the time.

Just got a 22lr and 1,500 rounds for that (went to 12 stores and only got 3 boxes). Should keep me okay till the frenzy dies down.


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The shipping always killed it for me, but if there's nothing else I can do I guess it is what it is.
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Old 12-27-2012, 21:44   #5
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I'm thankful that I didn't have the opportunity during the Summer or Fall to shoot the 100 rounds of 9mm range ammo or the 150 rounds of .357sig range ammo I had planned on shooting.

And I'm equally thankfully I didn't have the opportunity to shoot any of my self-defense JHP ammo in both calibers.
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Old 12-27-2012, 21:51   #6
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You make your own. Christmas time is a perfect time to start reloading. Everything is on sale and there are plenty of cold days to stay in and load.


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Old 12-27-2012, 21:57   #7
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Try Cabella's or Sportsman guide, they sometime offer free shipping. You will probably be back orders, just have to wait for it.
In the mean time, find you some nice Rocks!
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Old 12-27-2012, 22:00   #8
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I can't find any 9mm around here. It seems the only thing on the shelves are 22LR and 40 cal.
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Old 12-27-2012, 22:19   #9
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I only buy online, but of course it only really pays if you buy in bulk, not a few boxes at a time.

When I buy online, I can usually get as good a price as I can in a store. Shipping isn't too bad on 1,000 rounds and I pay no tax.

Do the math and you may be surprised how cost competitive online ammo can be.

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Old 12-27-2012, 22:25   #10
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You make your own. Christmas time is a perfect time to start reloading. Everything is on sale and there are plenty of cold days to stay in and load.


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Old 12-27-2012, 23:31   #11
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The shipping always killed it for me, but if there's nothing else I can do I guess it is what it is.
SGammo charges around $13 for shipping. Buying a few boxes will make up for the shipping cost pretty quick vs the retail prices. Not to mention gas used driving around looking for ammo costs money too.
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Old 12-27-2012, 23:38   #12
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SGammo is crippled right now so I can't look for ammo, but maybe when they come back I will. I remember looking at various places, and after shipping the prices wound up being more than if I would be able to find 10 boxes of 100rds at Walmart. But if I can't even find one, doesn't do me much good.
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Old 12-27-2012, 23:53   #13
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BE a person in charge of your own destiny, reload. That is how you get around chasing ammo @ this or that store. On line in bulk is the way to go, but right now, some cheaper ammo is just not available. Reload, you'll always have ammo, pretty much whenever you need it.
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I'm looking into that now, I'd have to price all the stuff required and figure out where I'd be doing this. Watching videos on YouTube to familiarize myself with the process.
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I'm looking into that now, I'd have to price all the stuff required and figure out where I'd be doing this. Watching videos on YouTube to familiarize myself with the process.
Careful w/ Boob tube. If you have no idea what you are doing, how do oyu know the boob on the tube does? Better, get a good reloading manual, maybe The ABCs of Reloading & read them twice. It's not rocket science but there are important things you need to know & understand.
Buy components in some bulk, yo ucan shoot for 50% of WAlly priced ammo. SHoot a lot, it takes about a year to pay for even high end equip.
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Careful w/ Boob tube. If you have no idea what you are doing, how do oyu know the boob on the tube does? Better, get a good reloading manual, maybe The ABCs of Reloading & read them twice. It's not rocket science but there are important things you need to know & understand.
Buy components in some bulk, yo ucan shoot for 50% of WAlly priced ammo. SHoot a lot, it takes about a year to pay for even high end equip.
I'm not using it for reference material, I'm using it to see what the process is and what it looks like. I was also watching Hickok45, and he knows what he's doing.

Either way, I still need to familiarize myself with what decent equipment costs and where the best places to buy everything would be.
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Old 12-28-2012, 00:15   #17
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Shipping is about the cost of one box. You won't be paying sales tax either so that offsets some of it.

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Old 12-28-2012, 07:08   #18
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The shipping always killed it for me, but if there's nothing else I can do I guess it is what it is.

TargetSportsUSA.com ships for free if you buy a 1000 rnd case of most calibers.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:33   #20
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I usually shoot Federal .40 at the range, and for the last few months there are NO boxes of this at any Walmart I go to. I got 50rds for Christmas because that's all my parents were able to find, and right now I have a whopping 57 rounds. Since the last time I went shooting in November I haven't seen a single box of .40. This is getting ridiculous, is the only other alternative buying online and paying a boatload in shipping?
Are there no gun stores in your area? Our LGSs have plenty of .40 available. A little more expensive than Walmart. I found a pretty good price on that new Federal white box .40 for $15.00 per box.
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