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How do you buy your practice ammo?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by BBSRQ, May 5, 2012.

  1. I was just looking at the sponsor link for Lucky Gunner and they had some specials for 1000rds of different calibers. I have a G23 (which I am converting to a 9mm for practice shooting) and a SR22 for my wife. I buy the 555 for her at Walmart and I figured I'd get the 9mm in some bulk package somewhere once the LW barrel arrives.

    What do you guys/gals tend to do? Do you buy in bulk? Do you just pick up a box or two of 50 each time you go to the range? Obviously, if you reload this wouldn't apply to you.

    If you buy in bulk, where do you get it? I'd think that shipping would eat up the bulk savings price pretty fast?
  2. Motor City Glocker

    Motor City Glocker Gun Addict

    Sep 28, 2011
    SE Michigan
    Most of the time I don't have the cash to buy in bulk. I usually go to Wal Mart for target ammo. For defensive rounds, I go to my LGS.

  3. 71jasper


    Apr 6, 2012
  4. Radam3


    Jul 22, 2011
    +1 for me, minus the wally world part. I DESPISE that place! I go directly across the street (for me) to Meijer's. Prices are actually a few pennies cheaper for WWB 100 rounders for my G23. I also have family that works there so I got a 10% dicsount card. ends up bein under 30 buck for 110 rounds of .40 cal. not bad if you ask me
  5. Motor City Glocker

    Motor City Glocker Gun Addict

    Sep 28, 2011
    SE Michigan

    Not bad at all. I think I know why you despise WM. Unfortunately, I have to shop where my wallet tells me to. I've bought ammo from Meijer as well, great prices on shotgun slugs.
  6. FTjoe


    Apr 3, 2009
    southern maryland
    walmart & LGS were the only 2 places in town, until a sporting goods store came in about 1.5 years ago. i usually buy in bulk at gun shows with 2 or 3 friends and we split the cost. walmart if i need it for a range trip or if i'm there buying automotive stuff, i grab a box of 100 rounds. sporting goods store when they run their special on ammo or shells. LGS for .25 cal as they have it cheaper than all of the above (if you can believe that). defense ammo at LGS too.
  7. jlruiz32


    Feb 21, 2012
    San Antonio,TX
    The walmarts around here sell the .40 federal champion value packs for $27.

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  8. Bring_it!


    Apr 9, 2012
  9. JD_19x9


    Apr 23, 2012
    Central Ohio
    Walmart, Federal 9mm for 11.97/box

    Local range charges $14/box
  10. Before I started reloading, I would look for the best deal online (Cabela's, Sportsman's Guide, Georgia Arms...) and buy 1000-2000.

    Shipping costs had to be factored in of course. But most of the time it was still cheaper than buying ammo by the box at a local store (not to mention local stores did not have any ammo during the Obama the Gun Salesman of the Year period).
  11. John Biltz

    John Biltz

    Jul 27, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    I buy mostly online at

    Sure you have to pay shipping but buying locally you have to pay sales tax. My last buy I bought 2,000 rounds of 9mm with a shipping and handling charge of $26, sales tax here in Phoenix would have been over $36.
  12. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
  13. AK74play


    Jun 26, 2010
    I have a ammo box that I throw some money in from time ti time (every time I can) and I am signed up with Lucky Gunner so they send me their weekly specials. When they have something I shoot, (many different calibers) I order 500 to 1000 rounds. Prices are really good by volume and I have MANY local choices to buy over the counter, but they cant touch my bulk buys. I take half the ammo I order and store half of it (buy 1000 - store 500) and use the rest for range practise. By the time I use that up, they usually have another deal and I have saved enough cash to jump on it. Their customer service is great and their web sight always tells you if it's in stock or not. This is just one of the on line dealers I use so I can always watch for a better price. I have Wal-mart, Meijer, Rural King and a few others plus at least 6 gun shops plus a Pawn shop that sell guns & ammo, in otherwords A LOT of local choices yet none of them beat the on line bulk buys even after shipping plus it comes to my door.
  14. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    Buy online in bulk, is best. They are the online place I have found that does not bend you over on the shipping cost.
  15. Beanie-Bean


    Apr 23, 2011
    Central Texas
    For breaking in new pistols, and for velocity tests for my reloads, I'll buy practice ammo from the LE shop here in Austin--they've got pretty amazing prices, compared to what I've seen around town.

    Cabela's will have specials on centerfire stuff, as will the Academy Sports stores. Wal-Mart is just ridiculously expensive, unless you're going with the Tula ammo. Since I reload, I generally try to get ammo loaded in brass cases.

    .22LR stuff is just too cheap to try and get a deal on around here, unless you're wanting to run the CCI Mini Mag stuff. Otherwise, it's usually less than $20 for a box of at least 500 rounds.
  16. WarEagle 1

    WarEagle 1 Taco Tuesday

    Feb 15, 2012
    ^^ This. Great deals from Sgammo
  17. BroncoAZ

    BroncoAZ Glockalfeliac

    Mar 21, 2007
    Feels like Mexico
    Bulk is the only way I buy ammo. I check the usual suspects online, or I have some local options within AZ. I added 4K of 9mm and 1K of .223 to the closet this week.
  18. racer88

    racer88 NRA & SAF mbr

    Oct 14, 2009
    I've done a lot of business with SG Ammo, Ammunition to Go, and Palmetto State Armory. I've been checking around the last few days, and supplies are dwindling QUICKLY. And, the prices on what's left is going up, up, up.
  19. I have had a great experience with Fast shipping, good prices, and reliable reloads.