Where to buy cheap .44 Magnum Ammo?


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stchman
July 9, 2009, 03:04 PM
My local gun store has it for about $29 for a box of 50. Where can I get some cheap .44 Magnum ammo?

Thanks.

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ArmedBear
July 9, 2009, 03:07 PM
Your local gun store.

$29 IS cheap.:)

I load my own. $6/box or so, full-house 240 grain loads, without casting or lubing my own bullets or even looking too far to get components for cheap.

Pays for a press and other equipment mighty quick, if you shoot the gun any.:)

stchman
July 9, 2009, 03:31 PM
Are you interested in selling any?

rcmodel
July 9, 2009, 03:36 PM
It's against federal law to sell reloads unless you have a manufactures license.

Not to mention foolhardy, unless you are in business, with the attending liability insurance, tax collection & record keeping facilities, etc.

rc

ArmedBear
July 9, 2009, 03:53 PM
Even if I could sell it legally, I'd want more than $29/50.

I don't have a production press, and I don't work that cheap. It takes me a little while to load 50 good rounds. And if I had a production press that would spit them out really fast, I'd need to recoup my capital investment.

I reload so I can shoot the stuff, not so I can sell it.:)

Reloading makes shooting a LOT more interesting, and it's a kind of meditation to clear my head. That's a lot of why I do it.

If you don't want to reload, don't want to pay an arm and a leg for ammo, and don't need bear defense, I'd advise one to stay far away from .44 and larger.

stchman
July 9, 2009, 04:04 PM
I did not know it is against the law to sell reloads.

ArmedBear
July 9, 2009, 04:19 PM
It's not.

It's legal if you have the right license.

Much as I hate government intrusion into everything, I think that might keep people from getting blown up. Reloads, done right, are safe. But they can be done wrong.:)

Clarence
July 9, 2009, 04:25 PM
If you want to shoot .44 Magnums cheaply, the only way to do it is to reload.

My reloads cost me around $5 / box of 50 rounds

BCRider
July 9, 2009, 06:07 PM
Not to mention that when you reload your own .44's you can tone down or modify the loads to provide more fun or less recoil or some of both. I find factory Magnums are just too hard a hit on my hand when shot from a 629. Being able to tailor the loads, within all the best safety guidlines of course, would let me produce nice flashy rounds that don't slap like a swing from a baseball bat but still move the bullets out smartly.

If you enjoy your .44 you really owe it to yourself to get into doing your own reloading soon if not now.

Oro
July 9, 2009, 07:13 PM
If you are not ready to step up to reloading, which like the guys above I recommend, Georgia Arms has some of the more competitive prices on .44magnum now. however, once shipped, it will likely equal your local store unless you buy in huge quantities.

Consider also lighter loads like .44special for pleasant plinking instead of blasting, or "cowboy" loads. Another source is local gun shows, usually a licensed local commercial reloader is there with good ammunition.

MovedWest
July 9, 2009, 07:32 PM
If you want to shoot .44 Magnums cheaply, the only way to do it is to reload.

+1

I wish I could find factory loads for $29 a box. The best WalMart could ever do (when they HAD ammo) was $34 /50 for WWB. I would opt to buy the Federal American Eagle from my local shop for $40 /50 because the loads were cleaner.

Reloading is the only way to not go broke shooting the 44 mag. Otherwise, you're looking at about 75 cents to $1 per round.

-MW

bearmgc
July 10, 2009, 02:28 AM
check Wisconsin Cartridge Corporation in Freedon, WI, or HSM in Stevensville, MT. Might could buy large lots at discount. That's what I did awhile back. Good stuff, both places. But HSM may not carry 44mag. I bought cases of 30-06 from them.

NoAlibi
July 10, 2009, 01:36 PM
In the 70s I used my S&W 29 in PPC competition for the service revolver class. I loaded 180 gr. lead wad cutters that shot just like the 148 gr. LWC in my S&W K-frame. There was the advantage of cutting a larger circle with the .44 so a shot in the same place might catch the next score ring for more points.

Another advantage was without the severe recoil of factory loads you might be able to learn some shooting techniques instead of anticipating the recoil and learning to flinch. And then there was the fun of seeing the expression on the face of a shooter familiar with the .44 Mag, but not the soft shooting reloads - oh, yeah...smiles!

paochow
July 10, 2009, 06:17 PM
It is more like where to buy .44 ammo? Most places near me don't have it and most of the onlines are sold out as well. I was lucky enough to find 3 boxes of PMC 180gr for $28/50 from a local gunshop and 2 WWB 240gr from Walmart for $34/50.

If this ammo shortage continues, I think I'll be jumping on the reloading train as well.

.38 Special
July 10, 2009, 09:27 PM
Just about any cartridge with "Magnum" in the name is telling you that it's for reloaders or rich men.

MovedWest
July 11, 2009, 03:20 AM
If this ammo shortage continues, I think I'll be jumping on the reloading train as well.

Sorry paochow, the reloading scene isn't much better than the retail scene. Take a look at Midway's supply of components. Bullets in 44 caliber can be backordered, but most powders and primers are nonexistent with no backorders possible. I know Midway isn't the only game online, but it is the best IMHO.

Keep a stock of what you need and ration your practice ammo to what you can find.

-MW

scottaschultz
July 11, 2009, 09:18 AM
You might try these places:

www.ammoman.com
www.cheaperthandirt.com
www.midwayusa.com
www.the-armory.com
www.ammobank.com
www.georgia-arms.com
www.natchezss.com
www.sportsmansguide.com
www.cabelas.com
www.basspro.com
www.wideners.com
www.rrarms.com
www.outdoormarksman.com
www.wisconsincartridge.com
www.midsouthshooterssupply.com
www.Gamaliel.com
www.dlshootingsupplies.com
www.a1huntingsupply.com/
www.lockstock.com/
www.GunSupplyOnline.com
www.cartershooting.com
www.vancesshooterssupplies.com/
www.ammodepot.com/
www.ableammo.com/
www.ammunitiontogo.com/

Of course I don't know if they have any and how much they cost, but surely one of them would have what you are looking for.

Scott

wnycollector
July 11, 2009, 09:23 AM
Once you get a few hundred spent .44 mags cases, ship tthem to these guys http://mastercast.net/amo.htm They sell .44 mag reloads for between $9-13/50 rounds with the exchange of your brass.

If you dont want to wait and collect all your brass, check out this auction on GB for 500 rounds of once fired .44 brass http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=133617656
Even if you paid $80 for the brass and had the seller ship it directly to mastercast, you would still save ~$100 vs the $29/50 you are paying now.

Rodentman
July 11, 2009, 10:07 AM
I reload .44 as well as other calibers for the fun of it. It will be a long time before I recover the cost of the equipment....

I like to make and test my own loads. Gives a whole new dimension to the hobby beyond shooting factory loads.

Rollinruger
July 11, 2009, 02:37 PM
I got about 500 empty cases and 300 bullets free. My cousin found them at the dump! Bullets new in unopened boxes, cases fired but perfect condition in plastic boxes. Doesn't get any cheaper than THAT!!!! (Well, I had to buy the reloading dies for $40)

ijosef
July 12, 2009, 02:16 PM
Once you get a few hundred spent .44 mags cases, ship tthem to these guys http://mastercast.net/amo.htm They sell .44 mag reloads for between $9-13/50 rounds with the exchange of your brass.
That seems like a heck of a good deal if you don't reload. Save your brass, ship it out, get new ammo, repeat.

wnycollector
July 12, 2009, 05:18 PM
That seems like a heck of a good deal if you don't reload. Save your brass, ship it out, get new ammo, repeat.

I am shipping them 1750 .45, .40, .357, .38, .380 and 9mm cases this week! This will be my smallest order from them:)

nulfisin
July 13, 2009, 10:26 PM
44s aren't the best plinking rounds and never will be. The good news is that makes it easier to justify paying a premium for money. Reloading is great, but unless you shoot a lot, it's not going to save you money, even on expensive rounds like 44s. Plus, you need to get primers, which are rare these days. When it comes to 44s, I pony up for a good box or two once a year and leave the dies in their case.

Plinking with the .308 is another story...

John Wayne
July 14, 2009, 01:12 AM
Want to shoot .44 Magnum for $8 per 50 without reloading?





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