Lowest price .223 ammo?


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Jim NE
October 18, 2012, 08:12 PM
I ordered some reloaded .38 Special ammo today from Georgia Arms at about 60% the price of the lowest cost ammo around here. A pretty good deal.

To my surprise, they have no such advantage on .223 ammo. Even in bulk, it's not that much less than the lowest price .223 reloads that I can find locally - maybe more when you add shipping. Anyone have recommendations for more affordable .223 ammo?

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Rail Driver
October 18, 2012, 08:17 PM
If you don't mind steel cased ammo, look into Tula Ammo (found at walmart, or cheaperthandirt.com) $5/20rds

Redlg155
October 18, 2012, 08:17 PM
It depends on the type you need. Wallyworld has brass cased FMJ for $10.00 apush box or $5 a box for steel cassd TULA.

My AR is now using Tula with no problems, so I shoot a lot of the stuff.

F1ST0
October 18, 2012, 08:30 PM
Remember, you pay for what you get. The cheaper the ammo, the lower the quality of the ammo. I'm not saying that using cheap ammo in your rifle will BREAK it, but you won't get as good of a performance out of your rifle as your would if you used higher quality ammo.

There's a lot of websites that sell in bulk. Check out bulkammo. They have sweet deals, even on high quality ammo. ~$10 a box for decent ammo in boxes of 20. Shipping is reasonable as well, especially for the amount of ammo you can buy at a time.

Hope this helps.

Rail Driver
October 18, 2012, 08:36 PM
Remember, you pay for what you get. The cheaper the ammo, the lower the quality of the ammo. I'm not saying that using cheap ammo in your rifle will BREAK it, but you won't get as good of a performance out of your rifle as your would if you used higher quality ammo.

There's a lot of websites that sell in bulk. Check out bulkammo. They have sweet deals, even on high quality ammo. ~$10 a box for decent ammo in boxes of 20. Shipping is reasonable as well, especially for the amount of ammo you can buy at a time.

Hope this helps.
While it's a bit dirtier than some, and not quite as accurate as some, I have NEVER had a problem with Tula ammo in any AR15 I've fired it in. It's not loaded as hot as Federal, but it doesn't short stroke with my mid-length 14.5", even with a H3 buffer.

briansmithwins
October 18, 2012, 08:41 PM
I shoot Tula in all my rifles. I won't shoot anyone's reloads.

For lowest prices I always check here first: http://gun-deals.com/ammo.php?caliber=.223%2F5.56

BSW

beatledog7
October 18, 2012, 10:22 PM
The steel-cased stuff from Tula and Bear (are they the same?) shoots ok in my Savage 25, but is the devil to extract. The cases expand so much that the bolt is really hard to open after firing. I'll eventually either use the remaining 40 or so I have or give them to an AR shooter.

OilyPablo
October 18, 2012, 10:52 PM
I like the Bear Series - Brown-Silver-Gold.

primalmu
October 18, 2012, 10:53 PM
I ordered some PMC .223 from TargetSportsUSA.com (a subsidiary of CDNN) for $340 shipped for 1000 rounds. That works out to $6.80/20 round box. The extra $1.80/box for brass-cased ammo is worth it to me. Their shipping was extremely fast, and they offer free shipping on bulk ammo purchases.

T Bran
October 18, 2012, 11:14 PM
Check out Fiocci it is brass cased and pretty economical.
I bought a couple 50 round boxes to use as plinking stuff and later reloadables.
They were loaded with 40 grain V Max bullets and to my surprise were extremely accurate in my bolt gun.
It almost made me wonder why I even bother to reload for this rifle lol.

2ndtimer
October 19, 2012, 12:24 AM
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Federal-American-Eagle-223-LCT-Rifle-Ammunition/1410669.uts?WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104792580%3Bcat104691780%3BMCcat109620180
Great price for brass case ammo with 50 gr tipped varmint bullets. Proven very accurate in both my 1 in 12" Bolt action and 1 in 8" twist AR.
If you prefer the 40 gr V-Max bullet, try this:
http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/fiocchi-ammunition-223hvb50-remington-hornady-polymer-3650-rdbx-p-110280.html
Each of them work out to right around $7 per box of 20 for nice new brass reloadable ammo with excellent quality bullets and in my experience, much better accuracy than typical 55 gr fmj bulk stuff.
I just ordered another 10 boxes of the American Eagle 50 gr LCT with my cabelas visa, I also got free shipping with the clubvisa promotion code.

ZGunner
October 19, 2012, 01:02 AM
I ordered some reloaded .38 Special ammo today from Georgia Arms at about 60% the price of the lowest cost ammo around here. A pretty good deal.

To my surprise, they have no such advantage on .223 ammo. Even in bulk, it's not that much less than the lowest price .223 reloads that I can find locally - maybe more when you add shipping. Anyone have recommendations for more affordable .223 ammo?

At 35 cents a round for 55 gr FMJ I'll shoot the "Canned Heat" from Georgia Arms. The price is just as good as anything else and the quality is good. I bought 1000 rnds a couple years ago and have had zero problems with it. I'll continue to buy from them.

husker
October 19, 2012, 02:14 AM
My bad

allaroundhunter
October 19, 2012, 02:28 AM
About $0.22 per round for me (brass cased).....but that comes from buying several thousand rounds from our team ammunition sponsor.

Before we got this deal the best I had was around $6.50 per box ($0.33 ppr) of American Eagle

OARNGESI
October 19, 2012, 05:10 AM
i bought some federal 223 brass case from walmart for 6.80 a box of 20 last night from walmart. $10 a box for 223 is way too much to pay for plinking ammo

gotigers
October 19, 2012, 09:17 AM
I like wolf for the real cheap stuff. Next up is AE223, PMC and Federal bulk from walmart.

The AE223 is good stuff. I get great groups with it.

Cee Zee
October 19, 2012, 09:24 AM
I can't hit anything with any Tula .223 ammo and I'm using a single shot rifle. It's total junk IMO. I did buy several boxes of PMC .223 in brass cases for $5 a box of 20 recently. It came from Southern Ohio Gun but it was at a flea market where I bought it. I don't think they had much more of it at that price.

aka108
October 19, 2012, 11:29 AM
I purchased many cases of Wolf when it was 99 dollars. It shoots OK for informal target and plinking. Not as dirty as some people say. I think most of the Russian 223 runs about 5 bucks for 20 rds today. Still the least expensive 223 on the market.

Trung Si
October 19, 2012, 12:59 PM
You already have enough Input Here to Guide You, but I'll add my two cents, I don't know what You want the Ammo for, just for Plinking, Target Shooting, SHTF, or just for the enjoyment of shooting and what kind of Rifle are You shooting?:what:
I shoot an AR 15, I don't shoot anyone's Re Loads except for Black Hills, I don't shoot Steel cased Ammo in my Rifles except for my AK and SKS,
because after a while I get Extraction Problems, I can not stand Ammo that shoots DIRTY, I wanted some Contingency Ammo and tried a couple Boxes of the Tula from Walmart, It shot DIRTY as all get out and was not consistent enough for my taste, I bought Federal instead 100 round Boxes for $39 from Walmart also!;)

silicosys4
October 19, 2012, 01:06 PM
The cheapest source I've found:
$285 per 1k

http://www.freedommunitions.com/223-Rifle-Ammo-p/b223f55r.htm

It shoots fine, I've bought several calibers of handgun ammo, and a couple of cases of .223, and it shoots just fine, not a single problem so far.
Its pretty popular and I've heard nothing but good things about them.

These guys are worth keeping an eye on. They have super sales periodically they call "krazy deals". They send notification through their facebook page, and the sales only last 1 day. The last sale they were blowing out cases of 1k 5.56 55gr rounds for $229 per case...

tyeo098
October 19, 2012, 01:53 PM
I reload.

14c a round is hard to beat. Especially when you have fun doing it.

Match loads are 20c a round.

nathan
October 19, 2012, 02:16 PM
For 5.45 caliber, much much cheaper. Get the upper ...

silicosys4
October 19, 2012, 03:39 PM
Nathan...I wouldn't be too pumped about being dependent on a quickly drying up source of imported ammunition. .223 is being made domestically. 5.45 is a few signatures away from being unobtainable.

Jeff H
October 19, 2012, 04:42 PM
I reload.

14c a round is hard to beat. Especially when you have fun doing it.

Match loads are 20c a round.

That is really cheap, are you using surplus powder?

My reloads run about 18 cents with cheap FMJ and H335 and the match 77 SMK loads are about 31 cents with RL 15 as the propellent.

tyeo098
October 19, 2012, 05:15 PM
surplus 846 I bought off a local guy at 4# for 40$.
He was getting out of reloading.

Sucker :)

taliv
October 19, 2012, 11:38 PM
Wideners has wolf primers for $14.50/k. And m193 projo super cheap.
Hi tech ammo has pull down powder very cheap by the 8lb keg.

That works out to 14c if you already have brass.

I bought pull down m193 some years ago for 2.5c ea and am still reloading at around 7c per bang.

I still buy factory prvi m193 any time the price drops around $300/k

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