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Lowest Cost Reliable Ammo

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by xiton, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. xiton

    xiton Member

    What do most people use for their target ammo? I'm mainly interested in 9mm and .45.

    I know a lot of people do reloading, but I'd like to exclude reloads in this thread so I can get an idea of what to look out for in future ammo purchases.

    Thanks all!
  2. Whiskey11

    Whiskey11 Well-Known Member

    In .45 I shot PMC 230gr fmj for 300 rounds without incident. Cost was about 23$ a box. Fairly accurate, brass reloadable cases, and no issues with jamming or feed issues and all went boom. It was a little dirty but no more so than my reloads.

    Reloading cuts my cost to about 20$ per 100 which is far more reasonable.

    Not sure on 9mm as I don't shoot 9mm.

    You might try some of the ammo price watching sites. Last I looked pmc was the cheapest non steel or aluminum cased rounds that are reloadable.
  3. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    All centerfire ammo is going to be pretty reliable. My only incidents:

    Privi Partisan .380: 1 squib out of 300 rounds.
    Remington UMC: out of, oh 2000 rounds, maybe, I've had one round with a folded mouth that jammed out of battery. Seized the gun up pretty good, too.
    Otherwise, no problems with any other brand. Mostly PMC, Federal Champion, Fiocchi, Blazer Brass.

    My failure rate with reloaded ammo is slightly higher at this point, but I'm eventually going to beat this, when I figure out what I'm doing.

    Edit: Oh, wait. You asked for the cheapest, and I left out Brown Bear. I have shot 1k Brown Bear in 9mm and ~500 in mak without a single failure. I wouldn't steer away from Tulammo, either, if I didn't reload.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2011
  4. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    Ammoman usually has quality 9mm fmj if you purchase a thousand rounds for around 23 cents a round and that is delivered and no tax, at least here in Arizona.
  5. NoobCannon

    NoobCannon Well-Known Member

    Remington Bulk Box in .40 S&W has worked wonders for me. $33 for 100 rounds seemed cheap enough for me.

    Recently took a crack at Tulammo. Puffs blue smoke instead of fireballs, kinda like a car with bad piston rings and burning oil. Bit dirtier than the Remington, but fires just fine for me. $12 a box of 50 can't be beat, either.
  6. kozak6

    kozak6 Well-Known Member

    The Winchester white box from Walmart is usually quite affordable, and particularly in 9mm.
  7. Strahley

    Strahley Well-Known Member

    I just shoot whatever. Sometimes I'll get the cheapest, sometimes I'll spend a little more. If a gun can't cycle anything I roll through it, I don't want that gun. An unreliable gun is an uninteresting gun
  8. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    There's nothing wrong with steel-case in a duty or surplus gun (maybe not a good idea in a match gun) and it is cheap.
    Beyond that, the only way to find cheap ammo is to actually go looking for it. The cheapest ammo won't be the same brand everywhere, or every day. I've seen junk in almost every brand of cheap plinking ammo:
    -damaged cases
    -deformed/crooked bullets
    -not round
    -sideways primer
    -wrong length

    You just get over it and move on, if you want defense-quality plinking ammo, it will cost far more, even after factoring in the duds from the cheap stuff.
  9. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I use mostly WWB, Federal, and Remington for my practice ammo. Very reliable and I can usually find those two calibers in stock at WalMart. If it's a less-than-common sort of caliber like .38 Super, or a particular loading like .38 Special wad cutters, then I look for Aquila and Fiocchi at the area gunshows.
  10. RidgwayCO

    RidgwayCO Well-Known Member

    You can occasionally find good deals on CCI Blazer ammo (the original aluminum-cased version), at around 20 cents per round delivered. I've had very good experiences with it in the 115gr FMJ 9mm Luger persuasion.
  11. Lord Palmerston

    Lord Palmerston Well-Known Member

    Try www.usaammo.com They usually have low prices, both in new and reloaded ammunition and they carry 9mm and .45 ACP.
  12. CZ57

    CZ57 member

    Try some Fiocchi or Sellior & Bellot. Premium ammo in their own countries, budget ammo in the U.S.;)
  13. Lvl21nerd

    Lvl21nerd Well-Known Member

    when i want to go cheap (excluding steel cased ammo) i go for federal every time

    have tried Remington and WWB...had problems with both...Federal has never let me down

    though i dont own a Glock (yet) and i have heard that Glocks don't like federal ammo since its slightly weak...can cause issues

    this has been supported by hickok45 on YouTube
  14. Thompsoncustom

    Thompsoncustom Well-Known Member


    .45 AUTO, 220gr., FJ
    50 rds./box, 500 rds./case.
    AM085 $10.45/Box
    One 500 rd. case $99.87

    9mm LUGER, 115gr., FJ
    50 rds./box, 500 rds./case.
    AM084 $7.49/Box
    One 500 rd. case $72.87

    not sure if you can still order this or not but I believe shipping is 12 bucks for 500 and free for a thousand or more, also as far as I know the cases are brass sounds like a good deal.
  15. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Well-Known Member

    Georgia Arms makes some great reloads

    No FTF or FTE
  16. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    tula steel cased from wal-mart is what I use.
  17. colt1911fan

    colt1911fan Well-Known Member

    Cheaper than dirt sells 250 and 500 round bulk pack of BVAC ammo its reloadable and reliable the 250 is just over $100 I buy by the thousands so I buy 3 or 4 of the 500 round pack for $174 per 500 if you don't by in bulk its not worth it to buy online there's a $20 dollar extra "hazardous materials" charge on every package sent out so if you buy by the thousands they usually put them all in the same box
  18. Mike J

    Mike J Well-Known Member

    I usually just go to Wal Mart. I have compared their prices to the online companies & for practice ammo I don't see any point in ordering online. I have ordered online to get quality defensive ammunition for less than $20 dollars for 20 rounds but a local shop has that covered now too.
  19. bestseller92

    bestseller92 Well-Known Member

    I like CCI Blazer Brass. Good ammo at a good price.
  20. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    I have found CCI's "Blazer Brass" to be decent in .45ACP. Works in my Springfield 1911's and KP-90 Ruger.

    Have shot a small amount of steel-case Wolf in my Ruger..havent tried it in the 1911's

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