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Buying bulk handgun ammunition...1,000 rds

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by bear71, Jan 17, 2007.

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  1. bear71

    bear71 Member

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    Anyone buying their ammunition by the 1,000 to save a few bucks and have the opportunity to shoot just a few more magazines at the range?

    Outside of the initial cash layout, are then any negs to buying bulk ammo from a reputable manufacturer?

    I've not done this yet, but I usually buy a couple-three boxes of three different calibers (9mm, .40, .45ACP) which then ends up being about 150-200rounds total for a shooting session. I'm thinking about the bulk ammo so I can shoot just a little more per session for about the same amount of money spent.

    I would continue to buy a box of JHP for each session for my two carry pieces, but cheaper "warm ups" might be a good idea.
     
  2. Kimber1911_06238

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    the only problem with buying such large orders is that shipping is usually really expensive and takes away from the savings.
     
  3. bear71

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    Thanks for the input.

    I'm pretty close to "The Sportsmans Guide" main store and could drive there to pick it up which alleviates that concern. TSG seems to be decent on prices.

    Too bad Federal doesn't sell bulk-direct, I live about two miles from the plant!
     
  4. Nil

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    Last time I was at Walmart I picked up 1000 rounds of WWB 9mm. Of course, it didn't save me any money but it did save me from having to walk into that horrible store again for at least a little while.
     
  5. M2 Carbine

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    By all means buy in bulk if you find good sale prices.
    Buy all that you can afford. It doesn't go bad and if nothing else, in the future you could sell it for more than you paid for it.

    I am shooting many calibers, 9mm, 9x18, 7.62x39, etc, for as little as one third of the price it is selling for now.:)


    Years ago K Mart (are they still in business) use to run very good sales on ammo and guns.
    Once in a while the sale would be a mistake, like intending to put the 50 round box of 22LR on sale, but instead the ad would read 100 round box.
    Once when they did that I bought all the 100 round boxes of CCI 22LR ammo that two K Mart stores had in stock and also got a rain check.

    I also bought two Remington 1100 shotguns for the sale price of the Remington 870.
     
  6. kfranz

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    Only other negative is weight carrying it to the storage area. Handgun ammo is no sweat. 10k rounds of surplus 8mm that starts on the doorstep and has to be taken down the basement, on the other hand, is a bit of work.
     
  7. MrPeter

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    I just bought:
    440 rds hungarian 7.62x54r FMJ surplus - for my mosin :rolleyes:
    250 rds wolf 180gr .40 S&W FMJ - for my CZ 75B :p
    100 rds 158gr .357 Mag JSP - for a GP-100 I don't have yet ;)
    500 rds .38 spl FMJ - also for a GP-100 I dont have yet :scrutiny:
    molded Leather holster for a 6" GP-100 I dont have yet :confused:
    2 speedloaders for a GP-100 I dont have yet :uhoh:

    Cost me $250. Not too shabby if you ask me. Shipping was $5.
    Sportsmansguide gives you a decent deal if you are in their buyers club.

    Now I hope I dont change my mind about the GP100. Just one more month!!!
     
  8. SeNNebogen

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    Buy it cheap, stack it deep! If you ever get a chance and a good price, by all means... buy it up. Seems that prices only tend to go up anyway unless you hit a weird black Friday sale or something.
     
  9. boerseun

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    Everytime I know I'm going to spend more than $50 at Walmart, I wing by sporting goods and pick up a brick or 2 of .22lr ammo.
    I buy from AIMSURPLUS - $12 flat rate shipping. I also make a point of it not to buy any firearm that I can't get a .22 conversion for :)
    Makes for great fun at the range.

    Which reminds me, it's time to get a few more spam cans of 7.62x54r. I love the Light ball for my M44's (only rifle I have without a conversion kit)
     
  10. ready4shtf

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    I never buy less than 1,000 at a time. Its not going to go bad or anything.
     
  11. Declaration Day

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    I've been buying in bulk for years. Some of it comes from AIM Surplus, sometimes it's on sale at local sporting goods stores.

    Don't worry about the initial cash layout; ammo is virtually always a good investment and can be sold for atleast what you paid for it.
     
  12. dave_pro2a

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    Cute, he thinks 1000 rounds is "bulk" order :neener:
     
  13. andyjason

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    try ammoman.com

    buying in large qtys like that you get "free shipping". i know that nothing is free, so it is already figured in.
     
  14. ProficientRifleman

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    reload!

    If you are shooting enough to start buying your ammo by the case, you should be loading your own. Call the folks at Dillon Precision. They are very helpful and for 300-400 dollars you will be all set up to load anything you shoot. In the long run you will spend the same amount of money, but this way you'll always have ammo on hand, and you'll shoot more. Plus, loading your own is kind of fun. So indulge!
     
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    You mean to tell me that there are places that sell the little boxes inside of the cases individually?!?! :D
     
  16. CU74

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    As said earlier - buy it cheap, stack it deep. If I get below 300-400 rounds for ANY firearm I own, I start having panic attacks. AIM, SOG, Ammo-to-Go, wherever, buy it in case/tin lots. The prices are only going UP - priced any 7.5x55 Swiss lately??:cuss:
     
  17. Soybomb

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    Shipping isn't nearly as bad as some would make you believe. My last order was 1500 rounds of 9mm and a few assorted packs of .22's Shipping cost me $20, about $6 more than I would have paid in sales tax on the order had I bought locally.
     
  18. AJD

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    I buy in bulk when possible. I usually only do so on great deals.

    For example ammoman.com has FREE shipping. So from time to time you can find some great deals on large orders of ammo.

    And the way I look at it like this...if I buy local I pay sales tax and if I buy online I pay shipping. So whichever ends up being cheaper after sales tax or shipping I get.

    What stinks is that Sportsmensguide is in MN so I would have to pay sales tax AND shipping when ordering from them. I think Cabela's would also require MN sales tax when buying online but I never have bought from them online.
     
  19. rchernandez

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    Yup. Per year, typically buy 2-3 cases of Aguila .22lr; a case of Wolf MT .22lr; and a case of CCI SV .22lr. A case of .22lr's is 5000 rounds.

    I reload .45acp and the occasional .38spl. Discounts can be had by buying bullets in 10,000 round "volume". Post office has a box that will take 2k .45acp bullets for $8.10. Of course, at 10k volume, shipping is included!

    9mm and 7.62x39, I buy over the net...ammoman.com & classicarms.us. Due to cost(s), I'll be reloading .308 very soon.

    Check out ammoman.com for deals.
     
  20. Rexrider

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    Nothing wrong with buying ammo by the case. I started doing that long ago so I don't have to stop somewhere to buy ammo every time I go to the range.

    From my point of view, even if I don't save money on the ammo, I still save gas, wear and tear on the car, and time. Which all equal money.
     
  21. CountGlockula

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    If the price is good...Go for it. I just bought a box of 500 round Winchester white boxes in .40 cal.

    I'll have to stop by Walmart, they have it for $15 for 100 rounds: $150 for a 1,000 rounds is a good deal.

    As for storage, go to your local army surplus and pick up a ammo can:
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  22. ZeSpectre

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    We have fairly frequent gunshows around here and the happy coincidence is that they usually fall near a payday :D Buying FTF saves me on any shipping too. As a result I'm slooooowly gathering a decent stockpile of ammo, not that I have many calibers to worry about.

    I just, after considerable debate, picked up 1k of reloaded .40 S&W for $75. I was a little concerned as to what the quality might be like at that price but decided to give it a chance. The ammo is pretty dirty to shoot but the QC is good and the load seems to perform consistantly so it makes great range ammo.

    Next purchase is probably going to be 1k of .357 Magnum. With my budget that one will hurt in the wallet!

    I guess my point is that buying in 1k lots seems to make the most fiscal sense (possibly excepting my premium SD ammo 'cause I simply cannot afford to buy that in bulk <sigh>).
     
  23. wooderson

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    I've been buying all the 9mm and .45 100-count boxes from Wal-Mart whenever I stop by. So far it's still cheaper than ordering bulk online.

    Thinking about ordering a couple of 'Canned Heat' cases from Georgia Arms (I think, I forget the exact name of the company), with shipping it still comes out about $2.50 less per 50 for .38 and .45.
     
  24. bear71

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    Thanks to all for the responses. I'm not quite ready to go bulk yet because want to buy a couple more sidearms prior to going bulk. I figure by mid summer I should have acquired a P226 and a Kahr carry piece.

    CountGlockula,

    Thanks for the pic, I always enjoy gun photogs and their creativity. One more bone for you, your screen name might be the coolest of them all.
     
  25. Malone LaVeigh

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    You can often find good deals on bulk ammunition at gun shows, with no shipping. Then I suppose you would have to add the price of admission, but there are other good reasons to go to a gun show, entertainment if nothing else.
     
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