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Lowest price .223 ammo?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Jim NE, Oct 18, 2012.

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  1. Jim NE

    Jim NE Member

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    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?
     
  2. Rail Driver

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    If you don't mind steel cased ammo, look into Tula Ammo (found at walmart, or cheaperthandirt.com) $5/20rds
     
  3. Redlg155

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    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.
     
  4. F1ST0

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    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.
     
  5. Rail Driver

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I like the Bear Series - Brown-Silver-Gold.
     
  9. primalmu

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    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.
     
  10. T Bran

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    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.
     
  11. 2ndtimer

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    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fede...BC;MMcat104792580;cat104691780;MCcat109620180
    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/fio...ngton-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.
     
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  12. ZGunner

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    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.
     
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    My bad
     
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    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
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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!;)
     
  20. silicosys4

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    $285/1k

    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...
     
  21. tyeo098

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    I reload.

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

    Match loads are 20c a round.
     
  22. nathan

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    For 5.45 caliber, much much cheaper. Get the upper ...
     
  23. silicosys4

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    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.
     
  24. Jeff H

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    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.
     
  25. tyeo098

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    surplus 846 I bought off a local guy at 4# for 40$.
    He was getting out of reloading.

    Sucker :)
     
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