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Mail Order Ammo Questions

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kingpin008, Aug 1, 2007.

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  1. kingpin008

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    Hey ya'll. I'm getting ready to make my first online ammo purchases, and I'm wondering if anyone can answer some questions for me.

    First - This might sound dumb, but is the "free shipping" from AmmoMan really free? Like, no hidden last-minute charges? I have no experience whatsoever with him, except I've heard some stories that Eric (I think that's his name) can be a jerk when dealing with customers. Even if that's true, it doesn't bother me unless part of that is him messing around with what he charges for his ammo. If it is indeed free shipping, no strings attached, that's good to hear.

    Second - is there a way I can estimate shipping costs, for other sites? I've been checking out Georgia-Arms.com for awhile, and I'm curious to try some of their "Canned Heat" reloads. However, I don't want to have to sign up and enter all my information just to get an idea of the shipping. This goes for other sites as well - I know that not every site will offer free shipping, and I also know that the shipping they do charge will vary from site to site. I just want to find a way to get an idea of how much over the cost of the actual ammo I'll be paying, so I can decide whether it's really cheaper to buy online, or whether I should just keep buying locally.

    Thanks!
     
  2. brentn

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    First-

    Read the fine print. Most sites that offer free shipping have an asertisk ** beside the "free shipping line", somwhere on the page should be information about that. For example, some will say in fine print that you have to be within continental united states to get free shipping, and/or the shipping is free for orders over 100$ and/or the shipping is free if under a certain weight.
    If its not stated anywhere, and there is no asertisk, whats advertised is what goes and if he decides to tell you that its going to cost you, you can kindly tell him that his site says free shipping.

    Second.

    Call them.
     
  3. indie

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    i made my first online ammo purchase from georgia arms last month.

    it went smoothly and i ordered 1000 rounds of 38 special +p and 100 rounds of 357 magnum. Ill check back my invoice to see how much shipping was. Even though they only had to ship to south carolina to get to me.
     
  4. kingpin008

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    Brent -

    Fair enough. I looked, and I didn't see any sort of disclaimer on the AmmoMan site.

    I'd call them, if it weren't for a wicked bad stutter. Guess that leaves good old email!

    Thanks for the reply.

    Indie - Thanks, that'd be very helpful. I'm in Maryland, so I can't imagine it'd be too terribly different. Not exactly across the country, heh.
     
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    shipping for me from georgia arms for 1100 rounds was 17 dollars.
     
  6. kingpin008

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    Indie - Wow, not bad! Once again, thanks for looking it up for me. How's the actual ammo quality? How long did it take to get there?
     
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    yup...

    ...free shipping at Ammoman...[​IMG]
     
  8. indie

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    it got to me within about 5 days of the order. The ammo i actually havent tried yet. I'm going to the range on saturday and going to shoot a couple hundred rounds.
     
  9. kingpin008

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    Very cool. Thanks for the comments everybody. I'm currently trying to heal some dents I've made in my ammo supply, before these price increases hit. Getting tough for us for us po' folks to keep shooting, heh. :cuss:
     
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    Technically...ammoman works the shipping costs in with his prices, so it's not really free. It's free in the sense of... "Buy this $25 cd player that's worth $15, and get a FREE CD worth $10 or less!"
     
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    Just stay on Eric's good side (IOW, don't talk to him) and you'll be fine. I've purchased thousands of rounds of ammo from Ammoman and never had a problem. The price you see is the price you get.
     
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    The prices at ammoman.com include shipping. I have placed two orders with him, both went very smoothly.
     
  13. kingpin008

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    Shadow - Right. I should have clarified that in my original post. I just hate it when the shipping is "free", (worked into the cost of the item to begin with) but then they try to sneak in another shipping charge that you hadn't counted on. It's happened to me before with a few non-gun online purchases, so I was just checking to see if that was the case here or not.

    Thanks for the comment!

    Wdls - Thanks. The stuff I had heard was admittedly awhile ago, so it might even have been people trying to start problems with AmmoMan because of some nonsense. I'm trying to work out the numbers at the moment, to see if it's even worth my time to order online at all. I appreciate the comment!
     
  14. kingpin008

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    RNB65 - See, that's kinda what I've heard. I've read a few things from various people both in person and on forums that have said that while he basically provides a good service at a good price, he can be a Royal A$$H**E to deal with if he's in even the slightest bad mood.

    That doesn't really bother me, because I don't plan on making him angry, and because I can give as good as I get when it comes to crappy attitudes, heh.
     
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    No matter how the final price is figured, you the buyer will pay the shipping!!
     
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    Check around though, because with the higher prices to pay for that "free" shipping, it may be cheaper buying elsewhere that has fixed shipping charges based only on dollars spent. I've found that true many times. For example, comparing cheaperthandirt to Cabelas for the same amount of S&B 8mm mauser ammo some months ago, CTD was cheaper in price, but more expensive when I checked what shipping would be, because it was based on weight and closer to actual charges. Cabelas was based on dollars spent and it came out cheaper. I also compared some others of course but just to show what I mean this is a good example (though, I think that S&B mauser ammo at CTD is out of stock now and has been for a while).
     
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    Depends on what you buy from Ammoman, alot of the time his prices are considerable lower than anywhere else. Some of his stuff can be somewhat overpriced. All in all his prices are pretty good for online.
     
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    Antique - Yea, I'm doing my best to take everything into consideration. I'm so bad at math, it's not funny and even with a calculator, there are times when I just have to sit back and go "What the heck was I even adding again?":eek:

    The way I figure it, I'm going to pick up 10k worth (rounds, not dollars!) of Wal-Mart bulk-pack .22 LR tomorrow from the one by my house, and that'll last me practically forever. I'm mainly trying to find some decent deals on .45 ACP and .38 Special. The Dick's near me has a 500 round case of Remmie Green Box .45 for right around $130 OTD, I'm just trying to see if I can beat that online by a margin that'll make it worthwhile.

    Once again, thanks for the advice!
     
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    AJD - Yea, in general he seems to have fair prices. I'm just notorious for bad math, and I'm trying to be really, really sure that I'm not missing a better deal.

    Thankfully, my birthday is in a little less than two weeks, so the checks are rolling in, heh. Just what I always wanted, more Ammo!:D
     
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    Cabellas, cheaperthandirt and Midway are the three on-line dealers Ive had the best luck with, but Wal-mart Dicks and Bass-pro are your best bets locally. Bass-pro sometimes has good sales, they had 250rd 45 umc bulk packs on sale a few weeks ago for $50 and 9mm fmj wwb for $6 per 50. Lately with prices as they are, I have done quite a bit more reloading , so I don't keep as close an eye on ammo prices as I used to. I have 1000rds of wolf 7.62X39, 500 peices of brass and 1000 bullets for .223, 500 plated 45 slugs, some tools and some more ammo cans coming tommorow from midway for $350 shipping included, and have never had a problem that they didn't promptly fix and appolagise profusely for, much better than my once and never again dealing with ammoman.
     
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    Alucard - is the Bass-Pro you mention the one attached to Arundel Mills Mall? If so, I happened to visit it for the first time a few weeks ago, and I can say that it was pretty impressive. I'll have to check them out again soon.

    I'm trying to get into reloading, I just don't have the time/money/patience yet. I am saving as much brass as I can, though. The way I figure it - even if I don't get into reloading, I can always buy a tumbler and sell the cleaned brass to someone on here who does, or just recycle for whatever brass is going for these days, which I hear is something close to $1.60 or so.
     
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    Too bad that you missed out on our last groupbuy at mdshooters.com.

    Shipping on 16,000 rounds was around $258. :evil:
     
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    Good lord!

    You know, I keep meaning to visit the MD forum more, but I keep forgetting. I'll have to tie a string around my finger or something.
     
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    LOL....don't worry as soons as we get this one done we'll have another buy.
     
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    Can you PM me or email me or something the next time an interesting one comes up? I've logged into the forum and I have it minimized to my taskbar, which is actually a pretty decent way for me to remember to check stuff like that. Otherwise, I'm apt to forget AGAIN, heh.
     
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